CDSA Patron Tom Boyd delighted the members of the DSA by doing an online Q & A.
In these difficult times it was a great way to lift spirits with tales of Tom’s memories. Tom played almost 600 games for Motherwell, Chelsea & Celtic winning 9 major trophies (3 league cups, 3 Scottish cups & 3 league titles” as well as over 70 appearances for Scotland.

The Q & A was held during the CAFÉ week of action and promotion of access to football through DSA’s (Disabled Supporters Associations). The CDSA committee are truly thankful to Tom for his time and his continued support.

Very positive feedback was received:
“A great effort by the CDSA in such trying times, Tom Boyd as knowledgeable and entertaining as ever”
and another:
“Tom, sharing memories of his days with Celtic. We are so lucky to have him as our Patron, hopefully next time we’ll see him in person”

The Following Information Has Been Issued By Celtic

3rd June 2020

 

CELTIC Football Club welcomes the work undertaken by the SPFL and SKY in ensuring a framework for the return of Scottish Premiership matches.

Following an announcement today, new proposals allow clubs to sell a virtual season ticket, where home SPFL league matches which cannot be attended due to social distancing rules, will be available to view on a bespoke club platforms.

Celtic is delighted to announce that this will be available as part of its season ticket offering, meaning Celtic season ticket holders will have exclusive access to every home SPFL league match as we go for 10 in a row.

This online access will be available to season ticket holders while social distancing measures prevent fans from attending matches.

Celtic will be announcing its detailed plans in the next few days in relation to the coming season. Celtic season ticket holders who have already renewed for the season will have access to the virtual season ticket as part of their season ticket.

The only way to guarantee access to every kick of the ball from Celtic Park will be through the Celtic season ticket.

Celtic Chief Executive, Peter Lawwell, said: “The current crisis has had huge implications for the club and our supporters. Once again, I would like to thank our fans for their patience, understanding and support during these unprecedented times.

I have already said, our priority has been to look at ways in which can resume football and ultimately get our supporters back safely to Celtic Park as soon as possible.

Until we can welcome our fans back, we want our fans to stay as close to the Club and be part of everything we do. It is imperative we cater for the needs of our supporters. These proposals are great news. 

The access will be available while social distancing measures prevent fans from attending matches and will mean that our season ticket holders, exclusively, will be part of every SPFL home game.

I would like to thank Neil Doncaster, the SPFL Board and SKY for the work they have done in bringing this arrangement together.

We have already been liaising closely with football’s joint response group and Scottish Government in striving to ensure that our fans, the lifeblood of the game, can return to matches as quickly as we can. We will continue this work.

Everyone at Celtic was delighted to deliver 9 in a Row for our fans. It was a season where we produced brilliant, attacking, winning football. Now we focus on the next chapter.

Clearly we have another exciting season ahead and the chance to make even more history, and we want our fans with us every step of the way. We will need you now, more than ever. Thank you for your continued support”

 Updated Announcement 6th June 2020

CELTIC Football Club is delighted to announce that it will be engaging with highly-rated production company Sunset+Vine as we look ahead to matches being broadcast as part of the Club’s season ticket.

Producers of BT Sport’s Europa League and SPFL coverage for a number of years, Sunset and Vine have an established track record of high quality, first-class sports coverage.   

Led by broadcasting experts who have worked on The FIFA World Cup, UEFA European Championships and the Olympics, we are confident that this partnership will provide excellent results and prove extremely popular with our supporters. 

For matches delivered virtually as part of the season ticket, a host of high quality contributors across punditry, commentary, analysis and production will be engaged to enhance and work with our existing team – and we have some well-known faces lined up!

Celtic’s priority is to do everything we can to get our fans back to Paradise as soon as possible. However, for the matches affected, Celtic wants to provide high quality access to its supporters through its virtual services offering in the season ticket, our online pass to Paradise.

We miss our fans and we know our fans are missing Celtic Park. However, we are doing all we can to keep you as close to the action as possible.

It will be one of the most exciting seasons ever ahead and we want you to join us as we go for 10!

A spokesperson for Celtic said: “Clearly, current circumstances are totally outwith our control, and while getting our supporters back to Celtic Park is our absolute priority, until this is the case, through our season ticket, we aim to give our fans the best access we can to SPFL matches at Celtic Park.

We will be making a significant investment in this project, partnering with one of the best production companies around and will deliver an experience, with top expertise and contributors, which will put our fans at the heart of the action from Celtic Park.

We are joining forces with an organisation renowned for delivering high quality coverage and we look forward to making this available our season ticket holders.”

Grant Philips, Executive Producer of Sunset +Vine added: “We are delighted to partner with Celtic Football Club and look forward to bringing our unrivalled production expertise to the live matchday programming.”

As most of our members are aware Celtic were the first club in Scotland to provide a ‘’Changing Places’’ facility for disabled fans, within the stadium.

The toilet has space for two carers, comes facilitated with a hoist, height-adjustable bed, space for a wheelchair and additional equipment. This is a boon for fans who find it difficult or impossible to use ‘’standard’’ disabled toilets.

It will allow some fans, who previously haven’t been able to attend matches, because of the lack of this facility, a chance to see their heroes in action.

Who knows, maybe even witness the ten in a row celebrations first hand.

The Changing Places toilet is situated within the North Stand Concourse, behind sections 105/106.

105 entry/exit is stepped and 106 entry/exit is via a ramp.

If fans in any part of the stadium require the use of Changing Places, contact a steward who will arrange that they are escorted safely.

You can check it out on You Tube, as well as hearing the views of Peter Joyce and Billy Wales on the subject:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qtf7rc5f9BA

Agreement has been reached between the CDSA and CFC in regard to the cost of match day tickets for those on the accessible seating waiting list.

Concession prices will apply from January until the end of the season resulting in a discount up to 40%. The concession prices will also apply to those places given up for a game by accessible seating season-ticket holders.

Further discussions will take place between the CDSA and CFC in regard to next seasons pricing for all accessible seating.

If you require any other info get in touch with us, 07514-059870 info@celticdsa.co.uk

Yet another fun evening was enjoyed by everyone who braved the cold conditions to attend the Kerrydale Suite for our annual Winter Event.

Some lively disco music entertained us before food was served, at which point we were presented with a variety of delicious hot food by the helpful staff.

Once everyone had their fill, the evening began in earnest and we were delighted to welcome Liam McGrandles, who entertained us all with some familiar songs. So familiar, in fact, that not many could help themselves from doing anything else but join in.

Players, management and staff of the Celtic Ladies team joined us for a Q & A session, after which they happily posed for photos and signed autographs.

Present were:

Manager, Ed Black and Assistant Manager, Michael Tuohy

Media Officer, Colette Carr

Players – Lauryn Reside, wide midfield., Cara McBrearty, left back and Emma Black, right back

Although it is the close season for the ladies, news, fixtures, results etc. can all be found on the website at, https://celticfcwomen.celticfc.net/

Then Maggie invited Patron and regular tosser, (of the coin) Tom Boyd, to help host a free game of Heads or Tails. Well worth playing as there was a prize of £100 to be won.

The said prize to the last person standing was won by Michael Tuohy, the ladies team assistant manager.

Michael very kindly donated the £100 prize to CDSA funds. A fine gesture indeed.

Thank you Michael.

A surprise guest, Willie McStay, who was having an evening out with friends, joined Tom Boyd to entertain everyone with some memories of poignant and funny moments in their careers. They were also happy to answer questions from the audience, who certainly enjoyed hearing the answers.

As usual the evening was brought to a close with the raffle and result of the silent auction. With a huge array of prizes, a lot of Bhoys and Ghirls went home happy with their haul. For those who went empty handed……. Better luck next time.

All in all a great nights entertainment was had yet again by our members, family and friends

Many thanks to everyone who entertained us, and also to everyone who donated raffle prizes and auction items

They all helped us raise over £1000 towards CDSA funds, ensuring that we can provide quality afternoon events, free to members, throughout the year.

The committee look forward to seeing everyone again at the next event.

Event Pictures

Ticket Office Queues

For wheelchair users and those with mobility impairments that would find difficulty standing for too long in a queue, should make themselves known to stewards. They will assist you with some seating or fast track you through the process to collect your tickets. This is especially relevant now with the sale of cup semi-final tickets.

Vehicle Access to Celtic Park on Non-Match Days

The only vehicle entrance open is Janefield Street from Springfield Road. Go under the North stand and then left which will take you to the front of the stadium, Kerrydale suite entrance and superstore.

The Celtic Trust contacted the CDSA recently with a proposal to put a resolution forward at the forthcoming Celtic PLC AGM. This resolution calls on Celtic to conduct a survey of the stadium and its environs to make improvements for disabled supporters and those with mobility restrictions and additional needs. For more details and to give your support, follow the link to the Celtic Trust website. http://www.celtictrust.net/.