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Anticipating The World Cup in Brazil, we’ve put together this collection of crests from each of the teams participating.
by Philippe Fenner
Born in Lurgan, Northern Ireland in 1971, Neil Lennon is a true Celtic fan. From his youth he set his heart on one leading his beloved Glasgow club to the top spot in Scotland. Well, it now seems certain that Lennon will be doing that again this season, seemingly for the umpteenth time and after years of turning out solid performances as a player and then subsequently as manager. It has though, not been the safest of jobs over recent years and it is for this reason that Neil Lennon is being inducted.
John Portsmouth Football Club Westwood was recently inducted in to hardest bastards and reasonably so I still insist. He was included because of his devout nature towards his club. He attends nearly all games, dresses like a pillock in hardly nothing in high winter and his belligerent behaviour has seen him consistently chucked out of grounds. John Westwood is an uber fan and entirely deserves that moniker, his life though has never been threatened. Lennon’s has.
The sordid ordeal commenced when Lennon was a player for both Celtic and Northern Ireland. Before an international match and after allegedly making comments about ‘a united Ireland,’ the player received a series of death threats that resulted in him stepping down from international football altogether. An isolated case like this would surely be enough to shake the timbers of your average sole but it was Lennon who was appointed in 2010 as manager of Glasgow Celtic, a key symbol of pro-Catholic sentiment and Unionist politics.
Serving the club in the way that he had wanted to since he was a child, the former Celtic player’s life has not been easy since his appointment. In 2011 Lennon was sent an intimidating package that included bullets, a few months later in the same year, a presumably similar package was sent to him, Royal Mail who intercepted describing it simply as ‘suspicious.’ It was later made public though that the item was in fact a parcel bomb, an incident that saw him put on 24-hour protection. Perhaps to a lesser extent, Lennon has been confronted on pitch-side on numerous occasions by opposition supporters of the bellend persuasion.
Basically and in the opinion of this writer, the poisonous Catholic-vs-Protestant Unionist-vs-Loyalist relationship between Celtic and Rangers is one to be deplored and not revered, both sides being seemingly bad as one another. It’s context within this particular story and career serves as testament though to possibly the biggest uber fan of them all. With ‘Rangers’ all the way down in the Scottish 3rd tier, Neil Lennon is having a comparatively quiet time of it at the moment. Give it a couple of years though and we may well be reminded why he is being inducted in to The Hardest Bastards in Football.
Article and Illustration by Philippe Fenner
So, we submitted 3 pieces to The Guardian Gallery this week with the theme of Adnan Januzaj, one of them got in and it won this week’s competition!!! See if you can guess which one…
Illustrations by Philippe Fenner