We are very thanksful for all that came along and all those who supported this great cause! Special thanks goes out to the Old City Irish Pub and Mark, who were great hosts as always Hoopy festive season to all and stay safe! CSC Switzerland
Next year we are going to celebrate our 20 years anniversary and the party weekend will be called «Hoops In The Alps». Here you will find all informations for the weekend of Friday 04th – Sunday 06th of August 2023. We will send all info in the next weeks to you directly if you are a member. The party will take place in Thun.
There will be several concerts, we will have some excursions and a great time all together.
Matchdetails Celtic FC – Dundee FC, Sunday, 20.2.2022, kick-off 15:00 CPT (Celtic Park Time), 16:00 FFT (Fondue Fenians Time) Idea Hike before the game Celtic – Dundee FC from Spiez to the McArthur’s Pub in Thun(dee). Hiking route Spiez (lake) via Spiezberg, Einigen, Gwatt, Thun along the lake, if possible, in detail below (see also screenshot of the map section):
Meeting point 9:30, Thun Schiffländte (ship station, across the street from railway station)
Ship “Schilthorn” leaving Thun at 9:40
Brunch aboard ship (reservation needed!)
10:24 Arrival in Spiez
Quick exterior tour of Spiez Castle
10:45 departure heading over “Spiezberg” in direction of Thun
around 1 o’clock lunch break at Roadhouse Route 66 restaurant, Gwatt
around 2, 2:30 pm leaving Route 66 heading to McArthur’s Pub, Thun
around 3, 3:30 pm arrival at McArthur’s Pub, Thun
16:00: Kickoff Celtic – Dundee FC Total distance: 15 km; approx. 220 m uphill, 220 m downhill, 1 ½ km in the forest, 1 ½ km in the city, rest on open country lanes or district roads. Possible facilitations:
Bus from Gwatt (Moos), just beside Roadhouse Route 66, 17 min. to Thun, Marktgasse (shortening of the route by >5 km and 45 min.; may also be decided spontaneously depending on the participants fitness level or time).
For persons with physical, fitness or time limitations: Meeting point approx. 15:00 at Thun, railway station. Routedetails Technically easy, physically demanding, but also feasible for untrained persons. Equipment Good shoes, min. 1 ½ l of water, clothing adapted to the weather (onion principle), maybe sun protection, nordic walking or hiking sticks if desired. Weather forecast as per 6.2.2022: Mostly cloudy, around 10°C, low rain probability (10%). Getting there Selected connections
09:07 from Bern, direct, arr. Thun: 09:25
08:02 from Zurich HB, direct, arr. Thun: 09:25
06:58 from St. Gallen (change in Zurich HB, 07:57 arr, 08:02 dep), arr Thun: 09:25
08:00 from Lucerne (change in Berne, 09:00 arr, 09:07 dep), arr Thun: 09:25
08:25 from Sion (change in Visp, 08:53 arr, 08:57 dep), arr Thun: 09:34
07:56 from Basel, direct, arr Thun: 09:23
Please tell one of our board members if you will take part ath the Brunch till wednesday 16. february.
C’MON THE HOOPS!
CSC Saisoneröffnungswanderung Sonntag, 20.2.2022 Daten zum Spiel Celtic FC – Dundee FC, Sonntag, 20.2.2022, Kickoff 15:00 CPT (Celtic Park Time), 16:00 FFT (Fondue Fenians Time) Idee Wanderung vorgängig des Spiels Celtic – Dundee FC von Spiez nach Thun(dee) ins McArthur’s Pub. Wanderroute Spiez (See) via Spiezberg, Einigen, Gwatt, Thun dem Thunersee entlang, wo möglich, nachfolgend im Detail (siehe auch Screenshot des Kartenausschnitts):
Ca. 13 Uhr Mittagshalt im «Roadhouse Route 66» Restaurant, Gwatt
Ca. 14 Uhr – 14:30 Uhr, Aufbruch für den letzten Teil des Weges
Ca. 15 Uhr – 15:30 Uhr Ankunft im McArthur’s Pub, Thun
16:00 Uhr: Kickoff Celtic – Hibs Gesamtdistanz: 15 km; ca. 220 Höhenmeter hoch, 220 Höhenmeter runter, ca. 1 ½ km im Wald, ca. 1 ½ km in der Stadt, Rest offene Feldwege bzw. Quartierstrassen. Mögliche Erleichterung:
Bus ab Gwatt (Moos), direkt neben Roadhouse Route 66, 17 Minuten nach Thun, Marktgasse (Verkürzung der Route um 5 km und 45 Min.; Kann auch spontan entschieden werden, je nach Zeit oder Fitnessstand der Teilnehmer.
Für körperlich, konditionell oder zeitlich eingeschränkte Personen: Treffpunkt ca. 15:00 Uhr Thun Bahnhof. Details zur Route Technisch einfach, konditionell nicht ohne, aber auch untrainiert machbar. Ausrüstung Gute Schuhe, min. 1 ½ l Wasser, dem Wetter angepasste Kleidung (Zwiebelprinzip), ev. Sonnenschutz, bei Bedarf Nordic-Walking- oder Wanderstöcke. Wetter Vorhersage vom 6.2.2022: Bedeckt, ca. 10°C, Regenwahrscheinlichkeit von 10%. Anfahrt Ausgewählte Verbindungen
09:07 ab Bern, direkt, Ankunft Thun: 09:25
09:06 ab Zürich HB, direkt, Ankunft Thun: 09:25
06:58 ab St. Gallen (Umsteigen Zürich, 07:57 an, 08:02 ab), Ankunft Thun: 09:25
08:00 ab Luzern (Umsteigen Bern, 09:00 an, 09:07 ab), Ankunft Thun: 09:25
08:25 ab Sion (Umsteigen Visp, 08:53 an, 08:57 ab), Ankunft Thun: 09:34
Im Anhang sende ich euch den aktuellsten Newsletter. Viel Spass beim Durchlesen. Bitte reserviert euch, falls ihr könnt, die im Newsletter erwähnten Daten. Wäre schön, euch bald wieder “live” zu sehen.
Küsä / Marcus Schwarzentrub
Präsident CSC Switzerland
I hope you are all in good health. Please find attached the latest newsletter. Enjoy reading it.
Please reserve the dates mentioned in the newsletter if you can. It would be great to see you “live” again soon.
After the SPFL this week finally managed to definitively schedule the game against the Hibs, we can now also announce the details of our traditional season-opening hike. You can find everything worth knowing about it in the flyer attached to this mail. Please get in touch with me, any other board member or on social media if you are joining us. This may also be at short notice, Gary from McArthur’s Pub in Lenzburg will be grateful if we can let him know before lunch for how many members he may reserve a table. Please also let us know if you are coming directly to the pub or if you are joining us on the way (e.g. at the Bären, Wildegg). For detailed info click here.
I and the rest of the board are looking forward to this event and to seeing a lot of members!
Vizepräsident CSC Switzerland CEO Hiking Fondue Fenians 😉
Nachdem die SPFL es diese Woche endlich geschafft hat, das Spiel gegen die Hibs definitiv zu terminieren, können wir nun auch die Details zu unserer traditionellen Saisoneröffnungswanderung bekannt geben. Ihr findet alles Wissenswerte dazu im Flyer im Anhang zu dieser Mail. Bitte meldet euch bei mir, jedem anderen Vorstandsmitglied oder auf den sozialen Medien, wenn ihr dabei seid. Dies kann auch kurzfristig sein, Gary vom McArthur’s Pub in Lenzburg ist dankbar, wenn wir ihm vormittags mal mitteilen können, für wieviele Mitglieder er einen Tisch reservieren darf. Meldet euch bitte auch, wenn ihr direkt ins Pub kommt oder unterwegs (z.B. im Bären, Wildegg) einsteigt. Für alle Details klicke hier.
Ich und der restliche Vorstand freuen uns auf diesen Anlass und auf eine rege Teilnahme!
Vizepräsident CSC Switzerland CEO Hiking Fondue Fenians 😉
was a hot Tuesday in Switzerland, when a fenian bus left Schwarzenburg (Blackburry)
to collect several creatures, all dressed in green and white. They came in
their dozens from all over Switzerland and had origins in Switzerland, Ireland,
Scotland, Germany, Italy and probably even more. The bus, organised by the CSC
Switzerland, left Blackburry on the 2nd of July 2019 at a quarter to noon and
picked up Fondue Fenians and old and new friends in different places
(Schwarzenburg, Berne, Wangen an der Aare and Zurich) to finally reach St.
Gallen by 3:15 in the afternoon.
in St. Gallen, we all immediately headed down to “The Irish Pub Brühltor”,
where our very own StevieBhoy setup the stage to perform some Irish folk- and
also a load of Celtic-songs. As our board member André (El Commandante) had
written a little guide to St. Gallen, there were also other Bhoys and Ghirls in
the pub, not just us.
though St. Gallen (their football club) is green and white itself, it was green
and white even more on that day. The pub was decorated with flags from
different countries and of different CSCs. Everybody enjoyed the fun, the music
and the drinks. As the game was about to be kicked off by 7:30 pm, all the
bhoys and ghirls (I’d say 50+ people) left the pub around 6 pm to head out to
the Kybunpark, the stadium of FC St. Gallen. As the public transport is
included in the match ticket, we all took public buses. Singing during the
entire journey, we were very much of an attraction to the locals commuting home
after work or the FCSG fans taking the same journey as we did.
the stadium, the stewards, security personnel and the local fans were very
friendly, quite a bit of a surprise, honestly, as St. Gallen is known in
Switzerland for its very strict security concept. We all (CSC Switzerland took
care of at least 65 tickets) joined the other Hoops-fans in the away end, hung
out our flags and enjoyed the spirit of the Celtic family. Sure enough, we sang
the ever so necessary hymn “YNWA” by our own (we don’t need it being played by
a DJ). The game started and ended quite uneventfully with a 0:0 draw, even
though Edouard missed a penalty kick and Jozo Simunovic was sent off. Not all
in our end even noticed…
Much to the joy of the local audience and the commentators in Swiss pay-TV, we sang not only “Happy Birthday” to FC St. Gallen, which has it’s 140th anniversary this year. Not only that, but most of the time sang and cheered our team, led by our Toblerone Tims StevieBhoy (who literally almost never stopped singing from the time getting onboard of the bus in Zurich until leaving it) and Boab, who were both showing their ambitions to becoming new capos for the Green Brigade …
trip to St. Gallen was, once again, absolutely great! We met old and new
friends (special hello and welcome to the newly founded CSC Lecco from Lake
Como, Italy) and enjoyed a brilliant day with the Celtic family! We’ve been
asked dozens of times, how comes, that a Swiss becomes a Celtic fan. Everybody
who ever joined such an event will know why. It’s that simple!
BUS: For the friendly game versus FC St.Gallen 1879 on the 2nd of July we organized a bus running from Schwarzenburg via Bern and Zurich to St. Gallen before and after the match. Reservation obligatory and compulsory. There are still some spare seats left.
11:45 ab Schwarzenburg, 12:15 Bern, 12:45 Wangen a.A., 14:00 Zürich. Return approx. 1/2h after the match.
TICKETS: We organized tickets for our members and friends. Reservation was obligatory and compulsory. Tickets still can be bought directly on the homepage of FC St. Gallen. B4 is the visitor section.
MEETING POINT: The Irish Pub at Brühltor St. Gallen. Opening times yet to be fixed, but we hope it will be at around 2-3.
CONCERT: Board member Stevie will play a concert at The Irish Pub. Start at around 4 o’clock. Celtic songs, rebel songs and irish music.
MATCH: We will head to the stadium by public transportation. Public transport is included in the match ticket.
We are looking forward to see you in St. Gallen in one month!
Leipzig away – it was a good time. I can’t remember too many things though, but thankfully I found some pictures. Here we go:
That obviously was a joke. The whole trip was fantastic. As usual meeting old and new friends was the best part of it. But as it was in Germany the beer actually was top of the list as well. And as usual Celtic’s performance was – well let’s say it diplomatic – just average.
The city of Leipzig is beautiful (see pics above) and is well known for concerts and conventions. But the lovely old town is an attraction of its own. Specially one small alley was basically green and white for 48h+: The Barfussgässchen – the bare foot alley.
On matchday the main square, the market square, was crowded with celtic fans. Drinks, singing and ball games were the centre of the attention until the big corteo to Bullen Arena started. Around 6-7’000 fans went on the walk. Instead of 45min duration it took us 1:30h because of bad policing. This lead to panic in front of the stadium as all the fans wanted to enter in between of 40min. Noting serious happened thankfully, but fans entered the stadium up to 30min after the game had started.
The match in short form: We played well 30min, we lost two stupid goals. The fans stopped singing. After the break: There was a big party in the away section (and next to it). The teams still went on playing 45min.
After the match we actually got a few busses to bring the fans back to town. There we drank nice German beer on the terrace of a Bavarian (yes!) restaurant till the early morning hours – and we didn’t stop singing and dancing neither.
Another great trip that I won’t forget about. Another away trip that I didn’t see the team showing it’s potential. But who cares in the end, when you meet people you love from near and far.
For four years, CSC Switzerland had the pleasure and the honour to have Stephanie on our board! Since the start of the refounding of our club she was a vital part of our team and the good heart of the club and a fantastic treasurer! Steph will still be a part of CSCS as a member, but as she is opening a new chapter in her private life and will even leave Switzerland for a while, she will not be able to work for the board. We would like to thank you very, very much Steph! Thanks for your work and dedication and we wish you all the very best in future! Hail, Hail!
It’s time for our newest newsletter! As you will find out, we have a new column which let’s all members write about their trips with Celtic. Are you interested to share your story with us all? Contact one of our board members. We as well can help you out with translation, ect.
Hail, Hail and see you all at the GM on 28th April. Further info about the GM you can find here.
Küse, Heinz, André, Steph, Steven
CSC Switzerland board
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We had a lovely day on our season opening hike 2017 in beautiful Central Switzerland. 6 members met in Luzern at the train station at 9am (yes, early start…) and 2 more joined us in Küssnacht am Rigi (sounds a wee bit like Killie, that’s why we did chose it… aye, Heinz was drunk that day…). There we made a short hike to the Hohle Gasse, where Wilhelm Tell shot Vogt Gessler (history lesson can be taken further down on this blog). Back to the village of Küssnacht we boarded on the MS Titlis and did enjoy an hour on lake Vierwaldstätter (for Heinz: Lake Lucerne).
Arrived back in Luzern we went to the Shamrock Pub and set everything up for the Kilmarnock-Celtic match. The match itself wasn’t the best in history, but the focus was set on having a great time together anyway – which was loads of fun.
Here some of the impressions of our Season Opening Hike 2017:
The legend of William Tell
At a time soon after the opening of the Gotthard Pass, when the Habsburg emperors of Vienna sought to control Uri and thus control trans-Alpine trade, a new bailiff, Hermann Gessler, was despatched to Altdorf. The proud mountain folk of Uri had already joined with their Schwyzer and Nidwaldner neighbours at Rütli in pledging to resist the Austrians’ cruel oppression, and when Gessler raised a pole in the central square of Altdorf and perched his hat on the top, commanding all who passed before it to bow in respect, it was the last straw. William Tell, a countryman from nearby Bürglen, either hadn’t heard about Gessler’s command or chose to ignore it; whichever, he walked past the hat without bowing. Gessler seized Tell, who was well known as a marksman, and set him a challenge. He ordered him to shoot an apple off his son’s head with his crossbow; if Tell was successful, he would be released, but if he failed or refused, both he and his son would die.
The boy’s hands were tied. Tell put one arrow in his quiver and another in his crossbow, took aim, and shot the apple clean off his son’s head. Gessler was impressed and infuriated – and then asked what the second arrow was for. Tell looked the tyrant in the eye and replied that if the first arrow had struck the child, the second would have been for Gessler. For such impertinence, Tell was arrested and sentenced to lifelong imprisonment in the dungeons of Gessler’s castle at Küssnacht, northeast of Luzern. During the long boat journey a violent storm arose on the lake, and the oarsmen – unfamiliar with the lake – begged with Gessler to release Tell so that he could steer them to safety. Gessler acceded, and Tell cannily manoeuvred the boat close to the shore, then leapt to freedom, landing on a flat rock (the Tellsplatte) and simultaneously pushing the boat back into the stormy waters.
Determined to see his task through and use the second arrow, Tell hurried to Küssnacht. As Gessler and his party walked along on a dark lane called Hohlegasse on their way to the castle, Tell leapt out, shot a bolt into the tyrant’s heart and melted back into the woods to return to Uri. His comrades were inspired by Tell’s act of bravery to throw off the yoke of Habsburg oppression in their homeland, and to remain forever free.Do you want to know more about it? Here you will find the whole Saga.
Decorating the pub and getting yourselves prepared for the game vs. Kilmarnacht (Küssnock), kick-off: 13:30
Costs: CHF 27.- for the ship (1/2-Tax/GA are fully valid) + CHF 8.60 for the train Lucerne – Küssnacht (full price) + any ticket to/from Lucerne. For members living in Switzerland: Check the availability of Tages-GA Gemeinde (normally CHF 51.–) at your communal administration. For non-Swiss members interested: please contact Hene, so that we can take care of this issue and get you a daily ticket.
DON’T MISS THIS EVENT! Please let us know, if you’re joining us, so that we can bring enough (cooled) provisions for the hike (it will be hot, the doctors say, you need to drink enough, when it’s hot… 😉 ). You can do this by text/WhatsApp to Hene or any other board member, mail, online on our Facebook page/group, Twitter, Instagram or any other social media platform we’re on, letter, carrier pigeon or smoke signals etc. But best would be the first three possibilities. 😉
From the 4th until the 11th of June, the North American Celtic Supporters Federation (NAFCSC) organised a convention for all Celtic Supporters from all over the world. CSC Switzerland was represented by president Markus, vice-president Heinz, the members Lenny and Fanny and the non-members (but girlfriends of Hene and Lenny) Daniela and Tina. After a wee 2-weeks-trip around California (see pics), we arrived at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, one block off the Strip, on the 4th of June, while the weather was not quite Scottish (sunny, completely dry and 40°C)…
Around 4.000 Celtic fans stayed in the 3.261 rooms of the hotel, and at the “International Bar” there were never less than around 30 Tims (24 hours a day!). Therefore, the Pool Party on Tuesday got really (really!) crowded, as you can imagine. At times, you couldn’t even see the water in the pool and the hotel staff was just not able to keeping up the beer and ice supply for bars in the pool area… Nevertheless, probably almost nobody kept sober. The NAFCSC had one hut at the pool set up as stage for music, so that we could celebrate our Celtic music heritage. Even hotel staff learned a few songs! J It was just incredible! By the way: The water in the pool got never dark blue (as in the film “Grown Ups”), but was probably around 50% beer at the end of the party…
On Thursday, we went to watch the documentary film “Anyone but Celtic” by Paul Larkin. The opinions about the film within the present members are still not agreed. In the evening, the Green Night took place. We re-met a couple of old and some new friends, which was very nice, as always. Brian Warfield and the Young Wolfetones did a great job on the stage and all the crowd was singing, drinking, celebrating and enjoying themselves. What a night!
We left out the Golf Day, as no one of us plays golf, the Cabaret Night (both on Wednesday; instead, we took a trip to the incredibly impressive Grand Canyon), the Gala Dinner Dance on Friday (which was quite formal) and also the Pub Night on Saturday, as we had our 11-hour-flight back home on Sunday night and had to get our stuff packed and get some rest. After three weeks in a beautiful country with generally nice people (nevertheless, Trump is still a cunt), we were back in Switzerland on Monday afternoon. It was an impressive trip and we will be telling stories about it for a long time. And we do strongly recommend a visit at the NAFCSC convention to every Celtic fan. The convention next year will be held in Toronto, it was said.
CSC Switzerland for the first time ever took part in a fanclub tournament. Letzi Cup 2017 this year took part for the 38th time. We enjoyed our time in Zurich very much, the tournament was very well organized, the teams played fair and there was even time & space for friendship photos and giving handicapped players the chance to play alongside their team mates.
CSCS became 10th out of 16 teams. We started well, won 2 out of 2 and by noon had won 3 out of 5 matches. Sadly we ate too much and then lost the next 3 group matches.
Playing another two matches for the end ranking we won the first clearly (3-0), but then lost 1-2 end missed out on place 9.
A special thank goes to Paddy McGuire who specially travelled over from Liverpool to play with us!
The annual general meeting will take place on Saturday, 8th of april at Aareheim, Langmauerweg 11, Bern! It’d be great to see as many of you guys as possible! We will publish further info in the next week! Hail, Hail!
16:00 Celtic vs. Kilmarnock live on Celtic TV
Will you take part? Send your yes/no to marcus(at)celticfc.ch till the 3rd of April. Thanks & HH