Sound of the Crowd (CSG No1)

Get around town, get around town
Where the people look good, where the music is loud
Get around town, no need to stand proud
Add your voice to the sound of the crowd

Going with our subculture theme and ’80s terrace vibe, Scottish casual lassies came together through that very scene.  Unlike the mod, punk, rocker ladies, the casual girl didn’t get as much exposure but they were certainly there as much as the other scenes.

Choo choo went for the “talent”; Katie for a fight with the nearest Glasgow Rangers fan (current bun “hun”). Diane and I were a mixture of both, but ultimately we all served the same purpose within the CSC to be one of the boys. We were known as the CSG (Celtic Soccer Girls). Being accepted by a group of boys (as we were all teenagers) was no mean feat.  Being ever present at home and away matches from season 1985/86 and our love of Glasgow Celtic sealed the deal.  

Some of the lads disliked girls at the football, some admired us but the majority want to kiss us, which would happen on occasion. Most notably; if we were the “winch them” to fool the polis, or disguise the fact that they were steaming.

Diane used to go out with Tonto, he lived with his mum in Pollokshaws and we would play the Beastie Boys “You gotta fight, for your right, to PPAARRTTYY”.

Other than dressing like our peers (but with a female edge – see flares and cartoon duffel coats). Our pastel Gazelle trainers we would swap one shoe with each other for a laugh, this happened mainly in the Jungle at Celtic Park once we’d fooled the St John’s ambulance from taking us from the there to get treatment for a “sprained ankle”, aye right! we came from the Main Stand. We were also useful to keep the edgy and give our mob the heads up from other mobs approaching.

Angie (me) age 16

This was most effective as Celtic were, renowned for owning the town at that point.  Our gang hut being the Queen Street phone boxes were the huns and us would call each other from.  No mobiles back then we were just street smart.  

Choo choo (as she was known for talking 100 miles per hour) was a livewire always joking around.  Katie on the other hand could take on the blokes as much as the next guy and she did.  We had varied styles Choo choo opting for Benetton and Katie the leather/suede tunic.  Diane and I would co-ordinate with Next cagoules and Fiorucci/Mexx tops, mostly purchased at the same time on a Saturday afternoon but in different colours that we would share.  We often got the catalogues, Matinique being my favourite and put the posters on our wall.

As the seasons went past, we were treating more like their sisters, often helping with relationship advice, or on some unfortunate occasions taking them to the Royal Infirmary.

My most memorable game has to be Rangers vs Celtic new year’s day 1986 mainly because me and Diane hid under her duvet hungover; listening in on the radio, avoiding her Dad who was annoyed with us as we were promoting nightclubs underage (Mardi Gras/Warehouse) the previous night. We won 2-0 that day.

The best dash being after Celtic won the league at Love Street in 1986 and stole it off Hearts and we ran Rangers all over Glasgow Town Centre after we got back from Love Street, no LSD that day probably due most of St. Mirren supporting Celtic anyway.

The ICF didn’t know what had hit them; although, it was the “Sound of the Crowd” for some time!

Celtic did embrace girls from other mobs (not the huns though). Nikki came along with (Rusty top boy and boyfriend)

Our first meeting was in 1986 standing outside the Country Corner. Angie with the blonde boys wedge haircut with her best friend Diane. Rusty introduced us “casual like”.

The Country Corner aka CSC gang hut

The Country Corner pub was well situated in so far as being in the Glasgow Town Centre; it was hidden at the bottom on the famous George V Bridge, which made it ideal to have a dash with the other mobs of the 1980’s when they arrived and also departed from Central Station. Queen Street station being another classic meeting point for the very same reasons.

It was 1985. Nikki and Rusty were both at the Hearts v Celtic game at Tynecastle on a wet Wednesday night in the capital; together as always. We all stood under pylon floodlights it was at the height of the Aids scare too. It was a bleak time. At that point Hearts were always determined to give her a hard time from over the fence as Nikki had defected and Nikki still being a Hearts loyal caused massive issues back in the day. CSG gave it back but it all got too much and us girls walked away. We did have the first of of many CSG girl group hugs over the years such is the bond with with the casual girls.

One school night me, Nikki, Diane and Co. Edinburgh again. This time against Hibs and a right proper kick-off. Nikki with her half bar down her duffle coat, this wasn’t required as the famous John O’Kane saved the day.

Other mobs had girls too, most notably Sharon MacDonald and Julie Duncan of Rangers who were ruthless in the pursuit of us girls to the point where they would show up on your doorstep. This happened to me once after coming home from St. Margaret Mary Secondary school, no violence occurred by I held my ground verbally.

The violence side wasn’t restricted to the boys, we would get stuck in too.  Katie being the instigator I would throw a punch and hide behind her.  Although I did come a cropper once at Motherwell and was rag dolled with the dungaree straps.

Most of all, we are glad we experienced being a lassie casual as it keeps us grounded to this day. Best of all we are still good friends to this day.

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