St Pauli Fans in Mainz
The day after Celtic played Stuttgart
(All-German grassroots supporters organisation)
Saturday 7th February 2004 - Hamburg, Germany. A very special event is about to take place which will be recorded live and preserved forever on this excellent DVD. Organised by the Fanladen of FC St Pauli. With Gary Og and Shebeen of Glasgow the main acts, this was always going to be one hell of a party. Also to bring a taste of St Pauli to the night, German band, the Drangduwels were also lined up to perform. The setting was an old slaughterhouse transformed into a venue with a bar - Knust, where ska concerts are often held and St Pauli fans get to see some Celtic games live on Satellite TV.
With the sell out crowd packed in, the first act to get the night going was Gary Og. The first song of Gary's 7 songs was "Sunday Bloody Sunday", followed by "Back Home In Derry". You could tell immediately that the assembled audience was excited and ready for a great night because the German crowd sang along with every word. With Tricolours, Celtic tops and scarves everywhere you could have been forgiven for thinking this night was being held somewhere in Scotland or Ireland. There are many familiar faces of St Pauli fans in the crowd that TAL'sters will recognise from meetings in Glasgow and also from our European adventures. Decked out in Celtic and St Pauli scarves and flags, you can see how much St Pauli and Celtic fans value their friendship!
Gary's set may be milder than Shebeen's but he is always a great opener for the other bands waiting in the wings. 'Willie and Danny' was followed by a fantastic version of Bob Marley's "Redemption Song" - a song also about the struggle for freedom. Gary alerted the crowd to the fact that the song was a little bit different from what he had been singing - and with a wry smile added that he was singing the song for himself anyway. "Irish Soldier Laddie" was next with the St Pauli fans helping with the backing vocals! With the beer flowing, the crowd were jumping around enthusiastically. The party was in full swing. 'Say Hello to the Provos' was greeted with a great roar and the crowd raised there arms and fists into the air for 'The Fields of Athenry', at the same time the crowd belted it out at the top of their lungs!
Gary's acoustic set was excellent and everything that we have come to know and love about Gary's music. His songs are always sung with great feeling and passion. Gary Og's Finale was the classic song 'Something Inside So Strong', a song adopted by Republicans and which seems to epitomise the feelings and thoughts of Republicans towards the conflict in Ireland. The song was dedicated to Michael Dickson, a republican prisoner incarcerated in a German prison for attempting to blow up a British Army barracks in Germany. Dixie has been supported and helped tremendously by the fans of FC St Pauli while he languishes in a cell in a foreign country. Some of the proceeds from this party were being put aside for Dixie in order to help his partner and young son visit him while he is in a German prison.
Before German band Du Drangduwels were introduced party organiser Sven thanked the crowd for their attendance and to the people who had made there way to the party from such places as Glasgow, Dublin, Birmingham, Frankfurt, Berlin and Stuttgart. Du Drangduwels, a band from northern Germany who sing in the old northern German slang called "plattdütsch". They played 3 songs, 'Piratenleed', Liekedeelerleed' and 'FC St Pauli'. With a penny whistle and accordion amongst their instruments the style of their songs, if not the dialect, sounded distinctly Irish. The crowd enjoyed their set so much that it started off a bit of mad dancing. Their final song 'St Pauli' sending the crowd into raptures!
The final act of the night were Shebeen. With their huge stage presence, plus their loud and lively manner, they were the perfect end to the night. Shebeen started there set of with "Boys of the Old Brigade" with ‘We Shall Not Be Moved’ and a ditty to Henrik Larsson plus Sean South of Gary Owen also incorporated into the medley. By this point the sold out crowd were in fine voice and spirits.
The Irish Tricolour, Celtic flags, St Pauli skull and cross bones and the Ikurrina (Basque flag) were flying to make the party an even more colourful event. ‘The Sam Song’ and ‘Auf Wiedersehen To Crossmaglen’ were duly played, then Celtic classics ‘Over and Over’ which was dedicated to all us Celtic fans who descended upon Sevilla for the Uefa Cup Final 2003,and Hail Hail with the crowd and Shebeen in unison belting out the Celtic anthem. The crowd also started a few of there own Celtic/St Pauli songs, with the band playing a baseline for them. Let The People Sing and This Land Is Your Land followed with the fans partying in the background. The band, in their own inimitable style, were making this a night to remember! Shebeen dedicated ‘La Quinte Brigada’ to the anti-fascist fans of Celtic FC and FC St Pauli. The shouts of I.R.A rang out as the band break into ‘Go on home’.
The following two songs; Celtic Symphony & You'll Never Walk Alone were song by Shebeen and fans alike passionately then Shebeen signalled that the national anthem Amhran na bhFiann would be the last song of the night, and ended what had been fantastic night had by one and all.
This really is a fantastic DVD with excellent sound and picture quality. It is easily the best and most professionally produced DVD of its type that I have come across. It also happens to contain some of the best performances of Irish rebel music that you are likely to come across. More than an hour of great Rebel music, St Pauli and Celtic songs – it’s a must for all Celtic and St Pauli fans everywhere. With a percentage of the proceeds going to a worthy cause - to help the republican prisoner in a German jail, Michael 'Dixie' Dickson, who also happens to have been one of TAL's biggest supporters over the years - it makes it all the more essential that you buy this brilliant DVD.
And for those of you who want to experience this atmosphere for yourselves they’re doing it all over again on Saturday, 5th February 2005 – this time with Spirit Of Freedom and two German bands. Book your flight and tickets now!
Reviewed By RT10
Through articles in the St.Pauli-
Fanzine “Millerntor Roar” more St.Pauli fans got a taste for Celtic and a type
of Celtic Supporters Club was established. In 1995, the Celtic enthusiasm was
even pushed more when the guys came to North Germany for their summer training
camp, including a game at the Millerntor Stadium. Another year later the- by
now- legendary double-decker bus tour organised by the St.Pauli Fanshop took
place for the first time and merchandising was also manufactured including
T-Shirts and scarfs. And most recently a “Celtic Brigade St.Pauli” fridge
magnet was auctioned by Ebay. Subtitle for it: “The Rebel's Choice”.
Unfortunately in recent years the
joint activities have become rare. There are no organised club activities to
speak of anymore- but that is set to change. New supporters club activists have
got down to the task of “reactivating” the CSC motivated by the trips to
Stuttgart and Sevilla, and on March the 21st 15 members brought St.Pauli CSC
back to life with an inaugural meeting.
Discussions over contents and
organisational points preceding the founding of the CSC took place in a Yahoo
group and in a (private) area of the St.Pauli forum before. Both sources of
information will be utilized in the future and are open for use to all members
and (for the time being) interested non-members. At the moment 36 St.Pauli/Celtic
supporters are registered.
A positive effect that is becoming
apparent is the exchange of information. E.g. in order to purchase tickets or
flights. At the inaugural meeting it was decided to create a banner so the
fan-club can be presented in the stadium. Badges, polo-shirts and sweaters will
also be manufactured. In addition there is talk of purchasing a digital sky
decoder to be able to watch Celtic games together. The St.Pauli bar “Jolly
Roger” could be one place where games could be shown.
All that is expensive, and these costs are already included in the yearly membership fee of 36 Euro. For autumn a tour to Glasgow is planned. We hope that Celtic FC will accept St.Pauli CSC as an official fan-club which is generally open to everyone - whether St.Pauli supporter or not.
St.Pauli – selling their soul, losing their hearts, splitting the fan scene?
Article from TÁL Issue 36
Only 2 years ago there was an article in TAL after St Pauli beat Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga’s top league 2:1 at home. But at the end of the season 2001/02 St.Pauli were relegated after only one year in the first Bundesliga. The season 2002/03 must rank as being among the biggest horrors in the life of any St.Pauli-Supporter. No team to speak of, trouble in the boardroom for months, firing and hiring managers and players, being in last place before the winter break, fighting back from January to April but being relegated from Bundesliga 2 in May. We have had the 2 worst seasons in the last 19 years. In the last 2 years we won only 10 out of 66 games, played 20 ties and lost 36 games.
Now St.Pauli must play in the 3rd league of Germany against what appears to be big name teams like Hamburg SV, Borussia Dortmund, Schalke 04, 1. FC Cologne and Werder Bremen. But despite the names we will only have to play their amateur/U23 – ie we play against their reserves/second teams.
If any Celtic supporters wants to come over for a game take the more exciting games against Dynamo Dresden, Eintracht Braunschweig or Rot-Weiss Essen (both with a big fascist and hooligan following) or Preußen Münster, Neumünster, Kiel and Leipzig who will bring more away supporters and therefore the games are likely to be more lively.
Looking at how things have turned out from another angle, we are lucky even to be playing in the 3rd league. At the end of last season the auditors realised a debt of €2 million €uro. The German Football Association needed to see this hole in our accounts stuffed or we would have become insolvent and would have had to start again as a new club in the 4th league. A big campaign was founded to save the club under the leadership of the chairman Littmann (newly elected in February by the members of FC St.Pauli). Selling t-Shirts (80.000 have been sold so far), fundraising, selling season tickets very early, playing benefit games against Bayern Munich and our local rivals Hamburg SV and many more ‚Save St Pauli’ campaigns. We got the surety of a bank, which meant that we could pay it back in the end of August. We got the license for the 3rd league from the German Football Association, but a lot rumours went on within the activists of the St.Pauli Fan scene and a lot toads had to be swallowed.
More and more people are annoyed by the chairman and the club and how they sell the image of St.Pauli and what the supporters were famous for. Everything which has been criticised by the supporters was answered with „we need the money“, „everything is fine the club has been saved“ - but the political acitivst supporters don´t want the selling out of the soul of the club.
We don´t seem to have any pride in our ideals anymore, nobody is rebelling against things like:
- T-Shirts being sold at 40 McDonalds Restaurants. This was the top of the commercialisation of the Merchandising of St.Pauli
- A game against local rivals Hamburg SV was fixed but at the end it is no „benefit game“ at all because HSV got the money from their ticket sales. Also this game was named as a „Hamburg Football Party“ and the Mayor of Hamburg, Ole von Beust from the right wing party CDU, was installed as a patron. This mayor Ole von Beust also made a PR-appearance in the ticket center to hand over one season ticket and was allowed to portray himself ss a saviour of FC St.Pauli. The same guy is responsible for a right-wing, anti-social and repressive political regime in Hamburg and especially in St.Pauli. He is a man of „law and order“, who has closed down a lot of social institutions, built up more police, repressive laws and batoned down most of the last left-wing marches. Ole von Beust is the top man of the City which is getting even more cold and more repressive than the state of Bayern. And he now stands in the public’s eye as a man of honour who is saving St.Pauli. This is shameful and many people are mad about it.
- Stupid campaigns like „Drinking for St.Pauli“, „Internet surfing for St.Pauli“, a cd of two pop singers Klaus & Klaus who have been prostituted at nearly all north German football teams were produced.
- Around the benefit game against Bayern Munich (which was a much appreciated generous thing by Bayern) the club went mad on a „friendship“ story. They produce friendship scarfs with the symbols of both clubs, T-Shirts for that game and the chairman Littmann was talking in the ground to the public and was speaking of the „beginning of a wonderful friendship“. In the same time Uli Hoeness, the celebrated manager of Bayern Munich, and his colleagues of the board forbid 250 hardcore supporters of Munich to buy seasonal tickets and put 3 supporters clubs on a ban list. There only fault was, that they are „Ultras“ and the active part of the supporters scene of Munich. They are critising the board of Munich how they sell away tickets, about building up the new stadium and fight against commercialism in football. St.Pauli-Supporters were solidarising with the Bayern supporters and made banners to show support, whilst at the same time the club St.Pauli and the chairman were celebrating the board of Munich.
The new chairman of St.Pauli is working (as a theatre director) and living in the suburb of St.Pauli for many years. But he is also a good friend of the mayor and he is clearly trying to change the nature of the club. He always says that politics and football must not mix and that people on marches shouldn´t wear clothes with a club symbol, scarfs or hats, yet he is responsible for installing a right-wing CDU Mayor (who is a politician) as a patron and saviour of our club.
The supporters scene of St.Pauli is changing. Less people rebel against what is happening, more people just want to see football and don´t care about politics or what the club stood for in the past. The active part of the St.Pauli support has to wake up and fight this development. If we lose that fight St.Pauli will go a long way towards becoming yet another faceless club like a dozen others in Germany.
Back to sport: At the moment we don´t have famous players signed, only unknown and young or talented players. It will be very hard to come back in professional football.
See you at the Champions League matches - Up the Celts & St.Pauli!
St Pauli in Glasgow
First published in TÁL No. 16 (from 1996)
75 St Pauli fans from Hamburg visited Glasgow in mid-October as the guests of Celtic AntiFascists and TAL. The weekend was very successful with other fans travelling under their own steam from Hamburg and Berlin. The 75 on the bus from Hamburg also included a group of fans from Rostok in the east, a city with more than its fair share of fascist problems.
As well as attending Celtic's match against Motherwell, the St Pauli fans were made welcome on their first night in Glasgow by members of the Govan Emerald Celtic Supporters Club.
On Saturday, around 500 people attended a party organised by TAL and the South West Support Group which went brilliantly. Celtic Connection and Eire Og supplied the entertainment and The Pollock and Thornliebank Republican Flute Band provided two foot stomping sets of tunes during the festivities. By the time we left the Clada Club, everybody was rat-arsed and happy.
Lots of interest in Celtic Anti-Fascists and TAL was shown by the amount of merchandise that was being snapped up. T-shirts, stickers and information was in great demand.
On Sunday, a challenge match was organised between teams representing the two fanzines, Der Ubersteiger and Tiocfaidh Ar La. Our readers will be delighted to hear that we won our first game against European opposition with a stunning 5-1 victory. The Germans, despite boasts to the contrary before the match, were completely outplayed. Big Sven and Talman donned the managers' jackets but the day belonged to the players on the park.
Some outstanding performances from Gary, the fat midfield general; Gal, our Andy Goram lookalike; our No.7, James, TAL's answer to Paulo Di Canio; and Kidder, our all-shouting, all-screaming, right back, was all we needed to send the St. Pauli team 'homeward to think again...' (or at least to McNee's to get the beers in!)
St. Pauli complained that the referee was a homer (at least thats what I think they called him) and they were demanding a rematch in Hamburg. The only aspect of the referee's handling of the game that might have aroused suspicion was at half-time when he took Kidder aside and advised him to keep his shots low as "...the German keeper is reluctant to dive on the red ash. "
Sunday night: after a great set by the Blarney Pilgrims in McNee's, it was time to move on to The Brazen Head for another glimpse of Eire Og and upstairs to Dirty Nelly's and an impromptu rave that saw St Pauli fans and Celtic fans on top of tables doing all that hands-in-the-air-hippie-trance-dancing to the repetitive beat of shitey music.
A thoroughly successful and enjoyable weekend was had by both the St Pauli and the Celtic fans, united in anti-fascism.
Celtic in Hamburg
From Tiocfaidh Ar La number 16. (published in 1996)
Celtic recently played Hamburg SV in the first round of the UEFA Cup. In both games, home and away, we were gubbed 2-0; beaten 4-0 on aggregate. However, most of the excitement took place off the park, as the match became a tallying point for fascists from various parts of northern Germany.
Our friends at St. Pauli (HSV's city rivals) had warned us in advance of the two games, that it was likely that fascists would target the game due to the republican and anti-fascist element among the Celtic support. Also, the fact that there exists a strong rapport between Celtic fans and the anti-fascist St Pauli fans would have been deemed a good enough excuse for the fascists to attack us.
HSV fans have not exactly been idle when it comes to developing links with right wing elements at other clubs. Just before the matches against Celtic, the main HSV fanzine, "Supporters News", published by the official fan project, ran a four page article about a trip to Belfast by a group of HSV fans. The article included two pages of photographs under the headline, "Views of Belfast". These "views" consisted entirely of pictures of UVF, UFF and UDA wall murals. The HSV fans' hosts were supporters of Linfield, who aren't exactly noted for their nonsectarianism. This visit, and the article, have been defended by some HSV fans as an innocent and nonpolitical exchange. If that were the case, then why run a series of pictures alongside the article which by any neutral observer's viewpoint could be construed as indicating support for the pro-British death squads in Ulster?!?
HSV fans already have proven links with Rangers, Chelsea and Linfield fans through the "Blues Brothers" fanzine which carried an article by a well known HSV fan not so long ago. Whilst it has to be pointed out that the HSV fan in question is not a fascist, it was politically naieve of him to contribute an article to a fanzine which has right wing leanings as evidenced by the pictures of Chelsea fans with a "Chelsea Loyalists" flag in the same issue.
The "Blues Brothers" fanzine is a piece of toilet paper which has played on the loyalism of Rangers and Linfield fans and has extended its remit to Chelsea's right wing element. The editors deny that they are fascists but a cursory glance at most issues of their fanzine reveals the reality that their base among the supporters of the three clubs is among the right wing, fascist and loyalist element. HSV fans are either being used (as in the case of the previously mentioned contributor) or they are more than happy to be the political associates of loyalists and fascists.
When HSV hooligans came to Glasgow for the first leg of the UEFA Cup tie, their relationship with the worst element of rangers fans was confirmed. The main ''firm'' spent most of the day in the notorious loyalist drinking den, The Louden Tavern, a pub frequented by UVF and Red Hand Commando loyalists. Some of the regulars of this pub were featured in the recent "Football, Faith and Flutes" documentary, cursing everything from Catholics and the Pope to the IRA and Gerry Adams. One of the Louden regulars who was most vociferous was wearing a KKK T-shirt throughout the film.
After drinking all day with such people, the HSV hools then attacked, indiscriminately Celtic supporters on their way to the game. Before the game, the only people that the HSV hooligans vented their anger on were old men and kids. Throughout the game, it was the hooligans who appeared to be coordinating most of the chanting and singing arnong the 2000 Hamburg fans. There were a few dodgy looking banners and flags and the obligatory nazi salutes that you would expect from this scum.
After the match about 20 Celtic Soccer Crew (CSC) casuals confronted around 40 HSV hooligans who were armed with batons and knuckle dusters. In the ensuing fight, one of the HSV mob was stabbed in the stomach. This was enough to unnerve the rest of his mates who took off double-quick. That was the end of round one. Round two followed two weeks later in Hamburg.
More than 4000 Celtic fans made the trip to Hamburg to see what was largely a meaningless game given that we had been roundly beaten at home. The mood among the fans was basically our usual when we go abroad, a goodhumoured party atmosphere. Celtic fans have a great reputation at home and abroad for good behaviour but that doesn't mean that we are mugs. If another mob come looking for it, then they'll get it.
Most of the few days in Hamburg was spent drinking with the St Pauli fans. The night before the match, 40 fascists, believed to be from Berlin, attacked the main St Pauli pub, Zum Letzen Pfenig. There weren't that many in the pub and a couple of people got hit by bottles and glasses. The fash disappeared as quickly as they had appeared. A good mob gathered at the pub after the attack but by that time it was too late and the fascists secured a small, albeit temporary, victory.
At the game, the next day, the HSV hooligans had a big mob who taunted the Celtic supporters with chants of "Rangers" and "UDA" and, at one point, burned a tricolour, which provoked attempts by Celtic fans to fight their way through the riot cops to get at the Hamburg fans.
After the game, as we were escorted to the train station, small groups of HSV fans were chanting loyalist slogans at us; "UDA " "UFF " and "UVF". I wonder if their 'friends' in Belfast and Glasgow had anything to do with that?!? The police estimated that about 200 fascists were in and around the St Pauli area after the match. There were several minor skirmishes between the fascists and Celtic supporters on the Reeperbhan.
About 60 fascists again attacked Zum Letzen Pfennig but this time the St Pauli and Celtic fans were waiting for them and it was the nazis who came off worst. As they approached the pub a big mob came out to meet them and pelted them with bottles and glasses. Some of them were pursued and beaten. Others were confronted on their way out of the vicinity of the pub by anti-fascist supporters who were on their way to give assistance to those in the Letzen Pfennig.
One fascist bonehead and a couple of pals passed by a couple of what they thought were unwitting Celtic fans. The bonehead gave it the customary "UDA UFF" and was beaten to a pulp by the "Psycho Killers" one of whom ended up in jail. It took much negotiations and over £200 in sureties before the German police would release him. Two fascists from Kiel, a strong fascist town about 100 miles away were cited as "independent witnesses" by the police. 30 fascists were arrested and charged by the Hamburg police after their failed attempt to attack the pub after the game.