Some late breaking news: I'm flying in and out of Glasgow this weekend to watch Celtic play Dundee Utd...and I'm thoroughly giddy at the thought.
My dad and brother will, reluctantly, serve as chaperons on the trip. Arm twisting was involved.
We'll arrive in G-town on Friday, catch the game on Saturday, and fly back on Sunday. Can you say "Jet lag"?
Highlights that I'm looking forward to include a family meet up in Bishopbriggs, making the most of Celtic's hospitality, the chance of meeting the Celtic team before the game, and taking in the game with James Johnstone.
|Celtic parade the European Cup|
James is the son of Celtic legend Jimmy Johnstone. For the uneducated among you; fans voted Jimmy - affectionately known as "Jinky" - Celtic's best ever player. Jimmy was a regular fixture in the Celtic team throughout a glorious era for the club, winning 18 trophies in Scotland, and winning the European Cup (the first British team to do so). Jimmy was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease late in 2001, and, sadly, passed away in 2006.
Paul Brennan happened to be in touch with James at the same time he heard of my diagnosis, and put James and I in touch. I can't imagine how James must feel; it must surely be a brave step to connect with someone suffering from the same condition that your father suffered with. All I know for sure is that I feel very lucky to be joined by James at the game.
All that being said, I'm not going to lie, I hope the Hoops hump Dundee!
this is so exciting for you tony- hope you have a fantabulous time!ReplyDelete
That's awesome Tony! Hope you have a great time.ReplyDelete
Hoping to catch up with you in Bishopbriggs.. have a safe journey xxxReplyDelete
Jealous. However, as a boy chewing bubble gum and sticking stickers in my Panini sticker book, Dundee Utd were my favorite team in the amateur SPL. Come on the Gold and Black!ReplyDelete
Can't wait to see you Tony (and of course your dad and bro!) And it goes without saying " m'on the Hoops!"ReplyDelete
If the Dons can beat them then hopefully you will see goals a plenty!ReplyDelete
Have a great time
Trip sponsored by Red Bull. No time for jet lag.ReplyDelete
Can't wait to see you all so soon after our trip in October.. smashing and so glad you're getting to a game.. hail hail! love, susie & liam xxxxReplyDelete
Excellent - hope you all have a great timeReplyDelete
Excellent News T.C... Enjoy the trip!!ReplyDelete
Jinky= LEGEND!!! But did you really have to mention the European Cup ;o) Ha ha!!
Mon the Arabs!!! (That's Dundee Utd, not our friends from the Middle East!!)
Awe ra best
That's brilliant news Tony, im sure you will all have a great weekend. Very exciting..ReplyDelete
Have a great time :-)
So, the Conway boys are hitting the town! Lock up yer daughters! Or in John's case - yer grannies!ReplyDelete
I shall watch Final Score on Saturday with interest, with my fingers crossed for the underdogs or course! :-)
The oddest thing happened when I moved to Wisconsin after VMI. Your brother, Martin, was in one of my first classes at Marquette. Later, my wife who is a Medical Social Worker asked me if I knew someone named Tony Conway. Turns out she worked with Martin's wife. I told her that you and I were both English majors and that I sat next to you at graduation.
Last night she told me about your diagnosis, having heard a few days ago. I went to Google and typed in "Tony Conway ALS" and this blog came up. From what I've read it's easy to conclude that you have a great family and a supportive network of people who care.
All the best with everything. It takes strength and resolve to share your battle with ALS.
Have a wonderful time...but pay no mind to the remark by stevemof!!!! Remember you all have women holding down the fort back in the colonies!!!! Go Celtic!ReplyDelete
See you Friday, Tony. Should be a good game against Dundee United, they always try to play football. Enjoy the flight!ReplyDelete
More power to you, Tony.ReplyDelete
All the best, and enjoy your trip to Paradise.
Welcome back to Paradise!ReplyDelete
I know you will take strength from the 40,000 + around you when you go back Stateside.
Wee Jinky is now cheering you on.
Safe journey mate,hope we put on a show for you Hail Hail and Good LuckReplyDelete
Enjoy your trip. Hopefully your presence will make it 11 in a row!ReplyDelete
Have a great time, TonyReplyDelete
Come on the Hoops
We're all thinking about you having a great time in Scotland with the "lads". The McElroysReplyDelete