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Europe the Benchmark

11 August 2023

More than 90 Minutes Issue 128 digital edition is now available to download and the hard copy will be with us next week when it arrives from the printers. The envelopes are ready to pop it into the post for all our subscribers, sponsors and those who pre-ordered a copy.

It is our first issue since the sad death of our friend and fellow fanzine contributor David Potter. Our editor, Andrew Milne pays tribute to one of Celtic’s finest historians and authors.

David has been a regular contributor for many years to the fanzine and also a regular on the Celtic Soul Podcast. He will also be fondly remembered for an appearance at Celtic AM in Malones, Glasgow pre-match when he chatted about Celtic and treated the audience to some poetry and even broke into song.

One of Celtic’s youngest authors Liam Kelly also pays tribute to his mentor who he co-wrote a book with and the headline says it all about David “A Truly Great Celtic Supporter and fantastic human being” .

Readers also pay tribute to David having enjoyed his many books and articles over the years. He will be sadly missed by all of us but he has left behind a library of books on the history of our club which in our my books make him a Celtic Legend and it was great to see Celtic honour him on the big screen at Celtic Park.

David’s writing will continue in the fanzine and in this issue we revisit his August archives in All Our Yesterdays.

Europe the Benchmark says the cover with a picture of the returning manager, Brendan Rodgers. Domestically he has taken over a treble winning team. He has lost a couple of players and has gained some as we wait for the Champions League draw at the end of the month.

The editor is on the road again and is talking Celtic with former Celtic players, Chris Sutton and Alan Thompson in Kilkenny. Martin Donaldson reviews his recent tour of Celtic Park for his summer Celtic fix. Lisbon Lion John Fallon returns with his take on all things Celtic and the second coming of Brendan.

All the regulars are packed into the 48 page issue. Editors Desk, Cover Story, Eoin Coyne is spot on with his article, Circular Motion. We look at the return of the Celtic Soul Podcast and what’s happening over at celticfanzine.com. Tim Molloy welcomes back Brendan Rodgers. While The Story so far and Since last time also make a return to the pages of Mt90M.

Paddy McMenamin writes “Celtic will always be apart of us”  and the editor writes about the  Survival of the Football Fanzine.

We are out and about with the the Celtic fans on tour in Las Vegas, Japan and Dublin. Seville Part 3 brings us up to the return leg in Porto and that Henrik Larrson goal that brought us to the final and the craic that was had before and after the game in Portugal.

The Celtic Fans View makes it’s debut and Paul McSherry who played for the Celtic Reserves before a move to America gives us his opinion from his Fenian Bhoys CSC base in New York. Celtic v Wolves was a great day in Dublin and Rachel Lynch was there for us to cover Celtic’s return to the capital.

Martin Donaldson looks back at Celtic in the Roaring 20’s and Paddy Mc finishes off his Celtic Minded story in Part 3.