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Celtic No.1 Website (the daddy of all Celtic websites)
DetailsName: Internet #1 Celtic Supporters Club
Started: 1996 (?)
Ended: 2000 (?)
A long forgotten Celtic website is the seminal "Bhoystalk"/"Celtic No.1" website. This site is the father of all Celtic websites and billed itself as the first Celtic website. In the same way that the Celtic forums, E-Tims and Celtic Underground have since become, the "Bhoystalk" website was a central hub for information but also from which other Celtic sites were able to work from.
Old weblink (long dead): http://www.presence.co.uk/soccer/celtic.htm
The site started running around 1996, and this was way before the now standard forums were around. It was the early days of the web and much of it was testing the waters. Despite the limitations and novelty of the web at the time, the site was very well run with match reports, short daily news reports and articles on Celtic & Scottish football. Compared to today it was all quite primitive, running on the old "Netscape Navigator" web browsers but the gist of what the site did was little different to what many sites do now. The quality was excellent, and for those of us who are ex-pats it was quite an information revolution. Beforehand, all we had to rely on were the Daily Record & The Scotsman newspapers and stories via word of mouth. Not the easiest way to stay in touch, and "Bhoystalk" changed everything.
One interesting aspect to the site at the time was its links page, where there was a large list of other Celtic sites on the web, and in those days people were likely to jump between sites rather than stay on the same sites (more so than now). There were some great Celtic sites out there getting things going on Celtic on the web most of which have now disappeared.
Sadly, maintaining the site became a bit much and the admin had to regretfully end the daily news updates. In time the site was gone, but it was then overtaken by others it had influenced and give a lift up to, such as firstly "The Dog's Bollix" and later "E-Tims". However, "Bhoystalk" was the pioneer for Celtic sites and for those of us who lived away from Glasgow, we will forever be grateful to them for the information and updates they provided to us on Celtic to get the whole thing rolling and so help keep us in touch.
It was a fabulous site and the people behind it should be very proud of what they put together. Some of us still very much remember and appreciate all the work they did in the early days.
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