At last some good news for dispirited Celtic supporters. It now looks very much like the St Pauli Centenary match against Celtic due to take place in the Millerntor Stadium in Hamburg on 18th May will be contested between two top league teams. With their 3-0 victory on Monday night the 12th April against nearest challengers Augsburg, St Pauli took a major step toward securing the second automatic promotion place. With 4th placed Fortuna Dusseldorf having lost earlier in the weekend, the win over Augsburg leaves St Pauli in second place, 4 points ahead of Augsburg and 9 points ahead of Dusseldorf. With only 4 rounds of the Bundeliga 2 still to be played it would take a disastrous collapse to deny St Pauli a long awaited promotion and the chance to compete once again with the German big boys.

The normal 20,000 odd St Pauli supporters were in attendance to see this key game. An evenly contested first half ended goalless but early in the second half midfield stalwart Matias Lehmann put the boys in brown ahead, and then centre forward Ebbers weighed in with his 16th and 17th league goals of the season.

The game ended to general pirate jubilation and the ensuing massive street party lasted most of the night. GGW will report on the progress to promotion and confirm when it is finally clinched. GGW is still looking for any Celtic supporters intending to be in Hamburg for the Centenary match and willing to contribute an article and photos on their experience. Given that several thousands are likely to travel, surely one can volunteer to share the experience with GGW readers. Anyone interested should communicate with GGW through the Contact page.

GGW’s other featured team did less well. Hangzhou Greentown were beaten 2-1 last weekend away to Shanghai Shenhua. Du Wei did not play against his old team. Greentown are already just one place above the bottom two relegation spots. Their next match is an away game, their third in the first 4 fixtures. Although it is a little early in the new season to be talking about a relegation decider, the game is against the bottom club Nanchang Bayi and while victory would lift Hangzhou clear of the bottom two, defeat would leave Green Chinese anchored at the bottom of the League