St Pauli fans celebrate promotion at the end of Sunday's game

Sunday May2nd St Pauli all but mathematically achieved the long-awaited for promotion back to the Bundesliga. For the first part of the away game against Greuther Furth nerves again seemed to be getting the better of the men in brown and they went into the half-time break 1-0 down.  It began to look as if it all might go down to the last day wire. However class told in the second half and 3 goals without reply, by stars Takyi, Naki and Ebbers, settled all nerves. The addition of a fourth in the second last minute, by substitute Hennings, was the signal for the party to begin.

Naki celebrating his goal or conducting his choir

Some 9,000 of the 15,000 crowd at the game were St Pauli fans who invaded the pitch at the final whistle and began celebrating. They formed one giant choir singing all the classic St Pauli songs, conducted by an ecstatic Naki. Among the 9,000 were some Celtic supporters who had decided that was a better use of their time than staying in Scotland.

As many happy Celtic supporters have experienced over the years St Pauli parties are legendary. In a lesson some of their more serious fellow travellers should learn, just because you are politically correct doesn’t mean you cannot enjoy yourself. Back in Hamburg, the party raged all night up and down and around the Reeperbahn which had to be closed to traffic to accommodate the estimated 10,000 happy revelers.  24 hours later it shows no sign of abating.

Augsburg did what they could to spoil the party and won 1-0 but with only one game to go St Pauli are 3 points ahead and have a superior goal difference of 16 goals. Given Augsburg are away to leaders Kaiserlautern on the last day there is no chance that a goal difference that massive will be turned round. However if Augsburg do succeed in beating Kaiserlautern or even draw with them, then St Pauli, with a home victory against Paderborn would be League Champions.

Either way you can be guaranteed the party next weekend will be even bigger than this weekend’s one and that it will still be going strong when Celtic supporters start arriving for the Centenary game between the two clubs on the 18th.May. The actual centenary day is on the 15th May, when a team of old St Pauli stars and legends play FC United of Manchester, which will fuel another wave of celebration partying.

Hopefully this means the black years of the last decade are over and the good times have returned. A future GGW post over the summer will look at some of the harsh realities involved in trying to be a highly principled club in the ruthless world of top flight football, but for now all that is required is for all like minded people who share the St Pauli values and principles to join in the double celebration, of their promotion and their 100th Anniversary. Well done the boys in Brown.