This day in Celtic History: 19th September 1992

Falkirk 4 vs Celtic 5

Brockville was among the least favourite grounds of the players of my time at Celtic Park. It was small, the main stand was fairly primitive and the covered enclosure on the opposite side was not much better. There was very little room between the pitch and the spectator areas, with the crowd right up close to the players, ideally placed to give out a bit of stick. And, as the home fans did not seem to like us, they really gave us pelters all through the match! It was not the best place to perform one’s trade.

By the decade of the 1990s, things had not changed much – in fact, structurally, the stadium was worse – so I suspect the new generation of Celtic players might have had similar thoughts when manager Liam Brady sent them on to the pitch on this day in 1992 for a league match with a crowd of 9,700 packed up close to the action

Falkirk took the lead in 26 minutes but almost immediately Andy Payton was downed in the box and Dariusz Wdowczyk scored from the spot. Just on half-time, a fine pass by John Collins gave Gerry Creaney a chance and he made no mistake from 6 yards to make it 2-1.Then a shock for the players and the watching manager, as Falkirk scored three goals in 13 minutes to take a 4-2 lead. Back came Celtic, though. In 70 mins, a Collins corner, a flick on by Stuart Slater and Andy Payton made it 4-3 from 10 yards

In 77 mins, a Paul McStay corner was met forcefully by Gerry Creaney and his header squirmed under the keeper’s body for the equaliser

And just on the whistle, a John Collins free-kick rebounded from the body of the Bairnskeeper and came straight back to John, who volleyed the ball into the net for a dramatic winner and two badly-needed points for Celtic. I wonder if the defeat quietened the home crowd?

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This day was obviously one designed for high scoring. In a Glasgow Cup tie on 1st Celtic Park in 1991, Celtic hammered Kelvinside Athletic 11-1! On the same day in 1933, they beat Cowdenbeath 7-0 at Parkheaad in a league match; and in 1973, over in Finland, TPS Turku were thrashed 6-1 in a European Cup 1st round, 1st leg tie.

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