This Day in Celtic History: 2nd October 1985

2nd October 1985

Celtic 1 Athletico Madrid 2 Empty stadium

Alan McInally was ordered off when Celtic lost 3-1 to Rapid Vienna in Austria in a Cup-Winners Cup 2nd round tie in 1984.

In the return leg at Celtic Park, Celtic were leading 3-0 when trouble ensued… a Rapid player claimed he had been hit by a bottle thrown from the Jungle.

After a 12-minute halt to the play, the match resumed with Celtic winning the tie 4-3 on aggregate
The Austrians, though, protested to UEFA and after a meeting in Zurich, the governing body ruled that the second leg must be replayed at a ground at least 150 kilometres from Glasgow
That turned out to be Old Trafford in Manchester, where around 51,000 gathered on 12th December 1984 for the next instalment of the drama. Celtic lost 1-0 but even worse, a couple of fans wearing the Hoops raced on to the field at different times to argue with Rapid players, break-ins not to the liking UEFA, who decreed that Celtic’s next home European tie should be played behind closed doors.

So, on this day in 1985, when a Celtic team ran out at Parkhead for the second –leg of a Cup-Winners’ Cup tie against Atletico Madrid, having drawn the first-leg 1-1 in Spain, there were only around 200 people in the ground to see Celtic lose 2-1 on the night.

Jim Craig

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