If You Know The History: 26th Feb: Frank McAvennie signs for second time

26th February McAvennie signs for the second time.

Frank McAvennie was born in 1959 and in his teenage years played for St Augustine’s Milton Boys’ Guild, Kilsyth St Pat’s, Kirkintilloch 200 Club and Johnstone Burgh before signing for St Mirren in 1980.

Five years later (after 135 matches; 48 goals), Frank moved south to West Ham, where he did well under the managerial control of John Lyall (85 games; 33 goals). Billy McNeill brought him back to Scotland and Celtic in October 1987, just in time to play a most effective role in the Centenary Season. After a 2-year spell at Parkhead (55 games; 27 goals), Frank moved back to West Ham in 1989 (68 matches; 16 goals). The striker was freed in May 1992, going on to have short loan spells with Aston Villa, Cliftonville and South China, all during the second half of that year.

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Frank McAvennie: Second from right, back row

At heart, though, Frank McAvennie was always a Celt and when the call came from new Boss Liam Brady, he was delighted to accept. On this day in 1993, he signed for Celtic for a second spell.

Jim Craig

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