If You Know The History 28th May 1888 Celtic 5 Rangers 2

28th May 1888 Celtic 5 Rangers 2

It was a wonderful start for a new club, a 5-2 victory over a city rival which had already been in existence for some 15 years and both the committeemen and the small but loyal group of supporters were really pleased with the outcome.

A lot of hard work had been put in. After the proposal to start the new club had been passed the previous November, a whole crowd of people had put in a real shift to get the new stadium ready and this they had achieved by the end of April. On 8th May 1888, came the inaugural match, when Hibs and Cowlairs fought out a 0-0 draw in front of 3,000 spectators.

Then, on this day in 1888, came Celtic’s first big moment, when an invited group of players ran out in the club’s first strip- a white shirt with a green collar and Celtic cross in red on the breast – to face Rangers in the club’s first-ever match. Rangers, perhaps apprehensive about all the publicity regarding the new club and its ground, put out their second eleven – the Swifts – which was duly dispatched by five goals to two. So, Celtic were on their way.

Jim Craig

Celtic team wearing the first strip



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