If You Know The History – 7th August 1993 Celtic 2 Motherwell 2

On this day in 1993, Liam Brady was in charge as Celtic prepared for a visit to Fir Park where they would meet Motherwell in the opening league match of the new season. First–team coach Mick Martin had just been removed from his post and Joe Jordan had been brought in as assistant manager in place of Tommy Craig.

During the close season, midfielder Pat McGinlay had been brought in from Hibs for the sum of £525,000, the deal being financed by the sale of both Joe Miller to Aberdeen for around £300,000 and Stevie Fulton to Bolton for a similar sum. By contrast with this penny-pinching, Duncan Ferguson had only recently been bought by Rangers for the sum of £4million.

The Celtic Board of the time was under fire from the fans to spend some money; Liam Brady was under pressure from the Board and the fans to deliver results; and the players were no doubt feeling the strain even before the opening game of the season. Two goals were scored – one by Stuart Slater, one of Liam Brady’s signings and the other by Frank McAvennie – but Motherwell also got two to force a draw, putting the manager back under the cosh once more.

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