If You Know The History – 5th October 1988 Celtic 4 Honved 0 European Cup First Round; Second Leg

After completing a ‘double’ in the Centenary Season of 1987/88, Celtic’s fans were hopeful of a good run in the European Cup the following season. In the previous two campaigns in Europe, they had firstly lost to Dinamo Kiev in the second round of the European Cup in 1986/87; then suffered the indignity of a first –round exit at the hands of Borussia Dortmund in 1987/88 in the UEFA Cup.

When the draw was made for the 1988/89 competition, Celtic were paired with Honved of Hungary and duly travelled to Budapest for the first leg in early September. On 7th of that month, they went down to the Hungarian champions but only by a single goal, so Billy McNeill and his men had every reason to feel optimistic about the return, which was played on this day in 1988.


On the night, the Celtic side was Rough, Morris, Rogan, Aitken, McCarthy, Whyte, Stark, McStay, McAvennie, Walker and Miller, an eleven which took the game by the scruff of the neck right from the start and never allowed Honved into it. The goals were shared between Billy Stark, Frank McAvennie, Andy Walker and substitute Mark McGhee, the 4-1 aggregate score putting Celtic into round two, where they would meet Werder Bremen.

PS    The two players who came on as subs against Valur on 1st October 1975 were Jim Casey and George McCluskey.

PPS     Today’s question concerns the goalkeeper in that team named above. From which team did Celtic sign Alan Rough?


2 thoughts on “If You Know The History – 5th October 1988 Celtic 4 Honved 0 European Cup First Round; Second Leg

  1. Orlando . A question for you, who was in goal in the first leg ? I actually went to it, my first Euro away game, great trip poor game. I suppose a lot could say that.

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