If You Know The History: 24th October 1979 Celtic 3 Dundalk 2

24th October 1979 Celtic 3 Dundalk 2 European Cup Second Round First leg

Having overcome Partizan Tirana 4-2 on aggregate in the first round of the European Cup in season 1979-80, Celtic were drawn against Dundalk in round two.

The first leg took place on this day in 1979, when 33,000 turned up at Parkhead hoping for another good result. The Celtic side was Latchford, McGrain, McAdam, MacDonald, Lynch, Aitken, MacLeod, Davidson, Provan, McCluskey , Burns and they got off to the perfect start when Roddy MacDonald headed home from a corner in only three minutes.

George McCluskey made it two on the half-hour mark but any thoughts the Celtic players – and the home crowd – had of a walk-over disappeared when Muckian pulled one back for the Irish Champions two minutes later. Tommy Burns restored the two-goal cushion in 33 minutes and Celtic held on to it until the 66th minute, when Mick Lawlor made it 3-2.

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That was the final score so on 7th November 1979, the teams ran out for the return leg on to Oriel Park in Dundalk with everything to play for. It turned out to be a nail-biting occasion for all Celtic fans, as their team did not play well, defended desperately at times and rather stumbled into the next round by gaining a 0-0 draw.

PS Who was the first Albanian player to join Celtic?

Jim Craig

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3 thoughts on “If You Know The History: 24th October 1979 Celtic 3 Dundalk 2

  1. was at the match in dundalk my home county to see the lillywhites certain celtic supporters thought it was a protestant town not knowing its ole name of el paso until they were educated by amhran na bfhiann

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