What Was On This Day? 30th August 1967 Celtic 3 Rangers 1 League Cup

In this season, the draw for the group stages of the League Cup threw up what must have been one of the most competitive sections ever, when Celtic, Aberdeen, Dundee United and Rangers were drawn together.

Celt started slowly but effectively. A 1-0 home win over Dundeed Utd was followed by a 1-1 draw with Rangers at Ibrox ( when the crowd was given as 94,168), a 3-1 victory over Aberdeen at Parkhead and then another single goal win over the ‘Arabs’ at Tannadice. Next up was the second meeting of the two Glasgow giants, a much eagerly anticipated encounter, which drew an attendance of some 75,000 to Celtic Park on the evening of this day in 1967.

Rangers took the lead through Willie Henderson in 8 minutes and seemed content to sit on that lead. Celtic were certainly the more threatening side and made some chances but none of them were taken and with some 15 minutes to go, it was still 1-0 to the Light Blues.

Then, drama…a penalty to Rangers! Again Henderson was the man, breaking away on the Rangers right before being downed by John Clark. Up stepped right-back Kai Johansen, Rangers hero in the Scottish Cup Final 16 months previously, and he certainly struck his shot with power. Sadly for the visiting fans, though, it was too high, slamming against the cross-bar before being cleared by the Celtic defence.

As if on cue, that seemed to be a signal to the Celtic side that this was going to be their night and suddenly, everything clicked into place. In 78 minutes, Willie Wallace glanced home a header from a corner for the equaliser; in 83 minutes, Bobby Murdoch sent an unstoppable shot high into the net past Eric Sorensen.

MURDOCH

Then, with only a minute remaining, Bobby Lennox darted through the Rangers defence to add a third goal and put a seal on a truly remarkable victory.

NB1 In the final match of the section, Celtic beat Aberdeen 5-1 at Pittodrie, with young Pat MacMahon making his League Cup debut and scoring the second goal as well.

NB2 In the two matches against Rangers and one of the two versus both Dundee United and Aberdeen, the Celtic eleven which took to the field was the side known as the ‘Lisbon Lions’.

What Was On This Day? 26th August 1997 Celtic 6 Tirol Innsbruck 3 UEFA Cup QP 2nd Round 2nd Leg

Having lost 1-2 in Austria in the first leg, the Celtic management and players knew that they had a job on their hands in the return. However, few in the crowd of 47,017 would have imagined before the start just how difficult the task would be. And their hopes were made even more uncertain when the news came through that Darren Jackson had been pulled from the side by Wim Jansen at the last minute as he was suffering from head pains. The team which started was Gould, Boyd, Mahe, MacKay, Hannah, Donnelly, Burley, Wieghorst, O’Donnell, Larsson, Thom.

When the match got underway, it took a while for the goals to arrive but when they did, they came thick and fast;

34 minutes……a cross by Morten Wieghorst, a right root strike by Simon Donnelly. 1-0 Celtic

39 minutes……outside left Mayrleb knocks in the equaliser. 1-1

44 minutes……free-kick to Celtic just inside the box. Henrik Larsson touched it sideways to Andy Thom,

whose shot went in off a post. 2-1 Celtic

THOM

45 minutes……Mayrleb burst into the box, his back-heel, intended for a team-mate, hit Larsson’s heel

and looped over Jonathan Gould. 2-2

69 minutes…….Larsson tripped in box. He recovered sufficiently to slot home the resultant penalty. 3-2

70 minutes……Larsson skipped past four Tirol tackles to set up Craig Burley, whose shot was deflected

into the net. 4-2 Celtic.

82 minutes…..midfield sub Krinner scored what could have been the crucial goal, his header powering

past Gould. 4-3 Celtic

87 minutes……Wieghorst showed great skill in the box before stabbing the ball home. 5-3 Celtic

94 minutes……Larsson went on another wonderful run before rolling the ball across goal for Burley

to slam home. 6-3 Celtic

It had been a wonderful evening at Celtic Park and manager Wim Jansen was suitably delighted ;”All our players gave more than 100% and there was not a failure in the side”. The fans were equally pleased. They had now seen their heroes dispose of Inter Cabletel and Tirol Innsbruck; now they were looking forward to meeting Liverpool in the next round.

NB The first time Celtic had been drawn against a team from Austria in European competition was in season 1977-78, when they played against S.W.W. Innsbruck in the European Cup. Celtic won the first leg at Parkhead – when the team on the night was Latchford, Aitken, Lynch, Edvaldsson, MacDonald, Casey, Doyle, Glavin, Craig, Burns and Wilson – but lost 3-0 in Austria.

What Was On This Day? 22nd August Celtic 2 Hamilton 2 League Southern Division

There were 16 teams in the Scottish League, Southern Division for the 1942/43 season and this was Celtic’s third match of the campaign. Certain conditions had been laid down by the SFA and Scottish League for the playing of football during the war. Midweek games were banned; crowds had to be under 8,000 or, for larger stadia, 15,000; and players had to have a job outside of football.

Both of Celtic first two matches had resulted in 2-2 draws, the first against Dumbarton at Parkhead (5,000) and the second at Hampden against Queen’s Park (8,000). The manager, Jimmy McStay, must have been quite pleased with most of his side, as the same eleven was chosen for both opening matches; Culley, Hogg, Dornan, McDonald, McPhail, McLaughlin, Riley, MacAuley, Delaney, Long and Nelson.

DELANEY

However, the manager was having a problem with the goalkeeper. After spells with Hibs, Lincoln City and Alloa Athletic, Jimmy Cully had joined Celtic in January 1942 and held the number one spot for the remainder of the 1941-42 season. Unfortunately, though, Culley had been concussed in the Public Trial of 1st August 1942 and frankly, was not quite up to the mark. The problem was, though, that his deputy was also injured, suffering from tonsillitis, and the manager obviously felt that playing an experienced, if not quite 100% keeper, was better than asking a tyro with an infection to take the role. So, Culley was in goal for the matches against the Sons and the Spiders.

For this match against Hamilton, though, the deputy – a 17-year-old by the name of Willie Miller – had recovered and he took to the field for the first of what would be 265 appearances for Celtic. And 8,000 turned up for the contest, which again ended in a 2-2 draw, with Jimmy Delaney and Pat MacAuley getting the goals.

NB The ‘McPhail’ listed in the team above was John McPhail. who had arrived at Parkhead almost straight from St Mungo’s Academy in Glasgow, with a very short period at Strathclyde Juniors in between. To the fans during his time at the club – 1941 to 1956 – he was known as ‘Hookey’, due to the spin he could put on a ball.

What Was On This Day? 18th August 2001 Juventus 3 Celtic 2 Champions League Group Match

This was Celtic’s first-ever Champions’ League group match and it ended in controversy.

Both sides had lost important players in the days leading up to the game – Lubo Moravcik (Celtic) to injury and Pavel Medved (Juventus) to suspension – but it was still a keenly-awaited encounter and on the night, 43,017 crowded into the Stadio Nuovo Communale in Turin for the occasion. Celtic were represented by Douglas, Valgaeren, Balde, Thompson, Lambert, Lennon, Petrov, Mjallby, Agathe, Sutton and Larsson.

43 minutes….. Juventus took the lead through striker David Trezeguet

55 minutes,,,,,,Trezeguet gave Juventus a 2-0 lead.

67 minutes…..Celtic got back in the game when, from a free-kick by Henrik Larsson, Stylian Patrov’s low drive was deflected in.

HENRIK

Juventus were holding on but then lost Edgar Davids to a second yellow and Celtic took advantage of the extra man to snatch an equaliser, Larsson scoring from the penalty spot after Chris Sutton had been pulled down. However, just when it looked like Celtic would go away with a point, Joos Valgaeren was adjudged to have up-ended Nicola Amaruso with only two minutes left and a penalty was awarded.

The Celtic fans in the crowd were furious with the referee; on the pitch, the players were quick to crowd round him and express their anger; at the side of the field, Martin O’Neiil expressed his ire to the fourth official, too vociferously in the opinion of the man-in-charge and he was sent to the stand.

After some time, things settled down sufficiently for the penalty to be taken and it was the player reputedly brought down – Nicola Amaruso – who stepped forward to slot the penalty home to give Juventus a 3-2 win.

NB Some 20 years previously, on 30th September 1981, Celtic had met Juventus in the European Cup at the original Stadio Communale. Celtic were represented on the night by Bonner, Moyes, Reid, Aitken, McAdam, MacLeod, Provan, Sullivan, McGarvey, Burns and McCluskey but while they gave a good account of themselves, the Italians proved thr stronger and won 2-0.

What Was On This Day? 14th August New Players arrive at Parkhead

At the end of his first season in charge at Celtic Park – in the summer of 1992 – Liam Brady had overseen the outgoing of a succession of fringe players who had spent some time in the reserve side.

BRADY

John Hewitt moved to St Mirren; Anton Rogan to Sunderland; Dariusz Dziekanowski travelled south to Bristol City; Andy Walker to Bolton Wanderers; and Martin Hayes was given a free transfer.

On this day in 1992, Brady brought in three players in whom he hoped would strengthen the side. Stuart Slater came in from West Ham – where he had been a team-mate of the Celtic manager – for a Celtic record fee of £1.7 million. Rudi Vata, a versatile Albanian defender from Dinamo Tirana, was signed for £200,000; and Andy Payton arrived from Middlesbrough in a straight swap for right-back Chris Morris.

Liam Brady was obviously very hopeful that his new charges would be successes with their new club but just how well did they do? Well, let’s look at their playing records;-

Rudi Vata; Rudi had a 4-year spell at Celtic Park but made only 44 full appearances plus 12 as a substitute. A disappointing return?

Stuart Slater; Stuart only lasted one season at Celtic Park – 55 appearances and 3 goals – before being transferred to Ipswich Town for £750,000. The playing figures are not what the manager – and indeed one assumes the Board and the fans – expected for the outlay.

Andy Payton; Andy lasted 15 months at Parkhead, making 46 appearance and scoring 20 goals before leaving for Barnsley. Those figures show a reasonable return for the decision to bring him in.

NB By the time Andy Payton left, on 24th November 1993, Lou Macari was in the managerial chair and it was his decision to move the striker out. Payton went down to Yorkshire in part exchange for Wayne Biggins.