What Was On This Day? 22nd March 1972 Celtic 1 Ujpest Dosza 1 European Cup Quarter-final 2nd Leg

After having knocked out BK 1903 Copenhagen in Round One of the European Cup in season 1917-72 and Sliema Wanderers in Round Two, Celtic were drawn against Ujpest Dosza of Hungary in the quarter-finals.

The first leg was away and a youngish side gave an excellent performance, coming home with a 2-1 lead. The return was played on this day in 1972 and the side that night was Williams, McGrain, Brogan, Murdoch, McNeill, Connelly, Hood, Hay, Dalglish, Macari and Lennox. It had been assumed that the Magyar side had under-performed in the first leg and they certainly looked the part in the opening half of the return, taking the lead in 5 minutes and giving Celtic a very difficult time.

No doubt some choice words were uttered by the manager at the break and it was definitely a more focused Celtic who took to the field for the second half and took the game to the Hungarians. However, it was still pretty even, although the equaliser by Lou Macari in the 64th minute helped to defray the nerves of the Celtic support in the crowd of 75,000.



Ujpest should have perhaps scored another eleven minutes from time when Bene was put through he shot beyond the far post and at the final whistle, it was Celtic who went through 3-2 on aggregate.

PS Only three days later, at Firhill against Partick Thistle, Danny McGrain fractured his skull in a collision with Doug Sumner


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