Do You Remember the First Time? Barcelona v Celtic 1964

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It’s almost 50 years since Celtic’s first competitve game in the Nou Camp.  On 18th November 1964 a relatively inexperienced Celtic team (Simpson, Young, Gemmell, Clark, McNeill, Kennedy, Johnstone, Cushley, Chalmers, Murdoch, Hughes) went down 3-1 in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in Barcelona before a crowd of only 25,000.  The Celts were two down after 22 minutes but John Hughes pulled one back early in the second half and they made a game of it before Rife (he was all over the place) grabbed a 3rd two minutes from the end. 

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In the return leg at Celtic Park before 43,000 a 0-0 draw was played out with Barcelona enjoying the bulk of the play thanks in the main to their Hungarian veteran Koscis. 

Here’s hoping Neil Lennon’s men put on a good performance against the Catalans tonight.  Intae them!

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