Redby Roy’s ‘Sorrowful Mysteries’ piece on the Celtic career of the great non-Irish striking sensation Tony Cascarino prompted a good few memories online of his first goal in the Hoops.
Yes, it may have taken 15 games. Yes, it may have been virtually an open goal. Yes, it does look as though Henry Smith may have actually helped him score it but it was his moment – and cue mass feelings of relief all round.
The dam was well and truly burst. A flood of goals was unleashed. Yep, all 3 of them after this classic strike. Well, at least he did score at Castle Greyskull.
The magic moment is 2 mins 27 seconds in. Unfortunately the footage doesn’t feature the equally magic moment which came about soon after when he lamped Craig Levein and got sent off. A broadcasting travesty up there with the loss of film of the 7-1 second half and the complete failure to record the 4-2 game, surely. EDIT – Thanks to Don Van Vliet on Talk Celtic here is footage of his piledriver of a punch that decked Levin, at 2 mins 36 mins. How many people in Scottish football have wanted to enjoy that feeling in recent years! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dObIkrDRIlo
The original article can be read here: https://theshamrockglasgow.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/the-sorrowful-mysteries-tony-cascarino/