Milan – Here Come The Celts!

As thousands of Celtic fans visit the Italian city for the Europa League tie, The Shamrock looks back to the time when the support descended on Milan – for the 1970 European Cup Final v Feyenoord.

Milan Here Come The Celts

More fans travelled to Milan in 1970 than Lisbon in ’67.  These Bhoys (below) went by motorcade – leaving from the front door of Celtic Park and driving all the way to Italia.

Milan Motorcade at Celtic Park 1970

The Belfast Tims had taken over most of the Milanese landmarks:

Celtic fans in Milan 1970 with Rotterdam fans

The Celtic support brought colour as well as noise to the city

MILAN 1970   Celtic fans in the square and banners

The Dutch fans were happy to join in the fun.  They were the only ones still dancing the next day though.

Milan 1970 Celtic fans in square

Giant hooped hats appeared to be de rigeur around the San Siro and the city that month.  Milan Fashion Week was just in its infancy:

Milan 1970  Square

Banners, flags, scarves and hats were the order of the day!

Milan final 1970

These fans decided to take scenic route home – via Mont Blanc!

Celtic fans at Mont Blanc on way from Milan 1970

While these supporters decided to get into the San Siro early and take advantage of the decent weather.  It is not known if they were carrying pyro at the time.  Many of these fans were happy to predict a 2 goal victory for the Celts!

Milan Celts sunbathing in San Siro

 

There was no luck to be had and Celtic lost 2_1. What would you give for that result being reversed in our favour today!

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Signed Celtic jersey – charity auction (Facebook)

Celtic fan Paul Wilkie from Glasgow is auctioning a signed Celtic first team jersey to raise funds for his friend Lucy Clarke who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis. 

To find out more and take part in the auction which ends on Sunday 8th March 2015 please visit Paul’s Facebook page here:

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Paradise Regained! Celtic v Inter – fan photos and footage

GB display from below with players cut out

It was an incredible night in Paradise when Internazionale of Milan came to visit for the first time four decades.

 

Celtic Park looked very different from the last time Inter arrived on Kerrydale Street

Celtic Way before the melee

 

The Italians were met at the front door by this old foe

Jock Statue and cover

 

And this shy, retiring one!

Bertie Auld on pitch before game

 

The Green Brigade put on an incredible display commemorating that famous afternoon in Lisbon with a quote from the great man himself:

GB display  Italian press 1

 

GB from upper North Stand 1

 

GB display  from Main Stand 1

 

From the blank telly screen the displayed changed to show famous images from the Lisbon ’67 final

 

GB display Photobhoy

 

 

GB Display Italian press 2

 

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Full footage of the near 10 minute display can be viewed here:

 

The Inter fans enjoyed listening to ‘You’ll Never Walk On’ alone before the game started:

Inter fans enjoy YNWA

 

Many forgot to sing their own songs, taken as they were with the spectacle of Celtic Park in full voice:

 

YNWA as enjoyed from the opposite corner of the ground:

 

The action on the pitch wasn’t too bad either:

Huddle at CP

 

Armstrong scores his first

 

Armstrong and Griffiths celebrate

 

The Celtic support just could not get enough:

 

And the management team were enjoying themselves too:

John Collins celebrates

 

Despite a brave and skilful performance it looked as though the Italians would run out 3-2 winners until John Guidetti decided to . . . after a three month gap . . . put the ball in the netti!

Guidetti strikes!

Guidettie celebrates

 

Guidetti celebrates 2

 

The joyous scenes as Celtic Park rocked will live long in the memory – the players showed their appreciation of the support too:

 

The team goes to Milan next week in the knowledge they can match Inter and maybe, just maybe, pull off a famous victory.  One that would certainly see them build up their own legends at Celtic Park and beyond.

 

After the game fans went on social media to highlight other legends of the Scottish game

GB display  Craigy

 

And to remind the Green Brigade that Police Scotland would be placing special ‘focus’ on their activities on the night:

 

GB display  TV licence required

 

A truly unforgettable night in Paradise!  Here’s hoping the support will continue to turn out in great numbers as the team aim for 4 in a row against a spirited Aberdeen challenge.  Who would want to miss occasions like this? 

 

If you enjoy the displays of the Green Brigade and appreciate the tremendous hard work that goes into producing them then please donate – the cost of the Inter display is estimated at between £2-£3k and coffers are running dry.  Please use PayPal for any donations you can spare to keep the great displays and banners coming – use this address for donations:  greenbrigade@hotmail.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get Inter Them!

Jinky in Lisbon colour

The Green and White Hoops.  The Black and Blue Stripes.  Tonight promises to be a bit special. 

For a club which features so prominently in the history of Celtic, it is a little surprising that we have only played Internazionale of Milan on three occasions.  That those games were two European Cup semi-finals and a European Cup final only five years apart illustrates just how long ago it has been (and how much has changed) since the two sides have met.

It is not the European Cup and it is not a semi-final.  But Celtic Park will be jam-packed to capacity, the noise will be deafening at times and the Lisbon Lions will be making an appearance before kick-off:  it promises to be a truly memorable night in Paradise.

We may not have a player such as Jimmy Johnstone who was good enough to earn the title ‘The King of Lisbon’ back in 1967 but we have a committed and stylish team of players under Ronnie Deila who have played some excellent football of late.  We all know that Inter are a significant step-up, in every sense.  Over two legs especially, not many will fancy us to run out victors.

But we know it’s possible, the players know it’s possible.  The Manager clearly believes it to be so.  My heart is racing just at the thought of it – and  the possibility of a Ronny Roar at the game’s close.   A Bhoy can dream.

The Nerazzuri are finally returning to Celtic Park.  For the majority of Celtic fans present it will be the first time they’ve seen the famous black and blue jersey in action.  Inter left the last time (1972) celebrating victory on penalties (both semi-final ties ending nil-nil)but they are at heart a club whose defeat to Jock Stein’s men in the heat of Lisbon shook them to the core.  They have never quite recovered from the blow.

More importantly, they are a club who know exactly what Celtic are capable of.   Patience will be the key for our support as Ronny Deila tries to chart a path to victory – which will hopefully stand us in good stead the following week in Italy.  It would be a true sensation if we overcome Inter and progress into the next round.

Don’t hold back Bhoys and Ghirls.  This is one night when we need to be heard.  The feelgood factor has returned to our club and support of late as the team have gone on a tremendous winning run.   Lullabies, battle cries, songs of hope and joy – air them loud and proud all around Celtic Park.  Soak up that atmosphere.

We live for nights like these and the chance – as Jock Stein proclaimed – to “build up our own legends.  We don’t want to live with history, to be compared with legends from the past.  We  must make new legends.”

Amen to that – and get Inter them!!

Billy McNeill Lisbon 67  Captains shake hands, pennant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celtic debut bhoys – a warning from history!

Jinky, smoke flares in the background

 

There have been strong suggestions that either or both Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong could make their Celtic debuts at Firhill tonight.    Celtic supporters are confident that the former Dundee United duo will make a great impact on the race for the treble this season and in the seasons ahead in Celtic jerseys.

Not every debut goes the way you would like it to though.  Many have forgotten that the man regarded as Celtic’s greatest player of all time, Jinky himself, got off to perhaps the worst start imaginable in the Hoops.

Jinky young

 

Aged 18, the 5ft 4inch Viewpark Bhoy made his first appearance for the club at Rugby Park on 27th March 1963.  Despite established players such as Stevie Chalmers, Charlie Gallagher, Dunky McKay and Jim Kennedy in the team, Celtic slumped to an unforgiveable 6-0 defeat to a relatively poor Kilmarnock team.  Of course, Jimmy Johnstone went on to prove himself a football great and his unfortunate debut was put behind him – which wasn’t the case for the goalkeeper Dick Madden.

That night at Kilmarnock was also Dick’s debut.  He had been a schoolmate of Jinky’s at Our Lady’s High School in Motherwell.  Season 62-3 was his first at the club having signed from Blantyre Celtic and, although third-choice keeper, he was called up to replace the injured Frank Haffey (who  himself did not enjoy the best reputation between the sticks!).  Although Dick was considered blameless for all six goals and Celtic’s main defenders were injured for the game, his debut was to prove his last first team game for the club.

Dick wasn’t banished though – and even travelled with the team to Budapest for a European game the following season as deputy to John Fallon.  Here he can be seen as part of the travelling party – standing in front of John Hughes near the top of the stairs on the Aer Lingus plane.

 

Celtic team plane to Budapest 1964

It wasn’t all bad news for Dick where the game of football was concerned though.  When he got home that night he found out that his family had won the then incredible sum of £10,000 on the football pools!

His Celtic team-mates weren’t slow to pick up on his good fortune coming so soon after his unfortunate debut.  Bertie Auld recalls that one of them suggested the keeper should open up a pub with his winnings – and call it the Lets Six Inn!

Dick went on to have a decent career with Albion Rovers and Clydebank.  He was very sanguine about his time at Celtic Park and liked to tell the story of how, years later, on a visit to the barbers the barber turned to him, after a few minutes of sly looks, to ask “Did you used to play for Celtic?”  Dick replied that he’d been the reserve goalie for a number of years, prompting the barber to say:   “That’s right – You’re the only thing that Frank Haffey ever kept oot!”

 

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