24 April 2003 – The night that Henrik Larsson made Celtic supporters dream

Twenty-one years ago today Henrik Larsson scored a late goal in Porto against Boavista to send Celtic into the UEFA Cup Final in Seville, our first European final in 33 years.

Henrik was synonymous for scoring great goals, and this one was anything but, it was a scuffed shot, but it turned out to be one of his most memorable and important in a Celtic shirt.

It was probably the most celebrated goal by a generation of Celtic supporters. It was even comparable with Harald Bratbakk’s title clincher five years previously.

Every single Celtic supporter who was at the game, or watching on TV, or listening on the radio will remember the feeling of euphoria when that goal went in. Older supporters would have been thrilled to be witnessing yet another shot at European glory, while the younger generation would have been thrilled to have been sampling it for the first time.

A lot of us such as myself had lived through the lows of the early and mid nineties. A time when trophies were scarce, never mind success in Europe, and now in one kick of a ball we were heading to a European final. It was the stuff of dreams.

The elation when that final whistle went was as good as when Henrik scored that goal. We were in a European final! New legends had been made and we were witnessing it with our own eyes. What a moment! what a memory!

Just an Ordinary Bhoy

 Celtic Manager Martin O’Neill (C) hugs Celtic player Henrik Larsson as they celebrate the team’s 1-0 victory in the UEFA Cup semi-final match against Boavista FC April 24, 2003 at the Bessa Stadium in Porto, Portugal. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

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(Photos by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

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An ordinary everyday Celtic supporters hailing and still residing in Govan in the shadows of the enemy. I’m a season ticket holder. I Witnessed my first Celtic game in 1988 and have attended when I can ever since. Growing up in the 90s I witnessed Celtic at their lowest, and now appreciate the historic success we enjoy today. I enjoy writing about this wonderful football club and hopefully will continue to do so. I’ve always been a keen writer and initially started this a hobby. My ambition is to one day become as good an author as my fellow Celtic Star colleagues.

1 Comment

  1. Unfortunately, Mourinho’s diving and feigning injury XI put paid to a good game, along with the inept referee who was never seen again.
    Still the main reason I despise Mourinho.