When Celtic played China…
It’s the international break at the moment and it disrupts our weekly fix of football. International football will always play second fiddle with me and probably the majority of Celtic supporters.
However on very rare occasions when Celtic played against an international opponent, that is course a different story. In our illustrious history we’ve played a few national sides in friendly games, most notable the Republic of Ireland but Celtic also had the honour of playing the Chinese national side back in August 1979.
A curious choice, but a pleasant one all the same, if you were to ignore the ignorant insulting and offensive puns the papers used in Scottish printed media their reports of the game regarding our Chinese visitors.
The Chinese team were on a British tour and had arranged the game 12 months earlier. This was the last game of their tour and they had lost their previous friendly 4-0 to West Brom. Indeed they hadn’t won any of their games whilst on these shores, and hadn’t even scored a solitary goal.
Low and behold they did score at Celtic Park, although it turned out to be nothing more than a mere consolation as the Scottish Champions – still on a high from that 4-2 victory over Rangers on the last day of the previous season – scored six of their own to record an emphatic 6-1 scoreline.
A Murdo MacLeod hat trick, a brace by George McCluskey and a solitary Davie Provan strike helped us to an emphatic victory.
As you can see from the photographs there was a decent crowd of around 18,000 (cough) at Celtic Park for the game and the Jungle was as usual very busy. The supporters in there who used the facilities situated below the Jungle would have headed down to enjoy their comfort break here…and who says you can’t smell a photograph?
This is from a collection of around 800 forgotten photographs of Celtic Park and Barrowfields that The Celtic Star is exclusively featuring at the moment. The collection was forgotten prints and slides in former Celtic Director Tom Grant’s loft.
Following a recent house move Tom discovered a few large bags of photos up in his loft and contacted The Celtic Star editor so that they could be shared with the Celtic support. It took a while to digitalise everyone and that has now been done and all photos will be shared exclusively on The Celtic Star over the coming week.
This image of the facilities underneath the Jungle was one of several we have released on social media over the past few days to great acclaim from Celtic supporters – it’s even attracted the attention of the other side of the city and has a thread of it’s own on their Follow Follow forum.
The images are being released on The Celtic Star – 50 at a time – and this started last night (see below) and more will follow today.
Here are some of the reports from Celtic’s 6-1 win over China, with some pretty shocking headlines which you should note were usually NOT written by the match reporter but by the sub-editors at the the papers…and also the match programme, which cost 15p, on top of the penny spent underneath the Jungle!