Heartache In Munich: Celtic Go Toe To Toe With Europe’s Best, On This Day (2003)

Today marks the anniversary of exciting times for Celtic in European competition. Few could believe it, when Alan Thompson scored a diving header in Germany to give Celtic a second half lead over Bayern Munich. Yet, that’s exactly what happened, on this day 18 years ago, in the UEFA Champions League.

The Hoops ultimately lost the game 2-1, but the home side didn’t register their winning goal until the 86th minute. In that sense, the Bhoys could be proud of going toe to toe with Europe’s best, as they so typically did at that time, whether in Scotland or abroad. Following on from the UEFA Cup Final a few months earlier, these were really great days for the club – the like of which had not been seen since the 1970s.

Europe is the stage on which this incredible institution belongs, and competing at that level has provided incredible memories for the support. Talking of which, over 5,000 Celtic fans made the trip to Germany back in September 2003… one can even be seen in the Bayern end, just behind Thommo as he put the Celts in front (cover photo).

Highlights of the match can be seen below. Wonderful, if bittersweet, memories to reflect on!


About Author

Hailing from an Irish background, I grew up in Bournemouth with the good fortune to begin watching Celtic during the Martin O'Neill era. Still living on the south coast, I have a season ticket at Paradise and also travel to European away matches when possible. I have written four Celtic books since the age of 19: Our Stories & Our Songs: The Celtic Support, Take Me To Your Paradise: A History Of Celtic-Related Incidents & Events, Walfrid & The Bould Bhoys: Celtic's Founding Fathers, First Season & Early Stars, and The Holy Grounds of Glasgow Celtic: A Guide To Celtic Landmarks & Sites Of Interest. These were/are sold in Waterstones and official Celtic FC stores, and are available on Amazon.

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