Never Mind The Euros: Celtic Memories Of The Wembley Cup (2009)

All eyes are firmly fixtured on Wembley Stadium as England take on Germany in the last 16 of Euro 2020. However, in more important news, it is almost 12 years since Celtic played at the same famous ground. Indeed, it was 26 July 2009, when the Hoops faced Tottenham Hotspur in the Wembley Cup.

A 2-0 victory over the English club ensured that Darren O’Dea was able to lift the trophy and bring it home to Paradise – the only positive in what was to become a dreadful 2009/10 season!

Goals on the afternoon came from Killen and Samaras, whilst Paddy McCourt ran the game from the centre of midfield and almost scored one of the finest goals in Wembley history…

Tony Mowbray’s Celtic side had thrashed Egyptian giants Al Ahly earlier that weekend, whilst Barcelona also beat the Egyptians but were held to a draw by Spurs. Therefore, the Bhoys topped a star studded group to claim the prize.

Thousands of Celtic fans made the trip to London and, as ever, it was them who were the real highlight of the tournament. They were in fantastic voice throughout.

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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