One Of The Greatest Celtic Days – 32 Years Ago

The Centenary season is possibly the greatest Celtic season outside of 1966/67. The club won the domestic double in dramatic circumstances, in what was one of our final triumphs in front of such huge crowds on the old terracing of Parkhead and Hampden.

The Scottish Cup final was held on this day, 14 May 1988, on a blazing hot day at Hampden Park. Dundee Utd were the opponents and they took the lead through Kevin Gallacher, grandson of Celtic legend Patsy Gallacher!

Not to be denied, Celtic equalised in the 76th minute through a McAvennie header. The day was then famously complete in injury time as McAvennie grabbed the winner.

Hampden was a sea of green, white and gold. Prompting Tommy Burns to famously say “They’re there and they’re always there and god bless every one of them.”

About Author

Hailing from an Irish background, I grew up on the English south coast with the good fortune to begin watching Celtic during the Martin O'Neill era. 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 previously sold in Waterstones and official Celtic FC stores, and are now available on Amazon.

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