Photo Of The Day: Danny McGrain Collects A Pennant In The Bernabeu

The return of the photo of the day feature looks back to the 1980 European Cup Quarter Final when Celtic visited the Bernabeu to defend their 2-0 advantage from the first leg.

Club captain Danny McGrain can be seen exchanging pennants with José Martínez Sánchez, better known by his nickname of ‘Pirri’.

The versatile Spaniard captained Madrid and won 1 European Cup, 10 La Liga and 4 Spanish Cups with the club. A warrior, he played the 1971 final of the European Cup Winner’s Cup with his arm in a sling, and the 1975 Copa del Rey final with fever and a broken jaw.

Unfortunately for Celtic, his team successfully overturned the first leg deficit by beating the Hoops 3-0 in the Spanish capital. Nevertheless, the memories of the last time that Celtic reached this stage of the European Cup/Champions League are fantastic to look back on.

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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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