Photo Of The Day: Roy Keane Acts As Peacemaker During Ryan Giggs’ Testimonial

Today’s photo of the day is from the Ryan Giggs Testimonial match between Manchester United and Celtic in August 2001.

An estimated 20,000 Celtic fans went down to Old Trafford that day and they witnessed an absolute thriller as the Bhoys beat the English champions 4-3.

The match was no friendly. It was played in a competitive spirit, with David Beckham lashing out at Chris Sutton among other flashpoints. Ironically, Roy Keane actually acted as peacemaker when Neil Lennon and David Beckham had words with one another, and it is that moment which is the focus of this feature:

Lennon had the last laugh as he scored in the victory, so to did Sutton, adding to strikes from Lubo Moravcik and Paul Lambert. Van Nistelrooy scored for the Red Devils (2) and so did Sebastian Veron.

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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