Video – 24 Years Ago: One Of The Greatest Days In Celtic Park

The 1990s was obviously a dark period for Celtic, however, there were a few great days and one such day occurred 24 years ago, on 10 March 1996. Supporters of a certain age will recall the Scottish Cup quarter final at Celtic Park when the stadium was under construction. Many talk of the match as one of the great atmospheres in modern times, and little wonder given the difference in expectation at the time.

Scarcely will you see the pitch in such a state at Celtic Park these days! Nevertheless, a crowd of just over 32,000 were treated to a memorable match. Dundee United took the lead through Coyle in the 29th minute, when he turned in the rebound from his penalty after Gordon Marshall saved. Yet the home fans stayed with the team and were rewarded in the final two minutes as Van Hooijdonk and Thom scored within 60 seconds of one another, to turn the game on its head and spark wild celebrations.

Full time Celtic 2-1 Dundee Utd

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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