Video: “He Rose With Two Defenders, To Win The Ball So Clean With Sabido & Camacho, Was John Doyle In The Green”

On this day in 1980, Celtic recorded a famous 2-0 victory over Real Madrid in the European Cup Quarter-Final (first leg).  It was a quite sensational result, marking Celtic’s last venture to that stage of the competition (to date) in style – even if the second leg was a disaster in Spain.

The match came as part of Billy McNeill’s first season managing in the European Cup, and the boss was delighted when George McCluskey put Celtic ahead with a close range strike from a rebounded effort.

Real Madrid hadn’t won the tournament since 1966 but were still an illustrious name. Therefore, it was no surprise to see Johnny Doyle, a boyhood Celt, wheel away in delight when he leapt between two defenders to head the ball into the back of the net and give the Hoops a 2-0 lead.

the scoreline stayed that way. A famous victory was recorded and Johnny Doyle has written his name in Celtic folklore along side all the other highs and lows as a Bhoy who lived the dream.

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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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