Video: Trip Down Memory Lane – Late Celtic Goal Flurry Knocks Honved Out Of The European Cup (1988)

On this day in 1988, Celtic overcame a 1-0 first leg deficit in the opening round of the European Cup, by thumping Honved 4-0 at Paradise.

The game wasn’t straightforward though, as despite an early goal from Billy Stark, the Bhoys walked a tightrope until 73 minutes when goals from Andy Walker, Frank McAvennie and Mark McGhee saw Celtic burst into the second round.

Just over 40,000 were at the game, snapping up tickets for as little as £3. Alan Rough made an impressive European debut, facing the same opposition that he played against for Partick Thistle in the 1971 UEFA Cup.

So important was this match in setting the tone for the season, that Celtic went to Seamill 24 hours earlier than usual, to prepare.

Enjoy the goals below.

Liam Kelly

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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