Going Tonto,But Not In Toronto,Objection Overuled.
Still not a lot happening as we head towards a weekend which will have a big bearing on our season. I expect most of the players will be back in light training today as they build up a head of steam for it.
Today’s Memorable Match is brought to you by MIKE,and it’s one I didn’t get to see. For that alone,a special thank you-I’m off to YouTube it!
The Scottish Cup Quarter Finals: Celtic verses Dundee United, 10th March 1996 at Celtic park. Crowd 32,750. As the new stands rise like a Phoenix from the ashes of the old ones…
Celtic: 4-4-2. Marshall, McNamara, Hughes, O’Neil, McKinlay, Donnelly, Grant, McStay, McLaughlin, Van the man, Hooijdonk (88) Thom (89)……..( Jorge Cadete was still in his SFA. holding pen.)
Dundee United: 4-4-2. Maxwell (MOM) Perry, Pressley, Welsh, Malpas, Winters, Bowman, Johnson, Coyle, (38), McSwegan, Brewster.
Some Celtic games stick in your memory for many different reasons, the score, the glamour, revenge, the players or the competition. This one is etched in my memory because of the “whole” game experience. Little did we know that our club’s new resurgence would add untold pressure onto the club from Govan and their friends in the governing bodies. Scottish football would never be the same again.
After some dark years of faerytales and disappointment, culminating in near insolvency, Fergus began the rebuilding of Celtic park. My sons and I took our seats in the north stand, the Dundee United fans below us. The Celtic pitch was heavily sanded, the Donegal turf pushing up seeking the sun’s heat.
The game kicked off with Celtic playing fast moving, attacking football with short triangular passes echoing the way that Tommy Burns teams play. The atmosphere was as usual then, brilliant as songs like YNWA and the “Fields” rang out from the support. Of course numbers were down due to the rebuilding works, but how they sang, loud and proud. Ally Maxwell, the “Arabs” keeper, had made some excellent saves and he was busy. A Peter Grant chip, disappointment when Jackie Mac. was through on goal but slipped when one on one with Maxwell, a Tosh McKinley rocket going just over the bar with the “Maestro” pulling the strings, well assisted by Andreas Thom and big Pierre. United were up for it though and had some good players, then, disaster as Robbie Winters, turned and made a defence splitting pass to Brewster as the Celtic defence did a Scotland and fell asleep. Marshall brought Brewster down in the box, penalty. Owen Coyle took a very poor penalty, Marshall parried, but Coyle passed the rebound into the Celtic net. The score was 0-1 at half time.
The second half started much the same way as the first, with Celtic playing attractive football, good passes and making good runs. United fought back and a Brewster corner found an unmarked McSwegan’s head, phew, just over the bar. Andreas Thom pushed wide by Maxwell, Pierre went down in the box, but no penalty. Time was running out but the pressure on the United defence continued. A free kick taken by Jackie McNamara and big Pierre rose high in the box above the United defence “GOAL” the equaliser on the 88th. minute. “Pierre there’s only one Pierre” the songs rang out, the atmosphere brilliant. Then seconds later, Andreas Thom scores a brilliant solo goal on the 89th minute, two goals inside 90 seconds and two minutes later, “The Fool Time Whistle”, Celtic are through to the semis. Bedlam, the Celtic support go Tonto, as we blow “kisses” to the United supporters, they are going ballisTIC as they throw their scarves away, take off their United tops and chuck them away. Joy, unbridled joy as only two late goals inside two minutes can bring and a winning score. (2-1).
The joy continues into the car park, scarves return to their usual position, fluttering out the window, cheesy grins, heads a-shaking, wrapped up in our own thoughts on what we had just witnessed. The traffic backs up as we reach the A80 near the roundabout for Airdrie and Kilsyth, as the Celtic supporters get out their cars, running, singing, dancing, dancing, dancing up the dual carriageway, mental, scenes that you could never forget.
For us, it was that reason that this game is etched into our brains, after such disappointments over the previous years, to witness such joy and happiness in the Celtic support, getting their club, our club back, seeing a Tommy Burns team playing football the Celtic way with skill and fight, for these reasons alone,it gave us the most brilliant feeling of all.
Celtic began its long journey back, never suspecting that soon, barefaced lies and cheating would begin underpinning the dead club and that leads us to where we are today, but still with “A support like no other”.
Wan gein! ?
Thank you very much,MIKE. A great day,brilliantly recounted. As you all know,Sentinel Celts is YOUR forum,so if you have something to say,this is the place to say it. Have the daily article to yourself by mailing it to Mahe at