13th August – If you know your history
Apologies for hijacking the Saturday Blog, but we can’t let a significant Anniversary pass without an acknowledgement:
130 years ago… On this Day (Saturday) we can only begin to imagine the excitement around Glasgow, with The Grand Opening of New Celtic Park, at the address we all know and love.
Celtic Park, 95 Kerrydale Street G40 3RE
(Ex. The Celtic Star)
We moved, almost literally, From the Graveyard to Paradise.
Magua of this Parish kindly shared his copy of the excellent ‘Holy Grounds of Glasgow Celtic’ by Liam Kelly. (All proceeds from the sale of the book go to Celtic FC Foundation.)
Putting time and effort into Celtic and assisting good causes. Now that’s a Celtic Man right there. Well done Liam, and the detailed research is well written and presented.
The following extract does a fabulous job of describing the circumstances around the move from our original ground.. ( hopefully, Liam won’t mind us sharing this information)
The subsequent pages go into much more detail, and highly recommended reading for any Celtic fan, or student of fitba.
( extract: Holy Grounds of Glasgow Celtic page 73 by Liam Kelly)
It’s a surprise that the first ever sporting event at Paradise, was a significant Athletics & Cycling Meeting. We will have to wait one more week until The Bhoys welcome the first ever visiting football team ( Renton) to play on the new turf. 20/8/1892 to follow…
1892-08-13: 1st Annual Sports Day
In other news:
1892 US black newspaper “Afro-American” begins publishing from Baltimore
20 years ago …and almost 110 years since the stadium opened, On this day (Tuesday) it’s the eve of the visit of Swiss Champions to Paradise on CL qualifying duty.
2002-08-14: Celtic 3-1 FC Basel, Champions League Qlf Rd 3. First Leg
Guided by manager Christian Gross, ex of Tottenham Hotspur, Basel were in the Champions League qualifiers having done the double in Switzerland winning the league by a comfortable margin from Grasshoppers as well as taking the Cup 2-1 also from Grasshoppers rubbing salt into their Swiss rivals wounds.
FC Basel reached the third round qualifier by knocking out Slovakian Champions MSK Zilina in the previous round with an aggregate score of 4-1
Celtic entered the game having just tanned Aberdeen 4-0 and were slightly the favourites to overcome the Swiss side whose foundation was based on money from a Swiss Pharmaceutical company and family.
A lean closed season had seen few additions to the Celtic squad, the Board seemingly content and not ready to strengthen a squad which the previous season had dropped to the UEFA Cup from the Grouop Stage of the Champions League eventually going out to Valencia after a tense and great game at Celtic Park: David Fernandez had arrived from Livingston for £1.25 mill; Ulrik Laursen and Magnus Hedman had arrived on the last day of the transfer window, Laursen from Hibs for £1.5 mill and Hedman from Coventryt for the same price and – errrrrrrr…… that was it.
Celtic injuries: Didier Agathe was out with a hamstring injury picked up in the first league game of the season against Dunfermiline; John Hartson, though on the bench was recovering from a knee knock.
Henrik Larsson missed a penalty.
Not a game for the late-arrivers or the early leavers!
Two goals in the first 5 minutes and an 88th minute Celtic goal meant we went into the return leg with a 2 goal cushion but they’d stolen the all important away goal which would be crucial. And the KoK’s missed a penalty as well as scoring one.
Celtic: Douglas, Mjallby, Balde, Valgaeren, Sylla, Lennon, Lambert (McNamara 77), Petrov, Petta (Guppy 56), Sutton, Larsson
Subs not used:- Hedman, Hartson, Fernandez, Maloney, Crainey.
Goals:- Larsson (pen, 4), Sutton (52), Sylla (88).
FC Basle:-Zuberbuhler ,Barberis ,Murat Yakin ,Zwyssig ( Quennoz ,41 ) ,Duruz ,Ergic ( Varela ,59 ) ,Cantaluppi ,Esposito ,Hakan Yakin ,Rossi ( Tum ,67 ) ,Gimenez.
Subs not used:- Rapo, Koumantarakis, Degen, Atouba.
Goals:- Gimenez (2).
Booked:- Duruz, Cantaluppi, Varela.
Ref:- Manuel Enrique Mejuto Gonzalez (Spain).
🎼Momo, Momo, Momo…Momo Sylla !!…
1792 Revolutionaries imprison French royals, including Marie Antoinette
1906 Black soldiers accused of raid Brownsville, Texas; despite support from local commanding officers, President Theodore Roosevelt orders dishonorable discharge for 167 soldiers; all were cleared of wrongdoing in 1972, 165 posthumously
1913 Invention of stainless steel by Harry Brearley of Sheffield, England
1917 A revolt in Catalonia, the province in northeast Spain that has long seen itself as independent
1923 US Steel Corp initiates 8-hour work day
1956 Elvis Presley releases music single “Don’t Be Cruel”
Elvis ….Effortless class.
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