5th October – If you know your history
30 years ago… it’s 1992 and we take a wee bit of licence on European nites to shoehorn in relevant games…
Celts’ record against German teams hasn’t been very good.
Most of us will agree there is absolutely no shame in losing to any German team. Celtic fans in general have formed strong bonds of friendship with German fans and admire their clubs.
We can learn much about their collective attitude towards football.
Their track record has much to be admired.
Although, to be honest, we hadn’t faced many German sides by 1992. It took us almost 14 years of European competition before we faced a team from either of the German countries. Then In Springtime 1976, we welcomed mighty Zwickau (East Germany) to Paradise for a Cup Winners’ Cup Quarter Final. King Kenny opened the scoring in 40 minutes, but a terrible game left Celtic fans with blank expressions as Ludwig Blank scored a crucial breakaway ‘away’ goal …probably the first time I’d heard something almost approaching booing … towards a Celtic team.
The return leg saw Blank extend the German’ advantage and when a Roddie McDonald ‘goal’ was disallowed for a push on their ‘keeper… we realised it just wasn’t going to happen.
It took another 11 years before we faced another German side. Then, like Corporation buses, we faced two in quick succession.
1987/88 UEFA Cup, First Round tie against Borussia Dortmund saw The Hoops secure a 2-1 win (Walker & Whyte) at Paradise. Unfortunately, the advantage was promptly cancelled out in the Westfalenstadion, when the Pythonesque-sounding Norbert Dickel ensured all the schoolboy laughs were on us, when he scored twice without reply. (Agg. 2-3).
The following year, 1988/89 and European Cup, Second Round opponents Werder Bremen, hang onto their Thomas Wolter’ ‘away’ goal scored at Paradise in the First Leg. A commendable scoreless draw in Bremen wasn’t enough, and meant an end to a very disappointing campaign ( Agg. 0-1)
Finally, now to Autumn 1992, Reports that Cologne were propping up the Bundesliga at the time, didn’t make Celtic fans feel confident. Our record in Europe in the period was verging on disastrous. The domestic record was almost as bad..
Cologne visited Paradise with a 2-0 advantage from their home tie of the UEFA Cup, First Round tie…
1992-09-15: Cologne 2-0 Celtic, UEFA Cup
Illgner; Higl, Heldt (Weiser 89), Baumann, Jensen, Rudy, Flick, Lehmann (Sturm 87), Steinmann, Littbarski, Ordenewitz.
Scorers: Jensen (23), Ordenewitz (81)
Marshall; Boyd, Wdowczyk, Galloway, Mowbray, Gillespie, O’Neil (Gran 75), McStay, Slater (Nicholas 75), Creaney, Collins.
Referee: V Zhuk (Bielorus).
From memory, our inability to keep a clean sheet at Celtic Park was our Achilles Heel. Time and again, the ‘away’ goal rule worked against us. We had failed to score in Germany and everyone dreaded the loss of another goal at home, that would surely signal the end of any interest in Europe for another season?!
In that context … what transpired under the Paradise floodlights, will remain one of our exceptional European nights…
1992-09-30: Celtic 3-0 FC Cologne, UEFA Cup
Marshall, McNally, Boyd, Grant, Mowbray, Galloway, Slater (Miller 55), McStay, Payton (Fulton 88), Creaney, Collins
Celtic scorers: McStay (36), Creaney (39), Collins (80)
Illgner, Higl, Greiner, Baumann, Jensen, Rudy, Heldt, Steinmaan (Fuchs, 53), Keuler (Littbarski, 58), Weiser, Ordenewitz
Referee: Goethals (BELGIUM)
Mogga … roaring teammates on…
The Maestro … being a maestro
Creaney or Collins goal? ( help) The Celticwiki credits Gerry Creaney with a goal, but the Official UEFA site credits Johnny Collins with 2 goals https://www.uefa.com/uefaeuropaleague/match/6150–celtic-vs-koln/
In other news…
Nothing else happened in the world … as every Celtic fan got absolutely plastered for at least a week… watching VHS reruns of the game …listening to The Shamen’s Ebeneezer Goode at No 1 in U.K. charts
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1789 French Revolution: Woman of Paris March on Versailles to confront Louis XVI about his refusal to promulgate the decrees on the abolition of feudalism, demand bread, and have the King and his court moved to Paris
1864 Most of Calcutta destroyed by cyclone, approx 60,000 died
1978 Over 30 major nations ratify the Environmental Modification Convention which prohibits weather warfare that has widespread, long-lasting or severe effects
1983 Lech Walęsa wins Nobel Peace Prize
1988 Chile votes in a referendum 56-44 against extending Augusto Pinochet’s regime by 8 years thus ending the dictator’s 16½ years in power.
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Respect Bhoys !
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