27th October – If you know your history
60 Years ago… Our Bhoys are still recovering from the shock of a sharp exit from their first ever excursion into Competitive European Football.
The things ye learn…
On 26th September, 1962, Bobby Carroll had scored our first ever ( and second) European goal(s) at the Campo de Mestalla, Valencia, Spain.
Paddy Crerand was the first Celtic player to score a European Goal at Paradise. But our first ever ‘home’ goal, was an ‘own-goal’ by Verdu the Valencia Right Full Back.
1962-10-24: Celtic 2-2 Valencia, Fairs Cities Cup 1st Rd (2nd Leg)
Unfortunately, Valencia win through 6-4 on aggregate. ( 1st leg reverse in Valencia 2-4)
Bobby Craig, the former Blackburn Rovers, Sheffield Wednesday and Third Lanark inside forward, made his debut after signing on the day for £15,000.
He played after only arriving in Glasgow by train at 4.30 in the afternoon.
Celtic were missing international pair Billy McNeill and Jim Kennedy with injury.
Valencia went on to win the trophy by beating Dinamo Zagreb 4-1 on aggregate in the final. They beat Dunfermline and Hibs also on the way to winning it.
A crowd of 45,000 turned out to see Celtic’s first ever European game in this Fairs Cup tie.
In 17 minutes Clark missed a penalty, after Mestre had fouled Divers, when he sent his spot kick high over. Ficha scored right on half time but the referee from Holland, Roomer, had marginally blown for half time.
The game livened up in the second half and in 48 minutes Celtic scored when the unfortunate Verdu sliced Byrne’s cross into his own net.
Valencia upped their game and Guillot equalised in 63 and then in 80 minutes the highly rated Waldo scored with a powerful shot which was unfortunate for McNamee who had marked him superbly throughout.
In 85 minutes Pat Crerand, Celtic’s best player, equalised with a rising left foot shot.
At the end of the game the Celtic players sportingly applauded their opponents off the field but the fans jeered as they were not impressed by Valencia’s heavy tackling and time wasting tactics.
Valencia were highly rated but disappointing on the night and the feeling was Celtic had missed a good opportunity to go through.
Celtic: Haffey; MacKay, O’Neill; Crerand, McNamee, Clark; Chalmers, Craig, Divers, Gallacher, Byrne.
Scorers: Verdu og (48), Crerand (85)
Zamora; Verdu, Mestre; Chicao, Piquer, Recaman; Ribeiles, Roberto, Waldo, Guillot, Ficha.
Scorers: Guillot 63 Waldo 80
Referee: P Roomer (Holland)
Bobby Craig making his debut- our first home European Tie
Verdu lying on ground just scored an o.g.
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