Celtic Game 1 2003
It was a sunny day in Glasgow, when 28 excited Celtic fans arrived at Parkhead. There were a mixture of nerves and anticipation, as they were waiting to take part in the Football Aid game, whilst making their debut at Celtic Park.
After a tour of the stadium, the players were led into the newly furbished changing rooms, where they found their own personalised shirts hanging up. They also met their managers for the day, Billy McNeill in the home team and Bertie Auld on the away team. Captaining the two teams for the day were, home team Danny McGrain and the away team Andy Walker.
After a team talk and a warm-up session, the two teams lined up in the tunnel to be led out onto the pitch. As they appeared and took to the “hallowed” turf of Parkhead, cheers from the crowd greeted them. The 28 nervous fans were now 28 “professional” players, and they were loving every minute of it.
Both teams lined up for the traditional champions league anthem before going into the trademark ‘Celtic huddle’, along with ‘Hoopy the Hound’.
It started off as a close game, with both teams finding each other with simple passes and strong tackles, but it soon became clear in the second half that the away team were going to dominate the score line. The home team did manage to score, what proved to be a consolation goal through Mark Robinson No11, but the away team racked up five in total, all different scorers, by the final whistle. The final score was 5-1 to the away team but by no means were the home team disheartened.
The day was thoroughly enjoyed by all and the Captains and Managers were much praised for their skill and humour on and off the pitch. The officials, volunteer’s from the Glasgow Referees Association, added to the whole day with their handling of the game.
Home team scorer,
No. 11 Mark Robinson,
Away team scorers,
No. 9 Iain Wilson,
No. 6 Hugh Kelly,
No. 17 David Halliday,
No. 15 Michael McGrory.
Man of the match
Home Team, Stephen Craig.
Away Team Ethu Crorie