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  • May 28, 1888 - a unique and ongoing story kicks off

    May 28, 1888 - a unique and ongoing story kicks off

    By: Newsroom Staff on 28 May, 2020 10:31

  • IT was 132 years ago today, on May 28, 1888 that a crowd of 2,000 braved a chilly evening to watch the newly-formed Celtic Football Club take on the established side from the South Side at the first Celtic Park - or where the housing estate now are on Springfield Road.

    The site is now marked with a commemorative plaque unveiled by the Celtic Graves Society, when Celtic legends Jim Craig and Paul McStay were the guests of honour.

    Back in 1888 the Celts took to the field in their original outfits of white shirts with green collars with a red and green Celtic cross on the breast as they recorded a win in their first ever game against a side who were to become their greatest rivals.

    The game was won 5-2, with the honour of scoring Celtic´s first ever goal falling to Neilly McCallum who, just nine months later, would also score Celtic´s first Scottish Cup final goal.

    The Scottish Umpire of the day said that Celtic played with 'a combination which could scarcely have been expected form an opening display. It would appear that the newly-formed Glasgow club, the Celtic FC, has a bright future before it. At any rate, if the committee can place the same eleven on the field as opposed Rangers last Monday evening, or an equally strong one, the Celtic will not lack for patronage or support.'

    They certainly got that right and it´s thought that the 2,000 attendance could have been greater but for the International Exhibition taking place the same day in the West End.

    The only surviving remnant of the 1888 International Exhibition is the Doulton Fountain, the world's largest terracotta fountain and it now takes pride of place outside the People's Palace in Glasgow's East End.

    We like to think that a rather more authentic, focal and indeed international legacy of 1888´s Industry, Science and Art Exhibition still survives today just along the road a little deeper inside the East End.

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