Burnley Face Dons With Memories Of Celtic

Written by on June 21, 2018

Aberdeen face Burnley in Europa League qualifying but the Clarets have played in Scotland in a competitive cup match before albeit 40 years ago.

Celtic were their hosts at Parkhead as the bhoys tried to save face in a cup competition designed to bring Scottish and English club side together for more than just pre-season friendly fixtures.

The Anglo-Scottish Cup was an early attempt to establish a midweek British Cup in the 1970’s and followed on from the groundbreaking Texaco Cup which was sponsored by the petroleum giant. 1978 saw Celtic participate and attempting to avoid an embarrassing defeat similar to the one deadly rivals Rangers experienced the previous season when the Gers were knocked out by Third Division Chesterfield on a 4-1 aggregate.

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Burnley v Celtic Match Ticket from the Anglo-Scottish Cup tie at Turf Moor.

It wasn’t Celtic’s finest 90 minutes at Turf Moor in the First Leg. Visiting fans got carried away by this particular England v Scotland encounter and, following a pretty disgraceful fan riot in the away leg in Burnley, the support received a special plea from Billy McNeill to turn out and show the real character of Celtic supporters. Roddy MacDonald had suffered a reaction following his comeback from an ankle injury and was out with Danny McGrain stepping up for his first competitive game since October ’77. Roy Aitken dropped back to central defence.

Ronnie Glavin was also on the way back from injury and 35 year old Bobby Lennox came in for his first start of the season. Burnley made their one and only visit to Celtic Park for this fixture. Celtic fans dismayed to hear that Rangers have knocked out Juventus in the European Cup at Ibrox looked to their team to come back from a 1-0 First Leg deficit. Ally McLeod, the Scotland manager who had disastrously overseen Scotland’s challenge in the World Cup in Argentina in the summer, considered his future having been offered the manager’s job at Ayr Utd. He resigned on the day of this game and the smart money was on Jock Stein leaving Leeds Utd to take on the Scotland job.

2nd Leg Review

Burnley cash in on defensive blunders with two early goals. Despite intense pressure Celtic couldn’t get the goals they needed.

With 20 minutes gone Roy Aitken brought down Leighton James on the edge of the box. He tapped the free to Brennan who hit the ball into the corner of the net. A further defensive mishap between Aitken and McGrain saw Kindon nip the ball past Latchford to make it 3-0 down on aggregate. Requiring four goals now, Celtic threw everything at Burnley but could only get a penalty when Alfie Conn was pulled down in the area and Andy Lynch netted from the spot.



Peter Latchford, Danny McGrain, Andy Lynch, Roy Aitken, Johannes Edvaldsson, Mike Conroy, Davie Provan, Alfie Conn, Colin McAdam, Tommy Burns, Bobby Lennox.

Subs Roy Baines [ GK ] and Ronnie Glavin

Scorer: Andy Lynch (pen 68)

Stevenson, Scott, Brennan, Noble, Thomson, Rodaway, Ingham, Smith, Fletcher, Kindon, James. Subs: Hall, Norman
Scorers: Brennan (21), Kindon (26)

Referee: W Anderson (East Kilbride)
Attendance: 27,000

The Daily Record report on an unfortunate 1st Leg Anglo-Scottish Cup tie between Burnley and Celtic.

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