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1888-10-15: Dundee Harp 1-7 Celtic, Friendly
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- Monday was the Autumn holiday in Dundee.
- The Celtic paid their first visit to the town of Marmalade, where they met the Harp.
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- Manager Interview
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From a Newspaper Report at the time.
(The Scottish Umpire)
The visit of Celtic to the Harp last Monday fairly awakened the dormant interest of the Dundonians, and a crowd such as now too seldom seen in Dundee turned out to witness the debut of the famous Celts, and at the same time to gratify a pardonable curiosity. The visitors although lacking the services of the Maleys and Dunbar, were strongly represented, but the Harp had a very mixed team. No sooner was the ball set a-rolling than Groves took command, and in less than a minute the leather was sent past Tallon with the greatest possible ease. The Celts continued to press, and it was transparently evident the Harp were outclassed. The visitors, quickly recognising the fact, set about making the game as interesting as possible, and while doing excellent work in the open, and giving a brilliant exposition of the short passing game, took very good care to make a fatal blunder at the critical moment, and allow the Harps’ backs plenty of time to get the ball away. However, despite persistent efforts not to score, the ball hit the mark, now and then, and the Celts retired 7 goals to their credit. The Harp were successful in breaking down the Celtic’s defence once. The Celtic backs and half-backs played a brilliant game. McKeown was as safe as a house, and some of his kicks were eye-openers. The “Ould Gineral” (McLaren is his name) was in the humour, and all through played magnificently. Groves electrified the spectators by some of his runs, and Coleman wrought so hard that he used up two pairs of “unmentionables” ! McCallum was not in form, and was twice guilty of “ducking.” On the Harp side, Tom Murray was the only member of the team who could bear comparison with the Celts. O’Kane was an absentee, but we question if he could have done better than Mitchell, who played a strong game. At the close of the match, the teams took tea together in the Albion Hotel, and a couple of hours were pleasantly spent.
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