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1889-10-12: Celtic 0-2 Everton, Friendly
|Matches: 1889 1890 | 1887-1900 | Forum|
- Friendly match played at Celtic Park, Parkhead.
- Before 12,000 spectators.
- McCallum plays his first game since he was injured in against Cowlairs.
- Gallagher was missing from the celtic eleven.
ReviewAmong the ordinary matches the one that attracted the most interest was the meeting of the Celtic and the famous Everton, who had decidedly the best of the game throughout, and ultimately won by two goals to nil.
McLaughlin, Reynolds, McKeown, W Maley, Kelly, Dowds, Madden, Coleman, Groves, Dunbar, McCallum.
Smalley, Hannah, Doyle, Parry, Holt, Farmer, Latta, Kirkwood, Geary, Chadwick, Millward.
Goals:- Geary, Unknown.
- Match Report (See Below)
- Official Site
- Match Picture
From newspaper report from the time.
Report 1Celtic v Everton – This important match came off at Parkhead before a crowd of 6000, in favourable weather. Gallagher was absent on the Celtic side, for whom Maley played. McCallum made his first appearance of the season. The game started bad for the Celtic, who were not seen in anything like their true form. Everton started off at a terrific rate, and for the greater part of the first half kept the ball in Celtic territory. In twenty minutes Geary in the centre put in a fine run, and with a swift shot scored a goal. In a few minutes more they were credited with a second goal – a very soft one. The play gradually settled into most pronounced coarseness. Everton being the chief offenders. At half time the score remained unaltered. In the second half the Celts gradually improved, and kept Everton well at their own end, but the really fine defence of Hannah and Doyle kept them out time after time. The tactics of the majority of the visitors was certainly not above suspicion, and the team as a whole left a very bad impression. No scoring took place in the second half, and Everton retired winners by two goals to nil
Report 2The meeting of the Celtic and the famous English combination attracted to the Celtic Park a crowd that filled every part of the enclosure.
Neil McCallum, who was disabled in the match with Cowlairs last year, appeared in the Celtic team on Saturday for the first time since then, and got a most hearty reception from the crowd.
Everton won the toss, and Groves set the ball in motion. For some time the play was in midfield, until a foul against the Everton caused the ball to go well into their territory. The Everton then made a determined raid on their opponents, and after some mixed play at the Celtic’s end the ball went past.
The Celtic retaliated, and matters looked serious for Everton until Hannah cleared splendidly. The Celtic left wing made various attempts to get away, but their combination met with an obstacle in the smartness of the Everton men.
As the game progressed the Everton pressed for a considerable time, but though they got well up the field all attempts at scoring were futile. A neat bit of play on the Everton right wing caused some excitement. Kirkwood got the ball and started a splendid run, but while steadying for his shot McKeown cleverly took the ball from him and sent it down the field.
Everton returned, and two capital shots were sent into the Celtic goal in succession, bur were saved by mere accident, the ball hitting the post and going past on the wrong side. A fast single handed run by Geary, terminating in a splendid shot, resulted in a goal for the Everton.
The Celtic then got a corner, which, though well placed, came to nothing, and Everton again indulging in a good run up, scored a rather soft goal. After two fouls in succession against the Everton, Madden sent in a capital shot, the ball striking one of the posts and rebounding into play, and being ultimately sent past.
Close on half-time the Celtic made a determined attack on the Everton’s citadel, but without result, and at half-time the match stood in favour of the Everton by two goals to nil.
Both teams started the second half with renewed vigour. A low, swift shot by Groves went past. Not to be denied the Celtic pressed their opponents hard, and Smalley was twice called on, and he was equal to the occasion.
Then Everton had a spell of pressing, and McLaughlin had to save.
Runs up and down the field were then the order of the play, and at one time the Celtic made a good attempt at goal; but more by good luck than anything else Everton managed to clear. The latter made another onslaught on the Celts’ citadel, and looked dangerous.
The opposing defence was too much for the visitors, and the Celtic, getting clear, returned to the attack at the other end. The English backs defended grandly and the manner in which they fed their forwards was a feature of the game. Afoul against the Celts caused the Everton to get into close proximity to the home goal. The Celtic defence was “all there”, however, and, getting the ball away, the ground men made a bold attempt to score, but were unsuccessful and the result of a rather one sided game was Everton, 2 goals; Celtic, 0 goals.
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