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1893-09-28: Celtic 3-2 Sunderland, Friendly
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- Celtic v Sunderland - These teams, League Champions respectively of Scotland and England, drew an immense crowd, estimated at 18,000, at Celtic Park.
- Sunderland were represented by their strongest eleven.
- Tom Dunbar, was left out of the Celts for the day, Curran taking his place.
- Cassidy was put in the centre, and McMahon once more partnered Campbell on the left.
Cullen, Reynolds, Doyle, Curran, Kelly, *Montgomery, Blessington, Madden, Cassidy, Campbell, McMahon.
*Montgomery was an alias sometimes used by Willie Maley.
Goals:- “Montgomery”, Cassidy, Cassidy.
Doig, Porteous, Meechan, Dunlop, Auld, Wilson, Gillespie, J Harvey, Campbell, J Hannah, D Hannah.
Goals:- Campbell, Campbell.
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From newspaper reports from the time.From the very start the game promised to be splendidly, nay, scientifically contested. Madden had a grand run, and finished up with a fine shot, which was got rid of by one of the opposing backs.
Then Sunderland retaliated with some very pretty passing, which would likely have ended in a goal but for the timely intervention of Reynolds.
Campbell, five minutes from the start, nearly scored with a rocket-like shot, which went past the post. Doyle was playing erratically for the Celts, and gave Sunderland a corner, which nearly resulted in a goal. Sunderland were having slightly the best of the game, and their play all round was superb.
A run by Campbell and McMahon forced a corner, which came to nothing. Campbell centring over the bar.
But the play of the Sunderland was simply irresistible. Campbell was prominent in attack, and, after Cullen had saved a hot shot, he was at length defeated and Sunderland, whose shooting was exceedingly smart, scored the first goal.
From a grand bit of play by Campbell, Madden had the goal at his mercy, but missed the ball and failed to equalise. Play was about the most exciting ever witnessed at Celtic Park, each team showing high-class form. The Celts had two corners, from one of which they nearly equalised.
At half-time the score was – Sunderland, 1; Celtic, 0.
The Celts were seen to advantage on resuming. Blessington and Madden broke away on the right, but Meechan opportunely brought them up and the ball rolled behind. As a set-off, Sunderland broke away and Campbell shot through, but was adjudged offside.
The home team, however, were not to be denied, and, attacking in force, “Montgomery” sent the ball well into goal. There was so much screw on it that both Meechan and Doig were nonplussed, and the ball went right into the net. The equaliser was received with great cheering.
Hard play succeeded, both sides infusing great energy into their movements. The Celts responded brilliantly to the Sunderland attacks, and Cassidy capped a magnificent piece of combined action by scoring a second goal. The spectators were wildly excited as the Celts renewed the attack in the most deadly manner, and Cassidy scored a third goal.
After some fine play Campbell scored the second and best goal of the day for Sunderland. The strangers were playing with ten men, as D Hannah was badly injured, and had to be taken off the field. Right on to the close the game was splendidly contested, and the result was :- Celtic, 3 goals; Sunderland, 2 goals.
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