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1967-06-07: Real Madrid 0-1 Celtic, Testimonial - Alfredo Di Stefano
- Celtic invited to play Real Madrid to honour legendary player Alfredo Di Stefano
- Celtic win the Alfredo Di Stefano Trophy
- Real play in blue shorts to avoid a clash of colours.
- The great Di Stefano only played for the first 14 minutes.
- Bertie Auld was sent off with Amancio of Real Madrid after exchanging punches.
- Spanish newspaper 'Marca' stated - 'May the football which Celtic play stay among us Spanish style. Amen.'
16 November 2005
They assumed they would also have the trophy in the Bernabeu Stadium in 1967, but Celtic had other ideas. It appears that Real were rather ‘put out’ by Celtic winning ‘their’ trophy, with the Spanish press claiming that the European Cup belonged in Madrid. So it is understandable that, when choosing an appropriate team to honour the great Di Stefano, Celtic were approached and, indeed, were thrilled to accept the challenge.
The sides had met back in 1963, with Celtic losing 3-1 in a charity game in Glasgow. On June 7, 1967, just two weeks after they won the European Cup in Lisbon, Celtic took on Real Madrid at the Bernabeu. There was one change from the Lisbon team, with John Fallon replacing Ronnie Simpson in goal.
Di Stefano played for 20 minutes of the game and received a standing ovation from the 130,000 supporters inside the stadium when he left the pitch. Neither side played as one might expect in a friendly match, but instead competed fiercely to win the match. And taking centre stage on the night was Jimmy Johnstone, whose skill and artistry completely mesmerised the Madrid players.
Indeed, such was the brilliance of Jinky that the Spanish support cheered him, shouting ‘Ole!’ whenever he was on the ball. Despite many discussions during my tours here at Celtic Park, when a good few men advised me that it was Jinky who scored the only goal of the game, such was the magnificence of his performance that night, it was, in fact, Bobby Lennox who netted the winner.
It is also fitting to say that Alfredo Di Stefano had been in Lisbon for the European Cup and had apparently gone to Celtic’s hotel to wish Jock Stein all the best for the game against Inter Milan. It could be that it was during this game that the great man decided the famous green and white hoops would be the perfect opponents to celebrate his own wonderful football career.
It was a fantastic night in Madrid. Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, here was the icing on a big, fat, beautiful cake.
TeamsReal Madrid: Junqera Calgne De Feilipe Sanchis Pirri Zoco Serena Amancio Di Stefano (Grosso) Velasquez Gento
Celtic: Fallon Craig Gemmell Clark McNeill O'Neill Johnstone Murdoch Wallace Auld Lennox Subs: Simpson Chalmers Gallagher Cattenach
Scorer: Lennox 69
Referee: S Zariqulegui (Spain)
- Match Report(see below)
Quotes“Winning the European Cup was the making of the club. After that everyone knew about Celtic. We even beat Real Madrid two week later. They’d won it the previous year and they kept saying they were the real champions, but we went a beat them 1-0 on their own patch in front of 135,000 people.”
“It was Di Stefano’s testimonial. It was a fantastic evening and the game was very competitive. Bobby Lennox scored the goal for us – and afterwards there could be no doubt that we could be called true European Champions."
'Without a shadow of a doubt that was my best game for Celtic. With a quarter of an hour to go, none of them would come near me.'
Jinky on Alferdo di Stefano's testimonial speaking in 1995.
''But the Scotsman who gave me the most trouble was Bobby Lennox of Celtic. My testimonial at the Bernabeu was against Celtic as, of course, they were the champions of Europe in 1967 and, although I remember the Bernabeu rising to Jimmy Johnstone, I admired Lennox greatly.''
Legendary Di Stefano on Lennox
"I had hundreds of great moments in football, including scoring Scotland's second goal in our 3-2 win over England at Wembley in 1967. It's hard to pick a defining moment, although it would need to be from the same year when Celtic won the European Cup in Lisbon. Which moment to choose, though? That's even more difficult.
Was it when the final whistle went after we'd beaten Inter Milan 2-1? Or was it when we got back to our hotel to kickoff our celebrations? No, I think I'd have to go for our homecoming, because it wasn'twe got back to Glasgow that the worth of what we'd achieved began to sink in.
"The funny thing is, I can't even remember where we landed: Glasgow Airport or the old one at Renfrew.
What I do remember is that hordes of folk lined the route all the way back to Celtic Park, where there must have been another 60,000 fans waiting to greet us. The atmosphere was fantastic. So many people were still outside later thatwe couldn't leave by the front door. I've still got a of me going across the pitch to escape via the Janefield Street exit.
"We soon went to Madrid to play in Alfredo di Stefano's testimonial and the papers were full of how Real Madrid would show they were the best in Europe. We won 1-0. Who scored? Err, Lennox, after Wee Jimmy Johnstone had beaten about 14 opponents."
Lennox on 1967, Lisbon and Di Stefano's testimonial
ArticlesReal Madrid 0, Celtic1
Jun 7, 1967
Di Stefano Testimonial
"Di Stefano had come to Lisbon and wanted the winners of the final to play in his game and I am glad it was us because it was the greatest game I ever played for Celtic," Johnstone said. Celtic won 1-0, with Johnstone threading a pass to his great friend, Bobby Lennox, for the winner.
ONLY a genuine icon can strike a true iconic image. Jimmy Johnstone certainly filled that description and when he lifted the ball above his head in the centre circle at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in July 1967, it was one of those moments that stick in the memory forever.
In that famous football arena in Madrid more than 100,000 Spaniards rose to hail an individual performance by a player who had managed to steal their hero's thunder.
Di Stefano was round by then but he played for the first 10 minutes before he said adios to the Bernabeu for one last time. Even the Celtic players were in tears as he made his way off the pitch. Then in Di Stefano's own words it became "The Jimmy Johnstone show".
Do yourself a favour and try to get a hold of the video. It is not an exaggeration to say Jinky took on Real Madrid all on his own that night.
One particular player, Amancio, tried to do what just about every defender did and detach Jimmy's legs from the rest of his body. That just made him play better.
And one moment in the match was almost beyond belief. After dribbling past three Real Madrid players, he stopped, stood on the ball and just for a bit of fun went back to beat them again.
Celtic won the game. Jimmy danced his way past five players before releasing an inch-perfect pass which sent his great friend Bobby Lennox through to score. Years later Bobby Murdoch, another Lion who left us too early, said: "It was amazing. The wee man was unbelievable that night. He had 100,000 Spaniards shouting “ole”. I couldn't believe it.
"I'm sure the president of Real Madrid spoke to Big Jock after the game and asked to buy the No.7. There would have been something wrong if he hadn't."
James Farrell, a Celtic director, revealed that at the post-match banquet, Di Stefano gathered his former Real compadres - Francisco Gento, Ferenc Puskas and Jose Santamaria - beside him for a photograph. Then he asked for Johnstone. "He was recognising that Jimmy was in their class," Farrell said. "They were great players, but he was their equal."
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