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1971-10-20: Celtic 5-0 Sliema Wanderers, European Cup 2nd Rd
|Match Pictures | Matches: 1971 - 1972 | 1971-1972 Pictures|
- John Hughes and Willie Wallace were surprisingly sold to Crystal Palace for a combined fee of £50,000 the day before this game.
- Celtic's first ever game against Maltese opposition.
- Game is so one sided that the Jungle take to cheering the Sliema players win they win the ball.
- Sliema 'delighted' by 5-0 defeat ! They lined up in a 1-10-0 formation.
- Sliema bring 38 fans to Parkhead.
- It was reported that Evan Williams only had four kick outs in the 90 minutes.
- Newspapers reported that the Ibrox disaster fund had reached it's traget of £360,000 with the money now to be divided between the widows, children and parents of the deceased as well as those who were seriously injured.
ReviewCeltic could have won by double figures as Sliema fought to keep down the goals tally.
Spiteri gave Celts a fright from the kick off when he fired in a cross which Connelly was happy to divert for a corner.
Gemmell opened the scoring with a typical strong shot before Hood scored twice, the second after his penalty had been saved by Pearson but Hood scored from the rebound.
In the second half Celtic fans were laughing at the amount of missed chances as Sliema were penned back and Brogan was given a huge roar of approval after he scored a rare goal.
The Celtic fans gave their opponents a fine ovation at the end as the Sliema players happily swapped jerseys with their Celtic counterparts.
TeamsCeltic: Williams Hay Gemmell Murdoch (Davidson) Connelly Brogan Johnstone Dalglish Macari Callaghan Hood (Lennox 46) Subs: Fallon Craig
Scorers: Gemmell 4 Hood 11 26 Brogan 62 Macari 79
Sliema: Pearson Spiteri J Aquilina Serge Micallef Briffa Vella (Coruona) Darmanin Cocks E Aquilina Falzon
Referee: E Hjartarson (Iceland)
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