1999-01-27: Peter Beardsley Select 1-3 Celtic, Peter Beardsley’s TestimonialThis is a featured page

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  • Viduka finally made his arrival press conference at Celtic Park on 26/1. However Dr Jo stated that it would be some weeks before he was back to full match firtness and his debut would have to wait. He remained in Glasgow for extra fitness training whilst the team travelled to fulfil Peter Beardsley’s Testimonial engagement.
  • Reserve team player Barry Elliot joined Clydebank on a month’s loan
  • Croatia Zagreb now demanded the full transfer monies, with menace threatening to set the FIFA dogs loose on McCann.
  • Mark Burchill signed a new 4 ½ year contract
  • David Hannah played this game as a makeshift centre back.


A fun night out; "Shearer for Celtic" replied to by "You've not got the money!"


Peter Beardsley Select:
Hislop (West Ham United) (Srnicek, (Sheffield Wednesday) 46), Howie (Newcastle United) (Beresford (Southampton, 50) (P. Dalglish, 67), Peacock (Blackburn Rovers), Pearce (Newcastle United), Barton (Newcastle United) (Watson, (Aston Villa) 46), Barnes (Newcastle United) (K. Dalglish, 67), Elliott (Bolton Wanderers), Gascoigne (Middlesbrough) (Keegan, 76), Sellars (Bolton Wanderers) (Waddle, 46), Cole (Manchester United) (Shearer (Newcastle), 46), Beardsley (Hartlepool United). Plus Craig (78), Irvine (84)
Goals: Beardsley (pen, 90)

Celtic: Gould (Warner, 46), Hannah, Boyd , Stubbs , Mahe (McKinlay, 46), Riseth (McBride, 85), Lambert, Moravcik (Donnelly, 46), Blinker (McLaughlin, 88), Larsson, Brattbakk (Burchill, 46).
Non Used Subs: Healy,
Goals: Peacock (og,3), Moravcik (23), Burchill (87)

Referee - Alan Wilkie (Chester Le Street).

Attendance: 36,733


  • Match Report
Celtic take the honours as Beardsley grabs spotlight
Former England man scores against the club he loves while Rieper receives good news
The Herald 28/01/1999

Peter Beardsley Select….. 1 – 3 Celtic
CELTIC fans got most of what they came for at St James' Park last night as they saw their team defeat Peter Beardsley's Newcastle select, witnessed a goal from the man the night was designed to honour, and caught a glimpse of Kenny Dalglish in action alongside his son, Paul.
They also saw Kevin Keegan arrive to a hero's welcome for the last 14 minutes - and were even given the good news after the game that central defender Marc Rieper's toe injury may not keep him out of action as long as first feared. However, they did not see the sight they had hoped to - that of the hero of the night, Beardsley himself, switching sides to wear a Celtic jersey.
Beardsley has always insisted that Celtic are a club for which he wanted to play and, even if only for a few minutes last night, the 5000-plus Celtic supporters would have welcomed him as one of their own. Still, they were able to look back at the three goals that gave them victory, one an own goal from Darren Peacock, the second a glorious strike from Lubomir Moravcik, then a third from Mark Burchill three minutes from time.
The good news about Danish World Cup defender Rieper was delivered later, when it was revealed that he will go through an operation on his injured toe this weekend. Last week there had been fears that the player's career was in danger and that he might even require a partial amputation.
Last night, however, it was stressed that the operation will see him have his toe "shaved" and there are hopes that he will be back playing before the end of the season. He may be ready for first team action in March.
There were 36,000 fans packed into St James' Park to salute Beardsley when his select side, studded with players from his former clubs, faced Celtic. Before the game, the 5000-plus Parkhead supporters had heard over the loud-speaker that Beardsley had asked for Celtic to provide the opposition - and had insisted he wanted no-one else.
That should have put them in party mood - and it did so, except when Paul Gascoigne was in possession, when their old enemy was jeered with every touch of the ball he had. However, the former Rangers midfielder dismissed it as ''a bit of banter".
Said Gascoigne: "The Celtic supporters helped to make the night special. They were giving me some stick, but I expected that. At one stage they were singing about stopping the 10-in-a-row and I reminded them they still had nine to go."
Still, it was a night for the Celtic support to savour as they took the lead after only three minutes and then were able to add to that goal before half-time came.
Celtic approached the testimonial in the same way as they have always approached these games. They were competitive, they were professional, and they were there to maintain the club's reputation.
After just three minutes, they were in front after Henrik Larsson broke clear down the right. He left his marker trailing behind him and then cut the ball across the face of the goal.
It struck Vidar Riseth and bounced on. Peacock attempted to clear but could only send the ball past Shaka Hislop for an own goal. It took the all-stars some time to recover from that blow.
Indeed, in 23 minutes, Celtic were the team who struck again. This time the goal came from Lubomir Moravcik.
He picked up a ball a few yards outside the penalty box, looked up and then curled a glorious shot out of the reach of Hislop and into goal. How the Celtic fans celebrated.
It was half-time before Beardsley's team were able to threaten the Scottish side's goal - and then it was the man himself with a snap shot that was blocked by goalkeeper Jonathan Gould.
The Select side made four changes at the start of the second half, with Pavel Srnicek, of Sheffield Wednesday, taking over in goal and Steve Watson (Aston Villa), Chris Waddell, and Newcastle's own Alan Shearer being brought into the action.
Celtic, not to be left behind, made the same number of substitutions, with Dr Jozef Venglos clearly using the match to allow some of his squad players a run in first-team action. Gould, Stephane Mahe, Moravcik, and Harald Brattbakk all went off to be replaced by Tony Warner, Tosh McKinlay, Simon Donnelly, and Burchill.
The substitutions continued, with Southampton's John Beresford replacing Steve Howey.
Then, in 61 minutes, Waddell tried a shot from long range that flew high and wide as the select team simply could not find a way through.
After 67 minutes, one of the substitutions that the fans had been waiting for took place when former Celtic player Dalglish appeared along with his son, Paul, now of Newcastle as John Barnes and Beresford went off. The father and son were given a rapturous reception from both sets of fans, to be followed another former United manager, Keegan.
Beardsley's team came closest to scoring as the veterans appeared, with Dalglish forcing a shot past the post soon after he took the field. The game ended with the select side having 13 men on the field but still seemingly unable to give Beardsley the goal that would have crowned his night.
That was until the dying seconds after David Hannah brought down Shearer in the penalty box. The kick was awarded and Beardsley blazed it over the bar, only for the referee to order a retake, from which the former England man finally scored.



Beardsley XI Celtic
Bookings 0 0
Fouls 4 2
Shots on Target 4 8
Corners 8 3
Offside 0 5

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