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History of the Glasgow Celtic Football Club

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About Celtic FC

Celtic football club popularly known as Lisbon Lions is the most famous football club in Scotland. Ever since it was formed, the club has been participating in the top football league in Scotland, the Scottish Premiership. They have been pulling exemplary performances in the earlier years of their existence. The Celtic football club has for sure managed to come up with notable performances in the main international competitions. In the year 1966, they emerged victorious in each and every competition they participated in. This was inclusive of the European championship when they defeated Italian giants Inter Milan 2-1 in a very thrilling final match played in Lisbon the Portuguese capital. It is from this victory that Celtic football club earned their famous nickname the Lisbon Lions.

Early years

The club was established in the year 1887. The founder of the club was known as brother Walfrid. This parish brother started Celtic football club in the St Mary’s church hall located in East Rose Street now known as Forbes Street. Brother Walfrid constituted Celtic football club in a bid to promote his charity mission of eradicating poverty in Glasgow’s East End parishes. Celtic football club played its first ever football match on May 28th the year 1888. In this game, Celtic football club played against Rangers at the Celtic Park. They emerged victorious after thrashing their opponents 5-1. This massive win was followed by Celtic football club playing a full season in the Scottish Cup competition. This was in the year 1889. During their first season in the Scottish Cup tournament, Celtic managed to reach the finals. However, they lost to Third Lanark, which was well developed two goals to one. Despite this loss, the club managed to win its first ever trophy in the same year after smashing Cowlairs 6 goals to 1 in the North Eastern Cup finals. In the year 1892, Celtic football club was crowned the Scottish Cup champions for the first time in their history after they defeated Queens Park five goals to two. The event took place at the Ibrox Park. A few months later after this victory, Celtic football club relocated to their present home ground the Celtic Park. They won their first ever Scottish League championship in the year 1893. Celtic football club then became a private company of limited liability, and Willie Maley was employed as the secretary-manager. This event took place in the year 1897.

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Notable performances in local competitions

Celtic football club dominated the League Championship competition having been crowned champions in six consecutive seasons. This was between the year 1905 and 1910. Celtic football team had an excellent form, in the year 1907, they managed to achieve a ‘’double.’’ They did this by winning both the League Championship and the Scottish Premier League in the very same football season. This was the first time the deed was ever done in a national football competition. Celtic football club went ahead and repeated this massive success in the season which followed. Between the years 1914 and 1917, Celtic football club again had undisputed run in the league championship competitions as they managed to clinch the title four times successively. Celtic football club was involved in another record-making event in the year 1937. During this year, Celtic won the Scottish Cup after they defeated Aberdeen at the Hampden Park. This match had an attendance of 146,443 which remain to be the biggest ever crowd for a club match in the entire of Europe. Two years later, Celtic won the Empire Exhibition title by overcoming Everton 1-0 at Ibrox. Celtic Football Club appointed a new manager Jimmy Mc Grory in replacement of Jimmy Mc Stay. In the year 1953, they won the Coronation Cup by defeating Hibernian. After a decade of struggling, Celtic won the league cup by smashing Partick Thistle 3-0 in the year 1956. They retained the title in the following year after beating Rangers 7-1. They won the championship after 12 seasons without it in the year 1966. Jock Stein was their manager then.

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European champions

The 1966-1967 season was the most magnificent season for the Celtic football club. They were crowned champions in all the competitions they participated in. These included the League Cup, Glasgow Cup,   Scottish Cup, Scottish League and the European Cup. In the year 1970, they reached the final of the European Cup but this time, they were beaten by Feyenoord 2-1 an event which took place in Milan. Two years later, they managed to be semi-finalists in the European Cup, but they couldn’t play in the finals after they were defeated by Inter Milan in a penalty shootout. In the year 1974, they also reached semi-finals in the European Cup but they lost again but this time to Atletico Madrid. The season was, however, spectacular for them since they were crowned League Cup champions for the ninth successive season. Celtic changed their manager in the year 1978 when Billy Mc Neill replaced jock stein. In the year 1983, David Hay replaced Billy Mc Neil as Celtic’s manager. However, Billy Mc Neill returned to replace David Hay as the manger in 1987.

The club has since faced a series of ups and downs. It was about to go bankrupt, but Fergus Mc Cann saved the club from financial problems in the year 1994. They also managed to bring to an end their decade long of league title drought by reclaiming the title in the year 1998. This move saw the club preventing Rangers from clinching the title for the 10th seasons consecutively, something people used to bet a lot on.