Celtic Football Club played their first ever official game against Rangers on 28th May, 1888, and won 5-2. On 6th November, 1887, a meeting took place in St Mary's church hall in East Rose Street, Calton, Glasgow, headed by Marist Brother Walfrid. It was at this meeting that Celtic Football Club was first formally constituted, and in the official club records it is stated that the purpose "being to alleviate poverty in Glasgow's East End parishes".
An early nickname for the team was "The Bould Bhoys", and now they are referred to as simply "The Bhoys".
The first manager of Celtic was Willie Maley, under whom the club won 30 major trophies in 43 years. However, it was the legendary Jock Stein who is arguably Celtic's greatest ever manager. Stein led The Bhoys to an incredible record nine consecutive Scottish League championships, from 1966 to 1974, and, was in charge for Celtic's greatest ever season, 1966/67. It was during this memorable and historic season that Celtic won every single competition entered: the Scottish League, Scottish Cup, Scottish League Cup, Glasgow Cup, and the crowning glory the 1967 European Cup. On that memorable day, 25th May, 1967, at the Estádio Nacional in Lisbon, Celtic beat the mighty Inter Milan 2-1 in the final. The team contained many legends of Scottish football, including Jimmy 'Jinky' Johnstone, Bobby Murdoch and Bobby Lennox. That Celtic side had famously become the first British team to win the European Cup and were soon to be dubbed the 'Lisbon Lions'.
Celtic have been blessed with many other great players and managers including Jimmy McGrory, Henrick Larsson, Stevie Chalmers, Jimmy Quinn, Patsy Gallacher, Billy McNeill, Kenny Dalglish, Paul McStay, Danny McGrain, Martin O'Neill and Gordon Strachan.
Celtic's biggest rivals are Rangers Football Club, and between them are known as the 'Old Firm'.
Celtic Football Club have a massive fan base both locally as well as worldwide. The 1937 Scottish Cup Final against Aberdeen attracted 146,433 spectators to Hampden Park; a record for a club match in Europe. In 1970, there were 136,505 who watched the European Cup tie against Leeds United, again at Hampden Park. In the League 92,000 witnessed the home game against Rangers at Celtic Park in 1938. And famously, in 2003, Celtic fans from across the globe travelled to be in Seville for the final of the UEFA Cup.
Celtic are a true giant in world football.
Celtic Football Club DVDs
There's no better way to relive past Celtic glories than by sitting down and watching a DVD.
Celtic DVDs will allow you to relive famous moments from Celtic's prolific history, including success in the Scottish Premier League, Scottish Cup victories, historic European campaigns, great goals, and season highlights, plus much more besides.
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