You might be aware of the story about Albion Rovers playing Celtic, shortly after Celtic won in Lisbon, and beating them 2-1 thereby becoming the (unofficial) Champions of Europe.
Was interested in getting information on this game but always wondered where the information might be. Spoke to John Dillon, sadly departed, who remembered the game, confirmed the score but could not remember who played. The story was always that it was the European Cup winning side.
Helped out one of the Celtic historians on Twitter with a 1889 match report between Albion Rovers and Celtic, Celtic won that one 2-1.
Asked him about the 1967 match, and he put out a request to his Celtic colleagues for any information, and one came up with a snippet in the Evening Times, 04/08/67.
'Celtic's European Cup winning side will play English Cup winners side Spurs at Hampden tomorrow. Jock Stein made a quick check on the fitness of his players after last night's closed-doors game against Albion Rovers at Cliftonhill Park, and immediately said he would field his European Cup heroes.'
First thing to say is that the match was played on Thursday, 3rd August.
Am I reading too much into the snippet above? Jock Stein checked his players fitness and then said he would field his European Cup heroes. Sounds to me like the Lisbon Lions played against the Rovers, what do you think?
If anyone has any information on this match, no matter how small, I would love to hear from you.
Closed doors? Can you name any of the crowd? The ball boys?
My information was the match at Cliftonhill was Celtic's first after winning in Lisbon.
Haha I wasn’t even born then 🤣🤣 This photo is on Google - no idea who took it. There is one of Billy McNeill with what I think is the flats at East Stewart street in the background unfortunately I never saved it.
There's a brief mention of the match on page 280 of 'Boys From the 'Brig'. It says Celtic fielded 'virtually their Cup-winning side'. I've heard previously that there was only one change to the Celtic line-up from the team that beat Inter.