While most of planet Earth was praying to the heavens for Apollo 13, the original Battle of Britain produced a match and an atmosphere that was out of this world.

He also recalls Fallon's quizzical look. “I don’t think there will ever be a bigger club game, with the same hype surrounding it, the quality of the players on both sides, the size of the crowd and the ­atmosphere,” said Leeds legend Eddie Gray. The previous evening they had famously won the first leg of the so-called Battle of Britain in the European Cup which took place at Elland Road in Leeds between the champions of England and Scotland.

Celtic went on to lose the final to Feyenoord after extra time.

How Rangers players rated in 2-0 Old Firm win against Celtic, Rangers tease Celtic and Green Brigade on Twitter after 2-0 Old Firm win. Bad memories but good memories as well. Even when I was at Wolves, that's all you got in the papers - Leeds United. Sportscene will show all of the day's Scottish Premiership goals every Saturday evening this season. For Leeds, the first leg was their eighth game in 19 days as their quest for a treble of European Cup, FA Cup and the retention of the English title took its toll. He said: 'I'll rules you! They only wore the all tangerine strip in one game. During this tournament, tiebreaker playoffs were abandoned in favour of away goals; if both teams had scored the same number of away goals, one side was eliminated by the toss of a coin, something that was required in two of the matches (marked on the table below by "c/t"). “My younger brother, Frank, was in the throes of coming down to join Leeds at the time, but he was in the ground supporting Celtic that night at Hampden,” said the Glaswegian, now a Leeds United ambassador. A clash of giants, first at Elland Road, then at Hampden Park, one of the few places on the planet that could come close to meeting the demand for tickets.

They could wear blue or red. Football has a habit of kicking you, though...", Celtic lost the Scottish Cup final to Aberdeen. I've quit Wolves and I've just signed for Celtic'. We weren't dead sure it it was heads or tails when it hit the floor, but big Billy [McNeill] bent over and shouted, 'We've won!" This website uses cookies for functionality, analytics and advertising purposes as described in our. The Coronavirus might scupper it but there was a trip arranged to reunite with some of the Feyenoord players and Williams and a few of his mates from 1970 were going to be on it. In contrast, Celtic were in a relaxed and confident mood, having clinched their fifth successive Scottish league title with a 0-0 draw against Hearts at Tynecastle on the Saturday before they travelled by train to their Harrogate base ahead of the first leg. “There was never such a silence in a football stadium as when that went in. Former Scotland centre Joe Ansbro tells his story to BBC Scotland for Black History Month. Williams calls his experience at the San Siro both his best and worst memory as a Celtic man.

“Although we lost the tie, it was a privilege to be part of it. Jock Stein hails injured captain Billy McNeill at full time. Was this the game where Don Revie's Leeds gave Celtic the offer of blue or orange socks?!? Celtic 2-1-15/04/1970. “There have been other ties ­between Scottish and English teams, of course, but that one ­transcends the lot.” Celtic won the first leg at Elland Road 1-0 through an early George Connelly strike.

“There have been other ties between Scottish and English teams, of course, but that one transcends the lot. "I'd played against them once for Wolves. "We got nothing from the ref. He hit it that early, he caught everybody out. Spartak Trnava 1–1 Galatasaray on aggregate. Three years down the road at Wolves and Aston Villa had now given way to a new life in Glasgow for the goalkeeper. My family were all Celtic-daft. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. They played Standard Liege on 4 March, Liverpool on the 7th, Manchester United in the cup on the 14th, Standard Liege again on the 18th, Wolves on the 21st, Manchester United in a cup replay on the 23rd, Manchester United in a second cup replay on the 26th, Southampton on the 28th and Derby on the 30th. It was 1969, he was 26 and glad to be home. printer friendly version. But for 90 minutes at least, the European club record crowd of 135,505 at Hampden Park, and football fans on both sides of the border, were starstruck by Celtic against Leeds.

We won 3-0 at Parkhead and lost 3-0 in Portugal. Stein’s Celtic were in the midst of their nine-in-a-row league championships while Revie’s Leeds had beaten Hibs, Rangers and Dundee in their run … “What a goal – top corner, an absolute beauty from wee Billy,” says Hay. That was your big chance! The US space crew – later ­immortalised in a Tom Hanks film – had failed to make a lunar landing after taking off on April 11 and their fate was literally up in the air. No.

Two minutes into the second half, John Hughes drew Celtic level on the night, before ­Johnstone set up Bobby ­Murdoch for the winner, as the breathless tie ended 3-1 on aggregate amid deafening noise. Celtic rapidly emerged out of the blocks and piled the pressure on the Leeds defence. “The second leg was like a boxing match. "You couldn't get out of the train station," Williams says. While Celtic were all too weak, Rangers are showing signs under Steven Gerrard they have grown up as a team, writes Tom English. "We played Benfica in an earlier round that season. They say there was only a few people in there but I have a memory of it. "See what happened, there was a wind that night. This website and its associated newspaper are members of Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). With Leeds wearing ­English white with red socks, ­national pride, as well as a place in the final, was at stake. Everything you need to know about following football with BBC Sport Scotland, A curation of the best the new tracks for you to enjoy. “ Playing under that pressure was part and parcel of playing for Celtic.

Jock Stein versus Don Revie.

“They made the difference. “Big Jock was a tactical genius, no doubt, but he also had a great strength of getting inside players’ heads and getting the best out of them. And although it was disappointing to lose that semi-final against Celtic, it’s still one of the highlights of my time in football. Click here for instructions on how to do this. "You'd think we'd won two World Cups at the one time. There was a corner. As both teams normally wore white stockings the away team would have to change. No, seriously. He had these big, big eyes and he was going mad.

The top scorers from the 1969–70 European Cup (excluding preliminary round) are as follows: Highest attendance for a UEFA club competition match (having been moved from Celtic Park). In going down 2-1, they let history slip through their fingers. The noise! I don’t think any other manager could have got the best out of Jimmy Johnstone for example, even though the wee man was a world-class player.”.

"I cherish it even though we lost.

Milan, the defending champions, were eliminated by Feyenoord in the second round. The match saw the meeting of two of the top managers of the era – Jock Stein and Revie – and featured huge names like Billy McNeill, Jimmy Johnstone, Billy Bremner and Jack ­Charlton.

I went to Big Jock afterwards and I said, 'Boss, the ref just said well done to me for knowing the rules'. He didn't do what Simpson did. Discussion in 'TalkCeltic News' started by PaddyBhoy, Jan 15, 2015. ", Billy Bremner's early rocket levelled the tie at 1-1. The best team around. And literally the day after the Celtic game, Leeds went to London to play West Ham. He got down on his knees in front of me and said a prayer. Although Big Jock is quoted as saying 'red', leeds change strip of the time was all tangerine, a strip disliked by their own support, infact Celtic wore the socks before any Leeds players did as the club were still too apprehensive to send the side out in that strip.

It was my privilege to play with and get to know those Celtic boys, to say I was a player under Jock Stein.