One of the greatest yet ultimately disappointing European nights I ever attended took place on 27th September 1989.

Celtic played hosts to Partizan Belgrade in the 2nd leg of the now defunct European Cup Winners Cup.

Returning from Belgrade trailing 2-1 from the first leg, Celtic entrusted the following starting eleven to complete the comeback.

P Bonner; P Grant, A Rogan, R Aitken, P Elliot, D Whyte, M Galloway, P McStay, D Dziekanowski, A Walker, J Miller.

After losing the first goal, Celtic found themselves 2-1 in front thanks to a double from Jacki Dziekanowski as the 50,000 Celtic fans roared the team on to what we hoped would be another great European victory.
Despite Partizans efforts to retrieve the match we found ourselves amazingly 5-3 in front with less than ten minutes remaining thanks to a goal from Andy Walker and a further 2 goals from Dziekanowski. At this point I must say that Partizans efforts were mainly down to our own shambolic defending.

I remember standing in The Jungle and everyone asking what the aggregate score was amongst the mayhem as it was difficult keeping up with the amount of goals that were being scored. Then with a couple of minutes remaining  Partizan broke away and grabbed the crucial fourth goal from which Celtic could not respond.

We all stood astonished at what we had just witnessed, Big Jacki had just scored 4 goals and yet here we were out of Europe on the away goals rule after the match had ended 6-6.

I am sure that any supporter who attended this match will have memories of their own – you can view the highlights from this astonishing match by clicking the following link.

It would be great to hear from anyone who was  present that night and of any recollections they have. p&o


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