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If you know the history – Celtic at birth, 50 and 100, Part 1 – May 1888

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If you know the history – Celtic at birth, 50 & 100, Part 1 – May 1888 May 1888.

Three weeks later, Monday, 28 May 1888, Celtic Football Club played its first football match, facing Glasgow club, Rangers in a friendly.

The first Celtic Park was opened on Monday, 8 May 1888, with a match between Hibernian and Cowlairs, a few hours after the future King Edward VII opened the Glasgow International Exhibition at Kelvingrove Park, over in the west end of the city.

Part 2, May 1938 and Part 3, May 1988 to follow later this afternoon.

The enterprising Celtic committee had then turned their eyes south, inviting the strongest side in England at that time, Preston North End, to play Hibernian.

In front of 2,000, Renton winger, Neil McCallum, had the honour of scoring the first-ever goal at the new ground and in the history of Celtic, whilst Cathcart’s Tom Maley, playing beside his brother Willie, notched the inaugural hat-trick.

The opening game between the Glasgow and Edinburgh sides at Celtic Park finished goalless, before more than 5,000 spectators.
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