For the first time in 12 years London soccer fans tonight (Monday) had the opportunity of seeing, Celtic, the most consistently successful club in British football.
For the first time in 12 years London soccer fans tonight (Monday) had the opportunity of seeing, Celtic, the most consistently successful club in British football. They came south for a testimonial match for England captain Bobby Moore, and displayed their full repertoire of power and skill. In an exciting and sometimes brilliant match, West Ham just managed to clinch a draw with a soaring Clyde Best header four minutes from the end, which made the score 3-3.
Celtic played aggressive, attacking football backed up by all the fire and power that have made them feared throughout Europe. Only the fighting spirit of Moore and his men enabled them to pull back each Celtic lead.
Lennox put Celtic ahead after 11 minutes following a corner, but within six minutes Hurst had put West Ham level with a powerful header from a Moore cross. Clean, sweeping football paid off for both teams. First, a Johnstone goal in the 33rd minute put Celtic 2-1 ahead, then ten minutes after the interval little Gemmell put West Ham level again.
But within a minute Celtic were back in the lead. Connelly unleashed a piledriver from a short free kick which left the packed West Ham defenders flat-footed. But West Ham, with two substitutes, never let up, and only four minutes from the final whistle Clyde Best snatched the equaliser with a header from a precision cross from Hurst.
Moore need not worry that only 24,448 fans paid up to watch the match. Sponsors had already guaranteed GBP 15,000 pounds.
SYNOPSIS: West Ham kick off in the dark shirts against Celtic on Monday night at Upton Park. It's the first time that Celtic have played in London for 12 years, and they've come south to play in the testimonial match of England captain Bobby Moore.
Celtic are probably the best team in British soccer, and have been the most successful for a decade. Here they're on the attack.
Celtic play a special brand of hard, aggressive football and here it pays off. Lennox puts Celtic ahead after 11 minutes.
Only six minutes later a powerful header by Hurst from a Moore cross puts West Ham level.
Thirty-three minutes gone, and Johnstone scores for Celtic 2-1 to the Scots.
West Ham went into the second half trailing by one goal, and after 11 minutes Gemmell put the London team level again. Then, from a free kick, Connelly leaves the West Ham defence flatfooted 3 - 2 to Celtic.
For almost 30 minutes both teams played good, attacking football. First West Ham, then Celtic, swept into the attack. Only the fighting spirit of Moore and his men enabled them to hand on and keep out the remorseless and tireless Celtic forwards. There was plenty of excitement for the 25,000 who braved the freezing and rainy night for Bobby Moore's testimonial. In spite of the small gate, Moore was nothing to fear. GBP 15,000 were guaranteed by sponsors even before the game began.
It looked as if Celtic would win. But with only four minutes to go, Hurst pulls back a cross. Clyde Best is there. It's a draw, three all.