CELTIC F.C.

in North America

Soccer matches played by Glasgow Celtic F.C. in the USA and Canada. Soccer matches played by Glasgow Celtic F.C. in the USA and Canada.

1931 - 2012

NORTH AMERICA TOUR
1931

Celtic v Newark Americans match ticket

Ticket for the cancelled match against Newark Americans

This was Celtic's first ever tour of the USA and it was taken during the Great Depression. The Celtic party left Yorkhill quay in Glasgow on a Caledonia steamship and arrived in New York in late May. Times were hard as was shown in the game against Montreal Carsteel when Peter Scarff scored five goals while wearing a green dress shirt because there weren't enough hooped strips to go around. Celtic players on the tour: William Cook, Charles Geatons, William Hughes, Joe McGhee, Denis Currie, Alex Thompson, Peter McGonigle, James McStay, John Morrison, Charles Napier, Hugh Smith, John Thompson, Robert Thompson, Robert Whitelaw, Peter Wilson, Peter Scarff, James McGrory. Manager: William Maley. The return journey was made aboard the Anchor Line steamship (joint Cunard-Anchor Line service)  Transylvania. The Transylvania was converted to an Armed Merchant Cruiser at the start of WWII, and was torpedoed and sunk bynGerman U-boat U-56 off Inishtrahull in August 1940.

Against Hakoah All-Stars, Jimmy McGrory broke his jaw and Charlie Napier and Peter Scarff were sent off along with two Hakoah players. Football was rough in the 30's, it was a game for men, not the ladyboys that play today. In the match against Pawtucket Rangers the Celtic players needed help in order to leave the ground safely. Our favourite Celtic historians, Tom Campbell and Pat Woods, mention this in their book "Images of Scotland: Celtic Football Club 1887 - 1967" -

A Celtic vs Rangers match, but in Providence, Rhode Island. The 'friendly' turned into a roughhouse affair and Celtic required a police escort at time-up.

Willie Maley was far from complimentary about the arrangements.

"The ground was like a furnace, the dressing-room conditions disgraceful and the referee had no control whatever."

 

During this tour Celtic spotted two future Celts.

JOE KENNAWAY

Born: Point St. Charles, Montreal, Quebec, Jan 25, 1905. Died Johnston, Rhode Island, March 7, 1969.

The first was Montreal born goalkeeper Joe Kennaway who was playing for Fall River F.C. when Celtic spotted him. He later signed for Celtic - to replace John Thompson who was tragically killed that September - and was an immediate success. Kennaway played for Celtic from 1931 to 1939 winning three Scottish F.A. cup medals and two Scottish championship medals. He played four times for the Scottish League team (Ireland twice and England twice) and also for Scotland against Austria at Hampden Park in 1933 - he also played for Canada against the USA in 1926 making him a rare double international. He returned to Canada at the outbreak of the second World War but later moved to Providence where he played and then coached at Brown University from 1946 to 1959. Joe Kennaway became an American citizen in 1948. He was posthumously inducted into the New England Soccer Hall of Fame in 1997.

JAMES McGUIRE

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1911 and died in Hyde Park, NY on November 26, 1974

The second, James McGuire was Scottish by birth and had gone to the United States in the mid-1920s after winning two Scottish schoolboy international caps. His first major club was the Brooklyn Wanderers, a team he joined in 1929 and quickly established himself in a lineup of experienced players. McGuire returned to Scotland with Celtic immediately after the tour. However, he failed to get into the the first team and was soon on his way to England where he played 70 games for Northhampton Town between 1932 and 1936. When he left Northhampton he returned to the States and played for Brooklyn St. Mary's Celtic. St Mary's reached the U.S. Open Cup final in 1938 only to lose to Chicago Sparta. One year later, with McGuire at centre half, his team won the trophy by defeating Chicago Manhattan Beer. When he retired as a player he turned to administration and served two separate terms as president of the United States Soccer Football Association and was a member of the FIFA Organizing Committee for the 1974 World Cup in West Germany.

Opponents Date Score and Comments
Eastern Pennsylvania & District XI May 23 Celtic 6, East Penn & District 1 (att: 12,000 at Yellow Jacket Field, Philadelphia, PA)
New York Giants 24 Celtic 3, New York Giants 2 (att: 30,000 at Polo Grounds, New York City)
New York Yankees (formerly Fall River) 30 New York Yankees 4, Celtic 3 (att: 8,000 at Fenway Park, Boston, MA) Formerly known as Fall River Marksmen. Played at the home of the Boston Red Sox baseball team. Billy Gonsalves scored a hat-trick for NYY.
Fall River F.C. 31 Fall River F. C. 1, Celtic 0 (att: 7,000 at Mark's Stadium, North Tiverton, Rhode Island). Joe Kennaway played for Fall River in this match. Billy Wilson scored with a free kick.
Pawtucket Rangers June 6 Pawtucket Rangers 3, Celtic 1 (att: 4,000 at the Cyclodrome, Providence, Rhode Island)
Brooklyn Wanderers 7 Celtic 5, Brooklyn Wanderers 0 (att: 10,000, at Ebbetts Field, Brooklyn, NY). Ex-Celtic forward Willie Crilly played for Brooklyn.
Montreal Carsteels 13 Glasgow Celtic 7, Carsteels 0 (at Montreal, Quebec, CANADA). Scarff scored 5 goals in this match.
Hakoah All-Stars 14 Celtic 1, Hakoah All-Stars 1 (att: 20,000, at Polo grounds, New York City). Later that year, Spanish club Racing Club of Madrid played here to a crowd of only 2,000. A very rough match - Napier off for fighting and Scarff sent off for fouling. Napier scored the Celtic goal.
Bricklayers 21 Glasgow Celtic 6, Bricklayers 3 (at Chicago, IL). Att: 11,000 at of Chicago Cubs.
Michigan All-Stars 25 Celtic 5, Michigan XI 0 . Att: 5,000 at the University of Detroit Stadium. First time Celtic played at night under floodlights.
Ulster United 27 Celtic 3, Ulster United 1 (at Toronto, ON, CANADA)
New York Yankees 28 Celtic 4, New York Yankees 1 (att: 10,000, at Yankee Stadium, New York City)
Newark Americans 29 Bears' Stadium, Newark. Match cancelled.
Canton S. C. 29 Celtic 4, Canton S. C. 1 (at Baltimore, MD)

NORTH AMERICA TOUR
1951

In 1951 the Celts went to Toronto to play Fulham of England after winning the Scottish Cup against Motherwell. Celtic Travelled aboard the S.S. Queen Mary and arrived at New York City on 14 May 1951. The Canadian Soccer Football Association and the United States Soccer Football Association, co-sponsors of the Celts tour, thought it would be appropriate for them to bring the cup along. Jimmy McGrory was the manager and true to the Celtic tradition (don't spend too much money) the prized possession of the Scottish FA was taken to New York in a small wooden box. In New York the wooden box was lost and McGrory picked up a shopping bag from Macy's, one of New York's top department stores. The team arrived in Toronto around eight o'clock and newspapermen and radio commentators were on hand, television was not in vogue in those days. Stepping from the train at Toronto's Union Station McGrory asked "Where the hell is the cup?" Nobody could find it but eventually a young Scottish lad, taking his holidays to follow his favourite team, said "Mr McGrory here it is." The story was used throughout the World and since then the Scottish Cup has never again been allowed out of Scotland.

Players at the time included McPhail (captain), Hunter, Fallon, Rollo, Evans, Boden, Baillie, Weir, Collins, Peacock and Tully. Back in Scotland after the tour, Celtic added the St. Mungo Cup to their list of honours.

GILES HERON

Giles Heron was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1922. He played at centre forward for the Jamaican national team as well as playing for the American club side Detroit Corinthians. During this tour he was spotted by a Celtic scout and signed on 5th August 1951. He scored on his debut a 2-1 win against Morton and quickly became known as the ‘Black Flash’. He played his last match for Celtic on 1st December 1951 and by May 1952 he was released by the club and signed for Third Lanark. Tom Campbell in his book titled "CHARLIE TULLY- Celtic's Cheeky Chappie" from (available from Breedon Books £16.99) suggests a reason why this talented player left Celtic so quickly while discussing the factions that were apparent in the Celtic dressing room at the time "Gil Heron was another victim of the cliques operating within Celtic Park." Campbell is suggesting that (although not alone) Gil Heron was not liked by the Tully, Weir and McPhail clique. After Third Lanark, Heron also played for Kidderminster Harriers before returning to play for his original club. He excelled at many sports including boxing, cricket and ice-hockey. Father of highly regarded jazz musician and poet Gil Scott Heron whose lyrics and music inspired the majority of cutting edge American Black musicians in the late 70’s and 80’s. Click this to find out more about Gil Heron's Celtic career and all the fixtures and results for Celtic in season 1951/52.

Opponents Date Score and Comments
New York All Stars May 20 North America tour - in New York. New York All Stars 1 v Celtic 5
Fulham 27 North America tour - in New York. Fulham 0 v Celtic 2
Eintracht Frankfurt 30 North America tour - in New York. Eintracht 1 v Celtic 3
Philadelphia All Stars June 3 North America tour - at Cahill Field, Philadelphia. Philadelphia All Stars 2 v Celtic 6
Canadian National League 5 North America tour - at C.N.E. Stadium, Toronto. National League 1 v Celtic 2
Chicago Polish Eagles 8 North America tour - at the University of Detroit.   Played for the D.Kennedy Cup - permanent trophy. Eagles 0 v Celtic 4.
Fulham 16 North America tour - at Varsity Stadium, Toronto. Fulham 1 v Celtic 1
Kearney XI 17 North America tour - at Kearney High School Stadium, New Jersey. Kearney XI 2 v Celtic 2
Fulham 20 North America tour - at Delorimier Stadium, Montreal. Fulham 3 v Celtic 2

NORTH AMERICA TOUR
1957

Celtic made the trip to America aboard Cunard's RMS Mauritania. A menu from the trip, autographed by the Celtic team, was sold on ebay for £112 in March 2004. The seller described the menu as follows "Cunard's RMS Mauritania Menu, dated Monday May 13th 1957, for a Gala Dinner held on board. The back of the menu has been autographed by the players and management of Celtic FC, which include Robert Kelly (Chairman), Jim McGrory (Manager), Sean Fallon, Duncan MacKay, John Donnelly, Eric Smith, Charlie Tully and Bertie Peacock, to name but a few. I think the football team were on their way across the Atlantic for a tour of the USA and Canada. Included in this are three black and white photographs of the Mauritania, which were taken by relations before embarking at Southampton, as the ship set sail with my grandparents aboard." Click here to see a photo of the menu and the autographs on the back of the menu.

Opponents Date Score and Comments
Tottenham Hotspur May 19 in New York. Tottenham Hotspur 4 v Celtic 3
Philadelphia Uhrik Truckers 25 at Temple University Stadium Philadelphia. Philadelphia Uhrik Truckers 0 v Celtic 4
Hapoel (Tel Aviv) 26 in Philadelphia. Hapoel 1 v Celtic 2
St Louis CYC All-Stars 29 at the Public Schools Stadium, St Louis. St Louis AS 0 v Celtic 3
Tottenham Hotspur June 3 at the Empire Stadium, Vancouver. Attendance:21,121. Tottenham Hotspur 6 v Celtic 3
San Francisco XI 5 at the Kezar Stadium, San Francisco. San Francisco XI 0 v Celtic 5
Tottenham Hotspur 8 at the Varsity Stadium, Toronto. Tottenham Hotspur 3 v Celtic 1
Tottenham Hotspur 9 at Delorimier Stadium, Montreal. Tottenham Hotspur 0 v Celtic 2

NORTH AMERICA TOUR
1966

This tour of the States started with the team having a holiday in Bermuda and playing against a couple of local teams. It was on this tour living, sleeping and eating together that a young team of Scottish youths would be moulded into the team that became the Champions of Europe in the coming season. Jock Stein saw enough on this tour to convert Bertie Auld from a traditional winger to a midfielder and a partnership with the late, great Bobby Murdoch. We all know how well that worked out.

Bobby Lennox mentions this tour in his 1982 autobiography "A Million Miles For Celtic" (written by Gerry McNee and Forwarded by Jock Stein - ISBN 0 09 150240 3, Stanley Paul publishers). Reading it it is obvious that Bobby really enjoyed himself on this tour for he tells us "... it was a dream and really gave us a chance to mix and get to know each other. Morale was sky high" He goes on to remember some funny moments from the tour -

We were there only a couple of days when my buddy Jimmy Johnstone and I bought a couple of 'Texas-Style' hats to make us look like a couple of big shots! We had decided to mosey along to the room shared by Billy McNeill and John Clark to show off our purchases. Billy looked really impressed as he took the hat from my head then with a grin and a flick of the wrist sent it spinning across the room, over the balcony and down eight storeys! I remained calm and casually picked up a book by his bedside and inquired, "Enjoying this Billy?" Before he could reply I had sent it spinning in the same direction as my hat. He froze in his tracks with a look of horror on his face and I remember thinking, "It can't be that good a book". John Clark flew past me onto the balcony and as I ran over it was raining five pound notes. Billy's entire holiday money had been hidden in the pages!

" with that impressive record behind us we looked forward to 1966-7 with confidence yet not realizing that for all of us the greatest season of our lives was about to dawn." Bobby Lennox.

Celtic returned from this tour to win every competition that they entered during the 1966/67 season. They won the European cup, beating Internationale Milan 2-1 in the final in Lisbon, pipped a great Rangers team to the Scottish League Championship, beat Aberdeen in the Scottish FA Cup final and won the Scottish League Cup beating Rangers (again) at Hampden Park.

In eleven matches played, Celtic scored 47 goals and conceded only 6. The table below shows a list of all matches played, dates, venues, results and indicates if a programme was issued or not.

Tour dates: May 12, 1966 - June 12, 1966. Results: 8 wins, 0 draws, 3 losses | Goals: 47 for, 6 against.

Opponents Date Score and Comments
Bermuda May 12 Joint issue in Bermuda. Bermuda 1 v Celtic 10
Bermuda Y.M.C.A. 15

Joint issue in Bermuda. Bermuda YM 0 v Celtic 7

New Jersey All Stars 18 in Kearney. in Kearney, NJ. NJ All Stars 0 v Celtic 6
Tottenham Hotspur 21 in University Stadium, Toronto. Tottenham Hotspur 0 v Celtic 1
Hamilton Primo X1 25 In Hamilton, Ontario. Hamilton Primo XI 0 v Celtic 11
Bologna 27 at the Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, New York. Bologna 0 v Celtic 0. This could have been Torino. See this page.
St Louis CYC All-Stars 29 Roosevelt High School Field, St Louis. CYC 1 v Celtic 6
Tottenham Hotspur June 1 at the Kezar Stadium, San Francisco. Joint issue with Bayern. Tottenham 1 v Celtic 2. Att-11,000
Tottenham Hotspur 4 at the Empire Stadium, Vancouver.  Tottenham 1 v Celtic 1. Programme sold for £112 Oct 2005.
Bayern Munich 8 at the Kezar Stadium, San Francisco. Joint issue with Spurs. Bayern Munich 2 v Celtic 2
Atlas 12 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles. Atlas 0 v Celtic 1.
A copy of this sold for £109.77 on 21-Apr-08. Here is the sellers description "Programme is in decent condition, has some creasing, and on the front cover,the result of the Celtic match has been neatly noted." The seller supplied 3 photos and from them rusty staples were also apparent.

NORTH AMERICA TOUR
1968

The tour of North and South America and Canada in 1968 was more of a holiday than work for the players of that time. The team arrived in the states on May 16 but didn't play their first match until ten days later. The mode of transport was vastly more modern than that used by the touring Celtic teams of the 30's and 50's. Those teams had traveled by sea on a Cunard liner and the journey took days rather than hours. This group of young Celts were getting used to the best and, for once, it looks like no expense was spared. Writing in his tour diary, Dr John Fitzsimons described the journey ....

"Splendidly attired in green club blazers and grey flannels our party of 16 players and five officials board the plane at Prestwick Airport that is to take us to New York on the first stage of our transatlantic tour."

The green club jackets and matching grey flannels didn't last long for he tells us later that ....

"For the next week the players are free to enjoy themselves as they please. The first indication that all are in true holiday mood is the casual wear chosen by those immaculate young men of 24 hours ago. Some of the creations now being paraded would make the Beatles look staid by comparison."

The party had arrived in New York at 4 p.m. local time, 40 minutes faster than the 6 and a bit hours it was scheduled to take. However, this was only the first leg of the journey. The camp where the team was to be based was in Newport, a suburb of Miami in Florida. By 6 p.m. they were aboard a Boeing 727 bound for Miami and their resort motel. The players and officials were very impressed by the facilities for Dr Fitzsimons ended his first day entry by describing the accommodation .....

"Motel! Picture our surprise and pleasure when we behold a magnificent 14-storey hotel situated right on the beach and with all the other trappings of luxury at hand. We find ourselves housed in the Penthouse suites. Scrumptious!"

Over the next few days the Celtic party relaxed and took advantage of all that Miami has to offer. Colour television (this was new technology) with multiple channels, deep sea fishing and golf were among the favourites. On the 24th of May it was time to leave Miami and board the plane back to New York in time for the entire party to attend the Bob Foster v Dick Tiger light heavyweight championship boxing bout at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

It was still two days until the first of the two matches played against A.C. Milan. On the 25th they went to the famous New Belmont Racetrack and on the 26th attended a service in St. Patrick's Cathedral. That night Celtic met A.C. Milan at the Roosevelt Stadium in the first of the two matches. Milan were champions of Europe and Italy and half of the fans attending the match were there in support of the Italians. Celtic only managed a 1-1 draw which disappointed the players and officials but they would get another chance in the match in Toronto .... and there was to be a trophy up for grabs.

On the 28th, Celtic took a short flight from NY to Toronto and booked into the Royal York Hotel. The tempo was changing. Not so relaxed as it had been as Dr Fitzsimons recorded .....

"the big man [JS] is back on the ball and it's now training in earnest."

The match in the C.N.E. Stadium in Toronto was scheduled for June 1st and 31,000 fans turned up to set a stadium record attendance. Celtic are magnificent during the match and give Milan a taste of what Inter had suffered just 1 year earlier in Lisbon. Celtic attacked from start to finish, scoring two goals through Lennox and Gallagher with no reply from the Italians.

The final match of the tour was against Nececa of Mexico in Mexico City. Because of the difference in altitude, some of the party have difficulty breathing properly and it seems to affect the players during the match. At half-time Celtic are 3-1 down, Billy McNeill heading Celtic's only goal. During the half-time break the Celtic players are given oxygen and they play a bit better in the 2nd half - Wallace scoring to make the final score 3-2 to Nececa. On June 5th the players took a cultural excursion to the Mexican pyramids and visited the shrine of Our Lady of Guadeloupe which, in 1999, became the most-visited Catholic shrine in the world.

The next day the party departed for Glasgow and arrived back at the old Abbotsinch airport in Paisley (now Glasgow Airport).

Opponents Date Score and Comments
AC Milan May 26 at the Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, New York.
AC Milan 1 Celtic 1 (Attendance 20,000)
AC Milan Jun 1 at the C.N.E. Stadium, Toronto. Billed as the First Annual C.N.E. Cup of Champions.
AC Milan 0 Celtic 2 - Lennox and Gallagher (Attendance 31,000)
Nececa FC 4 Mexico City. Nececa 3 Celtic 2 - McNeill and Wallace

NORTH AMERICA TOUR
1970

Opponents Date Score and Comments
Manchester United May 11 Toronto Cup match at the Varsity Stadium, Toronto. Att: 24,000. Manchester Utd 2 v Celtic 0. Blue version.
AS Bari 13 at Downing Stadium, Randall's Island, New York. Att: 6,806. AS Bari 1 v Celtic 1
AS Bari 17 Toronto Cup match at the C.N.E. Stadium, Toronto. Originally scheduled to be played on Saturday 16th but torrential rain delayed the match until the 17th.  Attendance 3,138
AS Bari 2 v Celtic 2 (abandoned when Bari players refused to play on after Celtic were awarded a penalty.)
New England All Stars 20 Delboys Stadium, Boston. Att: 4,000. New England All-Stars 1 v Celtic 7.
Team: Williams, Craig, Hay, Murdoch, McNeill, Callaghan, Hood, Dalglish, Wallace, Davidson, Lennox.
Eintracht Frankfurt 22 Downing Stadium, Randall's Island, New York New York.   Att: 6,282. Eintracht 3 v Celtic 1.
Bermuda XI 24 National Stadium, Hamilton, Bermuda. Att: 4,000.
Team: Fallon, Craig, Hay, Murdoch, Cattanach, Callaghan, Hood, Macari, Wallace, Davidson, Lennox. Celtic 7 v Bermuda 1. Scorers: Davidson 3, Macari 2, Wallace, Hood.
Somerset CC 31 National Stadium, Hamilton, Bermuda. Att: 4,000.
Team: Fallon, Craig, Hay, Cattanach, Murdoch, Callaghan, Davidson, Dalglish, Hood, Macari, Lennox. Celtic 4 v Somerset 1. Scorers: Callaghan, Macari, Lennox, Dalglish.

NORTH AMERICA TOUR
1972

The Celtic team that went on this break to Bermuda had just won the 7th League Championship in a row and this trip was arranged as a reward. On returning home after the trip Jock Stein said "The players deserved this break. They have worked hard for it all season.". They were based at the luxurious Princess Hotel in Hamilton Harbour. The trip went well and Celtic won both games easily against local sides.

In the first game, Celtic beat Somerset 2-0 with both goals from Bobby Lennox - one in each half. The team for that match was - Williams, Hay, Quinn, Murdoch, McNeill, Connelly, Wilson, Dalglish, Deans, Callaghan, Lennox. Subs - McCluskey, Davidson, Hood.

In the second match, Pembroke got on the end of an 8-1 thrashing with Lennox scoring four, Macari two, Connelly and McCluskey grabbing one a piece. The team for that match was - Williams, McCluskey, Quinn, Murdoch, McNeill, Connelly, Hood, Macari, Wilson, Callaghan, Lennox. Subs - Dalglish, Davidson, Deans. Billy McNeill was sent off in this match for a remark to referee Carlisle Crockwell - who had Tommy Docherty suspended for remarks made during a visit by Chelsea six years earlier.

No one knows if a programme was issued for either of these matches. If you are living in Bermuda and can help us out with this please send us any info you can on any literature published during this tour.

Opponents Date Score and Comments
Somerset (Bermuda) May in Bermuda. Somerset 0 v Celtic 2
Pembroke (Bermuda) May in Bermuda. Pembroke 1 v Celtic 8

NASL TRANS-ATLANTIC CHALLENGE CUP
1981

Trans-Atlantic Challenge Cup

The NASL Trans-Atlantic Challenge Cup (shown above) was in existence for only 5 season from 1980 to 1984. In the 1981 tournament Celtic were a late replacement for Shakhtyor Donetsk, the Soviet (Ukranian) team that withdrew because Cosmos intended to field a South African (this was in the days of apartheid.) In his article in the New York Times called "FOREIGN SOCCER TEAMS LACK PRACTICE", Alex Yannis wites that "The Scottish team was a last-minute replacement for a Soviet team that withdrew because the Cosmos planned to play Steve Wegerle, a native of South Africa."

In the same article, John Clark (in charge as Billy McNeill did not travel to the tournament) said "I don't want this to sound like an excuse but we came here in the middle of their season. Fitnesswise, we're about 40 percent short. We haven't played a match for eight to nine weeks." Infact, The Celts hadn't kicked a ball in ernest since playing St Mirren on 2nd May, the last day of the 80/81 season.

As well as Celtic, there was Southampton FC from England, New York Cosmos and Seattle Sounders of the N.A.S.L. (North American Soccer League.) Seattle Sounders beat Celtic and were the eventual winners of the 1981 tournament. Celtic also lost out to the Cosmos but managed to beat a Southampton team that included Kevin Keegan other English stars in the third/fourth place play-off match. Like Celtic, Southampton were not yet match fit and in their close-season trianing but they had more time to plan for the tournament, having agreed to take part just after the season had ended in England.

Here is a full list of the Challenge Cup winners - 1980 New York Cosmos; 1981 Seattle Sounders; 1982 Chicago Sting; 1983 New York Cosmos; 1984 New York Cosmos.

This site - www.soundercentral.com is an excellent resource for NASL T-AC. The ticket below is for the Seattle Sounders v Celtic match and is displayed there along with some excellent memorabilia from the matches that you are unlikely to have seen before including some action photos from the games that include players like Charlie Nicholas and Tom McAdam.

Match ticket for the Seattle Sounders versus Celtic match in the Trans Atlantic Cup of 1981.

A summary of the Trans-Atlantic Challenge Cup

Opponents Date Score and Comments
New York Cosmos July 12 at Giants Stadium / The Meadowlands, New York. NY Cosmos 2 v Celtic 0.
Seattle Sounders 14

at the Seattle KingDome. att - 20,986. Seattle 2 v Celtic 1. Watch this game on Youtube.

Southampton 19 Giants Stadium, The Meadowlands, New York. Southampton 1 v Celtic 2

LABATT'S TOURNAMENT
1982

Opponents Date Score and Comments
Toronto Italia July 16 Labatt's tournament joint issue. Celtic 1 v Toronto Italia 4
Panhellnic 18 Labatt's tournament joint issue. Celtic 7 v Panhellnic 0

B.C. PLACE TOURNAMENT
1985

Opponents Date Score and Comments
Pacific Rim Soccer League All-Stars June 6

Tournament issue. Celtic beat PRSL 2-1. Ajax were beaten on penalty kicks after a 2-2 draw by North Shore Colts.

North Shore Colts 8 Same issue as above. Attendance:9,510, Celtic lost 2-1. Mo Johnston scored Celtic's goal.

1988

Opponents Date Score and Comments
ORLANDO LIONS Sept 10 in Glasgow. Note - not played in the USA or Canada.

THE HAMILTON CUP
1994

Opponents Date Score and Comments
Heart of Midlothian May 22

at the Ivor Wynne Stadium,Hamilton, Ontario. Hamilton Cup tournament joint issue. Celtic 1 v Hearts 1

Aberdeen 28 in Ontario. Hamilton Cup tournament joint issue.
Celtic 1 v Aberdeen 0

CHAMPIONSWORLD
SERIES 1 2003

This tour was organised by ChampionsWorld, a New Jersey-based sports promoter The ChampionsWorld Series 1, which also featured Barcelona, Juventus and AC Milan attracted 422,000 spectators in all and was broadcast to more than 50 countries worldwide.

Opponents Date Score and Comments
Manchester United Jul 22 0-4. Played at Seattle Seahawks Stadium, Seattle. Attendance: 66,772. Manchester Utd 4 Celtic 0.
Boca Juniors 25

1-0. Sutton. Played at Brown's Stadium, Ohio. Attendance: 20,842.

CELTIC: Marshall (Hedman 46, Douglas 78); Crainey, Varga, Balde (Kennedy 78), McNamara (McNamara 71); Miller (Sylla 46), Lambert (Petrov 46), Maloney (Petta 70), Thompson (Lennon 46); Sutton (Beattie 70), Larsson (Fernandez 46). Subs: Smith, Laursen, Wallace, Prunty.

CHAMPIONSWORLD
SERIES 1 2004

Celtic returned to America in July 2004 to play in the 2nd ChampionsWorld Series of matches against Roma, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United. The tour was organised by New Jersey-based sports events promoter Charlie Stillitano, head man of ChampionsWorld. Eight other teams took part - MANCHESTER UNITED (England); AC MILAN (Italy); CHELSEA (England); AS ROMA (Italy); LIVERPOOL (England); BAYERN MUNICH (Germany;) FC PORTO (Portugal). At the start of the 2003/04 season, Celtic lost to Manchester United in Seattle and beat Boca Juniors in Cleveland, Ohio in the inaugural series.

Martin ONeill and his hooooooped heroes were away for 13 days, from 19 to 31 July. The Celtic players had four days rest and light training at their base camp in Seattle before playing Chelsea in the first match on Saturday July 24 in the Seahawks Stadium where they met Man U last year. Next up was our UEFA Cup opponents from last season, Liverpool on Monday July 26 in the Rentschler Field, East Hartford, Connecticut, followed by Manchester United on Wednesday July 28 at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia and finally AS Roma in the SkyDome, Toronto on Saturday, July 31.

Television Coverage was by Fox Sports World/ Fox Sports Espanol and Setanta in the UK. ChampionsWorld made a loss from this tournament and folded as a result.

Opponents Date Score and Comments
Chelsea Sat 24 Jul 2-4. Beattie (2). at Qwest Field (Seattle Seahawks Stadium), Seattle, WA.
Liverpool Mon 26 Jul 1-5. Beattie. at Rentschler Field, East Hartford, CT.
Manchester United Wed 28 Jul 2-1. Sutton, Beattie. at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
A.S.Roma Sat 31 Jul 0-1. at SkyDomE, Toronto, ON.

USA TOUR
2006

Celtic played three matches in the USA during this tour - two against MLS teams and one against a mexican league team.

Opponents Date Score and Comments
DC United Sat 12 Jul at Robert Francis Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Washington.
Chivas de Guadalajara Mon 14 Jul

at New York Giants Stadium, New York.

New England Revolution Sat 19 Jul at Gillette Stadium, Boston.

USA TOUR
2007

Celtic played two matches in the USA during this tour - the first against the MLS All-Stars team and the other against Chicago Fire.

Opponents Date Score and Comments
MLS All-Stars Thu 19 Jul at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Denver.
Chicago Fire Mon 22 Jul

at Toyota Park, Bridgeview IL.

CNE CUP
TORONTO 2009

A young Celtic team were beaten 1-3 by SL Benfica of Portugal in the CNE Cup in Toronto. The match was played as part of the annual Canadian National Exhibition of 2009, the winners receiving the CNE Cup.

Opponents Date Score and Comments
SL Benfica Wed 2 Sep 1-3. McGowan. Played at the BMO Field in Toronto. No programme.

USA and CANADA
2010

Opponents Date Score and Comments
Philadelphia Union 14/07/2010 Union 1 Celtic 0 at PPL Park, Philadelphia. No programme.
Manchester Utd 16/07/2010 United 3 Celtic 1 at Rogers Centre, Toronto.
Seattle Sounders 18/07/2010 Seattle 1 Celtic 2 at Qwest Field, Seattle. No programme.
Sporting CP 21/07/2010 Celtic 1 Sporting 1 at Fenway Park, Boston. No programme.
Celtic won the Fenway Football Challenge Trophy 6-5 on penalties.