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We are playing Ajax in the European cup in 1982. The build up to the first leg is amazing, Celtic fans as far as the eye can see going up London road, hours before kick off.
This is an Ajax side containing Johan Cruyff, Soren Lerby, Jan Molby and Jesper Olsen. They were a good team. I was a nervous 19 year old in a side that contained Danny McGrain, Paul McStay, Davie Proven, Charlie Nicholas and Tommy Burns. We were a good team.
Jesper Olsen skinned me for the first goal and Cruyff produced a moment of magic to set up Lerby for the second. It finished 2-2, Nicholas and McGarvey scored for us.
We were given no chance in the return leg in Amsterdam but, Charlie Nicholas scored a magnificent opener to put us 1-0 up but, Vanenburg equalised for the Dutch and it looked as if we were heading out.
There was only two minutes remaining when George McLuskey latched onto a pass from Charlie Nicholas to hit a low left foot shot into the net to send us through 2-1 and 4-3 on aggregate.
What a night! At the end of the match when teams exchange shirts from the dressing room, I got Ajax no14. It wasn’t Cruyff’s because in Europe it had to be one to eleven for players starting. I got an unused subs top, a certain Marco van Basten!Back to The Football Family
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