IT’S 45-years since Celtic last played in Limerick.
That July 27 encounter in 1971 saw 6,000 pack into the Markets Field to see a 20- year old Kenny Daglish score four goals in a 6-1 win for the Glasgow outfit over Limerick.
Celtic were also in Limeick for a 6-0 win in 1970 and prior to that was a 1960 friendly between Limerick and Celtic. On that occasion former Hoops hero Charlie Tully was one of three guest players in the Limerick line-up and he was to score a hat-trick for the Blues in a 3-3 draw.
Celtic did come to Limerick in 1999 but it was their U-21 side that played Limerick FC in Jackman Park on that occasion. The visitors were 4-2 winners.
This game finished 3-3 on May 24 in the Markets Field.
It was a game that was part of a three game Irish tour for Celtic and the Limerick tie was played as a benefit for The Colgan Fund.
The game receipts were £325.
Limerick were 3-1 ahead after 48-minutes with former Celtic star Charlie Tully (then of Cork Hibs) scored all three in a game where he was one of three guests for Limerick against the Jimmy McGrory managed Scottish side.
Among the stars in the blue of Limerick was 17 year old goalkeeper Kevin Fitzpatrick. Gerry McCarthy, Leo O’Reilly and John O’Brien were others with displays of note.
LIMERICK: Fitzpatrick; Casey, O'Flynn; Ford, McCarthy, McNamara; O'Brien, Hamilton, O'Reilly, Tully, Wallace.
CELTIC: Haffey; Upton, Kennedy; Crerand, McNeill, Clark; Hughes, Kelly, Conway, Mochan, Auld.
REFEREE: W Keane (Limerick)
This ended in a 6-1 win for Celtic on Monday evening, July 26 in the Markets Field.
A fresh-faced Kenny Daglish grabs the headlines with four goals for the Glasgow side against Limerick, who were the reigning FAI Cup holders.
It was a game that produced four penalties – Kevin Fitzpatrick saving from Tommy Gemmell in the 62nd minute.
Daglish opened the scoring in the ninth minute and Vic Davidson had the Scottish side 2-0 by half time.
Lou Macari was among those introduced by Celtic at the break with Billy McNeill among those making way.
Daglish was to score twice from the penalty spot in the second half before adding his fourth goal in the 84th minute.
The Limerick goal also came from a penalty – Davie Barrett scoring in the 75th minute to make it 3-1 to the Parkhead side.
Within hours of the game was news that Charlie Tully had passed away. The star of the previous game between Limerick and Celtic, Tully was just 47.
LIMERICK: Fitzpatrick, Tatum (Quinn), Byrnes, Hall, Finucane, O'Mahoney, Short, Doyle, Barrett, Coad (Hall), Meaney.
CELTIC: Williams, Craig, Brogan, Hay, McNeill (Gemmell 45), Connelly, Johnstone (Macari 45), Dalglish, Wallace, Davidson, Lennox.
REFEREE: J Hartigan (Limerick)
It was a Celtic U-21 side that came to Limerick to play teh Tommy Lynch managed locals.
The game was played in Jackman Park the the visitors were 4-2 winners.
John Paul McGovern and Barry Elliott had Celtic 2-0 up before John Whyte scored a brilliant free-kick for the home side.
It was to be 3-1 at half time with Jamie Smith adding the third for Celtic.
It was a Limerick line-up that included Albert Finnin, Ray O’Halloran, Bobby Ryan and Alan Johnson.
Smith scored Celtic’s fourth after Ger Constable had Limerick’s second, five minutes into the second half.
The clubs met at Youths level earlier in the day in UL with Celtic 9-2 winners. Dan Ivess and John Paul Stokes were the Limerick goal scorers.