WHEN they’re not photoshopping England managers onto vegetables or banging on about immigration the British tabloid press have occasionally been known to come up with a genuinely funny headline or two. The best in recent memory came after Inverness Caledonian Thistle shocked Old Firm giants Celtic today in 2000, when the Sun went all Mary Poppins on us, chirping that: “Super Caley go ballistic, Celtic are atrocious.”
Plucky little Caley Thistle visited Celtic Park as huge underdogs for their Scottish Cup 3rd round tie that had fallen victim to the elements two weeks earlier when gales made part of the Parkhead stand unsafe. It was worth the wait for the 4,000 fans who had already made the pilgrimage across Scotland twice though, as they were to see one of the biggest shocks in Scottish football history.
Celtic were under the less than capable stewardship of John Barnes, who was having a torrid time stepping up from Lucozade ad-man into management. By the time Caley came to town he had the fans on his back after his team of big-money signings such as Eyal Berkovic and Stilian Petrov were letting Rangers run away with the SPL title.
Whilst 2-1 down, a half-time dressing room bust-up between Barnes and stiker Mark Viduka lead to the big-bonned Aussie refusing to re-take the field in the second half and things got no better for Celtic after the break, as Caley went on to complete their famous victory. As for Barnesy, he was summoned to the chairman’s office the next afternoon and given his p45. He’s had the sense not to return to management and now sticks to Strictly Come Dancing and talking very fast on Channel 5′s Italian football coverage. Kenny Dalglish stepped up from his Director of Football role, but didn’t fair too much better.
Inverness’ cup run was to come to an end in the next round against Aberdeen, but over the next few seasons they established themselves as a bit of a bogey-team for Celtic. Another Scottish Cup win over the Bhoys followed in 2003 and two goals in the last three minutes gave Celtic a 2-1 win to prevent a hat-trick of cup upsets for Caley in February 2007. Not a bad cup history for a team that was only founded in 1994.
Visitors to Caladonian Stadium are these days greeted to a framed copy of The Sun’s headline when they walk into the foyer and a whole host of t-shirts, posters and other merchandise fill the homes of Caley’s loyal fans.
See the whole story below and head over tomorrow for one of the landmark transfers in football history.
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