Midweek Mashup – Celtic, 1985

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Meeting between Celtic and Hibernian are something we have looked at more than once:

This instance pre-dates both of these and features an oddity that we haven’t yet got to the bottom of. At the beginning of September 1985, Celtic travelled to Easter Road twice in the space of four days, first in the League Cup and then in the league, and their kit approach was somewhat esoteric.

The first clash finished 4-4 after extra time, with Hibs winning in a penalty shootout. The hosts were in their new home strip, which featured a white horizontal stripe around the midriff and white socks. Celtic wore their yellow third kit – for only the third time, with the strip most associated with a 3-1 loss to Rapid Vienna in 1984 as well as appearing in a friendly against Hibs in January 1985, even though the home was worn in the two league games away to Hibs that season.

Perhaps it was the defeat that caused Celtic to take a different tack the following Saturday. This time, they wore hoops, but not the new shirt launched that summer – instead it was the 1982-85 jersey, with the CR Smith logo, introduced for 1984-85, applied as a patch. Green socks were used to avoid clashing with Hibs’ white.

However, the most notable aspect of the Bhoys’ strip as they won 5-0 was on their backs – the set of shirts was European-spec, meaning they had numbers. While Celtic would be forced to adopt shirt numbers nine years later, it’s quite possible that this was the first instance of them appearing on the hoops in a domestic game.

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