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Jonathan Pearce Column: GROUND FOR CELEBRATION.

Byline: Jonathan PEARCE

HALLOWE'EN'S coming, and it marks a significant footballing anniversary.

On All Hallows Eve 1903, Queen's Park met Celtic in the first football match at Hampden Park. And as Hampden celebrates its century we'll all have favourite memories of a special place.

I'll always have in mind grainy black-and-white shots of Real Madrid winning the 1960 European Cup Final against Eintracht, or Jimmy Johnstone tormenting Leeds in the 1970 semi-final.

I've only been there twice. The muted stadium was a letdown in England's Euro 2000 play-off victory. My illusions were dented.

But only until my first Old Firm derby there in last season's CIS Cup Final. Raucous, cacophonous and historic. Happy birthday Hampden, I look forward to returning.
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 26, 2003
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