Frank McAvennie

Read all the news about Celtic hero Frank McAvennie. Frank McAvennie was born in Glasgow on 22 November 1959 (age 59).

McAvennie moved to Celtic from West Ham United for a then club record fee of £750,000 on 2 October 1987. He made his debut for Celtic the following day in a 1–1 draw at home against Hibernian.

McAvennie made a slow start at Celtic and his progress was not helped when he got involved in an on-field fracas with Chris Woods, Terry Butcher and Graham Roberts in an Old Firm game in November 1987. McAvennie and Woods were sent off in the initial incident, whilst Butcher was sent off later in the game. All four were later reported to the Procurator Fiscal and appeared in court on disorder charges relating to their conduct in that game. McAvennie was found not guilty, Roberts not proven, whilst Butcher and Woods were both convicted of Breach of the Peace.

McAvennie eventually found his form at Parkhead, and his 15 goals in 1987–88 helped Celtic to a Scottish Premier League and Scottish Cup double. That season (the clubs’s Centenary Season), he was part of a formidable front trio for Celtic comprising himself, Andy Walker and Joe Miller. One of the high-points during the season for McAvennie were his two goals in Celtic’s 2–0 win over Rangers in January 1988. The Cup Final in May was particularly memorable for McAvennie as he scored two late goals to beat Dundee United 2–1, the winning goal coming in the final minute.

The following season, 1988–89, was not a happy one for Celtic and the team finished in third place in the league behind winners Rangers and second-placed Aberdeen. McAvennie, however, was one of Celtic’s few form players that season and he’d scored 11 goals by Christmas time. However, a broken arm sustained in the New Year game at Ibrox against Rangers curtailed his goalscoring. McAvennie also wished to return to London to enable him to spend more time with then girlfriend, glamour model Jenny Blyth. After a public row with manager Billy McNeill over being dropped for a league match at Tynecastle in March 1989 against Hearts, Celtic relented to McAvennie’s repeated requests for a transfer and sold him back to West Ham.

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Celts Are Here · May 22

Attention Seeking Former Celt Shares Neil Lennon Dressing Room Story

Former Celtic striker Frank McAvennie feels comfortable telling his pals at Open Goal Sport about what’s going on in the Celtic dressing room apparently.

Celts Are Here · May 22
67HailHail · May 18

Former attacker’s disclosure may explain recent Celtic performances

Former Celtic striker Frank McAvennie has made a revelation that may well explain Celtic’s performances under Neil Lennon.

67HailHail · May 18
Read Celtic · May 17

Ex-Celtic star brands Oliver Burke’s Rangers performance ‘a disgrace’

Former Celtic striker Frank McAvennie has never been one to shy away from speaking his mind and he has not held back in his critique of Oliver Burke’s performance in last weekend’s Glasgow Derby...

Read Celtic · May 17
HITC · May 17

Frank McAvennie claims departing Celtic player a disgrace

Oliver Burke did not play well for Celtic against Rangers at Ibrox last weekend...

HITC · May 17

“Why would you want to move” – Former Bhoys star issues strong verdict on Celtic ace’s future

Former Celtic player Frank McAvennie has issued his verdict on the future of the Scottish Premiership Player of the Year James Forrest, and believes he should not want to leave Parkhead...

Scotzine · Jun 10


TODAY, in Part Six of Scotzine’s salute to Denis Law, Scotland’s favourite footballing son, we offer a platform for other legends to have their say.

Scotzine · Jun 10
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