Frank McAvennie

Celtic hero Frank McAvennie was born in Glasgow on 22 November 1959 (age 60).

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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Celtic Now & Forever · Dec 28, 2019

McAvennie Stunned At Great Wall Celtic Signing

Former Celtic hero Frank McAvennie can’t quite understand why Southampton let super goalkeeper Fraser Forster Source...

The Celtic Star · Dec 28, 2019

‘Must Win for Rangers’, Open Goal Preview Glasgow Derby

Open Goal’s ‘Right on the Coupon’ team of Frank McAvennie and Paul Slane gave their opinion with Si Ferry and Derek Ferguson on tomorrow’s blockbuster fixture between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park.

HITC · Dec 28, 2019

Frank McAvennie ‘can’t understand’ how Celtic signed £10m loanee

Fraser Forster has been a revelation since re-signing for Celtic...

Inside Futbol · Nov 22, 2019

I’ve More Chance Of Playing Than You – Former Celtic Star’s Message To Out-of-favour Bhoy

Former Celtic star Frank McAvennie has dismissed Scott Sinclair’s chances of returning to the Bhoys team...

Green Tinted Specs · Nov 22, 2019

Celtic centenary season hero recalls Ibrox rammy that landed four in the dock

Woods, Butcher and Roberts ganged up on the unfortunate Frank McAvennie, like a gang of fish supper raiders after closing time...

Celtic Now & Forever · Nov 9, 2019

McAvennie Makes Bold But True Statement About Final

Frank McAvennie has tipped Celtic for the Betfred Cup when they meet Rangers next month...

The Celtic Star · Nov 9, 2019

McAvennie Backs Celts for Cup but Makes Hilarious Claim

Frank McAvennie has tipped Celtic for the Betfred Cup when they meet Rangers next month.

Soccerlens · Nov 8, 2019

Paddy McCourt and Frank McAvennie react to Celtic win vs Lazio on Twitter

originally posted on Celtic secured their passage to the Europa League last 32 after earning a pulsating 2-1 victory against Lazio in Italy on Thursday night.

Open Goal · Oct 25, 2019

RIGHT IN THE COUPON | Celtic Back On Top, Tavernier Debate, Dons Flying & Relegation Fears

Frank McAvennie & Derek Ferguson join Si Ferry for a carry on and to discuss the latest goings on in Scottish Football as they look to beat the bookies at William Hill with their weekly coupon selections for the SPFL Premiership...

The Celtic Star · Oct 18, 2019

Former Celt predicts Celtic to receive huge bids for Odsonne Edouard

Frank McAvennie told Open Goal’s Right in the Coupon with Si Ferry that Odsonne Edouard could be Celtic’s next big export after impressing with France’s U21s again...

Open Goal · Oct 4, 2019


Frank McAvennie joins Si Ferry to discuss the latest goings on in Scottish Football and how they might effect the outcome of this weekend’s SPFL games as he attempts another round of bookie bashing!

Celtic Fanzine · Sep 24, 2019

An Evening With Alan Thompson

We are delighted to announce that Alan Thompson will be joining us at Malones Glasgow for our Evening with series on Friday 22 November.

67HailHail · Sep 16, 2019

“I seen big Billy storm away” Celtic hero touches on controversial deal

Celtic great Peter Grant has touched on the controversial Mo Johnston snub that saw him sign for Rangers.

HITC · Sep 13, 2019

Frank McAvennie says Celtic youngster could be better than £62m player

Odsonne Edouard is leading the line for Neil Lennon’s Celtic at the moment...

HITC · Aug 31, 2019

Frank McAvennie shares criticism of Celtic star James Forrest

Continue reading “Frank McAvennie shares criticism of Celtic star James Forrest” on HITC.

The Dugout · Aug 23, 2019

Frank McAvennie says Celtic boss Neil Lennon didn’t sign Bolingoli or Jullien

Frank McAvennie has claimed Celtic boss, Neil Lennon, did not sign Boli Bolingoli or Christopher Jullien, for £3m or £7m respectively.

HITC · Jul 3, 2019

Frank McAvennie reacts to what Celtic man Griffiths did on Tuesday

The Celtic hitman missed the second half of last season...

Football Scotland · Jun 24, 2019

Breaking down Frank McAvennie’s column on Partick Thistle’s LGBT+ kit gesture

“It’s all about opinions” protests man responsible for abysmal opinion...

FootballFanCast · Jun 20, 2019

“Used more sparingly” – McAvennie expects reduced role for Celtic mainstay next season

Former Celtic favourite Frank McAvennie expects manager Neil Lennon to use Scott Brown in a reduced role next season...

67HailHail · Jun 20, 2019

Former great expects a significant new arrival at Celtic

Former Celtic great Frank McAvennie expects Neil Lennon to add to his coaching staff in the coming weeks.

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