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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Soccerlens · Nov 8

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

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

Soccerlens · Nov 8
Open Goal · Oct 25

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...

Open Goal · Oct 25
The Celtic Star · Oct 18

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...

The Celtic Star · Oct 18
HITC · Aug 31

Frank McAvennie shares criticism of Celtic star James Forrest

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

HITC · Aug 31
The Dugout · Aug 23

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.

The Dugout · Aug 23
67HailHail · Jun 20

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.

67HailHail · Jun 20
67HailHail · Jun 19

Celtic legend expresses forthright opinion which could split support down the middle

Celtic legend Frank McAvennie has expressed an opinion which could spilt the Hoops’ support down the middle.

67HailHail · Jun 19
Scotzine · Jun 10

DENIS LAW: MY HERO: By FRANK McAVENNIE

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
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
Open Goal · Oct 4

RIGHT IN THE COUPON | SPFL Weekend Preview

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!

Open Goal · Oct 4
Celtic Fanzine · Sep 24

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.

Celtic Fanzine · Sep 24
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