Tears in ArgentinaAuthor: Tom Campbell
Celtic's Quest for the World Club Championship
In the autumn of 1967 Celtic attempted to become the first British club to win the World Club Championship. But their encounter with Racing Club of Argentina turned into one of the most shameful episodes in the history of football. It culminated in a third explosive game in Montevideo in which six players were ordered off amid chaotic scenes.
In this compelling book leading Celtic historian Tom Campbell tells the whole story of that controversial series and asks whether the conventional view that the Argentine players and fans were the villains of the piece still holds true. In his quest for the truth he interviewed Celtic players, directors and coaching staff including Billy McNeill, Bertie Auld, Bobby Lennox, Jimmy Johnstone and John Fallon. There is a special interview with Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who provides a shrewd insight into the mindset of Jock Stein.
In 2005 Campbell, leaving no stone unturned, made the long journey to South America where he met the Racing Club players and directors, in order to get their views on the stormy events of forty years ago. The results of those interviews are both revealing and moving.
A must-read for every Celtic supporter.
"A fascinating, in-depth read . . . this strange and terrible saga"
"Extensive research . . . graphic and detailed and written with a lightness of touch"