Below is a picture of the front cover of the special programme issued for the last time the famous terracing known as The Jungle was used as a standing area. Shown below is the wrap-around cover called The Jungle Book- the Jungle, the fans, Payton, McAvennie and Collins.
The picture above shows the front and back covers of the Jungle's Last Stand match programme. It was a specially designed wrap-round cover which was attached to the usual cover for that season's issue, called the Jungle Book. Issued for the last SPL match of the season against Dundee FC, it marked the end of an era of standing in the famous Jungle. The following season 5000 seats were installed and the one after that it was leveled forever to make way for the stadium that Fergus McCann built.
The programme had eighteen 165mm by 241mm pages (including both covers) and was printed in full-colour. With more than twelve of these page used for adverts, under six pages left for articles etc. As usual, the first article was "From The Managers Chair". Liam Brady remarked on the "unique nature of the occasion" and that a win would be a fitting farewell to the Jungle and a poor season for Celtic on the field. They managed a 2-0 with goals from Paul McStay and Frank McAvennie.
|Team: Marshall, Smith, Boyd, Fulton, Wdowczyk, Galloway, Slater, McStay, McAvennie, Creaney, Collins.|
|Scorers: McStay, McAvennie.|
|Subs: Grant, Miller.|
The next two pages were used for club, fixture and team details. Next up, appearance, scoring and league tables for the season. The league table shows Celtic in third place, behind Rangers and Aberdeen and above Dundee Utd and then Hearts. Celtic had played 43 games, scoring only 66 goals for 41 against. They had won 23 games, drawn 12 and lost 8 matches to gain 58 points (still 2 points for a win). The league leaders (Rangers) had played only 42 games, scoring 95 goals for and had only 33 goals against. They had won 32 games, drawn 7 and lost only 3 matches to get their 71 points. Andy Payton was Celtic's top scorer with 15 goals and was closely followed by young Gerry Creaney with 14.
Other articles had a distinctly Jungle slant to them - A History of the Jungle taken from The Glory and the Dream and A Celtic A-Z by Tom Campbell and Pat Woods. Past Days in Paradise was written by David W. Potter and Lisbon Lion Bobby Lennox looked back on his days in front of the Jungle choir roaring him and his many fellow players on. Paul McStay does he same in another article.
This Certificate of Attendance was handed out to a total of 16,000 fans to enter through the turnstiles that day. Sponsored by the Evening Times newspaper, 8,300 were given to fans entering the Jungle and the remainder went to those fans entering the Celtic End (West Terracing) via the turnstiles next to the Jungle.
Some other 'blockbuster' events (remember this was the old board) were arranged for that day - two 1993/94 season tickets for the new all-seated version of the Jungle were awarded to the lucky fan, holding the certificate, whose number matched that picked out at a half-time draw and the other to the fan voted 'King of the Jungle' because of the way they were dressed that day. A meal for four in the Brother Walfrid was offered for the wittiest banner on view and a specially-brewed 'jungle juice' - a green coloured soft drink - was on sale.
Picture from "CELTIC - Centenary edition 1888-1988." by Ian Archer, top Scottish sports journalist. Published 1988 by The Hamlyn Publishing Group Limited. ISBN - 0 600 558 851.