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two friendlies on tomorrow night, the leeds-celtic game is a testimonial for gary kelly and is on channel 5, i hope we win, i really HATE leeds!!

motherwell-chievo is a fund raising game for cash-strapped motherwell. id maybe go and see chievo if it wasnt for celtic being on tv..

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Celtic Thump Leeds In Gary Kelly Testimonial
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Gary Kelly will donate all proceeds of the night to cancer charities (Allsport)
05/07/2002. Glasgow Celtic have beaten Leeds United 4-1 at Elland Road, in a testimonial for Gary Kelly who celebrates ten years at Elland Road this season.

The Scots sailed into a two goal lead inside the opening 25 minutes, as firstly Alan Thompson drilled home a shot from full 25 yards, and then Henrik Larsson doubled the lead, heading in a near post corner. Lee Bowyer pulled a goal back before half time, his firm shot from Jason Wilcox's cross found the bottom corner well.

Ten minutes into the second half, the two goal lead was reinstated as John Hartson produced a brilliant first time lob from Jackie McNamara's long ball, which looped over Paul Robinson and into the net.

A fourth followed shortly afterwards as young sub Shaun Maloney scrambled home from close range after Leeds failed to clear a corner, however within a minute Leeds fans had cause for delight when Lucas Radebe, sidelined for a year with injury, came off the bench to play the final 25 minutes.

A larger roar came ten minutes later when Michael Bridges, out injured for over 18 months, came on to replace Jason Wilcox, and hopefully see the end of his injury jinx.

Within minutes, Bridges sent Harry Kewell clear, however although the Australian clipped the ball over sub keeper Jonathon Gould, the ball struck the far post and Eirik Bakke, coming in at speed, couldn't convert the rebound.

For all the star names and great goals on show, the night will be remembered as one of the first `Charity` games, as all proceeds are going to two cancer charities in Leeds and Ireland – a tribute to Kelly's sister, who lost her life to the illness four years ago.

With Niall Quinn following suit in a week's time and donating proceeds of his testimonial to charity, it's clear that the old style testimonials are rapidly being replaced by charity games.


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Wednesday, May 8, 2002
M'well 1-1 Chievo: Prudence pays
By Phil McEntee

Motherwell began the long journey out of the dark shadows last night, against a team whose success against the odds could provide the blueprint that saves the Lanarkshire club.
Chievo, the Serie A minnows from a suburb of Verona who came within a point of claiming a place in next season's Champions League, drew 1-1 with Terry Butcher's side at Fir Park last night, in a match watched by a substantial crowd determined to show their support for a club now in the throes of administration.

A second-half goal from James McFadden, which cancelled out Simone Perrotta's strike for the Italians on the hour-mark, ensured that the Steelmen avoided defeat for the second game in a row following last week's bombshell news.

It was a bittersweet occasion for the 4,091 fans in attendance, with the glamour clash against foreign opposition serving as a stark reminder that it was only a few short seasons ago that the club were competing against the superstars of Borussia Dortmund, among others, in the UEFA Cup.

But, according to the man who masterminded the Serie A side's remarkable rise, Motherwell can emerge from their current crisis to once again compete in European competition, if the club's players and supporters continue to demonstrate such a strong spirit.

Chievo owner Luca Campedelli said: 'I think Motherwell can do what we did. Ours was no miracle, but just football history.

'Motherwell can follow us into the UEFA Cup if they continue to play football like they do.'

Such positive sentiments were more than welcome given recent events in the town.

Motherwell may be resigned to life after steel but it is not yet ready to give up on its 116-year-old football team. Unlike Lanarkshire neighbours Airdrie, the club is not yet dead.

This game had been arranged some time ago, before the awful extent of Motherwell's financial plight became known. It was therefore a timely fund-raiser and, with the cautionary words of administrator Bryan Jackson warning that Airdrie's fate could still overtake the Fir Park club, last night's opposition might represent the kind of prudent housekeeping to which Scottish clubs must return or perish.

Chievo is only a suburb of the Italian city of Verona, with a population one twentieth the size of the Lanarkshire town and their team was amateur 15 years ago.

Perrotta put Chievo ahead with a header on the hour and McFadden, who may have to be sold to raise funds, equalised two minutes from time, side-footing home a cross from Steve Pearson.

Home boss Butcher was more than happy at his team's display. He said: 'I thought the team did very well to come back from a goal down against a very good side.

'The crowd of over 4,000 was more than our previous home game as well so I'm delighted.'

MOTHERWELL: Woods; Ramsay, Corrigan, Deloumeaux, Hammell; Adams, Lasley, Pearson, McFadden; Elliott, Lehmann.

CHIEVO: Ambrosio; Moro, D'Anna, Lorenzi, Lanna; Esposito, Perrotta, Barone, Francheschini, Beghetto, Cossato.

Referee: Hugh Dallas.

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