Nine years ago, on March 26, Celtic visited The Cathedral for the first time for friendly match supporting football of Bizkaia.
The result (a 0-0 draw) was the least important thing of a match that raised great expectations. The day before the match, many supporters came to Lezama to watch the Glasgow training session, a team that just as the then-coach Neil Lennon pointed out, bears many similarities to Athletic: ‘Both clubs share a similar philosophy, tradition and history’.
The following day, Saturday, March 26, over 32,000 supporters, several hundred spirited Scottish supporters amongst them, gathered at San Mames. After offering flowers to the bust of Pichichi, the tradition for any team visiting the Cathedral for the first time, the match took place in a festive atmosphere that left beautiful images at the stands of The Cathedral.
Billy McNeill, One Club Man
The relationship between the two clubs was further strengthened last year with the presentation of One Club Man’s latest award to the historic Glasgow Celtic player, Billy McNeill.
Sick for months, his death on 22 April 2019, just days after the award was announced, prevented McNeill from collecting the trophy.The Athletic Club delegation led by José Ángel Iribar travelled to Glasgow on 18 April to hand to Martin McNeill, Billy’s youngest son, his father’s One Club Man Award.
In addition, last year, on Sunday May 12, at San Mames, at half-time of the match between Athletic Club and Celta Vigo, his daughter Susan and John Clark, McNeill’s former partner in the Celtic defense, collected the award again so that Billy received a posthumous ovation from the more than 42,000 spectators that were gathered at the Cathedral.
Rivals by country: ITALY
AC Milan, rivals in the final of the 1956 Latin Cup. Today, 64 years ago, AC Milan became the first Italian rival, the first one of a total of 20 Italian clubs that Athletic Club has faced throughout its history
Agreement between Athletic Club and Itsasmuseum for the restoration of La Gabarra
Athletic Club and Itsasmuseum Bilbao announced an agreement this evening to restore La Gabarra
Rivals by country: BRAZIL
Athletic Club have faced 11 Brazilian clubs in their history, being Vasco de Gama the first of them, 63 years ago today
International LGBTQI Pride Day
The exterior of San Mamés Stadium, lit in rainbow colours
San Mamés lights up due to Dravet Syndrome
This Tuesday 23 our stadium has turned purple on the World Day of this rare disease
San Mamés lit in green on ALS Day
The exterior of the stadium has been lit on the World Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Day
San Mamés will host Women’s Champions League
Two quarter-finals and one semi-final of the top continental competition will be played in August at The Cathedral
38 years since England – France match in San Mamés
The English national team played the first of their three matches of the 1982 World Cup at The Cathedral against ‘les bleus’.
San Mamés recognizes the inclusive work of deaf people
This Sunday, June 14, the stadium is lit to celebrate National Sign Language Day
Athletic Club custom face masks
Already available in the online shop, and from tomorrow Monday in physical shops, the three designs of reusable hygienic masks