PRAGUE/EDEN - Slavia together with Celtic FC honoured former player of the Celts and first ever Slavia manager before mutual friendly game on Tuesday. There is now Madden´s plaque on the walk of fame in front of the stadium and the main stand of Eden Arena was renamed J. W. Madden Stand.
Celtic manager Brendan Roggers spoke at the celebration before the Slavia v Celtic game together with Jaroslav Tvrdík, Chairman of Board of Slavia, and Czech, Scottish and Irish members of Madden´s family. Later they unveiled a commemorative plaque on Slavia walk of fame in front of the stadium and the main stand of Eden Arena was officially renamed "Tribuna J. W. Maddena" (J. W. Madden Stand).
J. W. Madden played Celtic’s first-ever match in 1888 as a forward and later went on to make 118 appearances and score 49 goals for the Scots. After retiring from active career, he became Slavia’s first-ever manager in 1905 and led the club into their golden age. He was in charge of the Red-and-Whites for 25 years and became spiritual father of Czech professional football.