17th November 1973 Celtic 7 PT 0 Dixie 6
The record for the highest-ever goals tally in one game by a Celtic player belongs to Jimmy McGrory, who scored 8 when Celtic beat Dunfermline Athletic 9-0 at a rain-swept Parkhead on 14th January 1928. For a man with a reputation for headed goals, it was surprising that only one of the eight was scored in that fashion.
A young man called Willie Hughes also got 8 goals when playing in a Celtic shirt but this was in a non-competitive game, when he turned out for the Celtic/ Falkirk select which beat a Scottish League select 10-7 in Patsy Gallagher’s benefit match in January 1932
On this day in 1973, though, that record of McGrory’s came under threat. Celtic were playing Partick Thistle in a league match at Parkhead and Dixie Deans was right on song, scoring 6 in Celtic’s 7-0 victory. Dixie’s first came in 8 minutes, the others followed in 16, 24, 56, 74 and 89 minutes.
A small crowd of only 22,000 was there to see this plethora of goals – a post-war club record for a competitive match – and one of them was Jimmy McGrory, glad to see that his record had survived.
This photograph is rather unusual, in that it shows me shielding the ball away from John ‘Dixie’ Deans, at that time still playing for Motherwell. John Clark can just be seen in the back ground.