If You Know The History: Tommy Callaghan

23rd November 1968 Tommy Callaghan debut
After 11 matches of the league campaign of 1968/69, Celtic were top of the table on 18 points, with 24 goals for and 9 goals against. Jock Stein, though, was still not satisfied and on 22nd November 1968, he decided to freshen up his midfield and brought in Tommy Callaghan from Dunfermline.

Tommy, or ‘Tid’ as he always known, had no time to reflect on his good fortune as only 24 hours later, on this day in 1968, Celtic travelled across the city to face Partick Thistle in a league match, the Jags having ex-Celt John Divers at centre-forward.

A crowd of 29,300 was packed into Firhill that afternoon and they saw John Hughes give Celtic an early lead in 14 minutes. Eight minutes later, Tommy Callaghan got his Celtic career of to the perfect start, scoring his first for his new club.


In 68 minutes, ‘Big Yogi’ Hughes made it 3-0 before Bobby Lennox, six minutes from the end, added a fourth, Celtic’s 28th goal in 12 league matches.

Jim Craig


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