By 1955, only four of the Hibs forward line known as the Famous Five – Gordon Smith, Lawrie Reilly, Eddie Turnbull and Willie Ormond were still at Easter Road – Bobby Johnstone having left for Manchester City. That was pretty good news for Celtic when they travelled through to Leith on this day in 1955 to face Hibs in a league match, when 29,000 were present.
At that time, Dick Beattie had fought off competition to grab the goalkeeper’s jersey; Peter Goldie at left-back, making only his second appearance in the Hoops; Jock Stein was at centre-half, ready for another of his regular jousts with the prolific Scotland star Lawrie Reilly; and alongside more famous names like Willie Fernie, Bobby Colllins and Neil Mochan, 21-year-old Jim Sharkey was give the centre-forward’s role.
And Sharkey got his name on the score sheet, in 61 minutes, which gave Celtic a 3-1 lead, the first two having been scored by Neilly Mochan, in the 20th and 59th minutes. Hibs fought back, but with Bobby Evans and Bertie Peacock in great form alongside Jock Stein, they could only pull one back and that gave Celtic a 3-2 victory, which put them top of the table after 16 matches.