If You Know The History: 30th December: by Jim Craig

30th December 1950 Celtic 2 hearts 2

At the start of season 1950/1951, the Celtic first team had quite a settled look to it
Johnny Bonnar had become the regular custodian.

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Above: Johnny Bonnar

Behind a fullback pairing of Sean Fallon on the right and Frank Meechan on the left
Jimmy Mallan was the stopper at centre-half, flanked by Bobby Evans and Joe Baillie
And the forward line usually read Jock Weir, Bobby Collins, John McPhail, Bertie Peacock and Charlie Tully, although there was a fair bit of movement between the various positions.

On this day, in 1950, ten of that side ran out at Parkhead to face Hearts in a league match. The one missing was the injured John McPhail and to replace Big Hookey, the manager had decided on John McAlindon, who had joined Celtic from Penrith Amateurs two years before.

The 20-year-old did well, scoring twice from chances laid on by Charlie Tully and went on to play 18 times in total for the first team.

After leaving Celtic, John had a spell with Shrewsbury Town but injury cut short his career and he returned to Parkhead as maintenance electrician at the club, a post he held for many years.

Jim Craig

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