If You Know The History: 9th March 1965: McGrory out, Stein in

9th March 1965 McGrory out- Stein in

Jimmy McGrory played his final match for Celtic on October 16th 1937 and two months later, took up the post of manager of Kilmarnock, a position he held right through the difficult years of World War 2. On 24th July 1945, he was appointed Celtic manager, becoming the third holder of the post, after Willie Maley and Jimmy McStay.

The job of manager would not have come easily to Jimmy McGrory. By nature, he was a diffident personality and must have found it difficult to influence or even control the fairly boisterous group of stars who wore the hoops during his 20-year spell in charge. Even worse, above him was a chairman, Bob Kelly, who liked to do things his own way and soon took charge of team matters, not always to the benefit of Celtic.

Five major domestic trophies arrived at Parkhead between 1945 and 1965; the Scottish Cup in 1951 and 1954, the Scottish League Championship in 1954 and the League Cup in 1956 and 1957.Another big moment came in 1953, when Celtic won the Coronation Cup, beating Hibs at Hampden 2-0 in the final.


By 1965, however, the fans were becoming particularly restless. For the previous 8 years, no major trophy had come to Celtic Park and there had been some quite dreadful results in the latter stages of the cup competitions, including the European Cup-Winners’ Cup. The Board – or should that be Bob Kelly? – decided that a change was needed, so on this day in 1965, Jimmy McGrory was moved sideways to become the club’s Public Relations Officer and the manager of Dunfermline, Jock Stein, brought in to become Celtic’s fourth manager.

Jim Craig


One thought on “If You Know The History: 9th March 1965: McGrory out, Stein in

  1. Think you’ll find big Jock left Hibs to take over Celtic his last game in charge of Hibs was to knock the Orcs out of the Scottish Cup 2-1 at Easter Rd. Good site though keep up the good work!!

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