If You Know The History: 4th April 1959 Sammy Wilson’s last match

4th April 1959 Sammy Wilson’s last match

Sometimes a goal-scorer manages to do all the work himself; at other times, it is the combination of two talents that makes the chances and the subsequent goals.

Sammy Wilson was brought in from St Mirren in May 1959. Before the start of the following season, he was cast for the first trial match at wing-half and for the second at inside-forward; he was not particularly impressive in either. For his debut on 14th August 1957 against East Fife in a League Cup sectional tie at Methil, he was once more at wing-half and although Celtic won convincingly 4-1, Sammy again disappointed.

He did not make the side at all in the next two matches, then, almost in desperation, those in charge fielded him at inside-left, alongside Billy McPhail, for the return match against East Fife. From the start, the combination just ‘clicked’ and the goals arrived. In the remaining 6 matches of the League Cup campaign, including the famous 7-1 victory over Rangers, Sammy Wilson scored 7 and Billy McPhail 10!

The scorers in the 1957 League Cup Final (L-R): Willie Fernie, Billy McPhail, Neil Mochan, Sammy Wilson

Once the league campaign got underway, the scoring continued. By the end of that 1957/58 season, Wilson had scored 23 and McPhail ( although hampered by injury) another 10. Unfortunately, Billy McPhail was forced to retire through injury in the autumn of 1958 and without his striking partner, Sammy Wilson was not the same player.

He made his last appearance for the club on this day in 1959, leaving with a tally of 46 goals in 70 appearances.

Jim Craig

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