If You Know The History: 30th April 1968 Dunfermline 1 Celtic 2

30th April 1968 Dunfermline 1 Celtic 2

On this day in 1968, on a Wednesday evening, a crowd of 30,000 was literally packed into East End Park to see Celtic win a third consecutive league championship.

On the previous Saturday, Dunfermline – having already knocked out Celtic – had won the Scottish Cup with a fine 3-1 win over Hearts at Hampden. On the same afternoon, Rangers had lost 1-3 to Aberdeen in their final league match of the season. That put Celtic and its fans in a very happy position; both halves of the Old Firm were on the same points total while Celtic had by far the best goal average, having scored 102 to Rangers 93 and having lost 22 to the Light Blues’ 34. So even if Celtic lost at East End Park, they would still end up as champions.

However, that was not the way the players wanted to pick up the title and we rose to the challenge. The team that night was Simpson, Craig, Gemmell, Murdoch, McNeill, Brogan, Johnstone, Lennox, Wallace, Gallagher and Hughes and we all revelled in the atmosphere. The Pars took the lead in 27 minutes through Pat Gardner but we were the better moving side on the night, got the equaliser through Bobby Lennox just after the interval and the winner, also by Bobby in 72 minutes. That meant that he had scored in every one of the final 12 league matches of the season – a remarkable record!

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In the Dunfermline side that night were the two Callaghan brothers, Willie and Tommy. Although he was on the losing side, Tommy must have caught the eye of Jock Stein, as in November of that same year of 1968, the Boss signed Tam, who became a great asset to the club over the ensuing years.

Jim Craig

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2 thoughts on “If You Know The History: 30th April 1968 Dunfermline 1 Celtic 2

    • Hi Gary,

      I remember the occasion well, not only for the fact that we won another title but for the size of the crowd. East End Park was a good stadium in those days but 30,000 was a lot to pack into it and some fans managed to reach places where they were not supposed to be, the roof of the stand being one. They not only got up there but started jumping up and down at the end! I also have special reason to remember the occasion as it was my 25th birthday!

      Jim

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