If You Know The History – 19th August 1944 Celtic 1 Albion Rovers 0

In the summer of 1944, Celtic were playing in the Southern Division of the Scottish league and had opened the campaign with a fine 4-1 victory over Hearts at Parkhead.

The usual team of the time had the tried-and-tested Willie Miller in goal with Bobby Hogg, in his 13th season at the club, at right back and Pat McDonald on the left. Joe Mclaughlin was the anchor at centre-half, alongside Malcolm McDonald and George Paterson in the wing-half roles; while the forward line was Jimmy Delaney at outside-right, John ‘Hookey’ McPhail at inside-right, the bustling Jackie Gallagher at centre-forward, the skilful Pat McAuley at inside-left and the veteran John Divers on the left wing.

For the second game of the league competition, Celtic travelled to Cliftonhill, where a crowd of some 10,000 saw them beat Albion Rovers on this day in 1944. In the Rovers team at centre-half that day was a certain Jock Stein, third from the left in the back row of this photo. He was 22 years of age at the time.


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