If You Know The History – 28th October 1967 Celtic 5 Dundee 3 LC Final

On this day in 1967, Celtic ran out at Hampden to contest the League Cup Final against Dundee.

It was, curiously, a slightly rocky period for the club in what would prove to be one of the most successful decades in its history. They had recently been knocked out of the European Cup in the first round by Dinamo Kiev but then had a 1-0 victory over Racing Club in the first leg of the World Club Championship at Hampden.

The League Cup final was another chance to show they were back to their best and the team started well, Steve Chalmers opening the scoring in 6 minutes and John Hughes getting the second in 10 minutes. Dundee fought back, though, to make it 2-1 at the break but when Chalmers made it 3-1 with 15 minutes to go, everyone thought the game was over. However, there were four goals still to come, two for each side, Bobby Lennox in 79 minutes and Willie Wallace in 88 minutes getting Celtic’s two to give the Hoops a 5-3 victory.

It was an unconvincing win and that night, as we waited at the airport to make the long haul to South America for the next leg of the World Club Championship, manager Jock Stein was not slow in pointing out our faults earlier that afternoon, reminding us that we would have to play a bit better in Buenos Aires if we wanted to rule the world

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If You Know The History: 25th October Tommy Gemmell signed

On this day in 1961, Tommy Gemmell was signed by Celtic. It turned out to be an inspired decision by the Celtic management of the time.

Once he made his debut against Aberdeen in January 1963, Tam was an ever-present in the side, showing all the qualities of a fullback. He was mobile, he could defend, he could attack and his shooting was ferocious.

Tam could probably have dined out for the rest of his life on his goal in the 1967 European Cup win but just to show it was not a fluke, he scored again in the second match of the World Club Championship in 1967 in Buenos Aires and once more in the 1970 European Cup Final final against Feyenoord in Milan.

By the time Tam was transferred to Nottingham Forest in 1971, he had collected medals for 6 League Championships, 3 Scottish Cups, four League Cups and one European Cup, as well as representing his country on 18 occasions.

Jim Craig

If You Know The History: 23rd October 1971: LC Final Celtic 1 Partick Thistle 4

23rd October 1971: LC Final Celtic 1 Partick Thistle 4

Among the many successes, there have been the occasional unsettling moment in the lives of Celtic fans. Under this heading, we could consider the European Cup final in Milan, the thrashing by Neuchatel Xamax, the loss to Raith Rovers in the League Cup final (at Ibrox, too, just to rub salt in the wounds) or that terrible night in Bratislava, when Artmedia tore us apart. However, on this day in 1971, I was part of a Celtic squad that was beaten in a League Cup final in a match that must rank as one of the most disappointing – and perhaps surprising – moments in the club’s history.

Celtic had come through a section involving Rangers, Morton and Ayr United to reach the quarter-final – where they comfortably disposed of Clydebank 11-2 on aggregate – before beating St Mirren 3-0 in the semi-final. That put us through to the final, where Partick Thistle, under future Celtic coach Davie McParland, were a-awaiting and boy! did he have his team prepared for the occasion.

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Davie McParland is to the left in the photo

Due to an injury to Billy McNeill, Jock Stein played Tam Gemmell and George Connelly in central defence, with Davie Hay and Jim Brogan as the full-backs. It was a slightly makeshift set-up and Thistle showed it up from the start, going 2-up within the first 15 minutes. When Jimmy Johnstone had to go off injured in 20 minutes, I came on as a replacement but, to be honest, that change did not improve matters as a rampant Jags attack scored two more before the interval.

That astonishing scoreline was – to use a Glasgow expression – the ‘talk of the steamie’ round the country at half-time. The Boss was furious and gave us a shellacking at the break but, although we responded and gave a much better showing in the second half, we only got the one goal and so the match ended in a 4-1 defeat.

PS….Just over a month later, in a league match at Firhill, Celtic beat Thistle 5-1. A case of the right score at the wrong time?

Jim Craig

If You Know The History – 21st October Waterford 0 Celtic 7 Wispy 18secs

After a number of personnel got on the score sheet as Celtic beat Kokkula 14-0 over two legs in the first round of the European Cup in 1970, the players travelled to Ireland to play Waterford in the first leg of the 2nd round tie.

At Lansdowne Road, Dublin, on this day in 1970, 50,000 were present to see Willie Wallace open the scoring in 18 seconds, still the quickest-ever goal by a Celtic player in Europe. Wispy went on to get two more in the second half for a hat-trick.

Bobby Murdoch scored his only two European goals of the season in the first half and Lou Macari, having a fine campaign in the scoring stakes, notched the others, one in each half.

At 7-0, everyone though that the tie was over but the second leg would prove to be much closer at Parkhead, with Jimmy Johnstone the main man on the night.

If You Know The History – 19th October Celtic 7 Rangers 1

Just back from a tour of North America – where they showed off the League Cup to their fans – the Celtic players started well in that same competition in season 1957/58, reaching the final after beating Third Lanark in the quarter-final and Clyde in the semi-final.

On this day in 1957, at Hampden Park, where 83,293 had crowded in, the players of Celtic and Rangers ran out for another epic clash in the long history of the Old Firm…and on this occasion, Celtic dominated.

In 23 minutes, Billy McPhail headed the ball down from a corner and Sammy Wilson was on the spot to fairly blast the ball into the net from 12 yards;

Just before half-time, Neilly Mochan cut in from the left and drove a scorcher past George Niven in the Rangers goal.

Just after the interval, McPhail made it 3-0

Rangers pulled one back but McPhail was quick to score another to make it 4-1. Then McPhail again and Mochan, also for the second time, raised the score to 6-1, before Willie Fernie, right on the whistle, got the 7th from the penalty spot.

It was a great day for every Celtic fan and well remembered in verse and song. ‘O Hampden in the sun- Celtic 7 Rangers 1’