If You Know The History: 10th December 1966 Celtic 4 Motherwell 2

10th December 1966 Celtic 4 Motherwell 2

There was a crowd of 40,000 gathered at Celtic Park on this day in 1966 for the league match between Celtic and Motherwell. It was the first meeting of the clubs that season and they were having conflicting fortunes, Celtic top of the table, Motherwell somewhere in the middle.
Only four days before, manager Jock Stein had brought in Willie Wallace from Hearts for a fee of around £30,000 and he made his debut that day alongside Jimmy Johnstone, Stevie Chalmers, Bertie Auld and Bobby Lennox.

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It turned out to be a great day for Steve Chalmers, with a hat-trick in 30, 41 and 83 minutes; Motherwell then pulled two goals back in 78 and 84 minutes; before Bobby Murdoch made the score 4-2 three minutes from time.

At centre-forward for the Steelmen was John ‘Dixie’ Deans, who, just five years later, would replace Willie Wallace in the striker role.

Jim Craig

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