In season 1904-05, Celtic had won the league title (after winning the play-off match against Rangers) with both teams finishing on 41 points. Hibs had finished 5th, albeit 15 points behind, their record of 39 goals for and 39 against much inferior to Celtic’s 68 for and 31 against.
On this day in 1905, in the following season, the teams in green met at Easter Road for the second time in the campaign, Celtic having won the first match at Parkhead in early September. Willie Maley had chosen a side of Adams, McLeod, Orr, Young, Loney, Hay, Bennett, McMenemy, Quinn, Somers and Hamilton, an eleven that came as no surprise to the fans. Celtic were heading towards their second consecutive championship – a run which eventually result in six consecutive titles – and the names mentioned above tripped off the fans’ tongues as readily as would those of the Lisbon Lions some years in the future.
PHOTO: JIM HAY
After 18 league matches thus far, Celtic had won 15, drawn one and lost two (0-1 Port Glasgow Athletic (H); 2-3 Rangers (A)) and were very much in the driving seat towards the title. On that afternoon in 1905, Hibs gave their all but a solitary goal by Jimmy Quinn proved to be crucial and the two points went to Celtic.
NB It was to be a good New Year for the Celtic fans. On Ne’erday, their heroes beat Rangers 1-0; and on the following day, they beat Kilmarnock 2-0.