If You Know The History: 30th January 1965 Aberdeen 0 Celtic 8

30th January 1965 Aberdeen 0 Celtic 8 League

Halfway through December in 1964, Celtic were in 5th place in the league table, behind Hearts, Kilmarnock, Hibs and Dunfermline. On Boxing Day, they beat Motherwell 2-0 at home but then went on to lose 0-1 to Rangers (A), draw 1-1 with Clyde (H), lose 1-3 to Dundee Utd (A) and 1-2 to Hearts (H) before drawing 3-3 with Morton (A).

That made the next game, against Aberdeen at Pittodrie, on this day in 1965, a very crucial one and a crowd of 14,000 turned up at the stadium for the occasion. The Celtic side was Fallon, Young, Gemmell, Clark, McNeill, Brogan, Chalmers, Murdoch, Hughes, Lennox and Auld. The pitch was very hard with patches of ice at different areas, so before the match the players went out to try out various types of footwear. Now, in those days, Celtic did not splash the cash on players’ equipment. Each player had two pairs of boots, one with leather studs and one with rubber studs, the latter also used for training purposes. Striker John Hughes tried both types but was not happy with either of them. Then, he noticed a pair of trainers that were also in the kit hamper, with Billy McNeill’s name on them. He asked the skipper if he could try those, had a run about on the pitch and declared himself comfortable both with the fit and the grip. It was an inspired choice.

Big Yogi ran riot that afternoon. As players all round him slipped and stumbled, John Hughes kept his balance and showed the form he was capable of, scoring five in 28, 36, 62, 80 and 86 minutes. Three others were supplied by Bertie Auld (pen), Bobby Lennox and Bobby Murdoch, giving Celtic a fine 8-0 victory.

NB. On the following day, it was announced that Jock Stein would be coming back as manager in March.

Jim Craig


If You Know The History: January Scottish Cup ties

28th January  Scottish Cup Ties

The month of January – and occasionally February – are the months when Celtic have, through the years, played their opening tie in the Scottish Cup. And what a popular  – and successful – date this day has been for the club, as the list below shows ; –

Scottish Cup Ties

1905       Celtic  2   Dumfries  1             (A)

1911       Celtic  2  St Mirren  0             (A)

1922       Celtic  4  Montrose  0            (H)

1950       Celtic  3  Brechin  0                (A)

1961       Celtic  3  Falkirk  1                  (A)

1963       Celtic  2  Falkirk  0                 (A)

1967       Celtic  4  Arbroath  0             (H)

1983       Celtic  3  Clydebank  0          (A)

1984       Celtic  4  Berwick  0              (A)

1989       Celtic  2  Dumbarton  0       (H)

1995       Celtic  2  St Mirren  0           (A)

1996       Celtic  3  Whitehill Welfare (A)

2001       Celtic  4  Stranraer  1           (A)

Jim Craig

If You Know The History: 26th January 1966 Dinamo Kiev 1 Celtic 1 Cup Winners’ Cup QF 2nd Leg

26th January 1966 Dinamo Kiev 1 Celtic 1 Cup Winners’ Cup QF 2nd Leg

Forty seven years ago this week, Celtic embarked on what turned out to be the most fascinating – or possibly frustrating – European trip ever, one in which I played a major part. Let’s cast our minds back to the crucial moments of the journey;-

Sunday morning 23rd January 1966;

9.15 am. Leave Celtic Park by bus for Prestwick Airport.

12 noon. Our Aer LIngus plane takes off for Copenhagen, where we arrive at 1.30pm

3.30pm. We depart for Moscow. Unfortunately, after a few minutes, there would appear to have been some problem showing up on the pilot’s screen – later rumour suggests that it was to do with the under-carriage – and it is announced over the speakers that we would circle the airport for a while to burn off fuel before landing again.

6pm. We leave from Kastrup Airport again and eventually arrive in Moscow at around 8.40pm. A bus takes us to our overnight hotel, the Metropole. We have a nice meal – thanks to our own chef and the food we took with us – before heading for bed.

Monday morning. We have the chance to see round Moscow and take in all sights. It is bitterly cold.



12 noon. We head for the airport and board our plane for the flight to Tbilisi in Georgia. We arrive late afternoon in the capital of Georgia, where, much to our delight, it is warm and sunny. Our hotel is the Hotel Tbilisi.



Tuesday Morning. We get the chance to have a look round the city, especially the bazaars.


PHOTO From left, Hughes, McNeill, Chalmers.

Tuesday afternoon. We head for the stadium – the Dynamo Stadium – and do a brisk work-out. The local fans, many of them in broad-brimmed caps, turn in their hundreds to see the visitors.


Wednesday. Late Afternoon. The match begins. As Dinamo Kiev are 0-3 down from the first leg, naturally they come at us to try to reduce the deficit. We weather the initial storm but they took the lead through Sabo in 22 minutes and increased the tempo even more. Tam Gemmell scored the equaliser nine minutes later but unfortunately, the match then descended into something of a rough-house, with some heavy tackling the norm.

My own opponent, Khmelnitsky ( Shown here)


and I were having a constant go at each other and at one point, he shoved me in the chest and shouted something, presumably in Ukrainian. Now, being a Glaswegian, I was quite used to being shouted at, so I merely said something like “Ah! gie us peace” and glowered back at him. Then someone else punched me from the side, catching me on the cheek, the teeth inside ripping into the flesh. At that point, I swung round to retaliate but the other players on the field, the linesman and the referee all rushed across to stop the situation getting out of hand. Eventually, peace was restored but, I think in order to make his presence felt, the referee ordered Khmelnitsky and I off, the two of us being escorted to the dressing rooms by a couple of Red Army soldiers, many of whom were seated in the bottom rows of the stands.

The match finished 1-1 and we were through to the semi-final of the Cup-Winners’ Cup. However, before we got home, there were more delayed flights and a tour round northern Europe. There were also repercussions for me, the manager and the club……….but that story is for a later day!

Jim Craig

If You Know The History: 24th January 1976 Motherwell 3 Celtic 2 Scottish Cup

24th January 1976 Motherwell 3 Celtic 2 Scottish Cup

If some neutral stumbled across these offerings by chance, I would not be surprised if they came to the conclusion that Celtic won all the time and that everything in the Parkhead garden was rosy. Unfortunately, as we regulars know, there have quite a number of days when things did not work out exactly as planned and one of these bad moments occurred on this day in 1976.

At that point in the league campaign, Celtic were leading the way, with Rangers, Motherwell, Hibs and Hearts just behind. So, when the Hoops were paired with the Steelmen in the third round of the Scottish Cup, every Celtic fan realised that it would not be easy, especially with the match being played at Fir Park. However, they had some reason to be fairly confident, as in the two league matches already played that season, there had been a draw in the first, at Parkhead, and a 3-1 win for Celtic in the second, at Fir Park.

The teams that afternoon of the 24th January 1976 were;-

Motherwell; Rennie, W Watson, McVie, Stevens, Wark, R Watson, Davidson, McLaren, Pettigrew, Graham, Marinello.

Celtic; Latchford, McGrain, McNamara, McCluskey, McDonald, Glavin, Edvaldsson, Lynch, Dalglish, Deans, Lennox.



Celtic got off to a wonderful start, going two-up thanks to goals by Kenny Dalglish (39) and Andy Lynch (39) but in the second half, Motherwell took control and came back with goals by Graham (52), Taylor (61) and Pettigrew (70) to knock the Hoops out of the competition.

For two players on the field, the afternoon would have brought conflicting emotions. Dixie Deans, in the striker role for Celtic, had spent the years between 1966 and 1971 with Motherwell; while Vic Davidson, on the winning side, had been a Celt from 1968 to 1975.

Jim Craig

If You Know The History: 22nd January 1992 Celtic 6 Montrose 0 Scottish Cup

22nd January 1992 Celtic 6 Montrose 0 Scottish Cup

After winning the Scottish Cup in the consecutive years of 1988 and 1989, Celtic’s fans were hoping for the first three-in- a-row in that competition in the club’s history. Alas, Aberdeen spoiled that hope in the cup final of 1990, when after a 0-0 score line by the end of 120 minutes play, the Dons won the trophy after one of the most unusual penalty shoot-outs in football history, the eventual tally being 9-8 in their favour.

In the following season of 1990/91, after disposing of Forfar 2-0, St Mirren 3-0 and Rangers 2-0 in the earlier rounds, Celtic had another disappointment in the semi-final, when after drawing 0-0 with Motherwell in the first match, they lost 2-4 to the Steelmen in the replay. So, naturally, when the draw for the third round of the 1992 Scottish Cup was made- when the bigger clubs were included – the Hoops’ fans were hoping for a favourable outcome; and perhaps, when they saw that their club had been drawn against First Division Montrose, they thought that their wishes had been granted.
And so it proved on this day in 1992, when Celtic were just too strong for the ‘Gable Endies’, winning 6-0, with two players, Tommy Coyne and Gerry Creaney, both scoring a hat-trick.


Jim Craig