If You Know The History – 4th January 1969 Celtic 3 Dunfermline 1

The New Year period of 1969 had been a decided mixture for Celtic. A fine 5-0 over Clyde on New Year’s Day had been followed a day later by a 0-1 loss to Rangers at Ibrox, a John Greig penalty the only score. 50 people were hurt when a barrier collapsed, 24 of whom were taken to hospital.

72 hours later, on this day in 1968, third-placed Dunfermline arrived at Parkhead for the sides’ second league meeting of the campaign, the first one having ended in a 1-1 draw. They were a good side and 43, 500 turned up to see some action. They would not be disappointed. Manager Jock Stein put out a side of Fallon, Craig, Gemmell, Murdoch, McNeill, Brogan, Hughes, Wallace, Chalmers, Callaghan, Lennox and the side got off to a great star with a goal from Willie Wallace in the first minute.

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PHOTO: WILLIE WALLACE

The same player knocked in a second after 9 minutes; Alex Edwards pulled one back for the Pars in the 20th minute; but halfway through the second half, Bobby Lennox scored what would prove to be the crucial goal to give Celtic the two points on the way to another title.

Jim Craig

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