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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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.