If You Know The History: 14th February 1981 Celtic 2 St Mirren 0 Scottish Cup

14th February 1981 Celtic 2 St Mirren 0 Scottish Cup

In the Scottish Cup run of 1980/81, Celtic had started off in Round Three with a trip across the border to Shielfield Park in Berwick-Upon-Tweed, where Charlie Nicholas and Tommy Burns got the goals in the 2-0 win.

In Round Four, Celtic were drawn against Stirling Albion, the match played on this day in 1981 at Celtic Park in front of a crowd of 14,200. The team was Bonner, McGrain, McAdam, Aitken, Reid, Sullivan, Conroy, Burns, Provan, McGarvey, Nicholas. Stirling were at that point in the Second Division so it was assumed that Celtic would have a comfortable afternoon. And when Frank McGarvey opened the scoring in only four minutes, that scenario would have appeared to be the likely one.

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PHOTO: MCGARVEY

However, Stirling buckled down and refused to yield for much of the game, Celtic’s two other goals in the 3-0 victory coming from substitute George McCluskey only in the 80th minute and Tommy Burns three minutes from the end. In the second half, Stirling had brought on a 17-year-old forward called John Colquhon; just over two years later, he would be signed by Celtic.

Jim Craig

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