If You Know The History: 17th February 1962 Hearts 3 Celtic 4 Scottish Cup

17th February 1962 Hearts 3 Celtic 4 Scottish Cup

Speak to any ex-Celtic player of any generation and they will all tell you that Tynecastle is one of the most atmospheric grounds in the country. The whole stadium is hemmed in by tenements, a school and offices, the roads leading up to it are always crammed before the match and when you run out on to the pitch, the crowd seems to be very close to the action.

That would have been the case on this day in 1962, when a crowd of 35,045 was present for the Fourth Round Scottish Cup tie between the Jam Tarts and the Bhoys. Celtic were represented by Haffey, McKay, Kennedy, Crerand, McNeill, Price, Chalmers, Jackson, Hughes, Divers and Carroll; while in the Hearts line-up were future Celts Gordon Marshall and Willie Wallace.

The crowd certainly got their money’s worth. Divers opened the scoring for Celtic in 12 minutes.



Blackwood put Hearts level nine minutes later. Hamilton then made it 2-1 for the Edinburgh club in 71 minutes; Chalmers equalised in 75. Divers got another to make the score 3-2 for Celtic in 79 minutes, Paton brought it back to 3-3 in 82 minutes, then Crerand struck the crucial winner, from the penalty-spot four minutes from time to put Celtic into the quarter-finals, where Third Lanark were a-waiting.

Jim Craig


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