If You Know The History: 23rd February 1959 Celtic 4 Clyde 3 Scottish Cup replay

23rd February 1959 Celtic 4 Clyde 3 Scottish Cup replay

Celtic were a lowly 10th place in the league table when they met Clyde at Parkhead in the middle of February 1959 for a second round Scottish Cup tie. A rather disappointing crowd of 32,000 – perhaps reflecting the league position – were in the ground and they witnessed an enthralling contest which ended in a draw, Matt McVittie scoring Celtic’s only goal in 53 minutes, Celtic fan Tommy Ring getting the equaliser twenty minutes later.

On this day in 1959, the teams ran out at Shawfield for the replay, with Celtic represented by Haffey, McKay, Mochan, Smith, Evans, Peacock, McVittie, Colrain, Lochead, Wilson and Auld.

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PHOTO: CELTIC SQUAD 1959

The attendance numbers for the replay may have appeared small – 26,087 – but they can still make a terrific noise in a ground like Shawfield and that proved to be the case on the day. Play swung from end to end, with the Bully Wee always forcing the pace. 1-0 Clyde; 1-1; 2-1 Clyde; 2-2; 3-2 Clyde; 3-3. That was the score after the final whistle blew, so the match went on to extra-time; and after only three minutes of the extended period, Bertie Peacock – sitting right in the middle of the front row of the photo above – pounced to score the winner, putting Celtic into round three and an Old Firm clash.

Jim Craig

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