If You Know The History – 26th March 1966 Celtic 2 Dunfermline 0 Scottish Cup

Halfway through March 1966, Celtic were going well, having already picked up the League Cup with a victory over Rangers and in the league, the two rivals were pushing neck and neck for the title.

On 9th March 1966, in the Scottish Cup quarter-final replay against Hearts, Celtic had prevailed 3-1, thanks to goals by Johnstone, Murdoch and Chalmers. Rather ironically, Willie Wallace was the scorer for Hearts. It was a special evening at Celtic Park, the attendance of 72,000 the biggest-ever for a midweek game at the ground until that time.

On this day in 1966, less than a year after the two sides had met in the 1965 Scottish Cup Final, Celtic and Dunfermline clashed again, this time in the semi-final of the 1966 tournament, at Ibrox. The Celtic team on the day was Simpson, Young, Gemmell, Murdoch, McNeill, Clark, Johnstone, McBride, Chalmers, Lennox and that eleven gave a very controlled performance, much appreciated by the Celtic fans in the crowd of 53,900. The only disappointment was that a mere two goals were scored ( Auld, Chalmers), as Celtic had so much of the play that a bigger score-line might have been expected.

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NB. In midfield that night for Dunfermiline was Tommy Callaghan, who went on to win a Scottish Cup medal with the Pars in 1968 ( after beating Celtic in the opening round) before moving to Parkhead in the autumn of 1968. Over the following eight years, ‘Tid’ made 284 appearances for the club and scored 33 goals.

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