If You Know The History – 29th June 1973 Death of Adam McLean

On this day in 1973, Adam Mclean died at the age of 74.

You have never heard of him? Well, you would not be alone among Celtic fans, as Adam played a long time ago; but he was a star of his time and is right up there on the list of Celtic’s best-ever left-wingers.

Adam Mclean signed for Celtic from Anderston Thornbank Juveniles in January 1917 and made his debut only a month later against Dumbarton. From that point on, during the following 11 years, he made 408 appearances for Celtic in the number eleven shirt, scoring a remarkable 138 goals, an excellent return for a winger. During those years, he was in the sides which won the league title in 1917, 1919, 1922 and 1926; the Scottish Cup in 1923, 1925 and 1927; plus several Charity and Glasgow Cup competitions.

Towards the end of season 1927/28, he represented the players in discussions with the Board, when he expressed their dissatisfaction at the terms offered for the proposed summer tour of the USA.  The Board was obviously displeased and soon found a way to retaliate, when Adam’s re-signing offer for season 1928/29 showed a decided reduction.

Adam refused the offer and on 27th August 1928, he accepted the terms offered by Sunderland. It was an unfortunate end to a wonderful career. Adam had not wanted to leave and Celtic were much the poorer without his skills on the left-wing.


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If You Know The History – 25th June 1966

Most football fans would agree that the stars from Brazil are a little bit special and love to see them in action.  Scotland has played against the men from South America on 9 occasions, the first of which was on this day in 1966, when a crowd of almost 75,000 turned up at Hampden.

There were two Celtic players in the side – Stevie Chalmers and John Clark – and Stevie got Scotland off to the perfect start when he opened the scoring in 38 seconds. Brazil later equalised through Servilio and the match ended 1-1, the fans leaving well content with their national team’s draw against such talented opposition.


If You Know The History – 24th June 1994

Packy Bonner won his 75th cap as Ireland lost 1-2 to Mexico in Orlando in the World Cup finals in the United States on this day in 1994.

Jack Charlton’s side – having beaten Italy in their opening match in Group E – then went on to draw 0-0 with Norway; and when Italy drew 1-1 with Mexico in the final match of the section, it meant that all four teams finished on four points, leaving the two sides with the best records – Mexico and the Republic of Ireland – to go through to the second round.


If You Know The History – 23rd June 1998

Craig Burley was ordered off as Scotland lost 0-3 to Morocco in the final match of Group A in the World Cup finals in France on this day in 1998. The defeat left Scotland in bottom place in the four team mini-league – Brazil and Norway were the two other sides – with a record of P3 W0 D1 L2 F2 A6.

Brazil won the section and went all the way to the final before losing 0-3 to France.


If You Know The History – 20th June 1983 – Brian McClair signs for Celtic

After one season with Aston Villa, where he never made the first team, Brian McClair returned to Scotland, signing for Motherwell in 1981. During the next two seasons, the striker scored 15 goals in 40 games and caught the eye of more than one bigger club.

However, Billy McNeill made the first move, forking out £75,000 to bring Brian into Parkhead on this  day in 1983 ostensibly as a replacement for the Arsenal-bound Charlie Nicholas. It did not take Brian McClair long to show the goal-scoring form which Cesar had hoped he would demonstrate and he went on to score 120 goals in a 199-match Parkhead career before heading south to Manchester United.