The years after the 2nd World War were not good times for Celtic. The team struggled in the league and failed to impress in the new competition of the time, the League Cup; while even in the competition regarded as Celtic’s speciality – the Scottish Cup – a semi-final defeat by Morton was the best performance in the four post-war seasons.
However, the team was always likely to spring a surprise and Celtic did so on this day in 1950, when Rangers came on a visit to Parkhead. The teams that day were ;
Celtic; Bonnar, Fallon, Milne, Evans, Mallan, Baillie, Collins, Weir, McPhail, Peacock and Tully.
Rangers; Brown, Young, Lindsay, McColl, Woodburn, Cox, Rutherford, Findlay, Thornton, Johnson, Rae.
The play was the usual hard-tackling, end-to-end stuff, a staple diet of Old Firm clashes. The surprise was that all the goals came in the final 30 minutes. Jock Weir opened the scoring with half-an-hour to go, Rae equalising for Rangers one minute later. In the 74th minute, centre-forward Willie Thornton gave Rangers the lead with a fine header. Six minutes later, Rangers centre-half Willie Woodburn was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box and John McPhail equalised for the penalty spot. And five minutes from the end, just as the match seemed to be heading to finish in stalemate, Bertie Peacock popped up to score Celtic’s winner.
NB1 Here are the answers to the questions I posed last time. Frank McGarvey scored the winning goal of the 1985 Scottish Cup final, the game being played on 18th May. On 12th June, he was transferred to St Mirren. And Alec Miller was the Rangers player who later went on to be first-team coach at Liverpool.
NB2. This week’s question concerns the names in the teams listed above. Three players went on to captain their respective countries and three later managed their national sides; who were they?