If You Know The History: 1st October 1975 Celtic 7 Valur 0

Cup-Winners’ Cup 1st Round 2nd Leg

A crowd of around 16,000 was at Celtic Park on the evening of this day in 1975 to see the second leg of the Cup-Winners’ Cup first-round tie between the hosts and Valur of Iceland. The Celtic side on the night was Latchford, McGrain, Lynch, P McCluskey, MacDonald, Edvaldsson, Wilson, Dalglish, Deans, Callaghan and Hood.

Danny McGrain

Danny McGrain

Celtic were 2-up from the first leg in Iceland and did not take long to stamp their authority on the return game, Johannes Edvaldsson, ironically an Icelander, putting Celtic one-up in six minutes. By half-time, that goal tally had increased to five -nil, through Kenny Dalglish (12), Pat McCluskey ( 30, pen), Harry Hood (37) and Dixie Deans (42).

Five minutes after the break, Tommy Callaghan got his name on the score sheet to make it 6-0 and eight minutes from the end, Harry Hood scored his second making the final score 7-0, putting Celtic into the second round on a 9-0 aggregate.

PS    The answer to our last question was Alec Boden, who received more money when playing on loan at Cowdenbeath than he got at Parkhead.

PPS    This week’s question concerns the game above. Celtic brought on two substitutes, one a midfielder to replace Tommy Callaghan and the other one to take over from Paul Wilson up front. Both were 18 years of age. The midfielder went on to make 26 appearances for the club; the striker, who made his debut that evening, eventually played for Celtic 204 times, scoring 78 goals. Who were they?

Jim Craig


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