The early years of the 1960s were not good times for Celtic Football Club. They had not won a League Championship or Scottish Cup since 1954 and even that 7-1 win over Rangers in the League Cup final of 1957 was beginning to seem quite a while in the past.
On this day in 1963, as Aberdeen arrived at Celtic Park for a league match, matters were not improving. Celtic had failed to qualify from their League Cup section, only winning two out of six matches against Rangers, Kilmarnock and Queen of the South, while in the league campaign of that season, they were currently lying in 6th place. Fortunately, the Dons were in an even worse position, mid-table the best they could achieve.
Yet the players in green-and-white should have been in pretty good mood. Only three days previously, Celtic had thrashed Basle 5-0 in a first-round second-leg tie in the Cup-Winners’ Cup at Parkhead, putting the club into round two on a 10-1 aggregate
The Hoops side that afternoon against Aberdeen – chosen by manager Jimmy McGrory –
was Haffey, Young, Gemmell, McKay, Cushley, Kennedy, Johnstone, Murdoch, Chalmers, Divers, Hughes and they dominated play without doing much to stir up the emotions of the sparse 15,000 crowd. Dunky McKay opened the scoring from the penalty spot in 18 minutes, then the fans had to wait till 15 minutes after the interval before Steve Chalmers got two more in the space of two minutes.
PS The answer to my last question ; Jock Stein signed Stevie Murray from Aberdeen in May 1973
PPS Which English team did Frank Haffey move to in 1962?