If You Know The History – 1st November 1972 Celtic 3 Dundee 2 League Cup Quarter-Final Second Leg

Having finished top of their League Section above East Fife, Stirling Albion and Arbroath, Celtic were paired with Dundee in the two-legged quarter-final in season 1972-73.

In the first game, at Dens Park, a single goal by Gordon Wallace after 20 minutes proved to be the only goal of the game, a result which brought great joy to the majority of the 21,938 fans in the stadium that evening. The return leg at Parkhead took place three weeks later, on this day in 1972, Celtic getting off to the best possible start through Bobby Lennox in 17 minutes.

Wallace equalised on the half-hour mark, Lou Macari put Celtic two-up shortly afterwards and the same player made it three-one in 34 minutes.


Celtic always looked the more threatening side but the Dark Blues were never out of it and nine minutes after the break, Jocky Scott made it three-two to Celtic. Try as they might, the Hoops could not get another goal, so as the aggregate score at the final whistle was 3-3, extra-time was called for.

As might be expected, Celtic had the bulk of the possession during the half-hour period but just could not put the ball in the net and after 120 minutes, the teams were still level. Nowadays, the match would have been decided by a penalty shoot-out but back then, a third match was the way of deciding the winner of the tie and this went ahead on 20th November 1972 at Hampden.

PS    Jerry Reynolds was the player who took over as gatemen of the covered enclosure at Parkhead in 1911.

PPS   Nowadays, which Dundee stadium has the bigger capacity, Dens Park or Tannadice?


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