On this day in 1959, Celtic travelled to Stirling to face the local Albion in a league match. Stirling had only come into the Scottish League after the 2nd World War, in season 1946-47, replacing the previous side from that town – King’s Park – whose ground had been badly damaged by a bomb.
At that point of the season, Celtic were in 6th place in the table, with Stirling Albion struggling down near the bottom of the 18-team league. The Celtic side that day was John Fallon, John Donnelly, Neil Mochan, Dunky McKay, Bobby Evans, Bertie Peacock, Steve Chalmers, Mike Jackson, John Colrain, John Divers and Bertie Auld.
A crowd of 18,000 had packed into the compact ground and they saw some early goals, John Colrain opening the scoring in 8 minutes and Stirling outside-left McPhee equalised in 13 minutes. Just on the half-hour mark, however, and in the space of five minutes, two own-goals were scored, one at either end. Firstly, Stirling right-half Bell made it 2-1 for Celtic and then Bertie Peacock brought the scores level again with one for the hosts.
The game ended 2-2, a poor result for Celtic against such lowly opposition. Unfortunately, the poor form continued. In their next seven games, Celtic won one, drew one and lost five, pushing the team down to 11th place in the table by the New Year.
PS John Madden was the Celtic player who became the ‘Father of Czech Football’.
PPS How many of the team listed above played in the 7-1 League Cup Final win against Rangers in