Around this time in season 1963-64, Celtic were doing rather well. They were third in the league table and had just reached the quarter-final stages of the Cup Winners’ Cup, having beaten Basle 10-1 on aggregate in round one and Dynamo Zagreb 4-2 in round two.
Then, on this day in 1964, they were brought back down to earth with a Scottish Cup tie against lowly Eyemouth United from the East of Scotland league. The ‘minnows’ ( as the sporting papers of the day referred to them ) had been founded in 1949 and had played in the Scottish Cup a few times, having lost to Montrose in the first round in 1961-62 and to Raith Rovers at the same stage in 1962-63. However, a tie against Celtic was the stuff of dreams and it would have been an extremely excited club party which made the journey up from Eyemouth – on the North Sea coast just north of Berwick – tp Parkhead.
One can imagine that the Eyemouth management and players would realistically have had a main aim of not being embarrassed; the Celtic management, on the other hand, were well aware pf the dangers of under-estimating any opposition and put out an experienced side of Fallon, Young, Gemmell, Clark, McNeill, Kennedy, Johnstone, Turner, Chalmers, Gallagher and Hughes.
It did not turn to be as straightforward as the Celtic fans making up the vast majority of the 17,000 crowd might have expected. Indeed, as the whistle blew for half-time, the game was still goalless. I suspect a few harsh words were then uttered in the home dressing room as Celtic came out for the second half with a slightly more positive attitude and soon got a return, Steve Chalmers opening the scoring in 49 minutes, Charlie Gallagher making it two in the 68th minute and Chalmers again notching the third eleven minutes from time.
PS This match was a penultimate one in the Celtic career of inside-forward Paddy Turner. From which team did Celtic purchase him in 1963 and where did he move to in the summer of 1964?