If You Know The History: 31st January 1951 Celtic 4 East Fife 2 Scottish Cup

On 27th January 1951, at Bayview, Celtic were quite fortunate to gain a draw in a first-round Scottish Cup tie with East Fife, the equaliser in the 2-2 draw coming in the 80th minute through Bobby Collins.

On this day in 1951, the teams ran out at Celtic Park for the replay, with a good crowd of 36,000 in the ground. The Celtic team that evening was George Hunter, Sean Fallon, Alex Rollo, Bobby Evans, Jackie McGrory, Joe Bailie, Jock Weir, Bobby Collins, John McPhail, Bertie Peacock and Charlie Tully.

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PHOTO: BOBBY EVANS

From the start, Celtic took control of the play and got early rewards for their endeavour, getting goals from McPhail ( 12 & 25 minutes), Peacock (15) and Collins (34) to go four-up by the interval.

Although slightly shell-shocked at the start of the second half, East Fife fought hard to get back in the game and, as Celtic began to sit on their lead, the Fifers pulled two-goals back, one from future manager Jimmy Bonthrone in 55 minutes and then Scottish international centre-forward Henry Morris five minutes later.
However, when the final whistle blew, the score was still 4-2 to Celtic and that result put them into the second round, where a tie with non-league Duns was the outcome of the draw.

Jim Craig

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One thought on “If You Know The History: 31st January 1951 Celtic 4 East Fife 2 Scottish Cup

  1. Funny how things change through the years. nowadays a draw against East Fife would be considered a poor result, but then, the other Teams were more equal to us, and in some cases better, thanks to our Fab. supporters and shrewed investing we have powered through the years and beat ALL opposition.

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