If You Know The History – 12th April 1972 Celtic 3 Kilmarnock 1 Scottish Cup Semi-final

On the day after this match, the report on the game in the Dundee Courier started a s follows;-

‘Celtic moved into another cup final, this time against either Rangers or Hibs at Hampden on 6th May, a lot more comfortably than even the 3-1 score would suggest.

When Celtic are in the form they showed at Hampden last night, very few teams can stand up to them. And when they do it is because they have someone special in their ranks.

And the ‘someone special’ Kilmarnock  had last night was goalkeeper Alistair Hunter. If it had not been for Hunter, Celtic could easily have doubled their score’.

The Celtic side on the night was Evan Williams, myself, Pat McCluskey, Bobby Murdoch, Billy McNeill, George Connelly, Jimmy Johnstone, Lou Macari, Dixie Deans, Tommy Callaghan and Bobby Lennox. And it was the ‘Wee Man’, Jimmy Johnstone, who hit top form, having a hand in all three goals, when Dixie Deans (2) and Lou Macari made the score-sheet to send the Hoops fans in the crowd of 48,398 home in the happiest of moods.


NB1 Alistair Hunter did have a wonderful match that night and all the Celtic players made a bee-line to him at the end of the game to offer our congratulations. On 24th January 1973, he was signed up for Celtic by Jock Stein and Ally went on to make 91 appearances for the club, with 43 shut-outs.

NB2 Celtic legend Patsy Gallagher had five sons, two of whom played professional football at the highest level. Willie, the eldest, an inside-forward, made 39 appearances for Celtic between 1938 and 1949 and was the father of Kevin Gallagher of Dundee United, Coventry City and Blackburn Rovers. Another son, Tommy, was a wing-half and a stalwart with Dundee for many years. He later moved into journalism and wrote the report with which I started the piece above.


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