On this day in 1972, on a sunny afternoon at Hampden Park, Celtic beat Hibs 6-1 in the final of the Scottish Cup in front of a crowd of 106, 102, equalling the highest-ever score at that stage, when Renton crushed Cambuslang in the 1888 final.
It has become known as ‘Dixie’s Final’, because the main Celtic striker in the side, John ‘Dixie’ Deans, scored a hat-trick, the goals coming in the 23rd, 54th and 74th minutes. It was great for Dixie, as the final was played only 17 days after he missed with his kick in the penalty shoot-out against Inter Milan at Parkhead, a miss which put us out of the European Cup. As you might imagine, John does not like me reminding him of that fact…but I feel totally justified for one very selfish reason.
You see, that final was my last match for the club and in spite of the fact that – like everyone in the side – I had played well that afternoon, even laying on the passes for the two last goals ( Lou Macari twice) – all the talk after the game was of Dixie’s hat-trick!
Still, if there was ever a fine way to bow out of a club, a 6-1 Scottish Cup Final win was surely right up there with the best. And coming off the pitch, I even got a cuddle from the Boss, Jock Stein; he did not give out those too often.
PS This was the second last time a Scottish Cup final was attended by a crowd of over 100,000.