Celtic had qualified for the quarter-final stages of the League Cup in season 1958-59, coming through a section comprising Clyde, St Mirren and Airdrie.
P W D L F A PTS
Celtic 6 4 1 1 17 11 9
Clyde 6 4 0 2 15 11 8
St Mirren 6 3 0 3 15 19 6
Airdrie 6 0 1 5 12 18 1
In the quarter-finals, were paired with Cowdenbeath from Division 2, the first match of the two-legged affair taking place on this day in 1958. The Celtic team was Dick Beattie, Dunky MacKay, Neil Mochan, Willie Fernie, Billy McNeill, Bertie Peacock, Eric Smith, Charlie, Mike Jackson, Bobby Collins and Bertie Auld.
Celtic found the visitors quite a handful and they only managed two goals, the first from Bobby Collins in 31 minutes and the second from Bertie Auld in 67 minutes. The support was quite disappointed, as they had been expecting more goals. They might, though, have been even more disgruntled if they had known that they were witnessing Bobby Collins’ final match for the club. In the years between 1949 and 1958, the popular ‘Wee Barra’ made 320 appearances, scoring 116 goals. On 12th September 1958, Bobby was transferred to Everton.
NB Bobby Collins turned out to be a star in England as well. After four years masterminding a fine Everton side, he moved on to Leeds United, where Don Revie made him captain and he revelled in his role of general in that excellent side. In season 1964-65, Bobby win the Player of the Year Award.
NB2 Just before Bobby left Celtic, on 23rd August 1958, a young man called Billy McNeill ran out at Celtic Park to face Clyde in his debut