On this day, in 1965, Jock Stein took charge of a Celtic team for the first time in his second spell at the club, taking his men through to meet Airdrie in a league game. The Hoops at that time were lying in 6th place in the table – behind Hearts, Dunfermline, Hibs, Kilmarnock, Rangers and Dundee – and had a Scottish Cup tie against Motherwell coming up, so it was important that the side maintained some decent form.
No doubt the players also wanted to impress the new manager, who would have relied on advice from his new assistant Sean Fallon before naming a side of Fallon, Young, Gemmell, Brogan, McNeill, Clark, Johnstone, Murdoch, Hughes, Lennox and Auld.
As usual, Broomfield was packed for such an occasion and that seemed to inspire the Celtic players for the challenge, particularly Bertie Auld, who had just returned to Parkhead after a spell at Birmingham City. He scored the Hoops’ first goal in 5 minutes, then, after John Hughes got a second in 25 minutes, went on to score four more, in 55, 62, 82 and 86 minutes, the latter from the penalty spot.
PS Jock Stein returned to Celtic on 9th March 1965. One day later, he entered the transfer market for the first time, purchasing goalkeeper John Kennedy from Distillery for a fee in the region of £5000. Kennedy had been in goal for the GB side at the Tokyo Olympics in 1964; among his colleagues at his new club was Ronnie Simpson, who been GB’s keeper at the 1948 Olympics in London.