In the league campaign of 1957/58, Celtic had started uncertainly, lying in 7th place by the end of October. Over the following three months, though, results improved and by late March, the Bhoys were in 4th place, behind Hearts, Rangers and Clyde.
On this day in 1958, a Celtic side of Beattie, Meechan, Mochan, Smith, Evans, Conroy, McVittie, Collins, Byrne, Wilson and Fernie ran out at Parkhead to face Queen’s Park, at that point firmly anchored to the foot of the table.
It was expected to be a romp for Celtic and, in the end, it turned out like that, although the Spiders did take the lead in 10 minutes and the Celtic fans making up most of the poor crowd of 4,000 had to wait till the second half to see some further goal action. Five of them eventually did arrive, from Sammy Wilson (44, 47), Matt McVittie (59), Alec Byrne (66) and Eric Smith (70), the result moving Celtic up to 3rd place in the table.
HB…….The ‘Conroy’ in the above side was Mike Conroy, who joined Celtic from St Anthony’s in 1953 and made 8 appearances for the club in the following 8 seasons before retiring on medical grounds. He became Celtic’s scout in the Greenock area until the summer of 1975. Mike’s son, another Michael, also became a Celt when he joined the club from Port Glasgow Athletic in 1978. A midfielder, Mike junior made 89 appearances, with 14 goals, between 1978 and 1982, before moving on to Hibs.