10th October 1966: Celtic v Queen’s Park Glasgow Cup SF – Part One


10th October

This match was played only two days after Celtic had thrashed Hibs in the league at Easter Road, a feat recognised in the headlines and acknowledged in the reports ;-


Celtic Take Clear Lead in League

 Celtic’s Superb Display

You Have to Hand it to Stein

‘This was magnificent Celtic – a Celtic obviously intent on crushing the Hibs challenge with sheer football played at tremendous speed. But, in my opinion, most of the credit for the wonder display goes to Jock Stein. 

Before the game, Jock appeared on the Easter Road pitch and prodded practically every yard of it with his feet. Then he decided it was ready-made for the type of play Joe McBride can provide and straightaway McBride, out of the team against Zurich, was back in’.

Also in the evening press was another headline to make the Celtic fans think;-


Martin May Be in Celtic Goal



Bent Martin- Challenging

Bent Martin- Challenging

The reference, of course, was to Bent Martin, the Danish keeper who was jousting with John Fallon for the position of under-study to Ronnie Simpson. He had been playing well whenever he got the chance in the reserves and this semi-final contest against Queen’s Park might be just the sort of occasion to blood a newcomer. A few other players, like myself, were keen to get an outing but frankly, the Boss was playing his cards very close to his chest.

There was a good deal of enthusiasm among the support for this match, as with Celtic having beaten Rangers 4-0 in the first round, the feeling was that no other team could stop them.


Four Celtic players were listed in the Scotland team to play Wales at Cardiff on the 22nd October – Tommy Gemmell, John Clark Jimmy Johnstone and Joe McBride.





Love is in the Air?

Casanovas from all over the world have been invited to a rally next spring to discuss the problem of having the same name as the famous 18th century lover. It will be held at the Milano Marittimo on the Adriatic coast near Ravenna.

So far the organisers have tracked down 1248 families called Casanova – 331 Spanish, 110 French, 130 Argentinian, 97 American, 61 Swiss, 24 Portuguese, 18 Mexican, 10 Moroccan, 1 English, 1 German and 435 Italian.

Porn for View!

There was a rush for tickets in San Francisco for the showing of the Swedish film ‘Night Games’ which former child star Shirley Temple has described as pornographic. Miss Temple has now resigned from the festival committee. A queue 200 yards long formed outside the box office when the tickets went on sale.

Top Stars!

Eric Brown and John Panton will represent Scotland in the 14th Canada Cup tournament in Japan on November 10th to 13th. The holders – Garry Player and Harold Henning of South Africa – will be there to defend their title.

Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer will represent the USA; with Peter Alliss and Tony Jacklin the English duo.