20th August 1966: Celtic v St Mirren – League Cup Part One



Bertie-Bully Wee-ed!

Bertie-Bully Wee-ed!

18th August 1966

The guys who played the night before against Clyde did a light session, the rest of us put in a full shift. And a full shift it was, with shooting the main subject of the morning. Although both first team and reserves had been winning, perhaps the number of goals scored was below the expectations of the management?

The papers said that Bertie Auld was carrying a slight injury from the Clyde match but it would appear that everyone would be fit for the next match. And the team for the Reserve League Cup tie against St Mirren at Love Street the following evening went up on the board. I notice that I have been moved back to fullback for this match.

19th August 1966

Some disturbing news in the papers, especially for those guys in the first team.  They all said, after the Clyde game, that the Bully Wee players had been a bit forceful, if not brutal, in the execution of their duties, with quite a number carrying bruises to show for it.

However, in one of the evening papers, it stated that ‘ the Clyde players took a fair share of knocks against St Mirren’, so what on earth must the Buddies be like in action!


At Love Street that night, the team which ran out to face St Mirren was;

Bent Martin, Jim Craig, Frank McCarron, Sammy Henderson, John Cushley, Jim Brogan, George Connelly, Tony Taylor, Jimmy Quinn, Charlie Gallagher and John Hughes.

A reasonable crowd turned up for the clash and they us put on a good performance, where we controlled the play and scored goals through Charlie, Tony and George to give us a 3-1 win.

And there was news from UEFA, who announced that the first round second leg tie in the European Cup in Zurich between the Swiss champions and Celtic would need to be moved from 12th October back to 5th October.

The Axe

British Railways today gave notice of a proposal to ‘axe’ 24 passenger stations between Edinburgh and Carlisle. If no objections are lodged with the Transport Users Consultative Committee the stations will be closed on 2nd January.

Stations to be closed are Eskbank and Dalkeith, Newtongrange, Gorebridge, Tunehead, Heriot, Fountainhall, Stow, Galashiels, Melrose, St Boswells, Belses, Hassandean, Hawick, Stobs, Shankend, Whitrope, Riccarton Junction, Steele Road, Newcastleton, Kershoopfoot, Pesto, Longtown, Harker, Parkhouse Halt.

Lucky Man

11 Vietnamese were reported killed when a US Marine Crusader Fighter-Bomber carrying two 1000 bombs crashed just after take-off from Da-Nang Airport.

The pilot ejected from the plane as it fell. His parachute did not have time to open but he fell into a tree and was unhurt.

Stars Feted

Footballing brothers Bobby and Jack Charlton will be feted by their home town Ashington, Northumberland tomorrow.

Unfortunately, due to previous commitments, neither the manager of the World Cup-winning side Alf Ramsay nor any of their teammates can attend the function.