27th October 1965: Dundee v Celtic – League – Report

Dundee 1 Celtic 2

A Game of Two Halves

A much hackneyed expression but one which in this case was a perfectly accurate way of describing the action. Under the heading –

Merited Win for Celtic at Dundee

commentButton2The match report explained the ins and outs of the action ;-

‘Celtic won at Dens Park because of their first-half attacking fervour and second-half defending, in which the forwards played a valuable and strategic part by covering and breaking down the wings to relieve pressure.

Their strikers-in-chief were Hughes and Johnstone, who could turn from defence to attack with swift thrusts down the flanks. Hughes displayed some particularly deft footwork in the first half and sent across a stream of crosses that put the home goal in jeopardy.

Throughout the second half Celtic frequently had their entire team back in their own half and then would release a forward thrust in which Gallagher or Lennox would sally forth.’

 Although they had the majority of possession, Celtic needed to go one step further and make the score sheet and to the relief of their supporters, this occurred in the 17th minute;-

 ‘Johnstone beat two men out on the right and laid on a snip for McBride. The centre, unmarked, scored easily from 10 yards.

After Donaldson had made a great save from Murdoch, Celts got a second goal in 25 minutes.

A slip-up by Cousin, a neat through pass by Clark, and the way was clear for Lennox, who ran round Donaldson before turning the ball into the empty net.

Dundee raised their game after the interval and pulled one back 10 minutes after the interval. As Celtic defenders fussed about their line-up to block a 20-yard free-kick, Penman waited and then lofted a swerving lob over everybody into the net.

After that Celtic’s all-round teamwork helped them to weather the storm and gain a victory that was merited by the narrowest of margins.

In another of the dailies, the reporter had no doubt as to the identity of the most important player on the pitch that night for Celtic ;-

 Big John Hughes Paved the Way for Celtic

It was an important two points for Celtic, particularly as their chief rivals also beat their opponents from Dundee that evening ;

Rangers 2   Dundee United 0

In one of the European trophies, another Scots side had an excellent result that night;

Fairs Cup ; 1st Round 2nd Leg:   Valerengen 1 Hearts 3       Aggregate 1-4


And in World Cup qualifying ties, two of our neighbours had conflicting fortunes;

Spain 4 Eire 1

Wales 2 Russia 1

The squad of players for the important World cup tie against Italy was also announced. The players listed were;

Brown (Spurs), Donaldson (Dundee), King (Kilmarnock), McCreadie (Chelsea), Gemmell, Crerand (both Celtic), Greig, Baxter (both Rangers), McNeill, Murdoch (both Celtic), Yeats, Stevenson (both Liverpool), Bremner (Leeds), Henderson, Johnston, Forrest (all Rangers), Gilzean (Spurs), Lennox, Hughes (both Celtic), Wallace (Hearts), Law (Manchester United).

Harry Hood for Sale

Sunderland have placed inside-forward Harry Hood on the transfer list at his own request. Hood joined Sunderland from Clyde for a fee of £26,000 but has been unable to find a place in the side.


Two Charged in Cheshire

Lesley’s Father Rushes Car After Hearing

A man and a woman made a two-minute appearance in court yesterday at Hyde, Cheshire, charged on remand with the murder of 10-year-old Lesley Ann Downey.

They were Ian Brady and Myra Hindley.

After that court appearance, when two cars drove out of the police yard, a crowd of about 100 surged towards them.

Lesley Ann’s father, Terence Downey, ran towards the first car and tried to open the door on the driver’s side. He was restrained by police.