4th June 1966: North American Tour – Celtic v Tottenham Hotspur

For this match, it was a trip to Vancouver for the party, the encounter being played at the Empire Stadium and a crowd of around 18,000 turned out for it. The teams were ;


Tottenham Hotspur;
Jennings, Beal, Knowles, Mullery, L Brown, Mackay, Posse, Clayton, Weller, Venables, Robertson.

Simpson, Gemmell, O’Neill, Murdoch, McNeill, Clark, Johnstone, Gallagher, Chalmers, Lennox, Hughes

Celtic, unbeaten in their North American tour, were held to a 1-1 draw by Tottenham Hotspur here last night.


Celtic scored first when Lennox beat Jennings from close range after 19 minutes. Jimmy Johnstone had done the leading-up work, beating two defenders.


Tottenham pressed strongly after the interval and came close when a free-kick from 25 yards out by Mackay hit the underside of the crossbar, dropped on to the goal line, then bounced up again and hit the crossbar again with Simpson beaten.


The equaliser came with five minutes left, when from a Beal cross Venables beat Simpson from three yards out.


Celtic protested that Venables had fouled a Celtic defender and the referee, Mr J Weber, ordered Johnstone off the field but after officials had intervened the referee changed his mind and allowed Johnstone to stay.



An article in one of the papers put Celtic’s problems into perspective ;

 Jimmy Johnstone of Celtic, who was almost sent off in Saturday night’s match against Spurs here after disputing the equalising goal in the 1-1 draw, will be back in Scotland tomorrow morning unless there is a last-minute change in plans.

When Celtic set out on their tour the arrangement was for Johnstone to leave for home tonight to prepare for his wedding on Saturday. Then came a spate of injuries which put John Cushley, Frank McCarron and Bertie Auld on the sidelines and Johnstone was persuaded to wait until after Wednesday’s game against Bayern Munich in San Francisco before leaving for home. But his mood changed after that match against Spurs on Saturday evening and he now wants to go home as soon as possible.

As the party is now down to 12 fit players, it could mean assistant manager Sean Fallon and coach Neilly Mochan making their comebacks if Celtic run into any more trouble on Wednesday or midway through Saturday’s game.