4th March 1967: St Mirren v Celtic League – Part Two

The Morning of the Match
By Friday, there had been no mention of the make-up of the team to face St. Mirren, and this continued on to the morning of the match. We reported to Parkhead around noon, did not do any kind of warm-up as the pitch was flooded and there was no point in just doing running on a sodden track and boarded the bus for the short trip to Paisley.

If it had been raining in Glasgow, then it would have been odds-on that it would also have been chucking it down in Love Street and that proved to be the case. The pitch was just as bad as the one we had left at Celtic Park and we were not allowed to walk on it before the match, as was the custom.

The one man who did walk on it was the Boss, who rather surprised us all by covering most areas of the pitch, checking for consistency of grip, looking for areas which might prove troublesome. That took him some time and most surprisingly, it was pretty close to 2.30pm before he made the announcement.

The Teams

St Mirren:
Connaghan, Murray, Young, Kiernan, Hannah, Renton, Hutton, Bell,
Kane, Hamilton, Adamson.
Sub: Pinkerton

Simpson, Craig, Gemmell, Murdoch, McNeill, Clark, Hughes, Lennox,
Wallace, Gallagher, Auld.
Sub: Johnstone


The Play
It was hard work right from the start. The heavy pitch, cutting up by the minute, did not make life easy for any team wanting to play football and it was more a case of getting the ball forward and trying a few attempts at goal. The crowd of 18,000, mainly Celtic fans, seemed to be enjoying what they were seeing but we could hear the occasional groan which suggested that they might like to see a goal.
Future Celt Denis Connaghan did well in keeping us out at first – we won 9 corners in the first 15 minutes – but eventually the pressure told.

31 minutes…..cross by Tam and Wispy beat the defence to it to open the scoring.
1-0 Celtic

From that point on, we dominated the play but there was no further scoring, a combination of fine goalkeeping by Denis, a bit of luck and some missed chances. After the break, though, the goals came in a ready stream;

48 minutes…..Lennox pounced on to a loose ball and drove it home from 12 yards
2-0 Celtic

53 minutes…..revelling in the mud, Yogi strode forward to blast in a 15-yarder.
3-0 Celtic

82 minutes….Wispy was hauled down in the box and Tam took the penalty.
4-0 Celtic

88 minutes….Wispy again, this time after a nice run.
Final Score St Mirren 0 Celtic 5

Other Results

Dundee United 3 1 Airdrie
Falkirk 0 2 Hibs
Hearts 0 3 Aberdeen
Motherwell 1 5 Rangers
Partick Th 1 2 Kilmarnock
St Johnstone 0 3 Dundee


Team P W D L F A GAv Pts
1 Celtic 25 20 4 1 88 25 3.52 44
2 Rangers 25 19 4 2 77 22 3.50 42
3 Aberdeen 26 15 4 7 61 32 1.91 34
4 Hibernian 26 16 2 8 62 40 1.55 34

Lucky Couple

A young man escaped from his blazing home in Glasgow’s East End early today – less than 48 hours after his wife gave birth to a 4lb 3oz baby girl.
The couple’s home, a top-floor room and kitchen which they moved into only a month ago, was destroyed in the fire. The drama took place at 112 Rogart Street, Bridgeton.
Within minutes, flames engulfed the roof of the building and the three top-floor flats, two of which were unoccupied.

Two 61s in Collision
Twenty five passengers were injured when two double-deck corporation buses collided in Maryhill Road, Glasgow. They were rushed in ambulances to the Western Infirmary.
The two buses, both number 61s bound from Maryhill to Tollcross, were badly damaged, the front of one and the rear of the other being smashed in. Wreckage and broken glass littered the roadway.
Passers-by and shop assistants rushed to the aid of the injured and ambulances were summoned.

Top Guys
Beatles John Lennon and Paul McCartney have won the ‘Grammy’ award for their song ‘Michelle’ in New York and Paul won the award for the best contemporary music performance with ‘Eleanor Rigby’.
But Frank Sinatra left the youngsters behind when he walked off with three top ‘Grammy’ awards.
‘Strangers in the Night’ was voted the best vocal performance of the year by a male singer and also won record of the year. And his album ‘Sinatra, a Man and his Music’ won best album of the year.