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13th November 1965 St Johnstone v Celtic League – Preview

Second Team in Action

As I mentioned last week, the second team had a 2nd X1 Scottish Cup tie against Morton to play on the 8th November at Celtic Park. The side was John Kennedy, Jim Craig, Frank McCarron, Davie Cattenach, John Cushley, Willie O’Neill, Stevie Chalmers, George Connelly, John Divers, Gerry Sweeney and Tony Taylor.

I always had a deal of sympathy for our left-wing pairing of Gerry and Tony. They both worked very hard in training but because better known names like John Divers, Stevie Chalmers, Charlie Gallagher and Bertie Auld occasionally dropped down into the reserve team – and naturally did well – they seldom got the publicity they deserved. Read More →


6th November 1965: Celtic v Partick Thistle League – Report

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On that afternoon at Celtic Park, the listed Partick Thistle side showed one name which would have caught the attention of the Celtic support plus two others who would make a name for themselves in the future.

The ‘known’ name was Jim Conway, playing that day in the outside-right position. Jim had been at Parkhead from 1956 to 1961, making 43 appearances in the Hoops and scoring 13 goals, before arriving at Firhill after spells down south with Norwich City and Southend United.

At centre-forward for the Jags was my old Queen’s Park team-mate Andy Roxburgh, who would go on to be manager of Scotland from 1986 to 1993, before then becoming the head of UEFA’s coaching sector. And at inside-left was Davie McParland, destined later in his career to be assistant to Sean Fallon at Celtic Park at the time of Jock Stein’s car crash.

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6th November 1965 Celtic v Partick Thistle League – Preview

Happy Enough

It might have been only a 1-0 victory for Celtic against Aarhus in Denmark but the whole party seemed happy enough on their return to Parkhead. That everyone had come through the match unscathed was possibly one reason for the management to be pleased and Jock Stein (as I would discover later), not usually one to give an air of over-confidence – at least to the press – before a match, was actually quite sure that Celtic would go through to the next round. At his press conference on the day before the next match, a league encounter against Partick Thistle, he came out with these rather surprisingly confident words;- Read More →


3rd November 1965 : Aarhus v Celtic ECWC

A Trip Round Europe

As I mentioned previously, after the match against Stirling, Jock Stein, in his other role as Scotland manager, had headed for Rome to watch Italy play Poland in a World Cup tie. It must have been an uncomfortable Sunday afternoon for the Celtic Boss, as the Italians thrashed the visitors 6-1!

After a night in Rome, he then made his way to Denmark to meet up with the Celtic party in Aarhus prior to the match on the 3rd November.

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30th October 1965: Celtic v Stirling Albion – League – Report

Difficult Thoughts
Having played the night before, and with the first team having a home match on the Saturday, the most logical thing for me to have done would have been to go along to Parkhead to see the game. However, if I am being perfectly honest, I did not fancy the idea of sitting watching Celtic take Stirling Albion apart on a fine afternoon at Celtic Park!
Now, if that sounds a bit like heresy for a Celtic fan to say, let me put my thoughts into some sort of perspective. Read More →


27th October 1965 Dundee v Celtic League -Preview

A Wonderful Time

For anyone with Celtic’s interests at heart, the few days after the League Cup final were ones of euphoria. Fans were glad-handing each other in the shops, pubs and streets; older mums and aunties had never been cuddled quite so much; and wee bairns wearing anything green were having toys and sweets thrust at them by total strangers. It was quite a time!

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23rd October 1965: Celtic v Rangers – League Cup Final

A crowd of 107,609 – which is still to this day the largest-ever attendance for a League Cup final – crowded into the national stadium on that Saturday afternoon to witness the action. The teams were ;-


Celtic; Simpson, Young, Gemmell, Murdoch, McNeill, Clark, Johnstone, Gallagher, McBride, Lennox, Hughes.

Rangers; Ritchie, Johansen, Provan, Wood, McKinnon, Greig, Henderson, Willoughby, Forrest, Wilson, Johnston.

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Friday 22nd October 1965: League Cup Final Preview #4

Willie Henderson fit for final - Daily Record

Willie Henderson fit for final – Daily Record

In the papers on the eve of the final, the headlines caught the eye;-


Willie Henderson Will Play

The good news for Rangers fans was that their right-winger had recovered from his muscle injury and would definitely play in the final. The not so good news was that George McLean was still having pain from his ankle and would miss out.

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