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20th March 1967:  Celtic v Falkirk League – Part One

Other Results

While our guys were beating Dunfermline at Parkhead, the other results in the First Division had been working out as follows –

Airdrie 2 3 Clyde
Ayr Uninted 1 4 Rangers
Dundee United 1 1 Motherwell
Falkirk 0 1 Kilmarnock
Hibs 2 1 Dundee
Partick Th 1 1 Aberdeen
St Johnstone 4 1 Stirling Albion
St Mirren 3 0 Hearts

And that left the top of the table as –

Team P W D L F A GAv Pts
1 Rangers 27 21 4 2 82 23 3.57 46
2 Celtic 26 21 4 1 91 27 3.37 46
3 Hibernian 27 17 2 8 64 41 1.56 36

 

After the match versus the Pars, some of the papers were surprisingly critical of the treatment Celtic were receiving both from the press and even from their fans –

Go Easy on Celtic: Fans are looking  For too much

‘Since the beginning  of August close to a million satisfied customers have watched Celtic in their home games alone. You cannot please all of the people all of the time and recently there has been some little criticism both inside and outside the club that the Celtic standard of non-stop action is not being maintained.

It is a fact that until late in the Scottish Cup tie with Queen’s Park there was a danger that the amateur men, who played like professionals, might have snatched a goal and made the final score an astonishing 4-4.

Likewise on Saturday, because of carelessness and lack of concentration Celtic might have lost a league point – and that is one thing they just cannot afford to do at this stage of the season’.

 

Pre-Match

The main headline in more than one national daily gave good news to the fans –

Johnstone in Celtic Team

‘Jimmy Johnstone, the Celtic and Scotland international outside-right who was suspended for seven days by his club after the cup game against Queen’s Park, resumes in tonight’s Celtic Park league game against Falkirk.

In this game, Celtic hope to gain the points to take them back to the top of the table with a two-point lead over Rangers’.

 


I was hoping of course to be back in the side myself for the Falkirk match but everything would depend on whether I could prove my fitness to the management team. I had been asked to come in just about lunchtime as the Boss wanted an input from Doc Fitszimmons and he normally arrived about that time at the park, just after he had finished morning surgery in his practice.

So, I got into training gear, put in a stint of some medium length runs, then some sprints before walking round to behind one of the goals where Neilly had already laid out his bibs in the fashion he liked. I had not paid much attention as to who was watching but as I walked round the track I took a glance at the bottom of the tunnel and could hardly believe my eyes.

Standing there was the Boss, Sean, Bob Rooney and the chairman Bob Kelly; just to one side of the tunnel were two other employees, John McAlindon the electrician and Hughie Docherty the groundsman; while further along the track were two other groundsmen. All to see me being put through the wringer!

Anyway, Neilly really went to town when he got the chance, getting me to twist this way and that. It was tough but the ankle held up OK and at the end, he gave me a cuddle and said in his best Camelon accent “well done, young man”.

I was then told to get home for a rest and come back at 6-30pm for the match. It had been a great morning and I sang along with a group called the Beatles all the way home.


New Bridge

Within minutes of approving the final contract for the Clyde Tunnel, Glasgow Corporation’s Highways Committee approved another multi-million pound contract for the new Kingston Bridge.

The Clyde Tunnel was opened by the Queen in July 1963 and the payment of £9,925,454 approved today was the final measurement of the contract for the construction of the tunnels and associated contracts.

This does not include the £1.9 million northern approaches on which work will begin this month or the £1.6 million southern approaches, which will be finished in October.

 

Doing Well at Sea

Sir Francis Chichester is encountering 20 feet waves off Hardy Peninsula, about 90 miles west of Cape Horn, a Chilean Navy spokesman said today.

He added that 25-knot winds, blowing from west to east, could speed him on his way.

 

Bad Behaviour

Miss World visited a big Dundee department store and a big crowd went to see her. But then some youths began shouting rude remarks.

The youths were in the crowd at D.M.Brown’s store on Saturday when Miss World, Reita Faria, was appearing in connection with a cosmetics campaign.

They began to shout out comments, especially about the colour of her skin and did so for about 10 minutes.

Fortunately, Reita did not hear but others in the crowd did, police were called and the youths were arrested for breach of the peace. In court, they were fined £10.