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4 September 1965: Final League Cup Section Match Preview

This was a great day for the editors of the sports press. Both halves of the Old Firm were in action and neither was a certainty to qualify from their respective sections. With one game left, the positions were;-

P W D L F A Pts P W D L F A Pts
Celtic 5 3 0 2 8 6 6 Aberdeen 5 3 1 1 7 4 7
Dundee 5 2 1 2 6 4 5 Rangers 5 3 0 2 9 7 6

Even better for the editors was the fact that the final matches in the respective sections were Celtic v Dundee (A) and Rangers against Aberdeen (H).

 

Although John Hughes had risen to the challenge in the previous Celtic match, Jock Stein had come under some pressure as to why he had not selected Joe McBride at centre-forward. His reply made the papers under the headline ;

WHY CELTS LEFT OUT JOE MCBRIDE

McBride took a leg knock in the league game versus Dundee United at Tannadice. He was able to play against United in the League Cup match at Parkhead and was fit again last night but in the best interests of both player and club, we decided not to play him.

 

A classic case of a few lines telling you nothing, perhaps, but, on the front page of that paper, there was some important and interesting news from another manager about a different team of guys.

 

Beatles Coming

This was announced yesterday by manager Brian Epstein. The group will do a British tour at the end of November and the beginning of December, the chosen cities being London, Birmingham, Sheffield, Newcastle, Glasgow and, of course, Liverpool.

International News

India and Pakistani jets fought air battles over the Kashmiri cease-fire line today for the 3rd successive day with each side claiming one plane shot down.

 

Local news….and a Slap on the Wrist For Women?

This is the last day of the car manoeuvring tests organised by the Glasgow Road Safety Committee…and the last chance for a woman driver to get into tomorrow’s final with a qualifying score of 15 or fewer penalty points on the first run over the course.

Of the 4426 drivers who have tried their skill, only 20 – ALL MEN – have so far qualified.

 

 

Other news on the day of the final league match of the campaign ;

Both Ayrton Inacio and Marco di Sousa would play in Celtic’s final reserve team match against Dundee at Celtic Park.

Celtic’s Brazilians – (Pics by Courtesy of Daily Record)

 

But let’s leave the final words to the guy who put this headline into place in one of the daily papers in Glasgow on the morning of 4th September 1965. The words may be slightly biased in favour of the Old Firm but they are probably a correct assessment of what those particular clubs are capable of doing when the chips are down;

 

OLD FIRM CAN DO IT!

THEY’RE AT THEIR BEST WHEN GOING   IS   TOUGH