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Success at Last! 1964-65 Part 2

During the turn of the year from 1964 to 1965, the country was blessed – if that is an appropriate word – with relatively mild weather, so unlike previous seasons, the fixture list was not affected by frost or snow. The Ne-erday results, one defeat and one draw, had been disappointing and the next match was likely to be equally difficult, when Celtic travelled to Tannadice to meet the Terrors.

 

9th January      

League    Dundee United 3    Celtic 1    Att: 1 18,000             Hughes

 

14th January      

Bertie Auld re-joined Celtic from Birmingham for a fee of £12,000

 

16th January      

League    Celtic 1    Hearts 2    Att: 21,000         Gemmell

 

21st January      

Celtic made inquiries about signing Johnny Crossan from Standard Liege.

 

23rd January      

League    Morton 3    Celtic 3    Att: 17,000           Gemmell, Hughes, Lennox

 

30th January      

League     Celtic 8     Aberdeen 0    Att: 14,000     Hughes (5), Auld Murdoch, Lennox

Wearing a type of training shoes borrowed from Billy McNeill, John Hughes ran amok on the  hard and icy surface at Parkhead, scoring five.
The others came from Auld, Murdoch and Lennox.

 

31st January      

It was announced that Jock Stein, then manager of Hibs, would become Celtic’s new manager, with Chief Coach Sean Fallon as assistant. Jimmy McGrory would become the club’s Public Relations Officer.

 

6th   February    

Scottish Cup    St Mirren 0    Celtic 3      Att: 28,300        Chalmers (2); Lennox

 

 

13th February    

League   St Mirren 1      Celtic 5   Att: 12,000        Chalmers, Lennox, Brogan, Hughes, Murdoch

 

15th February    

Death of American singer Nat King Cole.

 

20th February 

Scottish Cup    Queen’s Park 0     Celtic 1    Att: 27,345  Lennox

A single goal by Bobby Lennox in 61 minutes was enough to see off a determined Spiders team

 

27th February 

League    Celtic 2    Kilmarnock 0    Att: 23,000       Chalmers;Hughes

 

6th   March        

Scottish Cup    Celtic 3    Kilmarnock 2     Att: 47,000            Lennox, Auld, Hughes

 

9th   March        

Jock Stein took over as manager at Celtic Park

 

10th March        

League    Airdrie 0    Celtic 6   Auld (5), Hughes

Jock Stein’s first match in charge; Bertie Auld scored 5; John Hughes got the other. Jock Stein also made his first signing, bringing in goalkeeper John Kennedy from Distillery for a fee of £5000.

 

13th March        

League     Celtic 0    St Johnstone 1    Att: 18,000

Auld missed a penalty

 

18th March        

Alexsei Leonov becomes the first man to walk in space

 

20th March        

League    Dundee 3    Celtic 3    Att: 18,000        Lennox (2), Johnstone

 

22nd March        

League    Celtic 2     Hibs 4       Att: 19,000        Lennox (2)

 

27th March        

Scottish Cup SF    Celtic 2    Motherwell 2    Att: 52,000      Lennox; Auld (pen)

In the press on the morning of the semi-finals, Celtic and Hibs were favoured to go through against Motherwell and Dunfermline. Both of the favourites, though, found the going difficult.  Hibs eventually lost out to the Pars, while Celtic had to pull back twice against Motherwell. They also scored another near the end through Jimmy Johnstone which every fan in green-and-white thought was onside. Unfortunately for the Hoops and their supporters, the referee thought otherwise.

 

31st March      

Scottish Cup SF Replay    Celtic 3    Motherwell 0    Att: 58,959           Chalmers, Hughes, Lennox

Celtic were everyone’s favourite to go through and eventually, their  power and aggression were too much for the Steelmen.

On the same afternoon, at Ibrox, Rangers’ title hopes disappeared as they were beaten by Morton.

 

1st April            

IBM files patent for a computer.

 

3rd  April          

League     Celtic 1    Third Lanark 0    Att: 12,000    Ironically, an own goal by ex-Celt Dunky McKay gave Celtic the points.

 

7th   April          

League     Hibs 0     Celtic 4    Att: 36,500       Auld (2), Chalmers, Murdoch.

 

14th April          

League      Falkirk 6    Celtic 2         Auld (2; 1 pen)

The attendance was not recorded but would have been around the 10,000 mark. A full strength Celtic side just could not with the flowing play of the Bairns, who were anchored in the third-bottom place in the table.

 

17th April          

League     Celtic 1     Partick Thistle 2      Att: 11,500         Chalmers

A worrying time for the management as the team was again not impressive for the second time in three days only a week before the Scottish Cup Final. Steve Chalmers got Celtic’s only goal.

 

21st April           

Three days before the Final, the Celtic management tell the fans what they were keen to know ;-

CELTS PLAY THEIR SEMI-FINAL HEROES

23rd April          

Headline from one of the English dailies ;-

NIGHT OUT PUNTERS HIT BACK AT BAN
8 Chelsea stars were sent home by Tommy Docherty yesterday ADMITTING that they were late in returning to the hotel on Wednesday night but DENYING that they had not done anything to be ashamed of.

 

23rd April          

From one of the Scots dailies ;-

STEIN : IT MUST BE VICTORY FOR CELTIC

This was quite a surprising quote from Jock Stein, considering the short time he had been in charge of the club. I suspect that it was taken out of context as what he meant by the words could be taken in two ways.

One is ‘anything other than defeat would be unthinkable for Celtic’; the other is ‘we are certain winners’, something I do not think he would want to make public even if he thought so. I suspect, then, that he meant the former, that defeat would not be acceptable.

Apart from that, the day before the Scottish Cup final had gone well, the players enjoying their break down in Largs, on the Ayrshire coast,  enjoying the peace and quiet well away from the excitement of Glasgow. As mentioned above, the eleven chosen for the final was Fallon, Young, Gemmell, Murdoch, McNeill, Clark, Chalmers, Gallagher, Hughes, Lennox, Auld. Note the absence of the name of one Johnstone, J!

 

24th April     

Scottish Cup Final   Celtic 3 Dunfermline 2   Att: 108,800    Auld(2), McNeill

Twice the Pars went ahead and twice Celtic pulled back, Bertie Auld being the saviour on both occasions. Then came the counter-punch, in the 81st minute, a corner by Charlie Gallagher and a fierce header by Billy McNeill gave Celtic a Scottish Cup win for the first time since 1954.

On the same day, Willie Waddell’s Kilmarnock beat Hearts 2-0 at Tynecastle to win the league by 0.04 of a goal!

 

26th April          

As you might imagine, the papers over the weekend were fulsome in their praise for the quality of the play in general but more specifically for the drive and determination of the Celtic players in twice coming back from behind. This is a typical headline ;-

IT’S A PARADISE AGAIN CELTS CAN LOOK TO NEW HORIZONS

 

27th April          

Billy McNeill is nominated as Scotland’s Player of the Year, the first time such an award had been made.

 

27th April          

Celtic were due to play their final league match of the season on the following day, ironically at East End Park against Dunfermline. That led to the headline –

CELTS AFTER THE DOUBLE!

meaning that the players were determined to show that the Cup Final result was no fluke. Unfortunately, they met a Pars side keen to make amends to their fans for failing to win the final and were hammered 5-1.

 

28th April            

League   Dunfermline 5     Celtic 1    Att:   10,000           Hughes

Hugh Maxwell missed a penalty in two minutes, John Hughes made it 1-0 at the interval but in the second half, the Pars opened up, slicing through a Celtic side which looked as though it had enjoyed the previous four days.

 One paper, though, had an interesting headline and comment ;-

IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN 5-1 FOR CELTIC

‘Revenge is sweet….it can also come in surprising ways. After 40 minutes at East End Park, it looked as though one team might score 5 goals – but it actually did not look like Dunfermline. Then came the crash that might have been heard down at the new Forth Bridge. The match, of course, meant nothing to Celtic and somehow I have the feeling that Mr Stein did not produce a cat-of-nine-tails.

 

28th April          

Down in Stoke, Stanley Matthews made his final appearance, his charity match between a Stoke X1 and an International X1. Matthews was 50 years and 4 months.

Scottish  First Division  Final Table  1964-65

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Kilmarnock

34

22

6

6

63

33

50

Hearts

34

22

6

6

90

49

50

Dunfermline

34

22

5

7

83

36

49

Hibernian

34

21

4

9

75

47

46

Rangers

34

18

8

8

78

35

44

Dundee

34

15

10

9

86

63

40

Clyde

34

17

6

11

64

58

40

Celtic

34

16

5

13

76

57

37

 

1st May           

Glasgow Cup SF    Celtic 3    Clyde 0     Auld, McNeill, Lennox

It was announced that, beginning in August, Celtic would publish a club newspaper

 

5th May            

Jock Stein denied reports that Celtic are interested in signing Spanish international Vincent Guillot.

 

11th May          

Glasgow Cup final   Celtic 5 Queen’s Park 0   Lennox (2), Auld, Chalmers, Murdoch

 

12th May         

Jock Stein appointed temporary manager of Scotland

 

21st May         

A Celtic party with 14 players leaves Renfrew Airport for Austria.

 

23rd May        

McNeill and Hughes are in the Scotland team which drew 1-1 with Poland in Warsaw.

 

24th May        

Austria FC 1 Celtic 0

 

27th May          

Scotland beat Finland 2-1 in Helsinki. McNeill and Hughes were in the side.

 

5th June              

Celtic signed Joe McBride from Motherwell for £22,500

 

12th June                

Hugh Maxwell was transferred to St Johnstone for £10,000