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15th September 1965: The Boss says no!

On the Tuesday night prior to this match, I pushed my luck to the limit. What I did is going to sound very arrogant and perhaps even big-headed but sometimes you have to take a chance in football – or indeed any walk of life. Admittedly, there were a number of my colleagues who would not have had the gall – or was it stupidity? – to do what I did that evening but my natural Glaswegian ‘gallusness’ pushed me to the fore. I took a deep breath and entered the lion’s den. What did I do?….well, I’ll come to that later but first I want to review the League Cup quarter-final coming up. Read More →


11th September 1965: Celtic v Clyde

celticClyde11Sep6511 September 1965 – League:     Celtic  2  –  1  Clyde  Att: 26,500                 Young (pen), Gemmell

The team’s form in the previous match – the win over Dundee in the League Cup by 3 goals to one – had obviously made a decided impression on Jock Stein, as he picked the same side for the next game, a league match against Clyde. The chosen eleven therefore were;

Fallon, Young, Gemmell, Murdoch, McNeill, Clark, Chalmers, Divers, McBride, Lennox and Hughes.

By contrast, Clyde had made changes in all departments, apart from goalkeeper. Read More →


10th September 1965: Getting ready for Clyde

Celtic’s second league match of the campaign in 1965/66 was against Clyde at Parkhead. The Bully Wee had finished 7th in the league championship of the previous season – 3 points ahead of Celtic – but had got off a bad start in the new season by failing to qualify from their section in the League Cup, a really tough one involving Rangers, Hearts and Aberdeen;


P W D L F A Pts
Rangers 6 4 0 2 13 7 8
Hearts 6 3 1 2 10 7 7
Aberdeen 6 3 1 2 7 8 7
Clyde 6 1 0 5 5 13 2


Unfortunately, the first match in the league did not Clyde’s way either, Dundee winning 2-0 at Shawfield. Read More →


8-9 September 1965: League Meets League

The first of the season’s inter-League matches was played on the 8th September 1965, when the Scottish League met the Irish League at Ibrox. Normally, this was not an encounter to set the pulses racing – with the Scots record by far the superior – but on this occasion, there were extenuating circumstances to make the game more interesting, as one of our national dailies pointed out that morning;-



For every man Jack in the Scots line-up, which already includes 6 full internationals, is playing with the prospect of 4 international caps to be picked up before the end of the year. Jock Stein, along with the League selectors, has chosen a ‘form’ side for the occasion.

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4 September 1965: Dundee v Celtic & Season Update

There was a crowd of 27,000 inside Dens Park on 4th September for the final – and crucial – sectional League Cup match. For this vital game, Jock Stein had done a little bit of tinkering with the forward line, which read Chalmers, Divers, McBride, Lennox and Hughes. From their results so far, the teams would appear to have been well-matched but Celtic got off to the perfect start;- Read More →


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

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2nd September 1965 : Fifth League Cup Match– Report

Both the first team and the second team were in action on this day in 1965. As might have been expected, it was a full house for the first team version at Fir Park but the reserve team encounter at Parkhead also proved to be popular. Indeed, what a crowd was there to see it! Read More →


1st September 1965: Fifth League Cup Match Preview

On the morning of the 5th sectional match for Celtic in the League Cup, the big headlines in every paper were from Ibrox ;-

Willie Henderson Shock for Rangers  


‘Rangers manager Scot Symon confirmed that the Scottish international had asked for a transfer and that his case would be dealt with by the Board as quickly as possible’.

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28th August 1965 – The Fourth League Cup Match

27th August 1965

League Cup:   Celtic  3 – 0   Dundee United      Att: 36,000       Young(Pen), Chalmers, McBride

 Celtic: Fallon; Young, Gemmell; Murdoch, McNeill, Clark; Chalmers, Divers, McBride, Lennox, Hughes.



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25th August 1965: The First League Match – Match Report

In the days after Celtic’s loss to Dundee in the League Cup, two disasters pushed football off the front pages of the papers;-


23rd August

The East German cargo ship Kathe Niederkichner runs aground on Muckle Skerry in the Pentland Firth. All 50 on board survive.

 Tragically, not all passengers on a plane in the Far East were quite so lucky;-

 An American military C-130 Hercules aircraft carrying 71 passengers and crew crashed into Yau Tong Bay in Hong Kong shortly after take-off. The plane was carrying U.S. military personnel, mostly U.S. Marines flying back to South Vietnam after leave. 13 people survived the crash. Read More →