A Tale of Two Games.
After all the drama of the last few days,one of our contributors takes us for a wander down memory lane to simpler times. And watching two particular matches with his cousin.
It’s the 25th of May 1967 and something strange is happening. I got sent home from school early, then my dad’s brothers appear with my cousins. Could there be a game on tonight,perhaps?
A game? You mean the biggest game in Celtic’s history,only the European cup final against Inter Milan!
Now,we all gathered round our little 14 inch black and white TV. I’m sitting beside my cousin James,who is my dad’s brother Terry’s son. My uncle Terry lived in Dunfermline-he moved there when James was 2 years old-but he came down for the game. Funny thing was,James being up there and going to school in Dunfermline was a red hot Pars fan,but with obviously a soft spot for Celtic. Anyway,the match starts and we seemed to be on top,then…
Ah,Jim Craig,what have you done?!! Mazzola slots the penalty home,and you could hear a pin drop in the house. But when Tommy smashes in the equaliser, and Stevie knocks in the winner? Cue massive hugging and dancing! Champions of Europe. Celtic. Wow!!!
Fast forward to the 27th of January 1968, my uncle Packy decides to take James and me to the Celtic v Dunfermline Scottish cup tie at Parkhead. I remember the bales of straw behind the goals. It was a dreich day,so he took us into the main stand and said to James something I will never forget.
James,make sure you keep your Dunfermline scarf in your pocket, in case of the unlikely event Dunfermline score. It probably won’t happen but just in case. Anyway the game starts but Celtic seemed lethargic and slow to every ball. We still created a few chances,but then Jim Brogan scored. I was up screaming and cheering only for the goal to be chalked off. Sound familiar?
Into the second half and James favourite player Tommy Callaghan semed to be running the show along with his brother Willie. I could see James getting excited-I could have throttled him!-then on 64 minutes Robertson of Dunfermline hit a shot. It was blocked but he blasted the rebound past Ronnie. I did not dare to look at James!
Then the killer blow. On 74 minutes Davie Cattenach was short with a pass back, and Gardner of Dunfermline took the ball,rounded Ronnie and fired home.
I can still see the smirk on James face to this day.
footnote-he married a girl from Coatbridge and went to live there. Became the biggest Celtic fan you could ever meet and still is.
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