30th March – If you know your history
60 years ago …. 1962 and on this day (Friday) the Celts are preparing for yet another Scottish Cup Semi-Final match.
We are however, in The Faithful era and the road to Hampden ain’t quite as smooth for our Faither’s generation as it was for our grandfathers & great grandfathers…we hadn’t won a Scottish Cup (or League) since the memorable ’54 Double season.
Three ‘lost’ Finals: ’55 ( 1-0 Clyde); ’56 (3-1 Hearts) and ’61 (1-0 Dunfermline) were scant consolation for Hoops fans. Not withstanding 2 League Cup wins ( including a 7-1)
Still, hopes remain high that Celts’ 0-5 win at Love Street the previous Monday indicate that they can overcome The Buddies and get back to Hampden.
St Mirren had recently won the cup 1959 (3-1 v Aberdeen)
Anyone remember a recent Celtic thrashing of Saints, followed up by a huge reverse the following week?
1962-03-31: St Mirren 3-1 Celtic, Scottish Cup (Ibrox)
Back in came Johnstone’s Jim Kennedy and John Hughes.
Mike Jackson who had been missing since mid February had a cartilage operation and would be out for a while.
’57 League Cup Final ( Hampden in the Sun) hero Willie Fernie scores the first goal for Buddies in 7 minutes and then it’s all downhill…
Game stopped for 16 minutes on 70 minutes with St Mirren 3-0 up as terracing fighting amongst Celtic fans spills into a pitch invasion. Bottles were slung from the top of the west terrace and as fights broke out the supporters spilled out onto the pitch. As the police got on top of the situation the invasion continued at the other end of the ground and within minutes the entire ground was alive with people fighting. Seven mounted police appeared and helped to clear the pitch before play could continue. Both teams were taken off the park whilst the police cleared the field.Play was resumed with a ring of police around the ground.
Celtic chairman Robert Kelly is said to have conceded the tie to is St Mirren counterpart during the pitch invasion.
Celtic: Haffey; Mackay, Kennedy; Crerand, McNeil, Clark; Brogan, Chalmers, Hughes, Divers, Byrne
Scorers: Byrne (83)
Williamson; Campbell, Wilson; Stewart, Clunie, McLean; Henderson, Bryceland, Kerrigan, Willie Fernie, Beck.
Scorers: Fernie (7), Kerrigan (32), Beck (33)
Referee: A McKenzie (Coatbridge)
Frank Haffey under pressure at Ibrox.
In other news…
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1282 The people of Sicily rebel against the Angevin king Charles I, in what becomes known as the Sicilian Vespers
1603 Battle at Mellifont: English army under Lord Mountjoy beats Irish
1856 Russia signs the Treaty of Paris, ending the Crimean War
1867 Alaska Purchase: US buys Alaska from Russia for $7,200,000 ($109 million in 2018), roughly 2 cents an acre
1950 Robbie Coltrane , Scottish actor (Harry Potter films) and comedian, born in Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire ( who remembers C E L T I C scene …?)
1967Cover picture of Beatles’ “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album is photographed by Michael Cooper
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