8th September …. if you know your history
60 years ago … 1962 and on this Day (Saturday) we play the original Rangers in a league match at Paradise in front of 72,000. Interesting to see Bobby Murdoch playing inside Left in the days before Jock came in and converted him to the role he excelled in. Another re ploy by manager McGrory was to employ Yogi. Hughes as centre forward against McKinnon, who didn’t fancy duels against our big man. ( Sentinels help on this?)
Crerand missed a penalty after some dodgy disruption delaying tactics by the old Teddies’ players, regarding the positioning of the ball on the spot.
Unfortunately, the Bhoys lost out to a Willie Henderson goal, and surely the ‘other’ wee man would enjoy winding up a few Coatbridge lads about that winner in his bar over the years…
1962-09-08: Celtic 0-1 Rangers, League Division 1
Rangers had just come off of their first round home tie of the European Cup Winners Cup against Seville winning 4-0. Dundee had done even better in their first round European Cup game at home to Cologne winning 8-1.
Just before kick off hundreds who had been waiting at the main entrance rushed the Janefield Street entrance which gave way under pressure. 19 people were injured. A further two were taken to hospital when they were crushed against a barrier inside the ground.
Celtic: Haffey; MacKay Kennedy; Crerand McNeill, Price; Lennox, Gallagher, Hughes, Murdoch, Byrne.
Ritchie; Shearer, Caldow; Davis, McKinnon, Baxter; Henderson, Greig, Millar, Brand, Wilson.
Scorer: Henderson (84)
Referee: W M Syme (Glasgow)
In other news … Billy Price born in Tarbolton, Ayrshire -was signed to add his silly skills and hopes were high that his inclusion in the team as a regular in 61/62 and 62/63 (74 appearances and 3 goals) would finally see Celts achieve a new dawn. There is a suggestion he may have taken the ‘fall’ for a series of 3 defeats in a row to Old Rangers, and he moved on losing his position to Jim Kennedy.
The Celticwiki include an excellent article by David Potter/ Celtic Star on the story of the ‘political shirt’ and the only one left in existence was Billy Price’ shirt rescued from the flames by Billy McNeill’ ( maybe older Sentinels can explain why there is a number (6) on the back?)
“Political shirt” Only surviving ( no 6 Billy Price)
A few days later (Monday) Celtic and 72,009 fans welcomed Real Madrid to Paradise for a friendly match:
1962-09-10: Celtic 1-3 Real Madrid, Friendly
This game was the idea of Glasgow businessman and Celtic supporter Max Benjamin who wanted to raise money for the Jewish National Fund Charitable Trust and the rehabilitation of refugee woman and children from Europe and north Africa.
Paradise welcome world fitba’s superstars: Di Stefano, Puskas and Gento et al
“That Celtic support, it amazed me. Never anywhere in the world have I seen such enthusiasm or heard such encouragement. I wish I could take them back to support my club in Spain.”
The legendary Ferenc Puskas,
Celtic: Haffey; MacKay & Kennedy; Crerand, McNeill, Price; Lennox (Carroll 45), Gallagher; Hughes (Chalmers), Jackson, Brogan (Byrne 45)
Scorer: Chalmers (62)
Ariquistain; Casado, Miera; Muller, Santamaria, Pachin; Bueno, Amancio, Di Stefano, Puskas, Gento.
Scorers: Puskas (10), Amancio (30), Gento (61).
Referee: L Horn (Holland)
1504 Michelangelo’s statue of David is unveiled in Florence
1664 Dutch surrender colony of New Netherlands (including New York) to 300 English soldiers… New Amsterdam..
1858 Abraham Lincoln supposedly says in a speech “You may fool all the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all the time; but you can’t fool all of the people all the time” (aye!)
1952 US National Championship Women’s Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Defending champion Maureen Connolly beats fellow American Doris Hart 6-3, 7-5
1990 Ellis Island Historical Site opens on Ellis Island NYC
1991 Macedonia votes for independence from Yugoslavia
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Respect Bhoys !
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