19th October … if you know your history
BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS doesn’t ask for much, and when he does it’s invariably for the benefit of someone else. So , (see the spacing) it’s a pleasure to be able to get into full Bob Crampsey mode and attempt to unpack his wee conundrum:
SALTIRES -Hopefully you will get the occasional opportunity to delve a few times into the season in question if we have further Tuesday matches after New Year. A story which deserves the telling,I suspect.
I’ve only been to Boghead once, I think I was 10yo at the time. Reason I remember it was that I’ve never been at a game in such desolate surroundings except at junior fitba! Mind you,we won.
I was at Hampden a couple of weeks later in a constant downpour and lost to Dundee,and I think I almost enjoyed that more! And since everyone knows I do not enjoy being beat,you can guess how bloody miserable it was at Boghead that day.”
Bobby Murdoch’s Curled-up Winklepickers. (Age 10)
Now Bobby and I are the same age and I thought – Ha! It’s that bliddy awful League Cup Final December 1973 in Arctic Conditions, when a Tommy Gemmell inspired Dens Park team added to the misery of the conditions by winning the League Cup.
I remember three things about the day. 1/ my dad and his buddies were crammed into the freezing Old North Stand at Hampden ( lots of double shuffling and 2 to a seat …) 2/ we lost the Cup to one of my heroes and that made it worse, but somehow ok …ish. 3/ Not staying on much beyond half-time due to serious, and I do mean serious, fighting in the stand between Celtic & Dundee fans.
Anyway, Sunday afternoon sitting watching the Fitba, it would be a simple matter of checking the ever- reliable Celticwiki for the aforementioned game at Boghead…. add in a few bits of general stuff then go for my dinner ( half-watching Chelsea stuff Villa …then ‘Pool/Citeh
Anyhoo – Bobby is fairly certain his memorable trip to Boghead was just before a defeat to Dundee at Hampden.
So here ye go buddy!
1973-11-24: Dumbarton 0-2 Celtic, League Division 1
Connelly ended his 6 day walk-out and returned for training on the Thursday. He had come out with Hay and refused to train and play, but appears to have reconsidered his opinion. David Hay however was still missing.
Pat McCluskey stood in Connelly’s place and Paul Wilson came in for Dixie Deans with Jinky and Andy Lynch on the subs bench.
Bobby Lennox beats Steve Chalmers’ post war record of 241 goals by scoring at Boghead.
Leeds’ boss Don Revie tips Celtic to win the European Cup again after holders Ajax and Liverpool are eliminated.
Referee makes Dumbarton change from white shorts to black shorts before the game starts.
Game kicks off at 2.15 because of electricity shortages in the country.
Celtic refused to accept tickets for this match as a protest to having too many all ticket games. ( CCB & BMCUW …coupla bould rebels )
Celtic win comfortably at Boghead on a cold, damp day for football. Pat McCluskey impresses at the back in Connelly’s place. Kenny Dalglish scored the first goal from a Tommy Callaghan cross. In the second half he was through on goal and brought down in the area. Bobby Lennox put the penalty away.
In the League Cup quarter final Kilmarnock managed by ex-Celt Willie Fernie beat Albion Rovers 5-2 to set themselves up in the semi against Dundee.
At the end of the month the League table looked like this.
Williams, McKay (Paterson), Wilkinson, Menzies (C McAdam), John Cushley, Ruddy, Coleman, Willie Wallace, McCormack, Graham, Heron.
Celtic: Hunter, Brogan, Murray, McNeil, McCluskey, Lennox ( Johnstone), Hood, Wilson, Callaghan, Dalglish Sub: Lynch
Scorers: Dalglish (11), Lennox (pen 54)
Referee: J R P Gordon (Newport-on-Tay)
Kenny in classic pose…
Can you see yourself …CCB & BMCUW ?
Then A few weeks later.
1973-12-15: Celtic 0-1 Dundee, League Cup Final – Hampden
Attendance is a poor 27,974. This was due to bad weather in the Glasgow area with snow and freezing temperatures. Also there was a transport problems with an ongoing power strike and fuel shortage. Very few Dundee fans managed to make it from Dundee.
The immediate ban on generators saw the game hastily rescheduled for a 1.30pm from the 3:00 pm on the ticket to avoid using floodlights to cut down on electricity use during the state of emergency.
Pitch was half frozen and half flooded and game was only surprisingly given the go ahead by referee Bobby Davidson (who Celtic had regularly fallen foul of his bizarre decisions) on morning of game. Both sides wanted the game called off.
Game played with experimental offside rule with a line drawn across the 18 yard box right across the pitch.
FIFA president Sir Stanley Rous attended to judge merits off offside experiment.
Celtic lose 4th succesive League Cup final.
Ex Celt Tommy Gemmell lifts cup as Dundee captain.
As the country slid further and further into depression with power cuts, strikes and rampant inflation the government of Edward Heath instituted the Three Day Week. A ban on generators saw the end of any floodlit football.
Jock Stein had controversially left Jimmy Johnstone and George Connelly on the bench to show faith with the side who had hammered Rangers 3-1 in the semi final. Several Celtic players were off form and only Harry Hood looked dangerous in attack
Although there were near things at both ends it took Wallace’s low shot on the turn to lift the cup.
The low crowd and bad weather gave this final a very unusual atmosphere as Celtic fans sheltered in the cover of the North enclosure.
With hindsight had this game been postponed,as it should have been,it could have been played in the spring on a better pitch and a bigger crowd to enjoy it. However this should not detract in any way from Dundee who were worthy winners on the day.
Lisbon Lion Tommy Gemmell lifted the cup for the Dens Park men and would comment in later years that he felt uncomfortable lifting the trophy with so many Celtic fans he know so well sitting around the presentation area.
Celtic: Hunter, McGrain, Brogan, McLuskey, McNeill, Murray, Hood ( Johnstone), Hay (Connelly), Wilson, Callaghan, Dalglish
Allan, R Wilson, Gemmell, Ford, Stewart, Philip, Duncan, Robinson, Wallace, J Scott, Lambie. Subs: Johnston, I Scott.
Goals: Wallace (76)
Referee: R H Davidson (Airdrie)
One Miserable Afternoon in December – The 1973 Scottish League Cup Final
As an added bonus Sentinels from around The Rock might appreciate this game from the first competitive visit by Celtic in 50 years:
1972-12-02: Dumbarton 1-6 Celtic, League Division 1
The conference on football violence called by Glasgow went ahead, the main conclusion being that the predominant cause was drink! There was pressure from a number of academics and authorities to make grounds all-seated.
Celtic announced a mini-break away in Jersey where they would play a challenge match on the following Monday. The fixture had been set up some time before.
Jim Craig, who was in fact still under contract at Celtic despite his leaving at the end of the last season, headed south to talk to Sheffield Wednesday.
Jock Stein appeared in front of the Referees Disciplinary Committee and was duly fined £100 for his confrontation with Bobby Davidson in the League Cup game against Dundee
Bobby Murdoch and Lou Macari were both in the squad for the game, both playing. Tommy Callaghan dropped out with a niggling injury and Jinky was on the bench.
First visit for a non-friendly game to Boghead for 50 years.
Dixie off injured after 9 minutes and Jinky comes on to play a stomer. Willie Wallace scores against his old mates.
Celts fans (including Cosy Corner Boy & Bobby) cheer at the end as Rangers lose 1-0 to Hearts at Ibrox. This will be their last defeat of the season…
A young Pat McCluskey scores his one and only Celtic hat trick.
Harry Hood kicked off this rout with a raging free kick with four minutes on the clock. Dixie went off with a pulled muscle and on came Jinky. Harry Hood supplied the cross that gave McCluskey his first goal. Jinky was next up tearing past ex-Celt John Cushley and playing a 1-2 with Macari before blasting home. It was all-out attack from Celtic. McCluskey got his second and Celtic’s fourth on 36 minutes.
In the second half Dumbarton pulled themselves a little bit more together and Celtic eased off the pressure. On 74 minutes a shot from Harry Hood was deflected into the net for an own goal against Cushley and McCluskey added his hatrick soon after. Willie Wallace pulled a consolation goal back for Dumbarton before the end.
Williams, Menzies, Wilkinson, Jenkins, John Cushley (Coleman), Graham, Willie Wallace, C McAdam, McCormack, T McAdam, Wilson
Goal:- Wallace (84)
Celtic: Connaghan, McGrain, McCluskey, Connelly, Hay, Hood, Dalglish, Deans (Johnstone 9), Murdoch, Macari.
Goals:- Hood (4), McCluskey 3 (15, 36, 78), Johnstone (23), Cushley (OG 74).
Referee: A S McDonald (Livingstone)
Glasgow Herald Monday December 4 1972
Celtic tantalise, then destroy
By WILLIAM HUNTER
Dumbarton 1, Celtic 6
Dumbarton played this game under the worst possible circumstances – the Celtic team bus failed to lose the way on its first trip to Boghead in half a century. As soon as the visitors made it through the houses to the cosy little ground, that meant the end of any sporting uncertainty the afternoon might bring.
Celtic found that the trip down the river had a tonic affect. They scored in four minutes. They added three more at 10-minute intervals, so precisely phased some unstoppable mass-production schedule seemed to be in operation. And that was the end of the first half.
Dumbarton dutifully returned to the second. That took heroism of the quality which earns medals for young men in other fields of human effort and gets their names carved in marble.
In fact, after the interval Dumbarton had their best patch – less than deep purple but rich in character and courage, Williie Wallace switched more through the middle from the wing. The change made Dumbarton’s attack more coherent and also sometimes more congested. At least it gave Celtic’s goalkeeper a touch of the ball. Connaghan had to move nippily to field a quick shot by Wallace.
Having tantalised, Celtic then totally destroyed. They helped themselves to a couple more goals. Then, easing up to the whistle, they allowed Wallace through again. This time he put Dumbarton on to the score sheet. It rounded this non-match off decently, for Dumbarton never looked like getting on to anything else.
They had perhaps a bit of bad luck. A couple of chances in the first half looked as if they should have been taken. The ball did not run in a kindly way for Lawrie Williams in goal. But if Dumbarton had come into the game the result might only have been to put Celtic more murderously on their mettle.
Graham had a brave captain’s game leading a workmanlike enough side. Perhaps they have too many promoters. It was not clear why they feel a need of both Wilson and Wallace for their experience. They cannot be the youngest side in the league and they might do better if they had more workers in the boilerhouse.
Celtic, simply were superb, with Johnstone – on for Deans after only nine minutes – Macari, and Dalglish outstanding in distinguished company. McCluskey’s thoughtful strength promises to be a major asset. Murdoch playing a deep No 10, looked out of things. He may not have been fully fit. But the signs all pointed sadly to the approaching majestic end of a marvellous career.
McClulskey had three goals, Hood two, and Johnstone one, while their supporters had ample leisure to improve the afternoon with light exercise, rehearsing the choir for Saturday’s league cup final.
Dumbarton—Williams; Menzies and Wilkinson; Jenkins, Cushley and Graham; Wallace and C. McAdam; McCormack; T. McAdam and Wilson. Substitute—Coleman.
Celtic—Connaghan; McGrain and Brogan; McCluskey, Connelly and Hay; Hood and Deans; Dalglish, Murdoch and Macari. Substitute—Johnstone.
Referee—A. S. McDonald (Livingstone).
Hat-trick hero Pat McLuskey in a familiar pose.
Then the next week!
1972-12-09: Hibernian 2-1 Celtic, League Cup Final
you can read about this game here:
Bobby …Yer welcome buddy …and I’m away for my dinner, just as Mo Salah equalises.
In Winter 1972 you were listening to this at No1:
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