Bitter Hearts: ‘Aye, Albert Kidd, they still remember you!’ David Potter

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NEXT Sunday will be the 22nd time that Celtic and Hearts have crossed swords in the Scottish League Cup.

It will, of course be the first time that they have played at Murrayfield. Indeed they have only played at Hampden once, and that was in 1976/77 when Celtic beat them 2-1 in the semi-final before losing tragically to Aberdeen in the final.

To date, the two clubs have never met in the League Cup final. In all, Celtic have played 21 games against Hearts and have won 14 times (and that includes twice when a knock-out tie went to extra time, and one of these two games went to penalties. That was is in 1989/90 when Celtic won 3-1 on penalties).

Of the 11 games at Celtic Park, Celtic have won 7 and of the 9 games at Tynecastle, Celtic have won 6.

One can of course argue what was Celtic’s best League Cup win over Hearts. The last two in 2014/5 and 2015/6 remain fresh in my mind – the 2015/6 one being shamefully ignored by TV companies and compelling us many ticketless ones to listen to in on the radio – but my particular favourite was the one at Tynecastle on Wednesday 12 August 1964.

Bobby Murdoch scored twice (one was a penalty) and Steve Chalmers once as Celtic picked themselves up from a fecklessly disappointing 0-0 draw with Partick Thistle to turn on the class and spark off a good run of form which only came to grief in the heartbreaking League Cup final defeat to Rangers.

Bizarrely, Celtic’s Manager Jimmy McGrory was not there. He and Spanish-speaking reserve centre half John Cushley had gone to Spain to try to sign Alfredo di Stefano!

On the downside, there can be little doubt that two dreadful defeats in the 2000s at Celtic Park caused more than a little angst to the support, and those of us who were alive in 1962/63 recall with particular pain the last day of the section on 1 September when Charlie Gallagher got the ball over the line but the goal wasn’t given, the game at Tannadice ended 0-0 and in the meantime Hearts beat Dundee to qualify.

Celtic have won the trophy 17 times, as distinct from Hearts 4 – all of Hearts triumphs coming between 1954 and 1962 when Hearts had a decent team – Willie Bauld, Dave MacKay, Jim Cruickshank et al. – and a support which was not characterised by the bitterness about Celtic that is so prevalent today.

Aye, Albert Kidd, they still remember you!

The games were as follows (Celtic score given first and until 1975/6, Celtic always played Hearts in a sectional, rather than a straight knock out format).

1954/5 Parkhead 1-2, Tynecastle 2-3

1962/3 Parkhead 3-1, Tynecastle 2-3

1964/5 Tynecastle 3-0, Parkhead 6-1

1966/7 Tynecastle 2-0, Parkhead 3-0

1970/1 Tynecastle 2-1, Parkhead 4-2

1975/6 Tynecastle 0-2, Parkhead 3-1

1976/7 Hampden (semi-final) 2-1

1989/90 Tynecastle 2-2 aet 3-1 on penalties

1992/3 Tynecastle 2-1

1996/7 Tynecastle 0-1 aet

2000/1 Tynecastle 5-2 aet

2007/8 Parkhead 0-2

2009/10 Parkhead 0-1

2014/5 Parkhead 3-0

2015/6 Tynecastle 2-1

David Potter

*David uses Parkhead rather than Celtic Park, it’s his own preference!

**Have you tried David Potter’s League Cup Quiz yet? 17 questions multiple choice, bet you can’t get them all right! Go on try it now…over 2500 have tried so far!

Welcome to your League Cup Quiz


Celtic won the League Cup for the first time in 1956. Who did they beat in the in the Final Replay?


Celtic retained the trophy in 1957, beating Rangers 7-1 in the Final. What was the score at half-time?


Which Celtic player scored two penalties to give Celtic a 2-1 win over Rangers in the 1965 League Cup Final?


Celtic won the League Cup in October 1966, beating Rangers by 1-0 in the Final.  Which Celtic defender was the hero that day for pulling off a remarkable goal-line clearance to ensure the Cup was won?


Celtic played Dundee in the League Cup Final in October 1967, before boarding a plane to fly to Argentina. The Final had 8 goals and was regarded as one of the best ever Finals. What was the final score?


Which of these goalscorers became only the second player to score a hat-trick in a League Cup Final for Celtic (the first was Billy McPhail in 1957 in the 7-1 game), when Celtic defeated Hibs by 6-2 in the delayed final played in April 1969? (There had been a fire at Hampden, thus the delay).


Which Celtic player scored a diving header to beat Rangers in an earlier round then was sensationally dropped by Jock Stein for the Final against St Johnstone in 1969?


Celtic's 8th League Cup Final win came in October 1974 with a 6-3 win over Hibs. Dixie Deans became the third Celtic player to score a hat-trick in the Final,  and Jimmy Johnstone and Paul Wilson both scored. Which Celtic player scored the other goal in this final?


Celtic's next victory in the League Cup came in 1982 when goals from Nicholas and MacLeod gave Celtic a 2-1 over Rangers. In which month was the Final played?


Which Celtic player did NOT score in the 3-0 League Cup Final win at Ibrox over Dundee United on St Andrews Day in 1997?


Name the Celtic manager for the the Scottish League Cup win of March 2000 over Aberdeen?


Henrik Larsson scored a hat-trick for ten man Celtic in the Final against Kilmarnock in March 2002. Which Celtic player was sent off by Hugh Dallas in this final?


The 2006 League Cup Final win over Dunfermline was the first trophy win for Gordon Strachan as Celtic manager and also gave Dion Dublin the only medal of his career. Which Celtic legend was honoured at this game?


The League Cup Final against Rangers in March 2009 finished goalless after 90 minutes before Darren O'Dea gave Celtic the lead. Who scored a penalty with the last kick of the ball to make the final score Celtic 2 Rangers 0?


Which Celtic player missed a penalty in the League Cup Final win over Dundee in March 2015?


In the Invincible season, which Celtic star did not score in the 3-0 win over Aberdeen in the League Cup Final?


Celtic defeated Motherwell by 2-0 in last season's League Cup Final. Who was the referee that day?

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