Celtic ‘keeper Denis Connaghan’s Incredible Own Goal

On This Day 1974 – Airdrie 2-4 Celtic, Drybrough Cup

CELTIC started the first game of the new 1974/75 season resting Kenny Dalglish, George Connelly, Dixie Deans and Brian McLaughlin.

McGrain, Johnstone, Dalglish and the recently departed Davie Hay (sold to Chelsea for a club record £250,000) had all been involved in the Home Internationals and the World Cup in West Germany where Scotland only just (by one goal) failed to qualify for the latter stages.

This was the game where Celtic ‘keeper Denis Connaghan scored an incredible own goal when he threw the ball into his empty net in error.

Jock Stein was pictured laughing.

The ‘new’ experiment in the offside law in the Drybrough Cup began the previous season – you can’t be offside outside the 18 yard line – continued again this season despite the rule change being unliked by both players and officials.

Airdrie had ex-Celtic player Ray Franchetti in their forward line.

During the summer whilst in the Largs training camp with Scotland the infamous Jinky-adrift-in-a-boat incident happened off of Largs Pier.

Celtic started the season in good form. Hardly a game of football – more a training exercise – which Airdrie were quite happy to admit to – with a silly offside rule which Celtic fully exploited.

Steve Murray was the best Celtic player, full of stamina and running.

Airdrie: McWilliams, Jonquin, Lapsley, Menzies, Cowan, McCulloch, McCann, Whireford, McRoberts, Franchetti, Wilson (Reynolds). Sub: McKinlay
Scorers: Whiteford (74) Connaghan (OG 77)

CELTIC: Connaghan, McCluskey, Brogan (McGrain), Murray, McNeill, Callaghan, Johnstone, Wilson, Hood, Davidson (McNamara), Lennox.
Scorers: Johnstone (19), Murray (26), Lennox (pen 58), Wilson (71).

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The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

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