On this day in 1964, Celtic captain Billy McNeill lifted the Glasgow Cup

On this day in 1964, Celtic played Clyde in the final of the Glasgow Cup.

The whole club was in a state of excitement on that Wednesday evening, not only for the prospect of winning another trophy but also for hearing the news from UEFA that Celtic had been drawn against M.T.K. Budapest in the semi-final of the Cup Winners’ Cup.

A crowd of 13,500 turned up for the match against Clyde, when Celtic put out a team of John Fallon, Ian Young, Tommy Gemmell, John Clark, Billy McNeill, Jim Kennedy, Jimmy Johnstone, Bobby Murdoch, Stevie Chalmers, John Divers and John Hughes.

In the first half, Celtic moved the ball around neatly but did not have the know-how to get through the Bully Wee’s defence. Clyde themselves only threatened occasionally and as a result, the game was goalless at half-time.

Two goals in the space of five minutes in the second half sealed the match. In 55 minutes, Stevie Chalmers rose above the Clyde defence to head home a John Hughes corner; and 5 minutes later, Bobby Murdoch hooked the ball into the goal-mouth, Clyde keeper McCulloch and centre–half Fraser got themselves into a fankle over the clearance and John Divers came forward to push the ball home.

The 2-0 win was Celtic’s 23rd in the competition.

Jim Craig

On this day in 2010 Tony Mowbray resigned after suffering a 4-0 defeat at St Mirren Park the night before. We wrote about this yesterday…

Mowbray, head in hands, couldn’t watch as his Celtic team collapsed

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Lisbon Lion and Celtic Ambassador Jim Craig provides The Celtic Star readers with a 365 day diary of all things Celtic, providing a remarkable and unique insight into our club from one of the players who won us The Celtic Star in Lisbon on 25 May 1967.

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