Goals galore for the Bully Wee and the Celts…but not for Frank Haffey

On this day in 1963: Goals galore for the Bully Wee and the Celts…but not for Frank Haffey!...It’s another fascinating extract from Harry Hood – Twice as Good which is out next week!

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Normal service had also resumed for Harry, as he netted a double in the 3-2 victory over Albion Rovers at Shawfield on Saturday, 19 October 1963. Hood was first to threaten, albeit that was Gerry – Harry’s former St Roch’s teammate – who had joined Rovers from the junior club the previous year.

Harry would claim the Hood bragging rights that weekend by opening the scoring with a low drive after 20 minutes then netting a late winner, after the Coatbridge side had fought back bravely from two goals down to level the match.

Saturday, 26 October 1963 was League Cup final day, title-rivals Morton suffering their first defeat of the season and doing so in some style, going down 5-0 to Rangers before 106,000 spectators at Hampden. Clyde took full advantage, regaining top slot in the Second Division table by winning 3-2 at Central Park, Cowdenbeath, the Bully Wee showing some real character by coming back from the loss of two goals in the opening 15 minutes to secure the points.

Harry started the Clyde fightback, converting a penalty kick after 25 minutes for his 20th strike of the season, with John McHugh making it a good day for the Brunswick Boys by netting a double either side of the break.

Back in Glasgow, consistently inconsistent Celtic were also making the headlines by beating Airdrieonians 9-0 at Parkhead, to move up to sixth spot in the First Division. Both John Hughes and John Divers managed hat-tricks, whilst goalkeeper Frank Haffey watched his spot kick saved by opposite number Roddie McKenzie to prevent Jimmy McGrory’s men reaching double figures.

This was Celtic’s biggest League win since McGrory himself had scored eight goals against Dunfermline Athletic in a 9-0 home win on Saturday, 14 January 1928.

Matt Corr

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Having retired from his day job Matt Corr can usually be found working as a Tour Guide at Celtic Park, or if there is a Marathon on anywhere in the world from as far away as Tokyo or New York, Matt will be running for the Celtic Foundation. On a European away-day, he's there writing his Diary for The Celtic Star and he's currently completing his first Celtic book with another two planned.

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  1. Gerard F Reilly on

    Regarding the airdrie game at parkhead when celts were 9.nil up., I was in the Celtic end that day and still can’t fathom why big haffey took a penalty into my end , big billy would’ve more than likely the captain and it didn’t make sense that Billy being the captain would nominate our keeper to take One , after the final whistle i felt that haffey deliberately missed the Kick in sympathy with Roddy McKenzie, ANYONE who was there please let us know your opinion of that occasion “