Jim Craig – Celtic 7 St Mirren 1, on this day in 1984

The month of November in 1984 was promising to be a good one for Celtic, although crowds at this time were poor.

A 2-0 win over Dumbarton at Parkhead – watched by only 13,791 – was followed by a 5-1 thumping of Hearts at Tynecastle, where 20,117 had turned up, to see a hat-trick by Brian McClair doing most of the damage, the other goals coming from Tommy Burns and Mo Johnston.

On this day in 1984, Celtic ran out at Parkhead to face St Mirren, with only 16, 418 in the ground. They were to witness a memorable moment in the history of the Premier League.

Celtic won 7-1, with contributions from Paul McStay in 20 mins…Tommy Burns, five minutes after half-time….Davie Provan, in 55 minutes….and Brain McClair, nine minutes from time.

The other three were scored by Frank McGarvey and it was the second of these, a header from close-in, that gave him the tally of 100 Premier League goals, the first player ever to do so.

Many Happy Returns to both Roy Aitken and Tom Boyd.

Jim Craig

About Author

The Celtic Star founder and editor David Faulds 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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