Jim Craig – Celtic won 7-3, John Higgins scoring four of them

After twelve matches in the league campaign of 1956/57, Celtic had won 6, drawn 3 and lost 3, with a relatively poor record of 19 goals scored.

On this day in 1956, they travelled through to Broomfield to face Airdrie, at that time in mid-table. Future Celt Billy Price was at wing-half for the Diamonds that afternoon and future Rangers star Ian McMillan at inside-forward.

Celtic had Jonas Kaduskeviechi – or John Jack as he was better known – at centre-half, in front of Dick Beattie in goal and alongside Bobby Evans and Bertie Peacock.

John Higgins was at outside-right, Vincent Ryan at inside-right, with Neil Mochan, Willie Fernie and Charlie Tully also up front to provide support.

Celtic won 7-3, John Higgins scoring four of them, all in the first half, in 11, 17, 29, and 42 minutes; Vincent Ryan scored one of the three goals in his 22-match career in the Hoops; and Willie Fernie got the final two, in the 75th and 77th minutes, to help make Celtic’s goals-for tally much more respectable.

Many Happy Returns to Alan Thompson, born on this day in 1973.

Jim Craig

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About Author

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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