Jim Craig – Celtic’s last ever trip to play Third Lanark

On this day in 1964, although they did know it at the time, a Celtic eleven travelled across the city to Cathkin for the last-ever league meeting against Third Lanark at that ground.

Cathkin had hosted two Scottish Cup finals (1882, 1886) and it had been a good venue for Celtic in the past.

Two Glasgow Cup victories (1891, 7-1 v Clyde; 1894, 2-0 v Rangers ); a Charity Cup win (1895, 4-0 v Rangers); and the Glasgow Exhibition Trophy success ( 3-2 v Rangers 1902) were all played at the ground just along the road from Hampden Park.

On that day in 1964, the Third Lanark players – and their dedicated fans – must have been quite apprehensive as their side was down at the foot of the table, scoring an average of a goal every two games while losing four every match.

And they did not get any comfort from the play that day, either, as Celtic won 3-0. The side was Simpson, Young, Gemmell, Murdoch, McNeill, Kennedy, Johnstone, Gallagher, Hughes, Maxwell and Lennox.

Between the posts for the Hi Hi that day was Evan Williams, who later in his career took over from Ronnie Simpson in the Celtic goal.

Frank Haffey

And talking of another goalkeeper, Many Happy Returns to Frank Haffey, born on this day at Glasgow in 1938.

Jim Craig

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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