Jim Craig – League Cup Final victory but Jock Stein was not slow in pointing out our faults

On this day in 1967, a Celtic eleven ran out at Hampden to contest the League Cup Final against Dundee.

It was, curiously, a slightly rocky period for the club in what would prove to be one of the most successful decades in its history. They had recently been knocked out of the European Cup in the first round by Dinamo Kiev but then had a 1-0 victory over Racing Club in the first leg of the World Club Championship at Hampden.

The League Cup final was another chance to show they were back to their best and the team started well, Steve Chalmers opening the scoring in 6 minutes and John Hughes getting the second in 10 minutes.

Dundee fought back, though, to make it 2-1 at the break but when Chalmers made it 3-1 with 15 minutes to go, everyone thought the game was over.

However, there were four goals still to come, two for each side, Bobby Lennox in 79 minutes and Willie Wallace in 88 minutes getting Celtic’s two to give the Hoops a 5-3 victory.

It was an unconvincing win and that night, as we waited at the airport to make the long haul to South America for the next leg of the World Club Championship, manager Jock Stein was not slow in pointing out our faults earlier that afternoon, reminding us that we would have to play a bit better in Buenos Aires if we wanted to rule the world!

Jim Craig

Since it’s the League Cup today at Murrayfield, here’s another chance to take David Potter’s League Cup multiple choice quiz on The Celtic Star.  Celtic have won the League Cup 17 times and there is one question on each of our successes in the cup. We have had over 5000 supporters trying this and we don’t think that anyone has yet  got a perfect score!

Give it a try now or ask the questions on your bus on the way to the game…

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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