Jim Craig – Wispy scored Celtic’s fastest ever European goal in Dublin

After a number of personnel got on the score sheet as Celtic beat Kokkula 14-0 over two legs in the first round of the European Cup in 1970, the players travelled to Ireland to play Waterford in the first leg of the 2nd round tie.

At Lansdowne Road, Dublin, on this day in 1970, 50,000 were present to see Willie Wallace open the scoring in 18 seconds, still the quickest-ever goal by a Celtic player in Europe. Wispy went on to get two more in the second half for a hat-trick.

Bobby Murdoch scored his only two European goals of the season in the first half and Lou Macari, having a fine campaign in the scoring stakes, notched the others, one in each half.

At 7-0, everyone though that the tie was over but the second leg would prove to be much closer at Parkhead, ending 3-2, with Jimmy Johnstone the main man on the night.

The Celt with what I regard as the best-ever name was born on this day in 1888. Centre-forward Ebenezer Owers joined Celtic from Clyde on loan in December 1913 and went on to make 16 appearances in total during the remainder of the 1913-14 season.

He was in the Scottish Cup final team which drew with Hibs but unfortunately lost his place for the replay, which Celtic won 4-1 to complete the ‘double’.

Jim Craig


LISBON LION Jim Craig writes his wonderful Celtic Diary every morning on The Celtic Star. There may be other attributes that sets this Celtic site apart from others but it is unarguable that having a Lisbon Lion writing for us is pretty unique and we think is rather special.

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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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