Jim Craig’s 7am start: Hampden Glory for Celtic!

Celtic 2 Leeds United 1

This semi-final of the European Cup, played on this day in 1970, lived up to expectations for several reasons.

Firstly, it attracted a crowd of 136,505, the biggest-ever for a match in Europe.

Secondly, the result put Celtic into the European Cup final for the second time in four seasons.

And thirdly, even although there is no actual competition or trophy, it gave Celtic the opportunity to announce that they were the Champions of Britain.

The Celtic team on the day was Williams, Hay, Gemmell, Murdoch, McNeill, Brogan, Johnstone, Connelly, Hughes, Auld, Lennox; and the players, like the fans, must have been stunned after only 14 minutes when Billy Bremner took a pass from Johnny Giles and sent a curler past Evan Williams from all of 35 yards.

Celtic gave their all but it took a long time to break down the Leeds defence, the equaliser coming three minutes after half-time, when a cross from Bertie Auld was delicately flicked past the Leeds keeper by John Hughes.

And only four minutes later, Bobby Murdoch latched on to a loose ball just inside the box and fairly hammered it home for the winner.

Jim Craig

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Lisbon Lion and Celtic Ambassador Jim Craig provides The Celtic Star readers with a 365 day diary of all things Celtic, providing a remarkable and unique insight into our club from one of the players who won us The Celtic Star in Lisbon on 25 May 1967.

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