Jim Craig’s Festive Moments – Celtic came away from Pittodrie with a 4-3 victory

A match against Aberdeen at their home pitch can be a difficult one at any time, even more so when the visiting club’s form is a little uncertain.

And that was the position that Celtic found themselves in, in 1951, when they had lost three and drawn two of their previous seven games, only scoring 11 goals while losing 14.

The match attracted a crowd of 25,000 and turned into a very competitive affair.

The Dons right-back gave away a penalty in the first minute and Bobby Collins slotted it home; shortly afterwards, Baird equalised for the Dons; in 24 minutes, Aberdeen’s right-back again transgressed and Collins got Celtic’s second; two minutes later, Aberdeen’s left-back had an O.G.- 3-1 Celtic; in the 65th minute, Jimmy Walsh made it 4-1; then the Dons came back with efforts from Emery (82-pen) and Yorston (89).

But the efforts of the home team came too late and Celtic came away with a 4-3 victory, a win which made the long journey back to Glasgow a very happy one for the Celtic support.

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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