Photo of the Day: Joyous Scenes As Celtic Clinch Their First League Title Under Jock Stein (1966)

Today’s Celtic photo of the day comes from Fir Park on 7 May 1966. Celtic beat Motherwell, 1-0, thanks to an 89th minute goal by Bobby Lennox.

Celtic were already champions elect by having a far superior goal average at the top of the league, but Lennox’s late winner handed the Hoops the title outright, on points.

21,000 fans were in attendance, with the Celtic sections of the ground packed to the rafters. The fans refused to leave until Jock Stein and the players came out to salute them, some even climbed onto the roof of the stadium for a better view of the celebrations.

This was the first time that Celtic had won the league title since 1954, so the joy was off the scale. Little did we know that Celtic would go on to win the European Cup the next season and lift nine league championships in a row!

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Hailing from an Irish background, I grew up in Bournemouth with the good fortune to begin watching Celtic as a young child during the Martin O'Neill era. Still living on the south coast, I have a season ticket at Paradise and also travel to European away matches when possible. At the age of 19, I published my first Celtic book (Our Stories & Our Songs: The Celtic Support). Then, last year, I published my second book (Take Me To Your Paradise: A History Of Celtic-Related Incidents & Events), which is sold in Waterstones and official Celtic FC stores.

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