Aug 302012


24th April, 1965 – Celtic 3 Dunfermline Athletic 2

Celtic: Fallon, Young, Gemmell, Murdoch, McNeill, Clark, Chalmers, Gallacher, Hughes, Lennox, Auld.

Dunfermline Athletic: Herriot, W. Callaghan, Lunn, Thomson, MacLean, T. Callaghan, Edwards, Smith, McLaughlin, Melrose, Sinclair.

Referee: Hugh Phillips

Attendance: 108,800 (officially)

This was to be the first of many trophies for Celtic under the skilled management of Jock Stein. He had led the Pars to a famous Scottish Cup Final win over Celtic only years earlier, but in April 1965, he was to return the favour with the Hoops, and to deliver their first piece of major silverware since that unforgettable 7-1 triumph over Rangers in 1965. Celtic would go behind twice, with goals from Bertie Auld drawing them back level on both occasions, and the match would remain a stalemate, until the man who would become a legend in his own right, Billy McNeill, headed home the winning goal with less than ten minutes remaining.

Over 100,000 people were at Hampden Park that day, to witness a historic victory for Celtic, Billy McNeill and Jock Stein.

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