December 4th, 1954 – Celtic 2 East Fife 2
CELTIC SQUAD THAT DAY: Bonnar, Haughney, Fallon, Evans, Stein, Peacock, Higgins, Tully, Walsh, Fernie, Mochan.
On this day in 1954, then Champions Celtic could only take a point from East Fife at Celtic Park. Despite being 2-0 up with twenty five minutes remaining, the Celts surrendered their lead before the final whistle blew. Having taken the lead through Jimmy Walsh midway through the first half, Celtic were soon reduced to ten men as Sean Fallon was forced off with an injury at half time.
Minutes into the second half, Neil Mochan added Celtic’s second. However, at this stage, East Fife began to attack their hosts for the first time all day. As the visitors grabbed a goal through Charlie “Cannonball” Fleming, Jock Stein was booked for his subsequent protests to the linesman who said the goal should stand. With around ten minutes left, Celtic succumbed to the pressure and conceded an equalising goal scored, once again, by Fleming.
Celtic would go on to rue days like December 4th that season, as too many drawn matches cost them the title, which Aberdeen won by three points from the Hoops. Neil Mochan died in 1994, and East Fife goalscorer Charlie Fleming died in 1997.
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