Celtic ... the most memorable matches (5-1)


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Stevie Chalmers scores the winning goal in Celtic's 2-1 European Cup final victory over Inter Milan in 1967. #SportTimestop50
Stevie Chalmers scores the winning goal in Celtic's 2-1 European Cup final victory over Inter Milan in 1967. #SportTimestop50

Game: Falkirk v Celtic.

Date: Saturday, April 27, 1974.

Competition: First Division.

Venue: Brockville.

Attendance: 13,500.

Result: Falkirk 1 Celtic 1.

JOCK STEIN'S side headed to Brockville in search of the single point they needed to secure the then-world-record-equalling ninth title in a row.

They had another three matches to play after this one - all of which they drew, incidentally - and it looked like they might need to wait to celebrate when Kirkie Lawson put the Bairns head after just three minutes.

But, Kenny Dalglish scored a solo wondergoal 16 minutes later, and the Hoops saw out the match to begin the celebrations.

A thoroughly-deserved lap of honour ensued amidst growing speculation - subsequently proved to be correct - that the Scottish League would have to restructure the divisions to prise the trophy from Celtic's grasp.


Game: Celtic v Rangers.

Date: Saturday, October 19, 1957.

Competition: League Cup final.

Venue: Hampden.

Attendance: 82,293.

Result: Celtic 7 Rangers 1.

THE biggest victory in the history of Old Firm games in peace time, and in a UK cup final.

Yet it took Celtic 23 minutes to get the ball past keeper George Niven for the first time, through Sammy Wilson.

With centre-half John Valentine having a nightmare, that opened the floodgates, and a hat-trick from Billy McPhail, a double from Neilly Mochan and last-minute penalty from Willie Fernie completed the rout.

Rangers' only response was a goal from Billy Simpson when they were already three down.

It took Celtic's tally to 39 goals in 10 League Cup ties. But, it took over 30 years for anyone not at Hampden that day to see this history in the making as footage of the game was unavailable due to what was described as an equipment malfunction.


Game:Leeds v Celtic.

Date: Wednesday, April 1, 1970.

Competition: European Cup semi-final.

Venue: Elland Road.

Attendance: 45,505.

Result: Leeds 0 Celtic 1.

CELTIC delivered a message of intent right from the start of this eagerly-anticipated first-leg tie, dubbed the final before the final.

George Connelly put the visitors ahead after just 45 seconds with a deflected shot, the first goal Leeds had conceded that season in Europe.

For all the array of talent in the home ranks, they could not find a way past a defiant Hoops defence to score an equaliser.

With Jinky tormenting the Leeds back-line, minus the injured Norman 'Bite-Your-Legs' Hunter, the much-lauded English champions were left chasing shadows - and the tie.


Game: Celtic v Leeds.

Date: Wednesday, April 15, 1970.

Competition: European Cup semi-final.

Venue: Hampden.

Attendance: 136,505.

Result: Celtic 2 Leeds 1.

THE biggest Battle of Britain ever staged, and the Scottish champions put their fancied English rivals to the sword to march into the European Cup final.

The 1-0 advantage from the first leg at Elland Road was wiped out after just 14 minutes when Leeds' Stirling-born skipper, Billy Bremner, scored to stun the Hoops fans in a record crowd for a Uefa competition match.

But a magnificent rally in the second half - inspired by the mercurial skills of Jimmy Johnstone - saw a headed goal from John Hughes then a Bobby Murdoch thunderbolt ensure Don Revie's men were sent south to think again, while Jock Stein's side marched on to their second European Cup final in the space of three years.


Game: Inter Milan v Celtic.

Date: Wednesday, May 25, 1967.

Competition: European Cup final.

Venue: Estadio Nacional, Lisbon.

Attendance: 45,000.

Result: Inter Milan 1 Celtic 2.

IT was the day Celtic became European champions, 11 men became the Lisbon Lions, catenaccio was defeated, and Jock Stein was told he had become immortal.

When Sandro Mazzola put the Italians ahead from the spot after just seven minutes - Jim Craig maintains to this day it was not a foul - Inter appeared set to justify their position as pre-match favourites.

But Celtic piled on the pressure, firing in a staggering 41 shots at Inter keeper Sarti, with two striking the woodwork and Tommy Gemmell and Stevie Chalmers hitting the net as the Hoops became the first British side to win Europe's greatest prize.

The thousands of Celtic fans who had travelled for the game invaded the pitch, and the players had to use what energy they had left to rush to the tunnel and the sanctuary of the dressing room.

Meanwhile, Billy McNeill was ushered to the platform of the one permanent stand to pick up the big one, creating an iconic picture and moment.


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