NOW YOU KNOW: Brian grabbed four for Celts in Accies mauling

BRIAN McCLAIR had a successful four-year spell with Celtic before being transferred to Manchester United for £850,000 in July 1987, playing for 11 trophy-laden years (he is currently the Youth Academy Director at Old Trafford)...

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Celtic's Brian McClair beats Motherwell keeper John Gardiner from the penalty spot during their 4-0 win at Fir Park in 1986
Celtic's Brian McClair beats Motherwell keeper John Gardiner from the penalty spot during their 4-0 win at Fir Park in 1986

MARTIN D (Bishopbriggs) – Do you have any information on a high-scoring game between Celtic and Hamilton Accies. Round about New Year sometime in the late 1980's? My dad thinks he can remember Brian McClair scoring four goals.

Dad is correct again. The game took place on January 3, 1987, and the score was 8-3 for Celtic against Hamilton Academical. There was little hint of what was to follow when the teams went in half- time with the score at 2-1.

The floodgates opened in the second half, however, with Celtic hammering in six more and Hamilton scoring two late consolations. McClair got four for Celts with MacLeod and McInally getting two apiece. Craig, Mailer and McKee scored for Accies.

The eight-goal scoreline was all the more remarkable because Celtic had only managed to score a total of eight goals in their previous eight matches.

Teams on the day were:

Celtic: Bonner, McGrain, Rogan, Grant, White, W.McStay, McClair, P. McStay, McInally, MacLeod, Archdeacon.

Hamilton: McKellar, McKee, Sprott, Brazil, Speirs, Collins, Pelosi, McCabe, Phillips (Mailer), Craig, Brogan.

SAMMY BOYD (Cambuslang) – With Rangers attracting large crowds in the Third Division, can you tell me if admission monies are shared between clubs competing in the Scottish Football League?

The Scottish Football League rule states that the entire admission monies in all League Championship and Reserve League matches will be retained by the home club.

Payment for tickets sold by a visiting club together with details of tickets sold and the return of unsold tickets must be made to the home club within 10 days of the date of the match taking place.

ANDY (Eddlewood) – My uncle, David McCulloch, was always talked about proudly in my family as a prominent footballer of the 1930's. What records do you have of his career?

David, from Hamilton, was indeed a successful footballer, starting his senior career at Third Lanark in 1932.

Two years later he moved to Hearts, where he was a prolific scorer and was capped for Scotland against Wales.

In 1935 he moved to Brentford, where he was a regular goalscorer and gained another four Scotland caps, before moving to Derby in 1938 and gaining a further two caps.

World War II interrupted his career there and he guested for various clubs, before joining Leicester City in 1946.

After a spell in non-league football he returned to Scotland to manage Alloa Athletic for season 1951/52.


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