NOW YOU KNOW: Celtic lost 1-0 in the Battle of Montevideo

CELTIC'S World Club Championship final games against Racing Club of Argentina in 1967 will never be forgotten - but thanks to the brutal tactics of their opponents they will be remembered for all the wrong reasons...

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Police keep players apart during the 1967 World Club Championship play-off Final in Montevideo
Police keep players apart during the 1967 World Club Championship play-off Final in Montevideo

B MURRAY (Drumchapel) On a recent visit to the Museum, I was thrilled to see Jimmy Johnstone's jersey from the World Club Championship play-off final against Racing Club of Argentina. What made it even more exciting was the fact that it still had the mud stains from the actual match. I know that the game ended up in farcical scenes, but I cannot remember the details. Can you give me information on the three matches?

The first leg of the World Club Championship was held at Hampden Park on October 18, 1967, and a Billy McNeill goal gave Celtic a 1-0 victory.

The second leg was played in Buenos Aires on November 1, 1967, and, despite Celtic taking the lead through a Tommy Gemmell penalty, Racing Club scored twice to level the final on a 2-2 aggregate.

This match was marred before it had even started when Ronnie Simpson was struck by a missile thrown, presumably, from the crowd, and had to be replaced in goal by John Fallon.

The play-off match took place in Montevideo on November 4, 1967, and produced even more disgraceful scenes.

The Paraguayan referee completely lost the place and this resulted in on-field chaos.

Two Racing Club players were sent off and Bobby Lennox, Johnstone, John Hughes and Bertie Auld were sent off for Celtic (although Auld refused to leave the field).

Amidst the chaos, Racing Club won 1-0 in what became known as the Battle of Montevideo, although they did not receive much praise from the world's media because of the manner of their victory.

BILLY (Bridgeton) Can you confirm that Rangers scored 17 goals over three matches against Kilmarnock in 1982?

Rangers beat Kilmarnock 5-0 in a league game at Ibrox on September 18, 1982, and then defeated them 6-1 and 6-0 over the two-leg League Cup quarter-final in October, 1982.

Rangers' goalscorers over the three games were: John MacDonald (6), Davie Cooper (4), Derek Johnstone (3), Bobby Russell, Jim Bett, John McClelland and Dave McPherson.

Stuart McLean scored Kilmarnock's only goal.

IAN GARRITY (Greenock) Who was the smallest player ever to play in Scottish football? Also, who was the tallest?

Strong contenders for the tallest player would be Kevin James of Falkirk at 6ft 7in and Ian McWilliam of Queen's Park and Celtic at 6ft 5in, but the current striker of Elgin City, Paul Millar, at 6ft 10in, is probably the tallest ever.

As men are now generally taller than they were in the days before the welfare state, the smallest footballer would almost certainly be someone in the Victorian era or the early years of the 20th century.

In modern times, Jimmy Johnstone of Celtic at 5ft 4in was one of the smallest.


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