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  • 100 and counting as Celts celebrate silverware success

    100 and counting as Celts celebrate silverware success

    By: Paul Cuddihy on 27 Nov, 2016 17:31

  • CELTIC’S 3-0 victory over Aberdeen at Hampden today has given Brendan Rodgers his first trophy as Celtic manager, but the triumph also represents the club’s ONE HUNDREDTH major trophy in its history.

    It’s the 16th time that the Hoops have lifted the League Cup, while they have also won 47 league titles and 36 Scottish Cups. And, of course, there was that famous day on May 25, 1967 when Celtic beat Inter Milan to win the European Cup.

    Celtic’s first major trophy came on April 9, 1892 when they defeated Queen’s Park 5-1 in the Scottish Cup final, which was played at Ibrox. For a club which has only been in existence for less than five years, it was an impressive achievement in front of a crowd of over 20,000.

    The Celtic starting XI that day was: Cullen, Reynolds, Doyle, Maley, Kelly, Gallacher, McCallum, Brady, Dowds, McMahon, Campbell.

    And the Celts’ legendary forwards, Sandy McMahon and Johnny Campbell both scored two goals that day, while there was also an own goal. And what made the victory all the more impressive was the fact that Celtic were trailing 1-0 at half-time to the team who were, at the time, the most successful in the country.

    Having won their first Scottish Cup, the following season Celtic became Scottish champions for the first time, finishing a point clear of Rangers, with Sandy McMahon top scorer with 11 league goals in 18 games. And the Celts retained their title the following season, this time with a three-point lead over second-placed Hearts.

    The League Cup was only introduced into Scottish football for the 1946/47 season, and it took Celtic 10 years before they won the competition for the first time – beating Partick Thistle 3-0 in a replay of the final, with the goals coming from Bobby Collins and two from Billy McPhail. Twelve months later, in October 1957, the Hoops retained the trophy, beating Rangers 7-1 at Hampden in the sun.

    And 10 years later came the most famous day in Celtic’s history, when goals from Tommy Gemmell and Stevie Chalmers gave Jock Stein’s side a 2-1 win over Inter Milan at the Estadio Nacional in Lisbon to win the European Cup.

    Celtic’s first league title came in 1893, while in the early years of the 20th century, Willie Maley’s side secured an impressive six league titles in a row, an achievement which was only surpassed by Jock Stein’s nine-in-a-row success in the 1960s and ‘70s. During that time, the club also achieved two domestic trebles – in 1967 and ’69 – while in more recent years, Martin O’Neill’s side did the same in 2001. There have been other momentous title triumphs – when 10 men won the league in 1979, the Love Street success in 1986, the centenary double two years later, and the day we stopped the 10 in 1998. This season, the Hoops are aiming for a sixth league title in a row, which would be another impressive achievement and further confirmation of Celtic’s position as the best team in Scotland.

    Celtic are the most successful club in the history of the Scottish Cup, with 36 wins, the most recent coming in 2013 when the Hoops beat Hibernian 3-0 in the final. There have been many famous triumphs over the years since that first success back in 1892. There was the 1904 success – the club’s first ever triumph wearing the green and white Hoops – when a Jimmy Quinn hat-trick saw Celtic come back from 2-0 down to beat Rangers 3-2. The 1965 success over Dunfermline Athletic, also by a 3-2 scoreline, was the club’s first trophy in eight years and the first under new manager, Jock Stein. It also heralded the start of the club’s golden era under Jock Stein. The Scottish Cup final is a showpiece day at the end of the season, and Brendan Rodgers’ side will be aiming to ensure they return to the National Stadium for that occasion in May 2017.

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    Celtic’s success at Hampden over Aberdeen today will remain a significant one in the club’s history – the 100th major trophy the Celts have won. It took the Hoops 10 attempts to win the trophy, doing so in the 1956/57 season with a win over Partick Thistle. A year later came one of the most famous results in Scottish football, when Celtic retained the trophy with a 7-1 win over Rangers. The goals that day came from Billy McPhail with a hat-trick, Neilly Mochan with a double and singles from Sammy Wilson and Willie Fernie with a last-minute penalty. Between 1964/65 and 1977/78, Celtic appeared in 14 consecutive League Cup finals, though they only won six of them, including five-in-a-row between 1965 and ’70.

    Thursday, May 25, 1967 remains one of the most important days in Celtic’s history, perhaps only second to the day the club was formed on November 6, 1887 in terms of significance. Because it was on that day Celtic became the Kings of Europe. It was a remarkable triumph, achieved by a group of players who all lived within a 30-mile radius of Celtic Park and led by Jock Stein who had taken over as manager just two years before then, when the Hoops finished eighth in the league. Celtic defeated FC Zurich, Nantes, Vojvodina and Dukla Prague to set up a meeting in the final with Inter Milan, considered at that time by many to be the best club side in the world. However, on that day in Lisbon’s Estadio Nacional, Celtic won the game and the trophy by playing, in the words of the legendary Jock Stein, ‘pure beautiful inventive football.’ The legend of the Lisbon Lions was born and the club’s reputation as a world-class club was assured.


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