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  • Dixie hits Jags for SIX

    Dixie hits Jags for SIX

    By: Joe Sullivan on 17 Nov, 2011 09:36

  • THE Hoops rattling seven goals past Partick Thistle back in 1973 wasn’t exactly headline stuff considering the gulf between the sides at that time but on this very day 38 years ago, November 17, the 7-0 scoreline still marked a post-war landmark for the club.

    The reason? No fewer than SIX of the goals were scored by one player and that Celt was super striker Dixie Deans.

    To say he was on fire that day is an understatement, but he had no idea that he was on the verge of creating an all-time record as Jimmy McGrory’s EIGHT-goal tally from a 9-0 win over Dunfermline in January, 1928 was under threat.

    Dixie (pictured above in 1972 Scottish Cup final) had knocked in his hat-trick by the 24th minute and his second-half triple was augmented by another strike by Bobby Lennox – and although Dixie didn’t net his sixth until the 89th minute, there were plenty more chances for him to shatter the record.

    He recalled: “The match ball from the game where I got six against Partick Thistle is one of my favourite mementos from my playing days.

    “I didn’t know anything about records or anything that day and when I found out that I had actually broken the post-war record for goals in a game, I was actually quite annoyed, because I had missed three or four good chances that day!

    “You´re there as a striker to get on the end of things though and you never bury all of your chances. If you take a few of them in a game you should be happy and I got six that day.”

    He added: “It was actually Jimmy McGrory who told me about the record, though. He came down from the stand, grabbed me as we went into the tunnel after the game, shook my hand and said: ‘I thought you were going to break my record, Dixie, and you should have!’

    “He had got eight in a game and that was the pre-war record, but I had no idea.

    “Jimmy was a gentleman, a great man and he signed the ball as well that day, along with my team-mates, the backroom staff and all the Thistle players and coaches.”

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