1964–65 in Scottish football

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1964–65 in Scottish football
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Division One champions
Kilmarnock
Division Two champions
Stirling Albion
Scottish Cup winners
Celtic
League Cup winners
Rangers
Junior Cup winners
Linlithgow Rose
Teams in Europe
Celtic, Dundee, Dunfermline Athletic, Kilmarnock, Rangers
Scotland national team
1965 BHC, 1966 World Cup qualification

The 1964–65 season was the 68th season of Scottish league football. [1]

Scottish League Division One[edit]

In one of the closest finishes ever seen in a league competition in Britain, Hearts faced Kilmarnock on the last day of the season with a 2-point lead over the Ayrshire club and a slightly better goal average. Kilmarnock had to beat Hearts by 2-0 to win the title. Any other result, including any other 2 goal winning margin for Kilmarnock, e.g. 3-1, 4-2, would have made Hearts Champions, as they would have had the superior goal average (goals scored divided by goals conceded).And this is exactly what they did, winning 2–0.

The 1964-65 season is notable for both Celtic and Rangers finishing in mid-table. It was (and remains as of 2014) only the fifth time that neither of them had finished in the top two, and the first time that both of the Old Firm clubs had failed to finish in the top three of the First Division in the same season.

P Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Kilmarnock 34 22 6 6 62 33 29 50
2 Heart of Midlothian 34 22 6 6 90 49 41 50
3 Dunfermline Athletic 34 22 5 7 83 36 47 49
4 Hibernian 34 21 4 9 75 47 28 46
5 Rangers 34 18 8 8 78 35 43 44
6 Dundee 34 15 10 9 86 63 23 40
7 Clyde 34 17 6 11 64 58 6 40
8 Celtic 34 16 5 13 76 57 19 37
9 Dundee United 34 15 6 13 59 51 8 36
10 Morton 34 13 7 14 54 54 0 33
11 Partick Thistle 34 11 10 13 57 58 −1 32
12 Aberdeen 34 12 8 14 59 75 −16 32
13 St. Johnstone 34 9 11 14 57 62 −5 29
14 Motherwell 34 11 8 16 45 54 −9 28
15 St. Mirren 34 9 6 19 38 70 −32 24
16 Falkirk 34 7 7 20 43 85 −42 21
17 Airdrieonians 34 5 4 25 48 110 −62 14
18 Third Lanark 34 3 1 30 22 99 −77 7

Champions: Kilmarnock
Relegated: Airdrieonains, Third Lanark

Scottish League Division Two[edit]

P Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Stirling Albion 36 26 7 3 84 31 53 59
2 Hamilton Academical 36 21 8 7 86 53 33 50
3 Queen of the South 36 16 13 7 84 50 34 45
4 Queen's Park 36 17 9 10 57 41 16 43
5 E. S. Clydebank 36 15 10 11 64 50 14 40
6 Stranraer 36 17 6 13 74 64 10 40
7 Arbroath 36 13 13 10 56 51 5 39
8 Berwick Rangers 36 15 9 12 73 70 3 39
9 East Fife 36 15 7 14 78 77 1 37
10 Alloa Athletic 36 14 8 14 71 81 −10 36
11 Albion Rovers 36 14 5 17 56 60 −4 33
12 Cowdenbeath 36 11 10 15 55 62 −7 32
13 Raith Rovers 36 9 14 13 54 61 −7 32
14 Dumbarton 36 13 6 17 55 67 −12 32
15 Stenhousemuir 36 11 8 17 49 74 −25 30
16 Montrose 36 10 9 17 80 91 −11 29
17 Forfar Athletic 36 9 7 20 63 89 −26 25
18 Ayr United 36 9 6 21 49 67 −18 24
19 Brechin City 36 6 7 23 53 102 −49 19

Promoted: Stirling Albion, Hamilton Academical

Other honours[edit]

Cup honours[edit]

Competition Winner Score Runner-up
Scottish Cup 1964–65 Celtic 3 – 2 Dunfermline Athletic
League Cup 1964–65 Rangers 2 – 1 Celtic
Junior Cup Linlithgow Rose 4 – 1 Baillieston Juniors

Individual honours[edit]

Award Winner Club
Footballer of the Year Scotland Billy McNeill Celtic

Scotland national team[edit]

Date Venue Opponents Score[2] Competition Scotland scorer(s)
3 October 1964 Ninian Park, Cardiff (A)  Wales 2–3 BHC Stevie Chalmers, Dave Gibson
21 October 1964 Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)  Finland 3–1 WCQG8 Denis Law, Dave Gibson, Stevie Chalmers
25 November 1964 Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)  Northern Ireland 3–2 BHC Davie Wilson (2), Alan Gilzean
10 April 1965 Wembley Stadium, London (A)  England 2–2 BHC Denis Law, Ian St. John
8 May 1965 Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)  Spain 0–0 Friendly
23 May 1965 Silesia Stadium, Chorzów / Katowice (A)  Poland 1–1 WCQG8 Denis Law
27 May 1965 Olympia Stadion, Helsinki (A)  Finland 2–1 WCQG8 Davie Wilson, John Greig

Key:

  • (H) = Home match
  • (A) = Away match
  • WCQG8 = World Cup qualifying - Group 8
  • BHC = British Home Championship

Notes and references[edit]