1965–66 in Scottish football

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1965–66 in Scottish football
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Division One champions
Celtic
Division Two champions
Ayr United
Scottish Cup winners
Rangers
League Cup winners
Celtic
Junior Cup winners
Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic
Teams in Europe
Celtic, Dunfermline Athletic, Heart of Midlothian, Hibernian, Kilmarnock
Scotland national team
1966 BHC, 1966 World Cup qualification

The 1965–66 season was the 93rd season of competitive football in Scotland and the 69th season of Scottish league football. [1]

Overview[edit]

After the openness of recent years, the Old Firm came back strongly this season. Celtic won their first title under the management of Jock Stein, their first since 1954 and rivals Rangers finished as runners-up. For the only time in Scottish football, the Old Firm teams finished first and second in all three domestic competitions.

Scottish League Division One[edit]

P Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Celtic 34 27 3 4 106 30 76 57
2 Rangers 34 25 5 4 91 29 62 55
3 Kilmarnock 34 20 5 9 73 46 27 45
4 Dunfermline Athletic 34 19 6 9 94 55 39 44
5 Dundee United 34 19 5 10 79 51 28 43
6 Hibernian 34 16 6 12 81 55 26 38
7 Heart of Midlothian 34 13 12 9 56 48 8 38
8 Aberdeen 34 15 6 13 61 54 7 36
9 Dundee 34 14 6 14 61 61 0 34
10 Falkirk 34 15 1 18 48 72 −24 31
11 Clyde 34 13 4 17 62 64 −2 30
12 Partick Thistle 34 10 10 14 55 64 −9 30
13 Motherwell 34 12 4 18 52 69 −17 28
14 St Johnstone 34 9 8 17 58 81 −23 26
15 Stirling Albion 34 9 8 17 40 68 −28 26
16 St Mirren 34 9 4 21 44 82 −38 22
17 Morton 34 8 5 21 42 84 −42 21
18 Hamilton Academical 34 3 2 29 27 117 −90 8

Champions: Celtic
Relegated: Greenock Morton, Hamilton Academical

Scottish League Division Two[edit]

P Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Ayr United 36 22 9 5 78 37 41 53
2 Airdrieonians 36 22 6 8 107 56 51 50
3 Queen of the South 36 18 11 7 73 46 27 47
4 East Fife 36 20 4 12 72 55 17 44
5 Raith Rovers 36 15 11 9 71 43 28 43
6 Arbroath 36 15 13 8 72 52 20 43
7 Albion Rovers 36 18 7 11 58 54 4 43
8 Alloa Athletic 36 14 10 12 65 65 0 38
9 Montrose 36 15 7 14 67 63 4 37
10 Cowdenbeath 36 15 7 14 69 68 1 37
11 Berwick Rangers 36 12 11 13 69 58 11 35
12 Dumbarton 36 14 7 15 63 61 2 35
13 Queen's Park 36 13 7 16 62 65 −3 33
14 Third Lanark 36 12 8 16 55 65 −10 32
15 Stranraer 36 9 10 17 64 83 −19 28
16 Brechin City 36 10 7 19 52 92 −40 27
17 East Stirlingshire 36 9 5 22 59 91 −32 23
18 Stenhousemuir 36 6 7 23 47 93 −46 19
19 Forfar Athletic 36 7 3 26 61 120 −59 17

Promoted: Ayr United, Airdrieonians

Cup honours[edit]

Competition Winner Score Runner-up
Scottish Cup 1965–66 Rangers 1 – 0 (rep.) Celtic
League Cup 1965–66 Celtic 2 – 1 Rangers
Junior Cup Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic 6 – 1 (rep.) Whitburn

Individual honours[edit]

Award Winner Club
Footballer of the Year Scotland John Greig Rangers

Scottish clubs in Europe[edit]

Celtic[edit]

Date Venue Opponents Score[2] Competition Celtic scorer(s)
28 September 1965 De Adelaarshorst, Deventer (A) Netherlands Go Ahead Eagles 6–0 CWC1
7 October 1965 Celtic Park, Glasgow (H) Netherlands Go Ahead Eagles 1–0 CWC1
3 November 1965 Atletion, Aarhus (A) Denmark AGF Aarhus 1–0 CWC2
17 November 1965 Celtic Park, Glasgow (H) Denmark AGF Aarhus 2–0 CWC2
12 January 1966 Celtic Park, Glasgow (H) Ukraine Dinamo Kiev 3–0 CWC3
26 January 1966 Lobanovsky Dynamo Stadium, Kiev (A) Ukraine Dinamo Kiev 1–1 CWC3
14 April 1966 Celtic Park, Glasgow (H) England Liverpool 1–0 CWCSF
19 April 1966 Anfield, Liverpool (A) England Liverpool 0–2 CWCSF

Dunfermline Athletic[edit]

Date Venue Opponents Score[2] Competition Dufernline scorer(s)
3 November 1965 East End Park, Dunfermline (H) Denmark KB Copenhagen 5–0 FC2
17 November 1965 Frederiksberg, Copenhagen (A) Denmark KB Copenhagen 2–4 FC2
26 January 1966 East End Park, Dunfermline (H) Czechoslovakia FC Zbrojovka Brno 2–0 FC3
16 February 1966 Městský fotbalový stadion Srbská, Brno (A) Czechoslovakia FC Zbrojovka Brno 0–0 FC3
8 March 1967 East End Park, Dunfermline (H) Spain Real Zaragoza 1–0 FCQF
20 March 1967 La Romareda, Zaragoza (H) Spain Real Zaragoza 2–4 FCQF

Heart of Midlothian[edit]

Date Venue Opponents Score[2] Competition Hearts scorer(s)
18 October 1965 Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh (H) Norway Valerengen 1–0 FC1
27 October 1965 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo (A) Norway Valerengen 3–1 FC1
12 January 1966 Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh (H) Spain Real Zaragoza 3–3 FC2
26 January 1966 Estadio Mestalla, Valencia (A) Spain Real Zaragoza 2–2 FC2
2 March 1966 Estadio Mestalla, Valencia (A) Spain Real Zaragoza 0–1 FC2

Hibernian[edit]

Date Venue Opponents Score[2] Competition Hibs scorer(s)
8 September 1965 Easter Road, Edinburgh (H) Spain Valencia CF 2–0 FC1
12 October 1965 Estadio Mestalla, Valencia (A) Spain Valencia CF 0–2 FC1
3 November 1965 Estadio Mestalla, Valencia (A) Spain Valencia CF 0–3 FC1

Kilmarnock[edit]

Date Venue Opponents Score[2] Competition Kilmarnock scorer(s)
8 September 1965 Selman Stërmasi Stadium, Tirana (A) Albania KF Tirana 0–0 ECPR
29 September 1965 Rugby Park, Kilmarnock (H) Albania KF Tirana 1–0 ECPR
17 November 1965 Rugby Park, Kilmarnock (H) Spain Real Madrid 2–2 EC1
1 December 1965 Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, Madrid (A) Spain Real Madrid 1–5 EC1

Other Honours[edit]

National[edit]

Competition Winner Score Runner-up
Scottish Qualifying Cup - North Inverness Caledonian 5 – 1 * Elgin City
Scottish Qualifying Cup - South Gala Fairydean 8 – 5 * Vale of Leithen

County[edit]

Competition Winner Score Runner-up
Aberdeenshire Cup Deveronvale
Ayrshire Cup Kilmarnock 3 – 1 * Ayr United
East of Scotland Shield Hearts 4 – 2 Hibernian
Fife Cup Dunfermline Athletic 6 – 6 * double-dagger Raith Rovers
Forfarshire Cup Dundee 2 – 1 Brechin City
Lanarkshire Cup Airdrie
Renfrewshire Cup Morton 3 – 1 * dagger St Mirren
Stirlingshire Cup Alloa Athletic wo Stirling Albion

* - aggregate over two legs
dagger - play off
double-dagger - trophy shared

Highland League[edit]

Top Three

P Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Elgin City 30 24 5 1 96 35 61 53
2 Inverness Caledonian 30 21 5 4 111 46 65 47
3 Ross County 29 19 2 8 92 50 36 40

Scotland national team[edit]

The Scottish national football side failed to qualify for the 1966 FIFA World Cup, which was ultimately won by the host nation England.

Date Venue Opponents Score[3] Competition Scotland scorer(s)
2 October 1965 Windsor Park, Belfast (A)  Northern Ireland 2–3 BHC Alan Gilzean (2)
13 October 1965 Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)  Poland 1–2 WCQG8 Billy McNeill
9 November 1965 Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)  Italy 1–0 WCQG8 John Greig
2 October 1965 Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)  Wales 4–1 BHC Bobby Murdoch (2), Willie Henderson, John Greig
7 December 1965 Stadio San Paolo, Naples (A)  Italy 0–3 WCQG8
2 April 1966 Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)  England 3–4 BHC Jimmy Johnstone (2), Denis Law
11 May 1966 Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)  Netherlands 0–3 Friendly
18 June 1966 Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)  Portugal 0–1 Friendly
25 June 1966 Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)  Brazil 1–1 Friendly Stevie Chalmers

1966 British Home Championship - Third Place

Key:

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

External links[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.scottishfootballleague.com/stats/records/league-championship/league-tables/1960-1969/196566/[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b c d e The score of the Scottish team is shown first.
  3. ^ Scotland's score is shown first.