Plunket Carter looks back on the 1973-74 season when Cork Celtic won their only League of Ireland title...
AFTER a disappointing opening day home draw with Finn Harps in the first Sunday in October, Cork Celtic headed to Dalymount looking for major improvement against Bohs.
“In the opposing penalty area he was like a fox let loose in a henhouse, was how the legendary Irish international Paddy Coad described Shortt.
Blessed with all the footballing skills, Hannigan had exceptional ball control, was an immaculate passer and had a healthy appetite for goal scoring.
However, Turner’s Cross on a misty Wednesday in February was no place for the faint-hearted as Celtic’s dramatic, controversial replay with Drogheda entered the closing minutes.
It was advantage to Celtic as in their remaining seven games they did not have to meet any of the top five pursuers, unlike Hibs who had a difficult run-in, with Waterford, Harps and Bohs (lost 3-4) all awaiting.
The vastly experienced Hale, winning his sixth Championship medal, got the first, Blondie Carroll hit a screamer for number two and it was fitting that Tambling should have the last say. It seems Celtic’s ambition was reborn in full when he was signed in November.
With history about to be witnessed the attendance of just 5,000 spectators was disappointing. Possibly an indication of the partisan divide among the Celtic and Hibs fans in complete contrast to the 16,000 which attended in 1961 for the virtual league decider between Celtic and Shels when you would have needed a heart of stone not to be supporting the brilliant locals.
All the former Celtic greats were there with lumps in their throats and hardly a dry eye to salute the lads who finally and deservedly brought the title to the Cross.
Sub: Frank O’Neill.
League of Ireland: 1, 1973-74.
League of Ireland Shield: 1, 1960-61.
Dublin City Cup: 1, 1961-62.
Top Four Cup: Four, 1956-57, 1958-59, 1959-60, 1973-74.
Munster Senior League: Two, 1936-37, 1955-56.
Munster Senior Cup: Seven, 1951-52, 1957-58, 1959-60, 1961-62, 1963-64, 1971-72, 1973-74.
FAI Junior Cup, winners: 1935–36: 1.
FAI Youth Cup: 1948-49.