St Mirren 0 Celtic 5 Saturday, 3rd May 1986
(God Bless Albert Kidd)
Celtic Versus St Mirren 1986
Celebrations in the dressing room. 5 – 0
Back: (l to r) Roy Aitken Willie McStay Derek Whyte Paul McStay Brian McClair Danny McGrain Owen Archdeacon Pierce O’Leary Pat Bonner
Front: Murdo Macleod Paul McGugan Alan McInally Peter Grant Maurice Johnston Peter Latchford Mark McGhee Tommy Burns Davie Provan
Celtic snatch the championship by edging out Heart of Midlothian on the last day of the campaign. The margin was on goal difference, as Celtic beat St Mirren 5-0 at Love Street and Hearts fall to two late goals from Dundee at Dens Park.
Story of the season
Hearts and Celtic drew on the first day of the campaign. No one realised that it was a portent of how tight their fight for the title would be. Hearts, promoted just a few seasons before, were considered also-rans, and Celtic inferior to Dundee Utd and champions Aberdeen.
Hearts lost their next two games – one of them 6-2 to St Mirren – and for three months Celtic, Rangers and Aberdeen traded the top spot like nervous party guests playing pass-the-parcel. Rangers self-destructed in November, however, as Hearts hauled themselves into the top half. The Gers would only win six more games from November to the end of the season.
Alex Ferguson’s Aberdeen initially looked the most likely to capitalise on Rangers’ implosion, leading until just before Christmas. But then Hearts, fired by the goals of fans’ favourite John Robertson and with Player of the Year Sandy Jardine and current Scotland manager Craig Levein in defence, overtook them with a momentum that in the new year would appear as unstoppable as it was unexpected.
They went 27 games unbeaten, but Celtic and Dundee Utd remained in close pursuit. And on the final day of the season, with Celtic banging them in at St Mirren and Hearts apparently clinging on for the point they needed, Dundee substitute Albert Kidd sensationally scored twice in the last ten minutes. Supporters with transistor radios spread the news among the delirious away section at Love Street and Celtic, who had only been top for two weeks in the autumn, were champions. And Kidd was now an unlikely Celtic hero. Hearts then lost the Cup final to Aberdeen and the “I’m forever blowing doubles” jokes rang around Scotland’s playgrounds.
Saturday, 3rd May 1986
Clydebank – Aberdeen 0-6 Stark 9, McMaster 10, Weir 16, Hewitt 29,
McDougall 38, 67
Dundee – Hearts 2-0 Kidd 83, 87
Hibernian – Dundee Utd 1-2 Cowan 63 pen / Fulton 25 og, Beedie 87
Rangers – Motherwell 2-0 McPherson 44, McCoist 65 pen
St Mirren – Celtic 0-5 McClair 6, 54, Johnston 32, 33, P.McStay 38
Top Goalscorers 1985/86: Ally McCoist (Rangers) 24; Brian McClair (Celtic) 22; John Robertson (Hearts) 20.
Apps & Goals of champions Celtic:
Roy Aitken 36-0 Alan McInally 16- 1
Brian McClair 34-22 David Provan 12-2
Thomas Burns 34-5 Pierce O’Leary 12 -0
Paul McStay 34-7 Derek Whyte 11 -0
Maurice Johnston 32-14 Peter Latchford 6 -0
Patrick Bonner 30-0 Thomas McAdam 5 -0
Peter Grant 30-1 Paul Chalmers 3 -0
Murdo MacLeod 30-3 Ronald Coyle 1 -0
Daniel McGrain 28-0 Tony Shepherd 1 -0
Owen Archdeacon 23 -3
Paul McGugan 21 -1
Mark McGhee 18 -4
William McStay 17 -0
Manager: David Hay
Danny Mcgrain said::
on May 3, 1986, when they won the Scottish title under David Hay.Mo Johnston scored twice that day and McGrain was involved in the build-up to the striker’s second goal as Celtic went 3-0 ahead. “I started that move when I gave the ball to Murdo MacLeod,” McGrain recalled. “Then Paul McStay got it and he pushed it to Roy Aitken. By this time I was up in their penalty area – which we will come back to – Roy passed to me and I gave it to Brian McClair.“I think he nutmegged a St Mirren defender and then he cut it back across the goal and Mo was in the right place to stick it away. The peculiar thing about that goal is that I know I started in our own box and ended up in theirs but I can’t remember how that happened. I do not know how I got there.
Bonner, McGrain (Grant), Whyte, Aitken, McGugan, MacLeod, McClair, P McStay, Johnston, Burns, Archdeacon Sub: McGhee
Goals: McClair (6, 54), Johnston (32, 33), P McStay (38)
Stewart, Wilson, D Hamilton, B Hamilton, Godfrey, Cooper, Fitzpatrick, Abercrombie, McGarvey, Gallagher (Spiers), Mackie Sub: Rooney
Ref: A Waddell
Nothing will ever top Love Street
What was the best last day of the season you ever had?
This is an obvious one: Love Street in 1986. I actually watched that game back very recently on Celtic TV and I couldn’t believe the quality of the goals. They were outstanding. It was a remarkable day and the scenes afterwards were extraordinary.
Albert Kidd (born 19 October 1961) is a Scottish former football player who now lives in Australia. He is best known in Scottish football for scoring two goals for Dundee against Hearts on the final day of the 1985–86 season to deny Hearts the championship.
May 3 rd 1986 was a dull wet day. In the East of Scotland, mist was prevalent, that cold unpleasant mist which hangs around and makes one wonder whether there is to be any kind of spring this year. In the West, it was wet – nothing unusual about that – as 17,557 fans made their way to the still primitive Love Street with its open terracings and toilets that were, frankly, a health hazard.