The Story Of 1965

The Story Of 1965

in #KillieStories June 6, 2014

At the start of any season, all football supporters dream that their club will have a successful campaign, like winning a Cup or being crowned League Champions. It is, for the vast majority, a dream that rarely comes true, but when it does...

In August 1964, Kilmarnock supporters harboured such dreams, and they also had the club's first ever venture into European competition to look forward to as well. However, their dreams were tinged with caution, as they had suffered heartache too often in the previous five seasons.

On no less than seven occasions in thos five previous years, Kilmarnock finished as runners-up in domestic competitions - League runners-up in four of the five seasons, beaten finalists twice in the League Cup and once in the Scottish Cup. Hence the cautious hopes of the supporters at the start of the 1964-65 campaign.

History tells us that Kilmarnock won the 1964-65 Scottish League Division 1 Championship, and the supporters' dreams were finally realised. The title was won on the lst day of the season at Tynecastle in dramatic fashion when they beat title rivals Hearts 2-0 to finish level with them on 50 points, but ahead of them on goal average by the slender margin of 0.042 of a goal.

They had to win by a two-goal margin and they did, thus winning what is still the most unique season in the history of Scottish league football. It is the only season since 1890 that neither Celtic nor Rangers finished in any of the top four places in the League - and Kilmarnock won it!

Now, almost 50 years on, the magnitude of the feat achieved by the management and playing staff of Kilmarnock FC in 1964-65 is even more phenomenal. They richly deserve the legendary status that has grown over the years, and they have set a standard that hopefully one day soon, another Kilmarnock team will equal.

John Livingston
Club Historian