11 March, a good day for Celtic

On this day in 2001, Celtic took another step towards the treble when Henrik Larsson scored the only goal of the game against Hearts at Parkhead in front of 34,529 fans. This was in the Quarter Final of the Scottish Cup, and even more good news came Celtic’s way that Sunday night when Dundee United beat Rangers 1-0 at Tannadice, the goal coming from ex-Celt David Hannah.

Other GOOD March 11s included 1911 when Jimmy Quinn scored the only goal that beat Aberdeen in a Scottish Cup Semi Final at Parkhead; 1916 when Sniper McColl scored 4 and Jimmy McMenemy 1 in a 5-1 defeat of Hamilton Accies at Parkhead; 1922 when Joe Cassidy scored the only goal that beat Kilmarnock; 1967 when Celtic beat Queen’s Park 5-3 with goals from Tommy Gemmell, Wallace, Murdoch, Chalmers and Lennox and 1989 when Mark McGhee scored the only goal of the game at Tynecastle.

And Jim Craig has written on the Celtic Star about Celtic beating Barcelona on 11 March 2004, which you can read HERE.

A BAD March 11 was 1893 when Celtic lost in the Scottish Cup Final 1-2 to Queen’s Park at Ibrox. Willie Maley was taken off injured after a kick in the face and lost a tooth in the process, and Jimmy Blessington scored Celtic’s consolation goal. There were no goal nets in 1893 and one of the Queen’s Park goals seemed to have been on the wrong side of the post, but the Queen’s Park players said “It’s a goal, Mr.Harrison!” The referee, Mr.Harrison of Kilmarnock, clearly believing that Queen’s Park players, being amateurs, would not tell lies awarded the goal.

Read Jim Craig’s thoughts on today’s Rangers v Celtic match at Ibrox by clicking on the image below.

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The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

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