The 7am start by Jim Craig, The Glasgow Inter-City league

On this day in 1905, Celtic beat Queen’s Park 2-1 at Celtic Park in an Inter-City league match.

The Glasgow Inter-City league had been proposed as a means of filling in the blank dates in the football calendar caused by early exits from the Scottish Cup and a skimpy league schedule.

It started in season 1895-96 (when only four clubs took part – Celtic, Rangers, Queen’s Park and Third Lanark) and ran until season 1905-06.

Unfortunately, a move to bring in other city clubs did not improve the situation nor did the idea to bring in outside clubs like Hearts, Hibs, Dundee and St Mirren on an occasional basis. The fans were just not interested.

For this match against Queen’s Park, for instance, a crowd of only 5000 was present. The Celtic team was Andy McPherson, Hugh Watson, Donald MacLeod, Jimmy Moir, Willie Loney, Jim Hay, Jimmy Walls, John Clark, Paddy Murray, Peter Somers, Jimmy Quinn.

All the goals came in the first half. Peter Somers opened the scoring for Celtic with a shot from a tight angle; only minutes later, Queens equalized through Shaw. But just before the interval, Jimmy Walls tried a curling shot which completely deceived the QP keeper and slipped in at the far post.

In other matches on the same day, Rangers hammered Hibs 5-2; Hearts beat St Mirren 2-0; and the game between Dundee and Partick Thistle ended in a draw.

Jim Craig

Lisbon Lion Jim Craig writes a morning column every day on The Celtic Star and you can read it from 7am…

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Lisbon Lion and Celtic Ambassador Jim Craig provides The Celtic Star readers with a 365 day diary of all things Celtic, providing a remarkable and unique insight into our club from one of the players who won us The Celtic Star in Lisbon on 25 May 1967.

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