Celtic in a Leap Year – 29th February – David Potter’s Celtic Diary

The Celtic Star is creating a comprehensive Celtic Diary of the season this season so that it’s there for reference purposes for Celtic supporters going forward. We have already posted David Potter’s diary entry for 28th February and now we’re publishing Celtic on This Day for 29th February, even though it’s NOT a leap year until 2024. And we’ll be back on this tomorrow 1st March with a St David’s Day edition of David Potter’s Celtic Diary…

Celtic Historian David Potter each morning on The Celtic Star looks back at key Celtic events and matches on this day starting on 29th February 1896. David’s latest bestseller The Celtic Rising ~ 1965: The Year Jock Stein Changed Everything is available now in print on Celtic Star Books, and also on Amazon kindle, links below…

Jimmy Blessington scored

SATURDAY 29 FEBRUARY 1896 – Celtic finish off their League season by beating Third Lanark 2-1 at Cathkin Park, the goals coming from Jimmy Blessington and Sandy McMahon. Celtic are in an odd position. The League was won in December and the Glasgow Cup in October, they are out of the Scottish Cup and have only the Glasgow Charity Cup and the little valued Glasgow League to play in.

Willie Hughes scored

SATURDAY 29 FEBRUARY 1936 – Clearly now having put their disappointment at the Scottish Cup exit behind them, the team have now picked up and today have a fine win at Shawfield over Clyde. Johnny Crum, Willie Buchan (penalty), Jimmy McGrory and Willie Hughes (a reserve playing for the injured George Paterson) score the goals. Arbroath beat Aberdeen at Pittodrie today, so Celtic are now top of the League.

Stevie Chalmers scored
Bobby Murdoch in action against East Stirlingshire
Jimmy Johnstone looks on as ‘keeper John Arroll gathers the ball

SATURDAY 29 FEBRUARY 1964 – Celtic beat East Stirlingshire 5-2 at Parkhead before a crowd of 16,000. Steve Chalmers score a hat-trick and the other two are scored by Bobby Murdoch, one of which is a penalty kick. The ‘Shire and Celtic have not met in a League fixture since, and very sadly the ‘Shire are now in the Lowland League.

Gerry Creaney scored

SATURDAY 29 FEBRUARY 1992 – For the second successive week, Celtic win in Edinburgh. Having beaten Hibs last week, they beat Joe Jordan’s Hearts 2-1 today leading to comments that Liam Brady’s side are the “form team” of Scotland, and that in spite of some woeful performances before the New Year, they may yet make a challenge for the League. Today Gerry Creaney scores twice for Celtic.

SUNDAY 29 FEBRUARY 2004 – Celtic maintain their impressive League form with a 5-1 win over Livingston at Parkhead today with two goals from Alan Thompson and one each from Stephen Pearson, Henrik Larsson and Chris Sutton. They have now won 25 League games in a row, and are quite openly called the “Champions Elect” by the media.

David Potter

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I am Celtic author and historian and write for The Celtic Star. I live in Kirkcaldy and have followed Celtic all my life, having seen them first at Dundee in March 1958. I am a retired teacher and my other interests are cricket, drama and the poetry of Robert Burns.

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