Celtic in Glasgow Derby dramas Fifty Years Apart

ON THIS DAY IN 1938 Celtic went to Firhill to beat Partick Thistle 6-1 with goals from Johnny Crum, Johnny Divers, Frank Murphy, Chic Geatons and two from Jimmy Delaney.

The Celtic team was Kennaway, Hogg, Morrison, Geatons, Lyon, Paterson, Delaney, MacDonald, Crum, Divers and Murphy.

This was a fine performance and Celtic felt that they owed their fans something, for they lost to Kilmarnock in the Scottish Cup the week before. This would of course turn out to be a fine year for Celtic, for they would will both win the Scottish League and the Empire Exhibition Trophy.

Other good days on 12 March were 1892 when Celtic thought they had won the Scottish Cup for the first time by beating Queen’s Park, but the game was declared a friendly because of crowd encroachment, 1983 when Celtic beat Hearts 4-1 at Parkhead in the Scottish Cup Quarter Final, and 1988 when Celtic beat Partick Thistle 3-0 at Firhill at the same stage.

Here’s 20 minutes of highlights from Firhill on this day in 1988…

A BAD 12 March was 1955 when a feckless 0-0 draw at Parkhead against Partick Thistle seriously impaired Celtic’s Championship challenge.

About Author

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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