Celtic On This Day – 10th August – David Potter’s Celtic Diary

Day 10 of Celtic Historian David Potter’s new diary  on The Celtic Star  which will run throughout the new season and will highlight key Celtic related events relevant to each day, today covering 10 August…


The new Main Stand at Celtic Park opened on this day in 1929, photo from 1935.

Celtic’s new stand on the London Road side of the ground is officially opened today. It sees a fine Celtic performance as Celtic beat Hearts 2-1. Ironically, the goals are scored by Jimmy McGrory, the player that Celtic tried to sell to Arsenal to pay for the new stand! This game also featured the first ever Celtic match programme.


John Conway, who Celtic signed from Glencraig Juniors in 1940. He was an inside-right & is pictured winning a header against Hamilton on the opening day of 1940/41 season

Everyone believes that an aerial attack on Glasgow is imminent, as indeed is a full scale invasion of the British Isles, but that does not stop a sizeable crowd turning up at Celtic Park to see the opening fixture of the season against Hamilton Academical. The fans (some of them carrying gas masks) see a good 2-2 draw with Celtic’s goals coming from new-signing George Gillan, and the ever reliable Johnny Crum.


A painful experience in the rain for Celtic as the new season opens where the old one ended with a 0-3 defeat by Rangers. The 60,000 Parkhead crowd see Celtic start well and with a bit of confidence up front, might well have scored several goals. But then Billy McNeill makes a rare mistake with a pass back, Rangers score and to the distress of the Celtic fans in the crowd, Celtic then fold as if believing that they are not allowed to beat Rangers. Paddy Turner, making his debut, fails to impress.


Two goals from Willie Wallace gives Celtic a great win against Rangers at Ibrox in the League Cup. Wispy certainly loved scoring against them and made a habit of it in his time at Celtic. On the same day at Celtic Park Celtic Reserves defeated Rangers Reserves 2-1 in the Reserve League Cup. Joe McBride scored both goals.


Celtic open the season at Tynecastle and look as if they are to lose to a competent Hearts side who seem to have picked themselves up after the previous few horrific seasons. Hearts are leading 1-0 thanks to a goal scored by ex-Celt John Colquhoun. In the last minute however a shot by Paul McStay hits the post and trickles over the line to give Celtic a not entirely deserved draw. No-one realises at the time just how important a goal that will become by the end of the season.


Liam Brady’s stint as Celtic Manager begins with a great win at Tannadice as Celtic defeat Dundee United 4-3 in a cracker of a game. John Collins scores twice and Charlie Nicholas and Tommy Coyne once each. Is this the start of something good for Celtic?

David Potter

David Potter’s new book, Willie Fernie – Putting on the Style is featured in the new edition of the Celtic View which is out now and available from the Celtic Stores. You can also pick up the Willie Fernie book there too or order direct from Celtic Star Books, link below…

About Author

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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