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

The late, great Celtic Historian David Potter.Celtic Diary each morning on The Celtic Star looks back at key Celtic events and matches on this day starting on 10th December 1910…

Willie Loney scored

SATURDAY 10 DECEMBER 1910 – Celtic have under-performed this year so far, but today the short trip to Clyde brings a better performance and the hope of a revival. Jimmy McMenemy and Willie Loney score the goals in a 2-0 win.

Chick Geatons scored

SATURDAY 10 DECEMBER 1932 – A hard game but a deserved victory today as Celtic defeat Dundee 3-2 at Parkhead with goals from Jimmy McGrory, Chick Geatons and an own goal. Dundee are sore about a goal disallowed in the first half which they felt should have stood but referee Watson was adamant that there was a foul on Joe Kennaway.

SATURDAY 10 DECEMBER 1966 – Parkhead is upbeat and excited for the visit of Motherwell. 40,000 are there to cheer their team who are now in the quarter-final of the European Cup having beaten Nantes on Wednesday, and to welcome new striker Willie Wallace. A large banner is unfurled saying “Oor Wullie” to welcome him. Unfortunately he doesn’t score, but plays well in the 4-2 win. Celtic’s goals come from a hat-trick from Steve Chalmers and a late strike from Bobby Murdoch when Motherwell are threatening a late fight-back. A Motherwell player is sent off that day. His name is John “Dixie” Deans.

WEDNESDAY 10 DECEMBER 2003 – Celtic exit the European Champions’ League in unfortunate circumstances in Lyon when a dodgy penalty awarded against Bobo Balde for handball allows Lyon to win 3-2 after John Hartson and Chris Sutton had scored for Celtic. Celtic however scrape into the UEFA Cup knockout stages.

SUNDAY 10 DECEMBER 2006 – Celtic beat Dunfermline Athletic 2-1 at East End Park before a crowd of 7,080 and a lunch-time TV audience. The win is more comfortable that the score line would suggest, for Dunfermline score right at the death. Celtic’s two goals were scored by Aiden McGeady and Maciej Zurawski, but the supporters are disturbed to see a spat between Aiden McGeady and Neil Lennon at the end. It was just as well that the game was won!

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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