Celtic On This Day – 12th August – David Potter’s Celtic Diary

Day 12 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 12 August…


Celtic start their defence of the League Championship with a 5-0 win over Third Lanark before 8,000 cheerful fans at Celtic Park. Sandy McMahon scores a hat-trick and Johnny Madden and Johnny Campbell one each.


A poor season begins the way it will continue as Celtic open the League campaign with a 2-3 defeat at Palmerston Park to Queen of the South. Jimmy McGrory and William “Peter” McGonagle (with a penalty kick) score Celtic’s goals but it is a poor show


Jackie Gallacher

Are things looking up at last? The war news is good with every day bringing details of further advances as the Allies close in on Paris, and Celtic begin the new season with a fine 4-1 win over Hearts at Parkhead with two goals each from Jackie Gallacher and Pat McAuley.


The first competitive appearance of the European Cup winners draws 54,000 to Celtic Park to see Dundee United. It is however a typical Dundee United-in-Glasgow performance with an eleven man defence, and the air is one of anti-climax until Jimmy Johnstone scores with what is virtually the last kick of the match.

Jimmy Johnstone scores the winner with the last kick of the match.


Two games into the season and Celtic are already all but out of the Scottish League Cup following tonight’s 0-2 defeat by St Johnstone at Muirton Park, Perth. It was a personal nightmare for centre half Willie Garner, and a fellow called McCoist scored for the Perth Saints.

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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