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

The late, great Celtic Historian David Potter’s Celtic Diary  looks back at key Celtic events and matches on this day starting on 12th November 1904…

Jimmy Quinn scored for Celtic at Easter Road

SATURDAY 12 NOVEMBER 1904 – Games between Hibs and Celtic are not always good football games, as petty Irish jealousy often plays too large a part, but this game at Easter Road was an agreeable exception to the rule, ending up in a 2-2 draw with Jimmy Quinn scoring with a header, and then a long drooping ball from Davie Hamilton on the left being carried over by Hibs goalkeeper Harry Rennie. It was a good result for Celtic because they were without Jimmy Young, Jimmy McMenemy and Alec Bennett.

Adam McLean scored Celtic’s third goal

SATURDAY 12 NOVEMBER 1921 – Celtic experienced real hard luck at Rugby Park, Kilmarnock in a pulsating game which they lost 3-4. At one point they were 0-3 down, but Tommy McInally scored twice to bring them back to 2-3, they then conceded another goal, but Adam McLean pulled it back to 3-4, and it was generally agreed that they were unlucky not to get an equaliser. The game was watched by Sunny Jim Young, now retired and crippled, a Kilmarnock man and supporter of the club, but a man who had played and captained Celtic through their greatest years.

WEDNESDAY 12 NOVEMBER 1969 – 80,000 are delighted with a tremendous Celtic performance as Benfica are beaten 3-0 at Parkhead in the European Cup. Tommy Gemmell scores one of his trademark thunderbolts, and Willie Wallace and Harry Hood score the other two goals.

SATURDAY 12 NOVEMBER 1983 – A fine performance at Celtic Park today as Celtic beat managerless Motherwell 4-0 with two goals from Brian McClair, and one each from Frank McGarvey and Murdo MacLeod. Motherwell have just lost their Manager Jock Wallace to Rangers, a move which seems to smack of desperation as the dismal performances continue from Ibrox.

SUNDAY 12 NOVEMBER 2006 – Following a rather disappointing exit from the Scottish League Cup in midweek after a penalty shoot out at Parkhead at the hands of Falkirk, Celtic bounce back with a 3-1 win over St Mirren at Love Street with a hat trick scored by Thomas Gravesen. Celtic are now an unbelievable 15 points clear at the top of the Scottish Premier League, and it is only November!

David Potter

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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