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

The late, great Celtic Historian David Potter’s Celtic diary highlights key Celtic-related events relevant to each day, today covering 12 September…


At Underwood Park, Paisley Celtic beat Abercorn 5-2 in the Scottish League with two goals from Sandy McMahon, two from Neil McCallum and one from Johnny Madden. The heat is sweltering and the crowd of 7,000 is described as “enormous” with the newspapers asking “Is there any team in Britain that can draw crowds as well as the Celtic?”. Such was the heat that Celtic were playing in “thin silk pants”, but some of them change at half-time into “something more substantial”, given the sensitivities of Victorian Britain!


With the battle to save Paris going on over the channel, Clyde shock Celtic by beating them 2-0 in the Glasgow Cup. Two rare blunders by Charlie Shaw give the goals away. Celtic have so many injuries that Jimmy McMenemy is played at centre-half and Johnny Browning at left-half. Even so this result causes “consternation in the British Expeditionary Force”.

Charlie Shaw


Celtic’s cracking start to the season continues with a 6-1 defeat of Cowdenbeath at Parkhead. Jimmy McGrory scores twice, Adam McLean scores twice and Tommy McInally and Alec Thomson once each. Tommy McInally, with all his wiles, entertains the 10,000 crowd who revel in his “second coming” after his three year absence to Third Lanark.


A very difficult day at Celtic Park, the first game after the death of John Thomson. The visitors are Queen’s Park, the game ends in a 2-2 draw with a goal from Jerome Solis and a penalty from Charlie Napier. John Falconer was the man with the unfortunate task of keeping the goal for Celtic.


Dunfermline Athletic of the Second Division are rare visitors to Celtic Park but they are here tonight for the first leg of the Scottish League Cup quarter final. It is a very one-sided game which ends up in a 6-0 win for Celtic with two goals each from Neil Mochan and Billy McPhail, one from Bobby Collins and an own goal from the luckless Harry Colville.

Neil Mochan

David Potter

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The Celtic Star founder and editor David Faulds 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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