Celtic On This Day – 13th February – David Potter’s Celtic Diary

Celtic Historian David Potter each morning on The Celtic Star looks back at key Celtic events and matches on this day starting on 13th February 1904. David’s latest bestseller The Celtic Rising ~ 1965: The Year Jock Stein Changed Everything SOLD OUT on Celtic Star Books but the good news is that it is now back in stock! You can place an order here and we’ll post your order immediately. The Celtic Rising is also now available on Amazon Kindle, link below…

Jimmy McMenemy scored twice

SATURDAY 13 FEBRUARY 1904 – Celtic travel to Gymnasium Grounds Edinburgh to beat St Bernard’s 4-0 in the Scottish Cup. It is a dull game in the first half with neither side looking like scoring, but after a shower of rain at half time, Celtic take command, revelling in the wet conditions and score twice through Jimmy McMenemy and twice through Willie Orr.

Patsy Gallacher scored

SATURDAY 13 FEBRUARY 1915 – Greenock is a busy place in war time, and many men in uniform are seen in the large crowd which assembles today at Cappielow. But Celtic are too good for the home side and the 2-0 victory should really have been a lot more comfortable. Patsy Gallacher “danced in and scored a capital goal” as The Post which in later years will be called The Sunday Post puts it, and then Jimmy McColl scores a good goal in the second half. His ability to take goals from a distance is earning him the nickname “The Sniper”, but Celtic are still four points behind Hearts in the League race.

Jimmy McGrory scored twice

SATURDAY 13 FEBRUARY 1937 – Celtic travel to Cliftonhill, home of Albion Rovers where they beat the home side 5-2 in the Scottish Cup. Jimmy McGrory scores twice, Willie Buchan twice and Jimmy Delaney the other. And all this after Albion Rovers have twice been in the lead!

John Divers misses a cross from the wing St.Mirren v Celtic

SATURDAY 13 FEBRUARY 1960 – A tremendous crowd of 36,000 are dangerously crowded into Love Street, Paisley to see a thrilling Cup tie played in bright sunshine but with traces of snow still on the pitch. St Mirren, of course, are the Cup holders having defeated Celtic in last year’s semi-final 4-0, and are possibly the favourites today. It is goalless at half-time but St Mirren go ahead half way through the second half, Celtic equalise through John Divers almost immediately, and that is the way that the game ends.

Daniel Majstorovic scored

SUNDAY 13 FEBRUARY 2011 – Tannadice Park has often been a banana skin for Celtic in the past, so therefore the 3-1 win is all the more satisfying. Anthony Stokes and Mark Wilson put Celtic in front (both via deflections) but after Dundee United pull one back, Daniel Majstorovic puts the issue beyond any doubt. 11,414 all agree that the better team 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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