Celtic On This Day – 13th October – 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 13th October…


Willie Groves

The new team in the East End of Glasgow are causing eyebrows to rise. Today in spite of bad weather 600 people see them make progress in the Scottish Cup beating Albion Rovers 4-1. Three goals are scored by “darlin Willie” Groves, who joined the club from Hibs, and the other was probably scored by Neil McCallum, although details are unclear.


Davie Adams today returns from injury to the Celtic goal, and Tommy Sinclair who has performed so admirably in his stead now returns to the obscurity of the Rangers Reserve team with his Glasgow Cup medal in his pocket. Aberdeen are today’s visitors and put up a good performance before losing 2-1 to goals from Alec Bennett and Peter Somers.


In a rather uninspiring game at Fir Park, Motherwell, Celtic win 2-0 with goals from Charlie Gallagher and Bobby Carroll. The big score of the day however is Aberdeen 10 Raith Rovers 0. The newspapers are full of the coming clash between Rangers and Tottenham Hotspur, and a world crisis is beginning to develop in the Caribbean sea over Cuba.


27,863 enjoy a fine Celtic performance at Parkhead as they beat Hibs 3-0 with goals from Tommy Burns, Brian McClair and a penalty from Peter Grant. Much of the attention centres on Maurice Johnston, signed this week from Watford amidst a flurry of celebrations about “I’m going home” “A dream come true” and “The only team I ever wanted to play for”.


It is not often that Celtic are at Somerset Park, Ayr these days but tonight they are here on Scottish League Cup business, beating the home side 4-0. It is a good win for John Barnes’ side with goals from Johan Mjallby, Regi Blinker, Bobby Petta and Mark Viduka, who seems now to have settled down after some well publicised “problems”.

David Potter

Shunsuke Nakamura ( and Stilian Petrov of Celtic celebrate after scoring against Kilmarnock’s during the Scottish Premier league soccer match at Celtic Park January 14, 2006, (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

READ THIS…Shunsuke Nakamura praises his Celtic teammate Stan Petrov

Come along and join The Celtic Star live at the Kerrydale Suite at Celtic Park on Thursday 19 October 2023 as we officially launch Matt Corr’s stunning new book Majic, Stan and the King of Japan. This is the story of Gordon Strachan’s remarkable and eventful first season at Celtic and of course Big Bad John scored the goal against Hearts that won the league. Let’s get a ticket! They are selling very fast!!!


READ THIS…A poignant tribute from Tommy Sheridan to Willie Maley and Frank McGarvey

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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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