Celtic On This Day – 14th May – David Potter’s Celtic Diary

The late, great Celtic Historian David Potter’s Celtic Diary each morning on The Celtic Star looks back at key Celtic events and matches on this day starting on 14th May 1907….

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Alec Bennett scored twice

TUESDAY 14th MAY 1907 – In lovely weather at Cathkin Park, the superb Celtic team beat Queen’s Park 6-2 at Cathkin Park before a crowd of about 10,000 in the semi-final of the Glasgow Charity Cup. Celtic’s superb forward line of Bennett, McMenemy, Quinn, Somers and Templeton all score with Alec Bennett scoring twice.

Tommy McInally scored twice

SATURDAY 14th MAY 1921 – 55,000 are at Hampden to see Tommy McInally score the two “cannonball” goals that beat Rangers in the final of the Glasgow Charity Cup. One is a free-kick and the other is from open play. It allows Celtic the last laugh in what has been a depressing season.

David Potter at the Celtic Graves Society’s Jimmy Delaney Commemoration

SATURDAY 14th MAY 1938 – Celtic win the Glasgow Charity Cup final with a degree of ease beating Rangers 2-0 at Hampden before a crowd of 40,052. All the action comes in the first half with Joe Kennaway saving a penalty and its re-take, and Jimmy Delaney and John Divers get the goals (both headers) at the other end. The second half is one-way traffic, but Celtic cannot add to their lead.

SATURDAY 14th MAY 1960 – As part of Glasgow’s “Dutch Week”, Celtic beat Sparta Rotterdam 5-1. Celtic start a trend by appearing with their numbers on their shorts! They have never hitherto worn numbers at all, and they are probably the first team in the world to wear them on their shorts. 29,000 are at Parkhead to see this landmark in world football.

Frank McAvennie scored twice

SATURDAY 14th MAY 1988 – Celtic’s Centenary celebrations are crowned with a 2-1 defeat of Dundee United in the Scottish Cup final at Hampden before 74,000 spectators. In what was almost a carbon copy of the 1985 Cup Final, Celtic go 0-1 down but came back late in the game. This time it is the controversial figure of Frank McAvennie who scores the two goals to win the Cup for Celtic for the 28th time.

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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