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

Month 3, Day 14 of Celtic Historian David Potter’s new diary on The Celtic Star which will run throughout the new season and will highlight key Celtic-related events relevant to each day, today covering 14th October…


Sandy McMahon

Celtic are very much indebted to Sandy McMahon for his hat-trick in the 5-2 win at Celtic Park over the hard-working St. Bernard’s side from Stockbridge in Edinburgh. The other goals are scored by Johnny Madden and Joe Cassidy, but McMahon’s value to Celtic is seen in the story that circulated a few days later when the ex-French President called Patrice de McMahon died. News vendors deliberately allowed people to believe that it was Celtic’s Sandy in order to sell papers. “McMahon deid! Whit’ll the Cellic dae noo?” is the cry.

French soldier and statesman Patrice de Mac-Mahon, duc de Magenta (1808 – 1893), circa 1890. Mac-Mahon, who was of Irish descent, was the first president of the Third Republic of France from 1875 to 1879. (Photo by Mathieu Deroche/Rischgitz/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)


Joe Cassidy

A rather dull game against Motherwell at Celtic Park was enlivened by a goal scored by Joe Cassidy, while the man of the match was “old Alec” McNair who snuffed out the menace of Motherwell’s Hugh Ferguson. Meanwhile at Coatbridge, Tommy McInally, now playing for Third Lanark scored what was claimed to be the best goal ever seen at that ground,


This is the day that Jimmy Delaney, playing for Scotland, scores twice to beat Nazi Germany at Ibrox with the swastika flying overhead. It was reported that the Fuehrer, already reeling at the success of the black American Jesse Owens at the Berlin Olympics, is furious, but Jaydee is the hero of Scotland who beat the Herrenvolk 2-0.


There seems little doubt that this new young Celtic team are fast developing. Today in front of 22,000 spectators they beat Stirling Albion 5-0 with a hat-trick from John Hughes and one each from John Divers and Bobby Carroll. Right half Pat Crerand is outstanding.


In spite of losing an early goal to Dundee United at Tannadice, Celtic really turn it on with a 4-1 victory in which Shunsuke Nakamura scores a hat-trick and Vennegoor of Hesselink scores the other. Manager Gordon Strachan purrs with pleasure at Nakamura’s performance.

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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