Celtic On This Day – 15th August – David Potter’s Celtic Diary

Day 15 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 15 August…


This is the day that the “hoops” were said to be born! Recent research, however, of The Scottish Referee makes no mention of new strips on this day, and says that August 29 v Third Lanark was the day of the new strips. It is a significant day in Scottish football however for both Aberdeen and East Fife make their debut today (East Fife wearing green and white hoops!). The weather is awful, but Celtic beat Partick Thistle 2-1 with goals from Alec Bennett and Jimmy Quinn. Barney Battles misses a penalty.


It is a bizarre beginning to the new season with the country at war for the past eleven days and some newspapers demanding that football should be closed down for the duration of hostilities. In this atmosphere of euphoria, jingoism and “sense of duty”, Celtic travel to Tynecastle to play Hearts. Perhaps unsettled by the strange circumstances, Celtic’s fine all-conquering side of last season, lose 0-2.


An amusing if somewhat embarrassing night at Dens Park, Dundee when Dundee, winners of last year’s Scottish League decide provocatively to unfurl their flag before the game with Celtic whose supporters successfully manage to drown out the speeches of the Lord Provost and other dignitaries. After this, the flag gets stuck and needs a good tug before it unfurls. Dundee however have the last laugh, for a Gordon Smith goal gives them a narrow victory. But the young Celtic team impress and with a little more luck and conviction in front of goal, might have won.


Celtic’s good start to Billy McNeill’s second spell as Celtic Manager continues with an excellent 4-1 win over Motherwell at Celtic Park with two goals from Andy Walker and one each from Mark McGhee and Billy Stark.



Aiden McGeady scores twice and Scott McDonald once as Celtic beat Aberdeen 3-1 at Pittodrie on the opening day of the League season. It is a good beginning to Tony Mowbray’s reign as Celtic manager.

Celtic striker Scott McDonald and Aberdeen defender Andrew Considine chase a loose ball during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League match at the Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen. (Photo by Chris Clark – PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)

David Potter

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About Author

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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