Celtic On This Day – 16th August – David Potter’s Celtic Diary

Day 16 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 16 August…


An excellent start to the season as Celtic beat Ayr United 5-1 at Celtic Park. Last season was a disaster, but this season looks as if it might get better as Barney Connolly scores two, Andy McAtee two and Patsy Gallacher one.


The first full post-war season opens with threats of boycotts etc. because of a price hike to one shilling for admission. But 12,000 are at Celtic Park to see a fine 3-1 win over Clydebank, and the name on everyone’s lips is that of Celtic’s hat-trick hero, Tommy McInally. The legend of the “boy wonder” is born.


Parkhead resounds to the boos of the 23,000 crowd as Celtic trudge off after having lost 0-1 to St Johnstone in the Scottish League Cup. The strong swirling wind was no real excuse, for the play of the forwards, Bobby Carroll, Mike Jackson, John Hughes, John Divers and Steve Chalmers, particularly their shooting, was absolutely atrocious.


13,800 are at Rugby Park, Kilmarnock to see a good Celtic performance as they beat Kilmarnock 3-0 with two goals from Frank McGarvey and one from Dom Sullivan. In the second half a long-haired youngster called Charlie Nicholas appears and impresses the crowd who have heard so much about him. Young Irish goalkeeper Paddy Bonner, playing in one of his early games for the club, also does well.


Fresh home from a 4-0 win in Budapest, Celtic continue their goal-scoring ways with a 5-0 win over Dundee United at Parkhead. The good thing was that all 5 goal were scored by 5 different players – Shaun Maloney, Didier Agathe, Henrik Larsson, Jackie McNamara, and Alan Thompson with a penalty.

Celtic’s Shaun Maloney (centre) celebrates scoring past Dundee United ‘keeper Paul Gallacher (Photo by Maurice McDonald – PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)

David Potter

David Potter’s new book, Willie Fernie – Putting on the Style is featured in the new edition of the Celtic View which is out now and available from the Celtic Stores. You can also pick up the Willie Fernie book there too or order direct from Celtic Star Books, link below…

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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