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

Celtic Historian David Potter each morning on The Celtic Star looks back at key Celtic events and matches on this day starting on 16th March 1910. David’s latest bestseller The Celtic Rising ~ 1965: The Year Jock Stein Changed Everything is available now in print on Celtic Star Books, and also on Amazon kindle, links below…

Peter Johnstone scored

WEDNESDAY 16 MARCH 1910 – Celtic take another step towards their sixth League Championship in a row with a 2-0 win over Third Lanark at Parkhead on a Wednesday afternoon before a poor crowd of 3,000. Jimmy Quinn scores a penalty and the fast developing Peter Johnstone scores the other. It is vital for the club to get back on track today because Saturday’s Cup semi-final defeat to Clyde was a bad blow.

Bobby Craig scored a hat-trick

SATURDAY 16 MARCH 1963 – Celtic register a good win at Palmerston Park today as they beat Queen of the South 5-2 with a hat-trick from Bobby Craig and one each from John McNamee and Frank Brogan. There are hopes that something may yet be salvaged from this disastrous season.

Tommy Gemmell scored

SATURDAY 16 MARCH 1968 – Celtic continue their pursuit of Rangers in the Scottish League with a good 3-0 win over Falkirk at Brockville on a windy and unpleasant day with goals from Willie Wallace, Bobby Lennox and a penalty from Tommy Gemmell. Sadly that are still two points behind Rangers.

Alan Thompson scored from the penalty spot.

WEDNESDAY 16 MARCH 2005 – In a game postponed form earlier in the season, Celtic beat Inverness 2-0 at Inverness in a performance which is described as “gritty” as Celtic have to work hard to beat the home side. The goals come from Craig Bellamy and Alan Thompson.

Joe Ledley scored twice

WEDNESDAY 16 MARCH 2011 – Inverness has been a bogey team for Celtic in the past, but on this occasion, Celtic get the better of them to earn a place in the Scottish Cup semi-final. The game having been postponed at the weekend, the crowd is reduced to 6064 but there is an agreeably high proportion of Celtic fans. Inverness go ahead with a penalty, but then Joe Ledley scores twice to win the day for Celtic.

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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