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

Month 3, 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 16th October…


Peter Johnstone

At Clune Park, Port Glasgow, Celtic have a narrow and possibly rather lucky 3-2 win over Port Glasgow thanks to a goal from Peter Johnstone, then a penalty sunk by Jamie Weir and the just at the end when a draw seemed inevitable, a shot from Jimmy Quinn struck the post and went into the net to give Celtic a victory in a rather unpleasant kind of game.


Brockville has seen rather too any Celtic disasters in the past, but today sees a great game which Celtic win by the odd goal in seven. Celtic were three times behind but equalised on all three occasions before Bobby Lennox scored the winner. It was Lennox’s second goal, and the other two goals were scored by Bobby Murdoch and Jimmy Johnstone.


If anyone ever had the slightest doubt about the value of young Kenny Dalglish, the reservations must have been dispelled today when the fair-haired youngster scores a hat-trick in a 3-1 win over Dundee at Parkhead before 32,000 fans. Not only does he score the goals, but his distribution and positional sense are worthy of a veteran. Less happily, Tommy Gemmell misses a penalty.


12,871 travel to Somerset Park, Ayr, to see Celtic register a 2-0 victory with goals from Ronnie Glavin and a late counter from recent signing Joe Craig. Pat Stanton has a brilliant game in the defence.

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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