Celtic On This Day – 17th August – David Potter’s Celtic Diary

Day 17 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 17 August…


In glorious weather before 12,000 at Celtic Park, Celtic notch their second win of the season by beating Motherwell 3-0. Jimmy Quinn scores two goals, and Alec Bennett one.


Such are the problems of war transport that centre half John Jackson’s train is late arriving in Edinburgh for the start of the season game at Hibs, and with no taxis available because of manpower problems, John has to run all the way from Waverley Station to Easter Road.

He is rewarded with a goal, the other two in the 3-0 victory coming from Jimmy McColl and Adam McLean. Edinburgh is buzzing with rumours of British successes on the battle fields of France – but all such stories have been heard before!


20,000 are at Cappielow to see Celtic win their second game of the new season beating Morton 2-1 and the goals coming from Peter Scarff.


Serious disorder in London Road compels the mounted police to disperse the crowd who are protesting at a feckless Celtic performance in a 1-1 draw with Queen of the South following last week’s 0-3 defeat by Rangers and then an insipid 0-0 draw at Kilmarnock.The target of the venom, Chairman Bob Kelly, has wisely taken himself off to see the reserves at Dumfries, but he will be in no doubt about the feelings of the support.


32,469 are at Celtic Park today to see Liam Brady’s side win their third successive game of the new season with a convincing 4-1 win over Falkirk. Tommy Coyne scores twice, and Gary Gillespie and John Collins once each.

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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