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

The late, great Celtic Historian David Potter’s Celtic Diary each morning on The Celtic Star looks back at key Celtic events and matches on this day starting on 17th December 1892…


Five goals from Johnny Madden

SATURDAY 17 DECEMBER 1892 – Celtic have rare visitors in the 7th King’s Royal Volunteers for today’s Scottish Cup tie. In spite of it being “pleasant football weather”, (Celtic’s last two games have been postponed because of wintry conditions) only a “meagre turn-out” is there to see Celtic against the “sodgers”. It turns out to be a mismatch as Celtic win 7-0 with five goals from Johnny Madden and one each from Jimmy Blessington and Johnny Campbell.

SATURDAY 17 DECEMBER 1910 – Dispelling the belief that this Celtic team are now past their best, Celtic beat Kilmarnock 2-0 today with goals from the old reliables Jimmy Quinn and Jimmy McMenemy. The General Election (held over a fortnight in 1910) seems to be producing the same “hung” Parliament as the January one did, so it is clear that the Irish Nationalists are going to have an important role to play in keeping the Liberals in power in return for Home Rule for Ireland.

Harry Hood scored

WEDNESDAY 17 DECEMBER 1969 – The extent of Celtic’s victory over Dundee United surprises everyone, and there are some fine goals in the 7-2 victory on a wet pitch where the snow has just recently melted. Bertie Auld is superb and scores the first goal before the crowd have settled down. Further goals come from Harry Hood, Tommy Gemmell (with a penalty), John Hughes, Bobby Murdoch and two from Willie Wallace. It is a fine display of attacking football.

SATURDAY 17 DECEMBER 1983 – At a dreich and rainy Tynecastle, 15,298 fans see Celtic record a good victory over the home side. Brian McClair scores twice and the other goal is scored by Jim Dobbins who comes on as a substitute for Murdo MacLeod.

SUNDAY 17 DECEMBER 2006 – Celtic are denied a victory at Ibrox by a late Rangers equaliser when Hemdani scored in the 88th minute after Thomas Gravesen had put Celtic ahead. A defeat would probably have killed Rangers chances of the League Championship, but this gives them a slight hope. Celtic remain 16 points ahead, and Aberdeen in any case are between Celtic and Rangers.

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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