Celtic On This Day – 17th January – 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 January 1914…

Johnny Browning scored

SATURDAY 17 JANUARY 1914 – Even without Sunny Jim Young, Alec McNair and Andy McAtee, Celtic still win a difficult fixture at Dens Park, Dundee. Johnny Browning scores the only goal of the game, and once again Charlie Shaw is outstanding. The Dundee Courier moans about Celtic being lucky, but is also prepared to concede that Celtic have now probably won the League. They are indeed very far ahead.

Tom “Tully” Craig scored twice

SATURDAY 17 JANUARY 1920 – A good crowd of 10,000 are at Kilmarnock to see a good 3-2 win with two goals from Tom “Tully” Craig and one from the ever reliable Andy McAtee.

Charlie Nailer scored twice

SATURDAY 17 JANUARY 1932 – A much improved run of form since the New Year has now seen Celtic win three games in a row, and today they beat Falkirk 3-2 in the Scottish Cup at Celtic Park with Charlie Napier scoring twice and Bertie Thomson once. The team had not yet completely come to terms with the death of John Thomson in September, and the Canadian replacement Joe Kennaway is still out injured, so John Falconer is in goal. But it is a good result and a run in the Scottish Cup will give everyone a welcome boost.

Billy McNeill scored

SATURDAY 17 JANUARY 1970 – Celtic pull off a brilliant win at a cold Easter Road today against Hibs. Billy McNeill scores with a header in the first half, and after Arthur Duncan levels for Hibs, John Hughes scores the winner with only four minutes to go. 45,000 see this game which keeps Celtic ahead in the League race.

Andy Walker scored

SATURDAY 17 JANUARY 1996 – In a very tight game at Tynecastle, Pierre van Hooijdonk and Andy Walker are the men who score the goals to give Celtic a 2-1 victory as Tommy Burns’ team, although still behind, continue to put pressure on 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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