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

The late, great Celtic Historian David Potter’s Celtic Diary looks back at key Celtic events and matches on this day starting on 17th November 1894…

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SATURDAY 17 NOVEMBER 1894 – Celtic beat Rangers 2-0 to win the Glasgow Cup for the third time. 20,000 are at Cathkin Park to see John Divers score the two first half goals which win the trophy. Both Willie Maley and Sandy McMahon are crocked by brutal tackles and Celtic play out the second half with only nine fit men.

SATURDAY 17 NOVEMBER 1906 – The Scottish Referee, never exactly a pro Celtic newspaper, is adamant that Celtic were lucky to beat Falkirk 3-2 at Brockville. But it was the biggest crowd ever seen at that ground and Celtic’s two stars were Alec McNair and Donnie McLeod, both local men. Alec Bennett scored twice and Davie Hamilton one in a hard fought game against a talented Falkirk side.

WEDNESDAY 17 NOVEMBER 1965 – Celtic duly finish the job with a 2-0 win over AGF Aarhus through goals from Billy McNeill and Jimmy Johnstone. They had already beaten the Danish Cup holders 1-0 in Denmark, and tonight’s game was a thoroughly professional performance.

SATURDAY 17 NOVEMBER 1973 – The world is worried about the Arab-Israeli war with its effects on the price and availability of oil, but 22,000 fans at Parkhead are far more interested in Dixie Deans who puts six goals past Partick Thistle at Parkhead. This is a post-war record, but still short of Jimmy McGrory’s eight in 1928. Bobby Lennox scores the other goal in the 7-0 win.

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SUNDAY 17 NOVEMBER 2002 – 57,231 people, already on a high after Thursday night’s epic win over Blackburn Rovers (which silenced so many pundits) are to Parkhead to welcome Celtic as they take on Partick Thistle. They are rewarded by another fine Celtic performance. Stilian Petrov scores twice and the strike force of Chris Sutton and Henrik Larsson once each as Celtic beat Thistle 4-0.

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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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