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

The late, great Celtic Historian David Potter’s Celtic diary highlights key Celtic-related events relevant to each day, today covering 17th October…


Johnny Madden

15,000 are at Old Celtic Park to see Sandy McMahon score twice and Johnny Madden once as Celtic beat Hearts 3-1. Most spectators however are impressed by the play of the half-back line of Willie Maley, James Kelly and Peter Dowds.


The Glasgow Cup Final ends on a draw with Jimmy Quinn heading in for Celtic, then Cross equalising late on in the game for Third Lanark. The Scottish Referee is not subtle in its innuendos about how a draw was by no means a financial disaster for either club or the Glasgow FA.


The death of John Thomson has proved to be difficult to overcome, and to-day following a dismal run of form, Celtic go down 0-2 to Dundee at Dens Park. The sympathetic Dundee Courier describes them as “out of gear”.

Joe Coen in goal for Celtic at Dens Park in October 1931. Joe only made 3 appearances for Celtic, all after the tragic death of John Thomson.


Sending offs and controversy are the order of the day at Ibrox before 44,000 fans. Frank McAvennie and two Rangers players are red-carded by an over-zealous referee, court appearances follow, but the important thing is that the game ends 2-2. Andy Walker and Terry Butcher (own goal) score for Celtic.


This was the day that probably sealed the fate of Neil Lennon as Celtic went down 0-2 to Rangers at a desolate Celtic Park in front of zero spectators. The lack of fightback rather than the loss of the two goals was possibly what upset the watching Celtic supporters on TV. Although arguments would rage about whether football without fans is worth watching or not, the fact is that Celtic were now behind.

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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