Celtic On This Day – 18th April – David Potter’s Celtic Diary

Celtic Historian David Potter each morning on The Celtic Star looks back at key Celtic events and matches on this day starting on 18th April 1908. David’s latest bestseller The Celtic Rising ~ 1965: The Year Jock Stein Changed Everything is available now in print on Celtic Star Books, and also on Amazon kindle, links below…

Alec Bennet scored twice

SATURDAY 18th APRIL 1908 – In a very one-sided Scottish Cup final, Celtic beat St.Mirren 5-1 before 58,000 at Hampden to lift the trophy for the 6th time. Alec Bennet scores two, and Jimmy Quinn, Peter Somers and Davie Hamilton one each, but the best man on the field is Jimmy McMenemy, now called “Napoleon”, the one member of the forward line who did not score a goal!

Jimmy “Napoleon” McMenemy scored twice

SATURDAY 18th APRIL 1914 – Having beaten Hibs on Thursday night to win the Scottish Cup, Celtic do the same today to clinch the Scottish League with several games to spare. This time the score is 3-0 with two goals from Jimmy McMenemy and one from Jimmy McColl. “Brigadier” of The Daily Record salutes a great team who have now won the League and Cup double three times while no-one else has even done it once. A “festive gathering” was held in the pavilion at Celtic Park that night.

The Celtic team that played that day…

SATURDAY 18th APRIL 1959 – A bitter sweet end to the season for Celtic! Today they beat Hearts 2-1 at Celtic Park with goals from Bertie Auld and Eric Smith, and that had to be looked upon as a great result. The only problem was that it won the League – for Rangers! Rangers themselves lost to Aberdeen at Ibrox and were being booed off the park until their supporters heard the result from Parkhead! Neither Rangers nor Celtic supporters knew whether to laugh or cry!

WEDNESDAY 18th APRIL 1973 – At last Celtic are at the top of the League, although admittedly only on goal average, with two games remaining. They did this tonight by beating Dumbarton 5-0 at Celtic Park, thereby using up their game in hand. Dixie Deans scores a hat trick and the other two goals are scored by Tom Callaghan and Kenny Dalglish.

Stilian Petrov scored

SUNDAY 18th APRIL 2004 – 14,516 are at Rugby Park, Kilmarnock to see a fairly mundane game which Celtic win 1-0 with a Stilian Petrov goal – except it is not all that mundane, for this game clinches Celtic’s third SPL Championship in four years. The Championship is won with weeks to spare, and is the 39th time that Celtic have been Champions of Scotland.

David Potter

About Author

The Celtic Star founder and editor David Faulds has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

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