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

Day 18 of Celtic Historian David Potter’s new diary on The Celtic Star which will run throughout the new season and will highlight key Celtic related events relevant to each day, today covering 18 August…


The season opens at Fir Park, Motherwell and Celtic lay down a clear indication of intent with a 6-0 beating of the home side. Jimmy Quinn shows he means business with a hat-trick and Willie Loney, Jimmy Hay and Peter Somers score the other goals which delight the many Celtic fans in the 10,000 crowd, some of whom seem to have walked all the way from Glasgow. Another method of transport is dog carts.


Having drawn disappointingly at Queen of the South on Saturday, Celtic won their first game this season with a 2-1 win at Douglas Park, Hamilton, the goals coming from Jimmy McGrory and Frank Murphy.


Celtic have now played three games this season in the League Cup and they have won them all 2-1! Today Willie Fernie and Billy McPhail scored the two goals which beat East Fife at Celtic Park, not as easy a task as it seems to modern eyes. East Fife in fact scored first in the opening minute through Jimmy Bonthrone. East Fife have already won the trophy three times, while Celtic have yet to have their name inscribed on the trophy.


A big surprise at Celtic Park tonight when the “forgotten man” John Divers suddenly emerges and scores the only goal of the game as Celtic beat Motherwell 1-0 in a tight League Cup game. Previously, there had been every indication that there was going to be no future for John at Celtic Park under Jock Stein.

John Divers



A woefully disappointing night against Sion of Switzerland in the Europa League first leg qualifier at Celtic Park. The 0-0 draw says it all. The frustrations of the huge crowd are obvious.

David Potter

David Potter’s new book, Willie Fernie – Putting on the Style is featured in the new edition of the Celtic View which is out now and available from the Celtic Stores. You can also pick up the Willie Fernie book there too or order direct from Celtic Star Books, link below…

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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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