Celtic On This Day – 18th March – 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 March 1916. 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…

Jimmy ‘Sniper’ McColl scored twice

SATURDAY 18 MARCH 1916 – Celtic’s impressive war time form continues with a 5-0 win over St Mirren at Love Street with two goals from Jimmy McColl and one each from Patsy Gallacher, Johnny Browning and Andy McAtee. The man of the match is, as ever, “the most talked about man in the trenches”, Patsy Gallacher. One of Willie Maley’s first tasks after the match is to go to the Post Office and sent a telegram with the score to the War Office, who will them distribute the news to the various Scottish regiments.

WEDNESDAY 18 MARCH 1953 – Loud boos are heard from the minuscule crowd around Parkhead this Wednesday afternoon as Celtic go down 0-1 to Airdrie. The team lost to Rangers in the Scottish Cup on Saturday, and are in the middle of a bad run of form. The question is asked “If there is to be a Coronation Cup the year, would Celtic deserve to be one of Scotland’s representatives?”

SATURDAY 18 MARCH 1967 –  A close game at Celtic Park ends in a 3-2 win for Celtic over Dunfermline sees Steve Chalmers, Willie Wallace and Tommy Gemmell (with a penalty) score for Celtic to keep them joint top of the League with Rangers. Alex Ferguson scores a penalty for Dunfermline.

SATURDAY 18 MARCH 1972 – 47,100 are at Parkhead today to see Celtic and Hearts draw 1-1 in the Scottish Cup. It is a close game. Dixie Deans scores in the first half, but Hearts equalise late in the game to take the game to a replay a week come Monday at Tynecastle.

SUNDAY 18 MARCH 2001 – Very impressively, Celtic, wearing their yellow change strip, take their first step to a domestic treble by beating Kilmarnock 3-0 in the Scottish League Cup Final. Celtic, bedevilled by injuries and non-availability, are compelled to play youngsters like Colin Healy, Jamie Smith and Stephen Crainey and early in the second half with the score only 1-0 for Celtic, Chris Sutton is harshly sent off by referee Hugh Dallas. But Henrik Larsson who has already scored the first goal, then scores another two and the game finishes with Celtic’s ten men well on top of Kilmarnock’s eleven. 48,830 see Celtic’s 12th Scottish League Cup and Martin O’Neill’s first trophy as Celtic manager.

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.


  1. Wednesday 18th. March, 1953.

    Is a reminder of Bill Daly’s contribution to ‘The Celtic Foundation’. His relative and Celtic player Michael Haughney collected the signatures of that, at the time Celtic team. Having looked at the autographed names closely they contain some really outstanding names and what a reminder of Celtic’s history through those mostly barren times, they were a preparation of what was to come a decade later.

    Sean Fallon – Bobby Collins – Alex Boden – Eric Smith – Jimmy Docherty – John Stein – John McPhail – Jimmy Walsh – Allen Dowdell – Charlie Tully – Jimmy Gribben (Ass. Trainer) – Bobby Evans – Bertie Peacock – Dick Beattie – Willie Fernie – Allan Marshall – and of course Bills relative – Michael Haughney. Bill also donated Michaels autographs of the Manchester Utd’s Busby Babes. What an outstanding thing to do, so a big thanks to Bill Daly. Fascinating to see big Jocks signature alongside Jimmy Gribben’s and Jock never forgot his friend Jimmy Gribben and how he helped to bring him back to “Paradise”.