Celtic On This Day – 18th September – 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 18 September…


Alec King scored for Celtic

The infant Celtic club (still not ten years old) cannot afford another awful season like last season, and seem this year to be making a good start. Today Johnny Campbell and Alec King score the two goals at Parkhead which are enough to beat Clyde 2-1 and to put Celtic into the next round of the Glasgow Cup. A good crowd of 10,000 enjoy this Glasgow derby.


Without the ageing but still effective Alec McNair, Celtic go down 0-1 to Hibs in the Edinburgh Holiday fixture at Easter Road. Willie Crilly is playing in the centre forward position, but does not impress. He had been brilliant for Alloa last year helping them to win the Second Division, but seems incapable of making the step up to the First Division.


A disappointing day at Ibrox for Jock Stein’s Celtic as they go down 1-2 in a narrow defeat. Billy McNeill was injured and that seemed to have a major effect on Celtic for substitutes were still not allowed. John Hughes with a penalty scored Celtic’s solitary counter. 76,000 attended and the Celtic end in particular was dangerously over-crowded with many supporters climbing over the wall to get in. Big changes come after this. John Fallon loses his place in favour of Ronnie Simpson, and John Divers never plays again.


Celtic turn on a really scintillating performance today at Fir Park, Motherwell with a 7-0 defeat of the home side, graphically described in the Press as a “massacre” and “carnage”. The hero of it all is Charlie Nicholas who scores a hat-trick while Roy Aitken scores two and Frank McGarvey and Murdo MacLeod one each. Motherwell’s manager is no less a man than Jock Wallace one time manager of Rangers. Celtic fans sing the praises of another Motherwell manager, Wallace’s predecessor, Davie Hay.

Roy Aitken scored twice


Shakhtar Donetsk’s Olexandr Kucher closes down Shunsuke Nakamura

In another example of Celtic’s inability to play away from home in Europe, the team goes down 0-2 to Shakhtar Donetsk in the first game of the sectional stage of the European Champions League. They lose two early goals and never really look like getting back into the game. It makes for dismal television viewing and for the very few fans who have actually gone to the Ukraine. Manager Gordon Strachan expresses his disappointment.

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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