Celtic On This Day – 19th 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 19th March 1892. 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…

Michael Davitt lays the first sod of shamrock smothered turf at Celtic Park

SATURDAY 19 MARCH 1892 – Irish patriot Michael Davitt arrives at the site of the New Celtic Park to plant shamrocks on the centre of the field. The ground will be ready for the following season. Having planted the shamrocks, Davitt walks with officials of the club to Old Celtic Park where he then witnesses an insipid 0-0 draw against Clyde.

Joe Cassidy scored

SATURDAY 19 MARCH 1921 – Joe Cassidy scores the late winner which gives victory to injury hit Celtic against Hearts at Celtic Park to avenge the Scottish Cup defeat of a fortnight ago and to keep Celtic well in the League race. Earlier Willie McStay had twice scored a penalty, but Hearts had equalised. 3-2 was a fair result for a fine Celtic team who were lacking Tommy McInally, Willie Cringan and Andy McAtee.

SATURDAY 19 MARCH 1966 – With every point and every goal vital in the race for the Championship, Celtic are merciless in their 7-1 beating of Hamilton Accies at Douglas Park with two goals from McBride (one a penalty), two from Johnstone and one each from Steve Chalmers, Bobby Lennox and Bertie Auld.

SUNDAY 19 MARCH 2000 – Following a disastrous season which has seen a Scottish Cup exit to Inverness Caledonian Thistle and the consequent sacking of manager John Barnes, Celtic, under the temporary management of Kenny Dalglish, do at least regain some self respect by winning the Scottish League Cup for the 11th time. They do this by beating Aberdeen, a team in even more disarray than Celtic, 2-0 at Hampden before 50,073 fans. The goals are scored by Vidar Riseth and Tommy Johnson, and this spring day does, if nothing else, give the long suffering Celtic fans something to smile about.

Dion Dublin scored

SUNDAY 19 MARCH 2006 – Gordon Strachan wins his first trophy as Celtic manager when Celtic beat Dunfermline 3-0 before 50,090 at Hampden to win the Scottish League Cup for the 13th time. The goals are scored by Maciej Zurawski just before half-time, then Shaun Maloney from a free kick towards the end of the game before Dion Dublin scores just at the end to win the only medal of his long career with many teams. Before the game an impressive round of applause was given for Jimmy Johnstone who died earlier this week.

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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