Celtic On This Day – 1st August – David Potter’s Celtic Diary

Celtic Historian David Potter begins a new diary  on The Celtic Star for this morning which will run throughout the new season and will highlight key Celtic related events relevant to each day, starting with 1 August…


Today in sweltering weather with thunder threatening at the Rangers Sports at Ibrox, Celtic’s five-a-side of Dodds, Gray, McColl, Browning and McAtee beat Third Lanark 3-1. It was a good day, but the international situation was causing a little concern as Russia and Germany were now squaring up to each other with the real fear that Great Britain might yet be drawn in as well.


In a dreadful pre-season friendly, Celtic went down 1-5 to Arsenal at Celtic Park. It was Billy McNeill’s first game in his second spell as Manager. Charlie Nicholas was playing for Arsenal, and “the Pope would have had a better reception at Ibrox”. Perhaps aware of the atmosphere, he did not come back after half-time. None of this however hid the simple truth that this was a dreadful Celtic performance from a team with no self-belief.


Celtic begin this season with a 1-0 win over Hearts at Tynecastle thanks to a late own goal from Craig Levein. Possibly this season (Liam Brady’s second) might not be all that bad after all? But there are serious problem with finance, and more importantly, a lack of confidence as far as Rangers are concerned with the Ibrox side clearly winning the propaganda battle.


John Barnes’ reign as Celtic manager begins well with a 5-0 win at Pittodrie over a poor Aberdeen side with two goals each from Henrik Larsson and Mark Viduka and one from Mark Burchill.


Following the unveiling of the flag by Lisbon Lion John Clark, Celtic beat Ross County 2-0 with goals from Leigh Griffiths (penalty) and Stefan Johansen. It is a starting debut for Kieran Tierney, but arguments in favour of summer football rather fail when the heavens open just as we are on our way back to the buses!

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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