Celtic On This Day – 1st October – 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 1st October…


A fine performance at Dens Park, Dundee as Celtic defeat the home team 4-1. Jimmy McGrory scores twice, Alec Thomson and Peter Wilson once each. The performance was described as first class.


The country feels euphoric, for yesterday at Munich an agreement was reached with Adolf Hitler which seems to suggest that there will be no war in the immediate future. Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, is even given some grudging words of praise, but there is no grudging in the praise given out to Johnny Crum who scores five as Celtic beat Albion Rovers 8-1 at a packed Cliftonhill. Jimmy Delaney scores two and Chick Geatons the other in another fine display of attacking football.

Johnny Crum


Celtic put up a feckless performance to lose 1-2 to Partick Thistle in the Scottish League Cup semi-final at Ibrox before 45,000 fans, most of whom have departed before Jim Conway’s late goal. Partick Thistle’s goalkeeper Tommy Ledgerwood is injured and has to play on the right wing but this makes no difference to a dreadful Celtic team, a mixture of youngsters and a few whose best days are behind them.

Jim Conway scored a late consolation


In a remarkable display of love between two sets of supporters, Celtic and Shamrock Rovers supporters (27,670 of them) sing each other’s praises as Celtic defeat the Irishmen 2-0 in the second leg of the first round of the European Cup at Parkhead. Mo Johnston scores Celtic’s two goals to make it 3-0 on aggregate, but then he is taken off and replaced by Owen Archdeacon, and then goes straight home! This is perhaps the harbinger of a great deal of further trouble from this quarter both this year and in the future.


The First World War began with an event that took place in Sarajevo, but tonight there are happier associations for Celtic because they beat the local team 1-0 with a goal from Odsonne Edouard to reach the Group Stages of the Europa League. It is a simple tap in from a drive that the goalkeeper could not hold. This being 2020, zero spectators are allowed.

David Potter

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Meanwhile Thursday 19 October is going to be a very special day for The Celtic Star so please save the date…

John Hartson will be The Celtic Star’s guest of honour as we celebrate the launch of Matt Corr’s new book Majic, Stan and the King of Japan on Thursday 19th October at the Kerrydale Suite at Celtic Park. More information on the night and ticket details to follow…. Majic, Stan and the King of Japan tells the story of Gordon Strachan’s first dramatic and ultimately highly successful first season as Celtic manager and it was of course Big Bad John who scored the goal that won the league! (Photo by Chris Lee/Getty Images)

About Author

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. To still being able to read the late great historian David Potter’s diary is a privilege. Thank you David 🙏

  2. Totally agree with you Peter. My favourite part of Celtic star. I love remembering all the games i had been to and David’s writing is always fair and balanced and if we deserved to lose he wrote it similar with misbehavior from the fans. We will never forget David 🙏