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

Month 2, Day 1 of Celtic Historian David Potter’s new diary on The Celtic Star which will run throughout the new season and will highlight key Celtic related events relevant to each day, today covering 1 September…


Celtic play their first ever Scottish Cup tie by beating Shettleston 5-1 at Old Celtic Park. The Glasgow Herald manages to give a report of the game without telling its readers either the attendance or any of the scorers! It is likely however that Neil McCallum, Johnny Coleman and Willie Groves were among the marksmen.

Neil McCallum


50,000 were at Ibrox to see Celtic beat Rangers 2-1 in the Glasgow Cup first round. It was a fine victory with wing halves Peter Wilson and “Jean” McFarlane outstanding, and the goals came from Jimmy McGrory and Alec Thomson. It was some sort of revenge for the 0-4 defeat in the Scottish Cup final last, and some sort of comfort for the departure of Tommy McInally and Adam McLean to Sunderland.



For a Wednesday night, 40,000 was an astonishing attendance (but these were the boom years in Scottish football!) at Celtic Park to see Celtic draw 2-2 with Jackie Gallacher scoring both goals. Once again, the new Irish bhoy Charlie Tully impresses with his trickery.


An unhappy day in Celtic’s history as they batter the Dundee United goal at Tannadice but simply can’t score the one goal that would put them into the Scottish League Cup quarter-final. In the first half, the ball is a good foot over the line from a Charlie Gallagher shot, but the goal is not given and then after the final whistle a cruel rumour spreads that Hearts have lost and therefore Celtic have qualified anyway, but the truth is otherwise. A new song with a catchy tune spreads throughout the ranks. It was called Sean South of Garryowen – but even that fine song does not cheer up the depressed support.


Dunfermline Athletic have had a chequered time of it in the early 1970s, having been in and out of the Second Division after their great days of the 1960s. Today however they are back and the Scottish League campaign is launched in a fine game at East End Park which ends up 3-2 for Celtic with goals from Harry Hood, Paul Wilson and an own goal from the man who will become indelibly identified with Dunfermline Athletic for the next fifty years – Jim Leishman.

David Potter

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…

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.

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