Celtic On This Day – 20th April – 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 20th April 1907. 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…

Peter Somers scored twice

SATURDAY 20th APRIL 1907 – Celtic beat Hearts 3-0 in a Scottish Cup Final to show the world what a great side they are, for they are at the top of the Scottish League as well as Scottish Cup winners for the 5th time. The game is a little one-sided, and although Hearts moan about a few refereeing decisions, the 50,000 crowd see a great Celtic display with two goals from the ever-inventive Peter Somers and a penalty scored by Willie Orr.

Andy McAtee scored

SATURDAY 20th APRIL 1912 – The League season ends in a whimper with a 1-1 draw against Raith Rovers in front of a meagre crowd of 4,000. The Scottish Cup is safely in the bag, but the Scottish League has been lost once again. But there are some good youngsters appearing, one of them being Andy McAtee from Croy who scored today. The main topic of conversation, however, is the extent of the disaster in the North Atlantic involving the “unsinkable” HMS Titanic

Bobby Lennox scored

SATURDAY 20th APRIL 1968 – Desperation time at Celtic Park as Bobby Lennox scores (with his shin!) the scrappiest goal of his life, but it keeps Celtic at the top of the Scottish League on goal average with only one game to be played. Earlier Willie Wallace had scored, but Morton had equalised, and looked like holding out for a draw. That same Morton had been the team who had drawn with Rangers on Wednesday to equal to allow Celtic to draw level in the League race. Parkhead celebrated as if the League had been won.

WEDNESDAY 20th APRIL 1983 – The death wish continues as Celtic, having lost to Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup semi-final on Saturday, now blow up at home to Dundee United to imperil their chances of winning the League and everyone can predict that they will now go to Pittodrie on Saturday and lose again. Not without cause are fingers pointed at Charlie Nicholas who was mysteriously missing on Saturday, but restored tonight. Although he scores a penalty in the 2-3 defeat, he fails to produce the victory that Celtic needed. Celtic Park is a dark, ominous, brooding sort of place tonight.

Andy Thom scored twice

SATURDAY 20th APRIL 1996 – Celtic are finishing strongly, today defeating Falkirk 4-0 at Parkhead, but Rangers are still ahead. It is generally agreed that Celtic have played the better football, but it looks as if they will finish second. However, the new stadium is making progress and 35,692 see Andy Thom score twice, Simon Donnelly once and Jorge Cadete once as Falkirk are put to the sword.

David Potter

About Author

The Celtic Star founder and editor David Faulds has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

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