Celtic On This Day – 20th February – David Potter’s Celtic Diary

The late, great Celtic Historian David Potter’s Celtic Diary  each morning on The Celtic Star looks back at key Celtic events and matches on this day starting on 20th February 1926…


Tommy McInally scored twice

SATURDAY 20th FEBRUARY 1926 – At a dangerously overcrowded Tynecastle 52,000 see Celtic beat Hearts 4-0 in the Scottish Cup. Tommy McInally is the star of the show scoring twice and the other goals are scored by Jimmy McGrory and Paddy Connolly.

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SATURDAY 20 FEBRUARY 1954 – Willie Fernie is superb as Celtic turn it on today to beat Dundee 5-1 at Celtic Park. Neil Mochan scores twice and the other goals come from Jimmy Walsh, Johnny Higgins and Fernie himself. Celtic are behind Hearts in the Championship race following some poor results, but they do have games in hand.

Bobby Lennox scored

SATURDAY 20 FEBRUARY 1965 – Celtic pay a rare visit to Hampden to play Queen’s Park in the Scottish Cup. They surprise everyone by appearing in all-green, feeling perhaps that the green and white hoops would clash with the black and white of the Spiders. It is not a great Celtic performance for the 27,443 fans to enjoy, but Bobby Lennox scores the only goal of the game in the second half. Everyone, of course, is very aware that Jock Stein will soon be arriving to take over.

WEDNESDAY 20 FEBRUARY 1980 – Celtic win a thrilling Scottish Cup tie against St Mirren at Love Street, Paisley. Celtic are down to ten men following the sending off of Tom McAdam, and the game finishes at 2-2 after 90 minutes, both sides having scored a penalty (Bobby Lennox scoring Celtic’s) and a goal each from open play with Celtic’s coming from Johnny Doyle. And it is Johnny Doyle who scores the winner in the 91st minute of the game with a delightful individual goal. He nutmegs a defender on the wing, pulls the ball back just as it is about to cross the bye-line, then cuts back and with everyone expecting a pass, scores himself. 27,166 enjoy this game.

Johnny Doyle scored

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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  1. Johnny Doyle!! One my heroes I was at first game where wee murdo scored in last few minutes to get that replay. We went to love street that night and early but was crazy ! I was at primary school and my Dad didn’t want to risk my life 20,000 locked out that night fact!!Hence those que photos was mental! Never seen anything like it ever!! Tho Scottish cup games used to be massive before the season ticke Regine kicked in massive crowds all over in those days. We drove home and there was no commentary so we watched the highlights that night as you see here not knowing the score!! Amazing to think of that now great night. Tho being there and not getting in was heartbreaking at the time. We should won the double that year but did still won that cup. God bless wee Doylie a real Celtic man and a total Legend!