Celtic On This Day – 21st December – 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 21st December 1907…


Jimmy Quinn scored

SATURDAY 21 DECEMBER 1907 – A gloomy midwinter day at Celtic Park and the Celtic supporters were as much “gloomed” as anyone else (as The Scottish Referee put it) when Kilmarnock scored first. But then Jimmy Quinn, Alec Bennett, Peter Somers and Davie Hamilton all score to give Celtic a 4-1 victory. Celtic are now third in the League behind Falkirk and Dundee.

Adam McLean scored twice

SATURDAY 21 DECEMBER 1918 – The impressive young Adam McLean scores twice for Celtic as they beat Hamilton Accies 2-1 at Douglas Park. There is still an air of unreality about life in late 1918. The war is over, but so many men are still in uniform, and so many men are now back in Glasgow with horrendous disfigurements.

Jimmy McGrory scored a hat-trick

SATURDAY 21 DECEMBER 1935 – It is midwinter’s day at Parkhead, the pitch is hard and visibility is difficult in the mist, but 40,000 are there to see Jimmy McGrory score a hat-trick and become the greatest goal scorer of all time as he beats Hughie Ferguson’s record of 364 with a diving header. The other goals are scored by Willie Buchan and Frank Murphy as Celtic beat Aberdeen 5-3.

“Midwinter’s Day at Celtic Park
When December’s mist hung hoary
But you can keep your Santa Claus
Cos we’ve got James McGrory!”

John Clark scored

SATURDAY 21 DECEMBER 1963 – It s a very cold day at Parkhead and Celtic have to dig deep to eke out a 2-1 win at Celtic Park before 25,000 freezing spectators who light fires on the terracing to heat themselves up. John Divers scores for Celtic and then John Clark scored one of his rare goals before Motherwell’s Joe McBride pulls one back.

TUESDAY 21 DECEMBER 2010 – In sub-zero temperatures in what is possibly the coldest night Celtic have ever played a football match, Kilmarnock look like winning at Parkhead for the first time since December 1955 until Thomas Rogne gets a late equaliser for Celtic before 44,522 shivering fans.

David Potter

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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