Celtic On This Day – 22nd 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 22nd April 1899. 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…

Johnny Hodge scored

SATURDAY 22nd APRIL 1899 – 25,000 are at Second Hampden to see Celtic win their second Scottish Cup by beating Rangers 2-0 in a good game with goals scored by Sandy McMahon and Johnny Hodge. Rangers have had a good season as unbeaten League Champions, but this game at least gives Celtic and their vast band of supporters something to cheer about.

SATURDAY 22nd APRIL 1961 – Today’s Scottish Cup final was a great disappointment for the 113,618 crowd. It was the day that Celtic’s lean years were to come to an end, but the final today against Jock Stein’s Dunfermline Athletic was a goalless draw in which neither side looked as if they were going to score, and so it is a replay on Wednesday night.

WEDNESDAY 22nd APRIL 1981 – The Scottish League Championship is clinched at Tannadice Park with a hard-worked 3-2 win over Dundee United. Murdo MacLeod, Frank McGarvey and Tommy Burns score the goals for Celtic, but Dundee United make them work hard and score through Willie Pettigrew and Paul Sturrock. A lap of honour is held at the end, and substitute Johnny Doyle throws his tracksuit into the Celtic crowd.

SUNDAY 22nd APRIL 2001 – Celtic are presented with the Premier League trophy at the conclusion of this game against Hearts, the League having been won a couple of weeks ago. It is a narrow but emphatic 1-0 win for Celtic with Lubo Moravcik scoring the only goal of the game.

SUNDAY 22nd APRIL 2007 – Shunsuke Nakamura scores with a free-kick at the end of the game at Rugby Park to clinch the SPL Championship. Earlier Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink has scored the first goal, but Kilmarnock have equalised just after half-time, and hard as Celtic try, they simply can not get the elusive winner until “Naka’s Cracker” as the SKY TV commentator described it.

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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  1. My very first Celtic game, Saturday 22nd. of April 1961, the Scottish Cup final verses Dunfermline. Of course we were aware of Jock Stein as a Celtic player and followed his career into football management. After taking the Pars from being relegation candidates then into Europe, (surely he must have been at the European Cup final at Hampden, Real Madrid verses Eintracht Frankfurt), excitement grew as he went to ‘Sunshine On Leith’ and finally to Paradise, to fulfil his destiny. “Celtic may not be my first love, but they will be my last love”.

    “Cups are not won by individuals, but by men who put their club before personal prestige.” The Genius Of Stein.”