Celtic On This Day – 22nd August – David Potter’s Celtic Diary

The late, great Celtic Historian David Potter’s new Celtic Diary highlights key Celtic related events relevant to each day, today covering 22 August…


At old Celtic Park, Celtic make up for last week’s disappointment at Hearts with a convincing 3-0 victory over Rangers with goals coming from Sandy McMahon, Johnny Campbell and Johnny Madden. The serious overcrowding in the 15,000 attendance however makes Celtic’s move to a newer and bigger ground all the more imperative. Sandy McMahon is described as being “outstanding in his dribbling and passing to his wing men”.


Tom Whitney

Tom Whitney, one of Celtic’s lesser known players, scores in the 1-1 draw at Pittodrie against Aberdeen. The game is spoilt to an extent by bad behaviour, mainly from Aberdeen fans who threw stones onto the park, and compelled referee Mr Baillie of Motherwell to suspend play and appeal to Aberdeen manager Paddy Travis to help restore law and order.



Taking a rest, as it were, from the breath taking League Cup section which involved Hearts, Dundee and Dundee United, Celtic visit Brockville in Falkirk and win their first League game 3-1 with goals from Alex Byrne, Mike Jackson and John Hughes. It is a satisfactory result at a game which has so often been a bogey ground for Celtic. The Celtic Supporters Association tried to organise a boycott of this game in protest at various things to do with previous games at Brockville, but it was only a partial success.


Celtic confirm their qualification for the League Cup quarter final with a comfortable 4-2 win over Hearts at Parkhead before a crowd of 40,000. Young Lou Macari is very impressive. He scores one goal, George Connolly another and there are two from John Hughes.


It is tight, but Celtic hold on to qualify for the group stages of the Champions League against Dutch side Ajax. Up 3-1 from the first leg, Celtic lose a goal to Wamberto on the half-hour mark and have to defend against a good Ajax side, but 60,000 and a large TV audience see a steady defensive performance.

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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