Celtic On This Day – 22nd May – 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 22nd May 1943…

Charlie McGinlay scored twice

SATURDAY 22nd MAY 1943 – A rare war-time triumph for Celtic as they lift the Glasgow Charity Cup for the first time since 1938 by beating Third Lanark at Parkhead before a crowd of 25,000, an attendance which proves that football flourishes even in the difficult circumstances of World War II. It is a comprehensive 3-0 victory with two goals from Charlie McGinlay and one from Hugh Long, and is much enjoyed by the faithful. Celtic are actually presented with the Glasgow Cup at the City Chambers by mistake, for Rangers (the previous holders) sent the wrong trophy!

SATURDAY 22nd MAY 2004 – Celtic fight back to lift their 32nd Scottish Cup as they beat Dunfermline 3-1 after being 1-0 down at half-time. Henrik Larsson, playing his last big game for the club, scores twice with Stilian Petrov scoring the other as Celtic finish the game well on top and duly collect the trophy which they can now add to the SPL championship which they won a month previously. 50,846 are there.

Celtic coach Martin O’Neill celebrates the opening goal by Chris Sutton during the Scottish Premier League match between Motherwell and Celtic at Fir Park on May 22, 2005. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

SUNDAY 22nd MAY 2005 – Now known as “Black Sunday” this is the day in which Celtic lost the SPL in heart-rending circumstances. 1-0 up on Motherwell from a Chris Sutton strike, all they have to do is hold out or better still add to the lead, but feckless play lets them down, and with Rangers beating a lacklustre Hibs side, Scott McDonald scores twice for Motherwell at the death. It is generally agreed to be one of the worst days in Celtic’s recent history.

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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