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

Month 3, Day 22 of Celtic Historian David Potter’s new diary on The Celtic Star which will run throughout the new season and will highlight key Celtic-related events relevant to each day, today covering 22nd October…


Jimmy Quinn

The clash at Cathkin (or Old Hampden as it is sometimes called) between last season’s League champions, Third Lanark, and last season’s Cup holders, Celtic, ends in a 2-1 win for Celtic. Jimmy Quinn gets both of Celtic’s goals. The referee Mr Murray of Stenhousemuir is accidentally hit in the face by a ball from Sunny Jim Young and has to be replaced. Third Lanark are not happy with the replacement, and for a while turn awkward until they realise that they might lose the game anyway if they refuse to play.


Johnny Crum

A good 4-1 victory for Celtic at Parkhead today over last year’s League Champions Motherwell with two goals from debutant Johnny Crum, one from Alec Thomson and one from Hugh Smith. The weather was bad and limited the crowd to 20,000 when about double that amount might have been expected. Jimmy McGrory was still out injured.


A dreadful performance against a good Dundee team at Dens Park leads to a 0-3 defeat. It is typical of Celtic at the time. The 35,000 who crammed into the ground contained well over 20,000 who were supporting Celtic…but the team broke their hearts!


League form this year has been bad, but Celtic may well have turned a corner as they have now won three games in a row and today sees a good win at Shawfield with goals from Bertie Auld, Bobby Carroll and a penalty from Bertie Peacock.


The dreadful post-Dalglish season continues but today at least there is a glimmer of hope as Celtic beat Dundee United 2-1 at Tannadice with a goal from Paul Wilson and a penalty scored by Ronnie Glavin. Following a narrow win over Innsbruck in the first leg of the European Cup, dare we begin to hope that something may yet be salvaged from this awful time?

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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