Celtic On This Day – 23rd October – David Potter’s Celtic Diary

Month 3, Day 23 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 23 October…


A combination of war time problems and injury mean that Celtic have to take the field to-day without Andy McAtee or Jimmy McMenemy and go down to an unlucky defeat at home to St Mirren before 6,000 fans. They lose 0-2 but the second goal was a fluke on full time with Charlie Shaw well out of his goal pressing forward for an equaliser.


Jimmy McGrory scores five as the black and golds of Aberdeen are beaten 6-2 at Parkhead. Adam McLean scores the other goal, but the talk of the 10,000 crowd is of no-one other than James McGrory.

Jimmy McGrory


Celtic win their 3rd Scottish League Cup in a tough encounter against Rangers before a crowd of 107,609, a record for the tournament. The game is not quite as bad as it has been described by some commentators, but the occasion is marred by the invasion of Rangers fans at the end as Celtic were on their lap of honour. Celtic’s hero is John Hughes who slots away two first half penalties, but praise is also heaped upon goalkeeper Ronnie Simpson for the way that he radiated confidence and reassurance during that frenetic second-half. Indeed the whole team deserve praise for the way they worked hard for each other to prove that the Scottish Cup victory of April 1965 is no isolated occurrence and that Celtic were indeed here to stay. Including the Glasgow Cup, there are now three pieces of silver bedecked in green and white ribbons.


A real Celtic horror story as one of Scottish football’s remarkable days unfolds. Celtic go down 1-4 to Partick Thistle in the League Cup Final. Billy McNeill is out injured but there seems to be no real excuse for losing four goals before half-time other than sheer complacency. Kenny Dalglish scores Celtic’s only goal. Stein is furious, but he must take his share of the blame. Big changes are forthcoming. Tommy Gemmell, for example, plays only one more game for Celtic, and Dixie Deans is bought from Motherwell.


Why can’t Celtic play away from home in Europe? This question is frequently asked but never more so than tonight when they cannot even get a draw against Rosenborg, a team who are in no way Celtic’s superiors? It is a truly awful performance and things are not helped by the realisation that both Rosenborg goals were scored by Harald Brattbakk, a man who had his moments when he was with Celtic, but was scarcely in the category of Jimmy McGrory!

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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