Celtic On This Day – 24th January – 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 24th January 1925…


SATURDAY 24 JANUARY 1925 – 42,000 are crammed into Cathkin Park to see a fine attacking Celtic performance and an eclipse of the sun! The eclipse is spectacular but only partial and does not prevent the crowd from seeing the game, although the Third Lanark management did provide candles in the Press Box just in case. The real brightness comes from the forward play of Celtic for whom the impressive young Jimmy McGrory scores a hat-trick and Alec Thomson and Patsy Gallacher one each in the 5-1 defeat of Third Lanark in the Scottish Cup. Tommy McInally, currently with Third Lanark, is not playing today because he is suspended, having been sent off when the two clubs played in the League a few weeks earlier.

Joe Cowan scored

SATURDAY 24 JANUARY 1931 – Celtic don’t always do well at Pittodrie and a 1-1 draw is looked upon as a reasonable result. McGrory was out injured but it was his deputy Joe Cowan who scored the goal which equalised. It was a windy day, and Celtic were possibly lucky when Yorston hit the bar. But it was a good game of football and both teams were applauded at the end.

SATURDAY 24 JANUARY 1981 – A trip to England today to play Berwick Rangers in the Scottish Cup results in a fine 2-0 win on a day that the Berwick men fight hard and are applauded by the Celtic fans for so doing, for the memory of what they did in 1967 still remains strong in Celtic memories! Charlie Nicholas and Tommy Burns score the goals for a team which has clearly turned the corner since the New Year.

SATURDAY 24 JANUARY 1987 – A tight game at Falkirk today which Celtic win 2-1 with goals coming from Maurice Johnston. A large crowd is there, but it is obvious to many people that the Brockville ground is now beginning to show its age.

SUNDAY 24 JANUARY 2010 – A good win for Tony Mowbray’s side today at McDiarmid Park as Celtic beat St Johnstone 4-1 with a couple of goals from Marc-Antoine Fortune, one from Georgios Samaras and one from Paddy McCourt. St Johnstone scored first, but it was a good second half performance after the Saints had a man sent off for a second booking.

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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