Celtic On This Day – 24th November – David Potter’s Celtic Diary

The late, great Celtic Historian David Potter’s Celtic Diary looks back at key Celtic events and matches on this day starting on 24th November 1900…

Johnny Campbell scored twice for Celtic

SATURDAY 24 NOVEMBER 1900 – With the walls of Celtic Park covered with posters inviting young men to enlist for the South African War (a war, which, surprisingly, Celtic and the Irish community did not at this stage oppose) Celtic and Morton put on a good game for 6,000 spectators, Celtic winning 4-2 with two goals from Johnny Campbell, one from Sandy McMahon and another from Willie McOustra. All the goals were scored in the first half. Willie Maley was not at this game, for he and his friend William Wilton the Manager of Rangers had both gone on the same train to see East Stirlingshire v Orion of Aberdeen at Bainsford. Maley feigned illness or boredom and left before half time, but a carriage was awaiting to take him to Smithston where he had his eye on another player, a young man called Quinn.

Jimmy Quinn scored.

SATURDAY 24 NOVEMBER 1906 – At long last Celtic drop a point this season, and it is to near neighbours Clyde at Parkhead. Clyde are reported by The Scottish Referee as being the better team and indeed they were three times in the lead at 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2, but Celtic pull it back to earn a 3-3 draw. Sunny Jim scores two – one with a penalty and Jimmy Quinn scores the equaliser. 7,000 spectators enjoy this spectacle which is a timely reminder to Celtic not to be complacent.

SATURDAY 24 NOVEMBER 1962 – The Celtic fans are here in great numbers today at Parkhead to see their team which just beat Rangers in the Glasgow Cup in midweek. That atmosphere is upbeat and cheerful. Has the corner been turned? Are the great days returning? Nope! Partick Thistle score twice early on and Celtic never get back into the game. The only excuse seems to the “the inconsistency of youth”, but that excuse is now wearing a bit thin because we have heard it so often.

Kenny Dalglish scores at Boghead

SATURDAY 24 NOVEMBER 1973 – “Fatal Boghead” was the nickname given to the home of Dumbarton FC in days of yore, and a draw was often considered to be a reasonable result. Today on a windy day, the Sons of the Rock (with ex-Celts John Cushley and Willie Wallace on board) fight hard, but Celtic are competent enough to win 2-0 with goals from Kenny Dalglish and a penalty from Bobby Lennox. John Cushley does little to enhance his popularity with a dreadful tackle on Dalglish just before half time.

WEDNESDAY 24 NOVEMBER 2004 – Celtic maintain their respectable record at the Nou Camp, Barcelona with a 1-1 draw when John Hartson on the point of half-time equalises Eto’o’s strike. Sadly the draw is not enough for Celtic who really needed to win if they were to have a chance of qualifying from the group stage of the Champions’ League. 74,119 are present at the Nou Camp.

David Potter

Happy Birthday to two of our winning captains, Tom Boyd and Roy Aitken…

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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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