Celtic On This Day – 25th August – David Potter’s Celtic Diary

Day 25 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 25 August…


There are clear signs that a really great Celtic team is developing as they defeat Kilmarnock 5-0 before 18,000 at home today. Jimmy Quinn scores a hat-trick, and Bobby Templeton and Willie Orr (with a penalty) the others. It is Bobby Templeton’s debut and he is very impressive, as is the on-loan goalkeeper from Rangers, Tommy Sinclair. The Scottish Referee comments that he cannot get a game for Rangers because of Sandy Newbigging, but he looked quite at home in his “new biggin” at Celtic Park.


So who needs Tommy McInally? Tom is now with Sunderland, but today Willie Gray (Wuggy) scores twice at Somerset Park as Celtic beat Ayr United 2-0, making it three wins out of three.


Celtic appal their large travelling support by going three goals down to Hearts at Tynecastle before John Hughes and Bobby Murdoch bring some respectability to the score line and make it 3-2. But it is still a poor result which imperils Celtic’s chances of qualification from the League Cup section. Two of Hearts’ goals were scored by Willie Wallace.


No-one realises it at the time but this is in fact the start of nine-in-a-row League championships as Celtic in the first Scottish League game of the season turn it on and defeat Dundee United 4-0 at Tannadice with goals from John Divers, Joe McBride, Tommy Gemmell and Ian Young (with a penalty kick). Orjan Persson of Dundee United (who will in later years play for Rangers) is sent off. The crowd is given as 18,000.


Celtic complete a good week (they qualified for the Champions League in midweek by getting the better of Ajax) by travelling to Easter Road and beating Hibs 4-1, with two goals coming from Chris Sutton and once each from Lubo Moravcik and Henrik Larsson.

David Potter

David Potter’s new book, Willie Fernie – Putting on the Style is featured in the new edition of the Celtic View which is out now and available from the Celtic Stores. You can also pick up the Willie Fernie book there too or order direct from Celtic Star Books, link below…

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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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