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

The late, great Celtic Historian David Potter’s Celtic Diary  each morning on The Celtic Star looks back at key Celtic events and matches on this day starting on 25th January 1908…


Willie Kivlichan scored twice

SATURDAY 25 JANUARY 1908 – Peebles Rovers are rare visitors to Celtic Park in the Scottish Cup and are given a good reception from the Celtic crowd, reduced by bad weather to 4,000, before Willie Kivlichan scores twice and Peter Somers and Davie Hamilton once each in the 4-0 victory. Celtic players then go on to have a Burns Supper that night.

Sandy McMahon RIP

TUESDAY 25 JANUARY 1916 – The death is announced of Sandy McMahon in the Glasgow Royal Infirmary at the age of 45. He has been suffering from chronic nephritis for some time. He had been a great centre-forward and inside-left for Celtic in the 1890s, winning four Scottish League championships and three Scottish Cups. He was the first in a long line of Celtic’s personality goalscorers, and Willie Maley went to see him hours before he died. He was buried in Dalbeth Cemetery a few days later.

Gerry McAloon scored

SATURDAY 25 JANUARY 1947 – Celtic’s first Scottish Cup tie since the end of hostilities ends in a disappointing 1-2 defeat to Second Division Dundee at Dens Park. Gerry McAloon scores Celtic’s late consolation goal, but today’s result is particularly disappointing to the large Celtic crowd.

SATURDAY 25 JANUARY 1964 – Morton, the runaway leaders of the Second Division, are confident of their chances against Celtic at Cappielow in the Scottish Cup, as the Press spearhead a campaign to convince them that they will win. For a while it looks possible as Alan McGraw scores first for the home side, but then John Hughes scores one of his wonder goals, Charlie Gallagher scores direct from a corner kick and Jimmy Johnstone adds a third. Goalkeeper John Fallon is warned for over-zealous celebration by a small-minded or promotion-hunting policeman!

Henrik Larsson scored twice

SATURDAY 25 JANUARY 2003 – The time was when St Mirren were doughty Scottish Cup fighters with several fine wins over Celtic to their credit. Not today, though. After a slow start and a goalless first half, Celtic turned it on in the second half and won 3-0 with two goals from Henrik Larsson and one from Momo Sylla..Jamie Smith and Colin Healy were given a rare start and played well enough for supporters to feel that they deserved more of a chance.

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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