Celtic On This Day – 26th March – 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 26th March 1910. David’s latest bestseller The Celtic Rising ~ 1965: The Year Jock Stein Changed Everything is available now in print on Celtic Star Books, and also on Amazon kindle, links below…

Jimmy Quinn scored a hat-trick

SATURDAY 26 MARCH 1910 – It is beginning to look as if Celtic are on course for their sixth successive Scottish League Championship. Today at Parkhead a slightly disappointing crowd of 8,000 sees Celtic beat Partick Thistle 3-0 with all the goals coming (almost inevitably) from the great Jimmy Quinn.

Joe Cassidy scored

SATURDAY 26 MARCH 1921 – A possibly fatal blow is struck to Celtic’s League aspirations this year as they go down 2-3 to Kilmarnock at Rugby Park. Joe Cassidy and Tommy McInally score the goals, but Kilmarnock’s late winner means that Rangers are now six points ahead of Celtic.

Willie Fernie scored

SATURDAY 26 MARCH 1955 – Curiously, both Scottish Cup semi-finals Celtic v Airdrie at Hampden and Clyde v Aberdeen at Easter Road end up as 2-2 draws! In Celtic’s case they had to fight back after losing a goal in 15 seconds and before any Celtic player had touched the ball! But Willie Fernie and Jimmy Walsh score for Celtic to earn a replay. Celtic in fact really should have won, in the opinion of many newspapers.

SATURDAY 26 MARCH 1966 – Without being too impressive, Celtic were nevertheless good enough and professional enough to reach the Scottish Cup final with a 2-0 defeat of Dunfermline at Ibrox. Bertie Auld and Steve Chalmers score the goals, one in each half before a crowd of 53,900. The other semi-final between Rangers and Aberdeen ends up in a draw.

WEDNESDAY 26 MARCH 2014 – Celtic win the Scottish Premier League for the third year in a row by beating Partick Thistle 5-1 at Firhill. Two goals are scored in stoppage time, making the score line a little hard on Thistle. Anthony Stokes scored twice and the other goals came from Liam Henderson, Stefan Johansen and Kris Commons. It is a great triumph for Neil Lennon’s men, but the rest of the season has been disappointing with no real success in Europe or in the two Scottish domestic tournaments.

David Potter


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Matthew Marr signing the pre-ordered copies of his new book

About Author

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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