Celtic On This Day – 26th September – David Potter’s Celtic Diary

The late, great Celtic Historian David Potter’s Celtic diary highlights key Celtic-related events relevant to each day, today covering 26 September…


‘Sniper’ Jimmy McColl

There is a growing body of opinion which feels that football ought to be stopped for the duration of the war, but 14,000 people at Dens Park would not agree with that as they saw a fine game in which Celtic beat the home side 3-1 with Jimmy McColl scoring twice and Patsy Gallacher once. The crowd was noticeable for the amount of soldiers in uniform mingling among other supporters and enjoying the football. Meanwhile the war is being fought with intense ferocity across the Channel.


Jimmy McGrory scores five as Celtic beat Third Lanark 7-0 in the semi-final of the Glasgow Cup before 9,000 fans on the Holiday Monday. Paddy Connolly and Adam McLean score the other two goals. Tommy McInally playing against his old team, entertains and clowns throughout the entire game.


Celtic play their first ever game in Europe today against Valencia of Spain in what was then called the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup. Celtic lose 2-4, their goals coming from an own goal and then a fine strike from Bobby Carroll. Only a very few Celtic fans travel to Spain to accompany the team.


Parkhead is an angry place at the final whistle today as Celtic go down 1-2 to Partick Thistle before a crowd of 21,486. It comes after a defeat in the League Cup semi-final to Aberdeen on Wednesday night, and is now the fourth defeat in the calendar month of September. Andy Payton scores Celtic’s only goal on a miserable afternoon.


Kenny Miller scores a penalty kick as Celtic beat Copenhagen 1-0 in the Champions League. The Danish team seem to have few attacking ambitions and it is a poor game, although a welcome victory.

Celtic’s Kenny Miller scores from the penalty spot against FC Copenhagen’s during their UEFA Champions League Group F football match at Celtic Park , 26 September 2006.  (Photo ANDREW YATES/AFP via Getty Images)

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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