Celtic On This Day – 27th October – David Potter’s Celtic Diary

Month 3, Day 27 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 27th October…


A large crowd of 3,000 attend Ibrox to see the Glasgow Cup semi-final in which Celtic impress everyone by a 6-1 defeat of a poor Rangers team. Mick Dunbar scores twice, and Tom Maley, Johnny Coleman, Willie Groves and James Kelly score the others. Considering that this team has only been in existence for a matter of months, it is remarkable that they have now reached the Glasgow Cup final.


A rather remarkable League game ends up 4-4 between Queen’s Park and Celtic at Hampden today with two goals each from Jimmy McGrory and Joe Riley. It was generally agreed that John Thomson was the busier keeper but all the goals came in a flurry at the end and the game was enjoyed by 20,000 spectators. Meanwhile at Ibrox, Scotland beat Wales 4-2.


Celtic, on a high after their League Cup triumph on Saturday travel to Dens Park, Dundee to beat the home side 2-1. Goals are scored by Bobby Lennox and Joe McBride and when Dundee pull a goal back late in the game, the defence holds out to register an important victory. In 1965, Dens Park was one of the more difficult grounds to earn a win at.


Following Saturday’s disastrous League Cup final against Partick Thistle, Celtic bounce back with a 2-1 win at East End Park, Dunfermline. 0-1 down at half-time and the Pars well on top, things do not look good until Billy McNeil scores on the hour mark, and then Bobby Lennox hits the winner near the end.


58,843 are at Parkhead to see Celtic leave it late to score the goal that beats Kilmarnock well into the generous five minutes of stoppage time. It is the only goal of the game and it is scored by Joos Valgaeren’s “abdomen” after a large proportion of the crowd have gone home in apparent disgust at Celtic’s inability to turn their outfield superiority into goals against a stuffy and determined Killie side. It is however the mark of champions to grab goals at the death, and Celtic have now done this on several occasions this season.

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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