Celtic On This Day – 28th April – 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 28th April 1909. 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

WEDNESDAY 28th APRIL 1909 – Celtic are now within one victory of the Scottish League Championship. Today at Cathkin Park (Hampden still lies in ruins after the riot) Celtic beat Queen’s Park 5-0 with a hat-trick from Jimmy Quinn and two goals from Davie McLean. Celtic supporters celebrate in the rain (which came on near the end) as if the League is already theirs, but there were still two games to go, one at Easter Road and the other at Douglas Park, Hamilton. The Glasgow Herald, unashamedly pro-Queen’s Park, has to admit that Celtic are good.

Jimmy McColl scored twice

MONDAY 28th APRIL 1919 – A very tight game at Tynecastle this Edinburgh Holiday Monday, but the result puts Celtic to the top of the League with only one game to go – at Somerset Park a week come Saturday after the Victory International this weekend. Snow has been cleared off the pitch, and the pitch is in good condition. Celtic look on easy street with a 3-0 lead, (two from Jimmy McColl and one from Andy McAtee) but then Andy Wilson, a Scottish Internationalist, scores twice for Hearts in the latter stages, and Shaw, McNair and Dodds have to defend desperately. In spite of the Spanish flu pandemic, a crowd of 15,000 see a good game.

John Hughes scored

WEDNESDAY 28th APRIL 1965 – Normally a 1-5 defeat would lead to anguish and gnashing of teeth, but not this one. It came on the back of the Scottish Cup victory and it was on the ground of the same opponents, Dunfermline Athletic. The Pars clearly had a point to prove, and duly did so, but Jock Stein, who always retained a soft spot for Dunfermline, was wholesome in his congratulations. John Hughes scored Celtic’s only goal in this irrelevant fixture.

SATURDAY 28th APRIL 1973 – Celtic win the Scottish League Championship for the eighth year in a row by beating Hibs 3-0 at Easter Road before a packed crowd of 45,453. Rangers have fought hard this year and Celtic have a difficult final fixture, but they rise magnificently to the occasion with a goal from Dixie Deans in the first half, then Kenny Dalglish and Dixie Deans again in the second half. It is a great triumph for Jock Stein after the bad midwinter that the team suffered, and the team is now virtually unrecognisable from the team that won the first championship in the sequence back in 1966. Only Billy McNeill, Bobby Murdoch and Jimmy Johnstone remain from 1966.

SUNDAY 28th APRIL 2002 – The League has been well won weeks ago, but Celtic beat Hearts 4-1 at Tynecastle. Youngsters Shaun Maloney and Simon Lynch score two each. The game ends with an undignified squabble about who is to take a last minute penalty which would give either Maloney or Lynch a hat-trick. Maloney wins the argument, but them misses the penalty to general hilarity.

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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