Celtic On This Day – 28th October – David Potter’s Celtic Diary

Month 3, Day 28 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 28th October…


Unaccountably, Celtic go down 0-4 to Third Lanark in the second replay of the Glasgow Cup final, The previous two games were drawn and there had been mutterings. There are even more mutterings in the 17,000 crowd about Celtic’s lethargic performance in this one!


30,000 are at Parkhead to see the Old Firm game which ends in a 0-0 draw. “Celtic do more pressing, but Rangers miss more chances” is the enigmatic verdict of The Sunday Post. Celtic have now gone almost a year since they last lost a game. Ireland has now settled down but the quotation from the Roman author Tacitus “they make a desert and call it peace” seems appropriate, and in France, the much heralded Somme offensive has now become literally and metaphorically “bogged down”.The casualties continue to be appalling.

Bobby Carroll scored twice

Bobby Carroll scores twice in this 2-1 victory over Jock Stein’s Dunfermline at Parkhead, thereby getting some sort of revenge for last season’s Scottish Cup final defeat which still hurts. A sign of the times is the appearance at football grounds of transistor radios and suddenly, when nothing particular is happening on the field, a great roar is heard because Hearts have equalised in the Scottish League Cup final against Rangers!


In a remarkable display of sustained attacking football by both sides, Celtic win the Scottish League Cup for the fifth time and the third year in a row in a game against Dundee which they win 5-3. Steve Chalmers scores twice and John Hughes, Bobby Lennox and Willie Wallace once each in a game which has everything and is much enjoyed by the 66,660 crowd. Celtic have little time to celebrate for they are immediately off to South America to play Racing Club of Argentina in the World Club Championship.


There have already been mutterings about the management of Tony Mowbray and these now intensify after this lacklustre performance which leads to the exit from the Scottish League Cup at the hands of Hearts before a meagre crowd of 19,610. Hearts score with a penalty kick scored by Michael Stewart, currently in dispute with his club. Tony Mowbray is a likeable man, but one begins to wonder if he is cut out for this job.

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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