Celtic On This Day – 29th August – David Potter’s Celtic Diary

Day 29 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 29 August…


The Scottish Referee on Monday makes the first ever mention of Celtic’s impressive new strips of green and white horizontal stripes. It makes then look younger and faster. Unfortunately the new strip does not bring a victory, for Third Lanark who have now signed Johnny Campbell and will in fact win the League this season, beat Celtic 3-1 at Parkhead, Celtic’s only goal coming from Alec Bennett.

Alec Bennett


Celtic record a splendid 3-0 victory over League Champions Dundee before 28,000 fans at Celtic Park in the League Cup. Charlie Gallacher scores in the first minute, and then John Hughes scores a couple of late goals to win the day for Celtic.


First blood to Celtic in their Centenary Season as they beat Rangers 1-0 at Celtic Park with a goal scored by Billy Stark. The same Billy Stark is the victim of a tackle by Graeme Souness which sees the Rangers player-manager sent off. Incredibly, Stark isn’t even wearing a boot at the time! 60,800 enjoy this game in warm sunshine.

Graeme Souness about to be ordered off by referee August 1987


(Photo  PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Celtic qualify for the Group Stages of the European Champions League in a dramatic penalty shoot-out against Spartak Moscow. Artur Boruc saves the vital penalty kick. This follows a 1-1 draw at Celtic Park, watched by 57,644 in which Scott McDonald put Celtic ahead before the Russians equalized. The first leg in Moscow was also 1-1.


Having been comprehensively beaten 0-4 in Europe in midweek, Celtic cannot have been too happy with this game either, for it took a penalty from Daryl Murphy to break the deadlock at Motherwell and earn a 1-0 win.

David Potter

David Potter’s new book, Willie Fernie – Putting on the Style is featured in the new edition of the Celtic View which is out now and available from the Celtic Stores. You can also pick up the Willie Fernie book there too or order direct from Celtic Star Books, link below…

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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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