Celtic On This Day – 29th November – 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 29th November 1902. David’s latest book The Celtic Rising ~ 1965 The Year Jock Stein Changed Everything is out now, is selling extremely fast and is available at Celtic stores and via Celtic Star Books.

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Davie Hamilton scored

SATURDAY 29 NOVEMBER 1902 – Played in heavy rain throughout (conditions were “the reverse of pleasant” in the quaint description of The Dundee Courier ) the game between Celtic and Dundee at Parkhead was nevertheless a good game with Dundee possibly the better team in this 2-2 draw which entertained 7,000 drenched spectators. Willie Loney and Davie Hamilton scored Celtic’s goals.

SATURDAY 29 NOVEMBER 1924 – This Celtic team seems to be going nowhere. Today they lose at home 1-2 to Partick Thistle with only Patsy Gallacher showing any entitlement to wear the green and white jersey. Alec Thomson scores Celtic’s only goal, but there was a lack of cohesion and any real class throughout. In the stand, ex-Celts Jimmy Quinn and Jimmy McMenemy sit and shake their heads.

Jimmy Delaney

SATURDAY 29 NOVEMBER 1941 – Incredibly, for the second week in a row Celtic draw 4-4. This time the game is against Albion Rovers at Cliftonhill. Two goals come from Jimmy Delaney, one from Matt Lynch and one from Frank Murphy, who is sent off near the end by referee MC Dale, (a man reputed to have a problem with alcohol).

SATURDAY 29 NOVEMBER 1969 – On a day which saw a few games off in both Scotland and England, Celtic travelled to Greenock to find a bone hard sand covered, but playable pitch at Cappielow. Lou Macari opened the scoring to the delight of the Celtic fans in the 20,000 crowd, but Morton resisted hard, and it was not until the last ten minutes that goals from Harry Hood and Willie Wallace saw Celtic home with a 3-0 victory.

SATURDAY 29 NOVEMBER 2003 – Celtic win their 13th SPL game in a row with a regulation 3-1 win over Partick Thistle before 58,194 fans in heavy, incessant rain at Celtic Park. But they are shocked by an early James Grady goal for Partick Thistle before Henrik Larsson scores once and Chris Sutton twice.

David Potter

About Author

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.


  1. Alec Thomson: ‘The Da’ one of B.R.s finest, took me on his Matchless combo, through to ‘Lino toon’ (Kirkcaldy) around about the early to mid-fifties to visit great uncle Dan. You could smell the linseed oil from about 20 miles away, subsequently I became addicted to Linseed balls as my favourite sweetie. When we finished our visit, we stopped off in Cardenden cemetery to pay our respects at the graveside of John Thomson. That led me to a lifetime of supporting Celtic and a love in particular for that 1931 Scottish Cup winning team.
    Alec Thomson – Jimmy McMenemy – I’m reluctant to separate Bobby Murdoch from the rest of the ‘Lions’ because they were all Celtic legends.

    One Star, just the one above the crest, such a powerful symbol.

  2. Great stuff, Mike. More stories like yours are always welcome! I live in Kirkcaldy and am about to take my dog for his morning walk past the house where John Thomson was born in 1909! DP