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

The late, great Celtic Historian David Potter’s Celtic diary highlights key Celtic-related events relevant to each day, today covering 29th October…


It is now generally admitted that Celtic are on the wane, at least as far as Rangers are concerned. Three weeks ago, they lost to Rangers in the Glasgow Cup final, and today they go down 0-1 to Rangers at Parkhead. Jimmy Quinn was out injured, and it was the opinion of The Scottish Referee that the better team lost.


Today an astonishing crowd of 55,000 are at Celtic Park to see a 2-2 draw against Hibs. Celtic looked a beaten team (their only goal had been an own goal) until the very last minute when the red head of Bobby Evans rose to head home an equaliser. The large crowd was a good 16,000 more than the League Cup final between East Fife and Dunfermline Athletic at Hampden that day.


Celtic take the first step of their grand slam season by winning the Scottish League Cup at Hampden in a 1-0 victory over Rangers before 94,532 fans. Bobby Lennox scores the only goal of the game in the first half and the team stands up well to its second half pounding from a methodical and determined but uninspired Rangers team. It is the day of Willie O’Neill’s famous clearance off the line.

Willie O’Neill is crowned Cup Final Celt by his team-mates


Celtic come from behind to beat Aberdeen 3-2 at Pittodrie before a large crowd of 25,000. Tommy Gemmell, dropped for the League Cup final on Saturday, is still not in the team, and although Bobby Murdoch scores first, Aberdeen then go two ahead before Jimmy Johnstone equalises and Jim Brogan scores the winner in what is reckoned as one of the best games ever seen between these clubs.


Having played an insipid draw against Hibs on Wednesday night in the Scottish League Cup, Celtic turn it on against the same opposition in the League at Celtic Park today. The 5-1 victory was comprehensive with two goals from Brian McClair, and one each from Davie Provan, Murdo MacLeod and Brian Whittaker. The 13,777 crowd is an eloquent comment on the support’s opinion of the way things are going in the wake of the summer’s departure of Billy McNeill and Charlie Nicholas.

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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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