Celtic On This Day – 2nd August – David Potter’s Celtic Diary

Day 2 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 2 August…


Celtic’s trial match kicks off tonight at the eccentric time of 7.00 pm. It will be between The Green and Whites v. The Whites. The Whites contain some promising youngsters like Billy McNeill, Pat Crerand and Bertie Auld.


An over-confident Celtic horrify their large travelling support by losing to Carlisle United 1-0 in a pre-season friendly at Burnden Park. Ex-Celt Willie O’Neill is playing for Carlisle. 15,000 Celtic fans travel to Carlisle with the Cumbrian police draft in 150 extra police for the occasion. 18 Celtic fans arrested on the M74 for trying to thumb lifts to Carlisle. Buses were told to drop fans at the Carlisle ground which was outside the centre to prevent excessive drinking in the town prior to the game.


Having appalled their fans by losing 0-5 to Artmedia Bratislava last week, Celtic almost pull it back by winning 4-0 at Celtic Park this week with goals from Alan Thompson, Craig Beattie, John Hartson and Steve McManus. 50,063 watch on and see at least some fight this week.


In a totally unreal atmosphere for the start of the season Celtic beat Hamilton 5-1 with a hat-trick from Odsonne Edouard, and one from Jeremy Frimpong and another from Patryk Klimala. There are no spectators at Celtic Park because of Covid 19, but SKY TV and Celtic TV cover the game.

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…

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.

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