Celtic On This Day – 2nd December – 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  2 December 1905. David’s latest book The Celtic Rising ~ 1965 The Year Jock Stein Changed Everything is very close to selling out on Celtic Star Books with just a few books remaining. You can order one of the last remaining copies below…

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Willie Loney scored

SATURDAY 2 DECEMBER 1905 – Port Glasgow Athletic were the visitors to Celtic Park today, and were unlucky not to earn at least a point on a dull and miserable day before a small crowd of 8,000. Centre half Willie Loney scored the only goal of the game. The result however means that Celtic gain ground on League leaders Aberdeen who were defeated at Pittodrie by newcomers Aberdeen who have made a fair impression this season.

Patsy Gallacher

SATURDAY 2 DECEMBER 1911 – Injuries compel Maley to introduce to the first team today a young, slender, lightweight Irishman called Patrick Gallacher. This is of course “Patsy” and his debut contains a few fine touches from him as Celtic beat St.Mirren 3-1 at Celtic Park with goals from Andy Donaldson, Willie Loney and Peter Johnstone.

SATURDAY 2 DECEMBER 1961 – Before 20,000 delighted spectators in wintry conditions with intermittent snow showers, Celtic turn it on and demolish Partick Thistle 5-1 with two goals from Steve Chalmers and one each from John Hughes, Mike Jackson and John Divers. Behind them was the inspirational Pat Crerand who has impressed all season. In spite of a few disappointing results, the impression is growing that this team may be going places.

SATURDAY 2 DECEMBER 1972 – Ex-Celt John Cushley scores for Celtic to-day but it is an own goal as Cushley is now playing for Dumbarton. Pat McCluskey scores a hat-trick and the other goals in the 6-1 rout come from Jimmy Johnstone and Harry Hood. The crowd at Boghead is 15,000.

SATURDAY 2 DECEMBER 2000 – After a couple of results that could charitably be described as “indifferent”, Celtic pick it up today with a fine 3-1 victory before 59,196 over Dunfermline Athletic. The Pars score in the first minute but Martin O’Neill’s side come roaring back with goals from Lubo Moravcik, Henrik Larsson and Tommy Johnson. It will be the start of a fine unbeaten run which will last until virtually the end of the season and will win a treble in May.

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 Comment

  1. Martin O’Neill’s first season has to be one of the best in our history. I was my first treble as i was 3 the last time we had won one.