Celtic On This Day – 2nd February – 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 2nd February 1889…

SATURDAY 2 FEBRUARY 1889 – Celtic’s first Scottish Cup final ends in disappointment as snowstorms compel the game at Second Hampden to be declared a friendly. The crowd enjoy themselves however by building snowmen and pelting players and officials with snowballs. Third Lanark win the meaningless friendly 3-0.

Jimmy McGrory scored twice

SATURDAY 2 FEBRUARY 1929 – Scottish Cup day today and Celtic have rare visitors in East Stirlingshire. Celtic were 3-0 up at half time, with two goals from Jimmy McGrory and a very fine header from Jimmy McStay. The second half is a non-event with Celtic reluctant to humiliate the gallant part timers.

James Walsh scored the Celtic goal

SATURDAY 2 FEBRUARY 1952 – Celtic’s dismal form continues – they have yet to win a game in 1952 – as they travel to Easter Road in the snow (which knocked out quite a few games today) and lose 1-3 to the very strong Hibs team who will become Champions this year. Mr Kelly’s fight about keeping the Irish flag at Celtic Park cannot disguise the fact that this is a very poor Celtic team. Today’s result means that they are third from the bottom.

Tommy Burns scored

SATURDAY 2 FEBRUARY 1985 – A cold day at Love Street, Paisley as Celtic beat St Mirren 2-0 with goals from Maurice Johnston and Tommy Burns. Not a great performance, but an adequate victory.

Gary Caldwell (left) celebrates scoring Celtic’s second goal with Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink and Scott McDonald

SATURDAY 2 FEBRUARY 2008 – Celtic play superb football to beat Kilmarnock 5-1 at Rugby Park in the Scottish Cup. Scott McDonald scores twice and Vennegoor of Hesselink, Gary Caldwell and newcomer Georgios Samaras one each in what is a superb performance to entertain the 6,491 crowd and the TV audience.

David Potter


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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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