Celtic On This Day – 2nd November – 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 2nd November…

David Potter’s Celtic Diary is into its fourth month of the season and there’s plenty to report from Celtic’s long, proud and unbroken history starting on this day in 1907…

Celtic’s hat-trick hero Davie McLean

SATURDAY 2nd NOVEMBER 1907 – Bad weather reduces the attendance to 7,000 but those who turn up to Parkhead see a fine performance as Celtic, even without a few regulars – Alec McNair, Jamie Weir, Peter Somers and Davie Hamilton – still beat Port Glasgow Athletic 5-0 with a hat-trick from Davie McLean, and one each from Sunny Jim Young and Jimmy Quinn. The Glasgow Cup, won last week, is shown to the appreciative crowd.

SATURDAY 2nd NOVEMBER 1912 – There definitely seems to be something in that thin, spindle-shanked youngster called Patsy Gallacher. Today at Cathkin he scores the only goal of the game as Celtic beat Third Lanark 1-0 at Cathkin, but there is also some fine passing and dribbling, and some cheers as he avoids the charges of burly defenders.

Stevie Chalmers scores…

SATURDAY 2nd NOVEMBER 1963 – A very rare visit to Firs Park, Falkirk to play East Stirlingshire sees dramatic happenings as Billy McNeill is sent off by referee Rodger for what seems to be a case of mistaken identity. The crowd react badly to this blatant injustice but it does not really affect the course of the game which Celtic win 5-1 with a hat-trick from Stevie Chalmers and one each from John Divers and John Hughes.

SATURDAY 2nd NOVEMBER 1983 – One of Celtic’s best ever nights in Europe as, down 0-2 to Sporting Lisbon, they turn the tables on the Portuguese with one of the best displays of attacking football Parkhead has ever seen. Playing in their attractive lime green strip, five separate players – Tommy Burns, Tom McAdam, Brian McClair, Murdo MacLeod and Frank McGarvey – score the goals and show the world just exactly what Celtic can do as 39,183 look on.

SATURDAY 2nd NOVEMBER 1991 – A battling Celtic side earn a draw and some respectability with a 1-1 score-line at Ibrox before 37,387 spectators. Celtic’s goal comes from the hitherto grossly underperforming Tony Cascarino whose second goal it is for the club. There are now signs that Celtic, in Liam Brady’s first season, might just be beginning to improve after their bad start in the Premier League.

David Potter

Matt Corr’s new book Majic, Stan and the King of Japan is out now and Neil Lennon, the Celtic captain that season, has written the foreword for us.

You can get a signed copy of the hardback version direct from Celtic Star Books by clicking on the image below. It’s also available an an e-book via Amazon Kindle and please note that all colour photographs that appear in the beautifully presented printed hardback book are also available in the Kindle version of Majic, Stan and the King of Japan…

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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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