Celtic On This Day – 3 August – David Potter’s Celtic Diary

Day 3 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 3 August…


Britain has now mobilised, and war now seems inevitable, but 2,500 turn up in wretched weather conditions to see the end of the Rangers Sports at Ibrox. In the Five-A-Side tournament, Celtic convincingly defeated Rangers in the semi-final but then disappointed their supporters by losing by one goal and one corner to Clyde.


Willie Maley’s book “The Story of the Celtic” is published and on sale for 3 shillings and 6 pence.
He has been working on the book for several years. It is the first book ever published on Celtic, and remains an invaluable source for the early days of the club. (Soccer Books have recently released a limited edition re-print on this book) Meanwhile the prospect of war draws ever closer.


Celtic delight their many fans in the 13,000 crowd by defeating Shamrock Rovers 7-0 in Dalymount Park, Dublin. The newly signed Joe McBride scores a hat-trick, Lennox two and Hughes and Gallagher one each.


Celtic win the Dryburgh Cup for the first and only time by beating Rangers 4-2 on penalties after the score was 2-2 after extra time with Celtic’s goals coming from Steve Murray and Paul Wilson. 57,558 attend this game on a nice warm day. The Dryburgh Cup, a fairly obvious and naked attempt at advertising and money making, will not last long, for the season is already overcrowded.


It could be described as opening the season in style as Celtic walloped St Johnstone 7-0 before 58,000 at Celtic Park. Ryan Christie scored a hat-trick and the other goals were scored by Olivier Ntcham, Odsonne Edouard, Mikey Johnston and Leigh Griffiths. Two famous widows – Liz McNeill and Sadie Chalmers unfurl last year’s League flag before the start.

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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