Celtic On This Day – 30th March – 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 30th March 1907. David’s latest bestseller The Celtic Rising ~ 1965: The Year Jock Stein Changed Everything is available now in print on Celtic Star Books, and also on Amazon kindle, links below…

SATURDAY 30 MARCH 1907 – A disappointing 0-0 draw in the Scottish Cup semi-final between Celtic and Hibs at Parkhead means that there will be a replay at Easter Road next week. The crowd was a healthy 27,000 in fine spring weather and cynics are not slow to point out that another big crowd will appear in Edinburgh next week. “A reward will follow in another financial harvest” says The Scottish Referee pointedly.

Jimmy McGrory scored

SATURDAY 30 MARCH 1929 – The season is now fizzling out following last week’s Scottish Cup semi-final defeat, and the recent fire at Celtic Park means that the home games are being played at Shawfield until the end of the season. Today at Shawfield, Celtic beat Third Lanark 3-1 with a goal from Jimmy McGrory, an own goal and a penalty taken by “Peter” McGonagle. The best player however according to the Press is Willie Hughes.

SATURDAY 30 MARCH 1963 – Celtic and St.Mirren play a torrid Scottish Cup quarter-final at Love Street before a packed crowd of 35,988 in which an early goal by Frank Brogan is enough to win the day for Celtic and to win them a semi-final place against Raith Rovers.

Willie Wallace scored twice

SATURDAY 30 MARCH 1968 – Dundee United are today put to the sword by a rampant Celtic team at Tannadice Park before a crowd of 30,000 spectators. In the 5-0 victory, Willie Wallace scores two and the other goals come from Jimmy Johnstone, Willie Wallace and David Cattenach.

WEDNESDAY 30 MARCH 1994 – The victory of the revolution of early March may still be in the air, but only 14,140 are at Celtic Park to see Celtic beat Raith Rovers 2-1 in what is a meaningless fixture for Celtic, but will play a large part in relegating Raith Rovers. Young Simon Donnelly scores the two goals for Celtic.

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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