Celtic On This Day – 30th November – 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 November 1901. David’s latest book The Celtic Rising ~ 1965 The Year Jock Stein Changed Everything is out now, is selling extremely fast and is available at Celtic stores and via Celtic Star Books.

Sandy McMahon scored

SATURDAY 30 NOVEMBER 1901 – Hearts are a bit of a bogey team for Celtic these days. They beat Celtic in last season’s Scottish Cup final (which still hurts) and today at Celtic Park, with a large support from Edinburgh to back them, they win 2-1, Celtic’s only goal coming from Sandy McMahon. Celtic have had a few good games this season, and this is their first League defeat of the season, but Hearts were the better team on the day.

John Conway scored

SATURDAY 30 NOVEMBER 1940 – Celtic bring a long run of miserable performances to an end by beating Morton 2-0 at Celtic Park with goals from Johnny Crum and John Conway. The crowd is about 8,000 but the result of the game will be broadcast on BBC World Service and will bring some sort of joy to Celtic fans. Celtic fans leave Parkhead to a city which is darkened because of the blackout but still has a lively atmosphere, because cinemas and dance halls have now re-opened.

WEDNESDAY 30 NOVEMBER 1966 – In what is one of Celtic’s best performances in their glory season of 1966/67, they sweep aside French champions Nantes in a magnificent second-half display of attacking football to beat them 3-1 in the first leg of the second round of the European Cup in Nantes. Nantes score first, but Joe McBride equalises and then in the second half, Bobby Lennox and Steve Chalmers score to put the outcome of the tie beyond reasonable doubt. The 25,000 French crowd are impressed and give Celtic an ovation at the end.

SUNDAY 30 NOVEMBER 1997 – Celtic collect their tenth Scottish League Cup with a convincing 3-0 victory over Dundee United at Ibrox. It is a great triumph for the new regime of Wim Jansen and Murdo MacLeod, and the final result might well have been a great deal more. The goals are scored by Marc Rieper, Henrik Larsson and Craig Burley. 49,305 people and a large TV audience watch Celtic win their first Scottish League Cup for 15 years, and, incredibly, only their second trophy of the disastrous 1990s.

THURSDAY 30 NOVEMBER 2011 – Some of us remember Atletico Madrid in 1974, but this was a different and better team and they beat Celtic 1-0 before only 33,000 spectators at Celtic Park (something that perhaps makes a point about how highly the fans rate their chances of European football after the New Year). Celtic now have to beat Udinese in Italy to qualify, and that is not really likely.

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. I really look forward to reading ‘the Diary’, it lifts the fog of the past and reveals so much. I look back and remember when Celtic won the 65/66 Scottish Football League Championship by two points. If we hadn’t won that League title, then there would have been no Lisbon. You walk your dog past the house where John Thomson was born, though retired now, I farm and walk my dog about two miles south of Kinross, just eight miles from where he lies at rest. Currently, I’m reading your book on Jimmy McMenemy Celtic’s Napoleon, what a wonderful player he was and a Celtic man to his core. Many thanks to you and your team for giving Celtic supporters a look into Celtic’s wonderful history.

  2. Although not as old as mike i do remember as far back as mid 70s and I look forward to reading the diary every morning and even though some of the games didn’t go our way it still stirs up some good memories