Celtic On This Day – 30th September – 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 30 September…


Little seems capable of stopping Celtic these days. To-day they win their seventh game out of seven since the start of the season with a 1-0 defeat of Hearts at Parkhead. The only goal of the game is scored by Johnny Browning. Meanwhile the carnage on the Somme continues with no apparent gain and continuing huge casualty lists.

Johnny Browning scored for Celtic


There has been little football since the outbreak of war on 3 September, but today Queen’s Park come to Parkhead to play in the Glasgow Cup. The crowd is a poor 5,000 but they see a decent enough game in which two penalties are awarded to Celtic and one to Queen’s Park. Frank Murphy sinks two for Celtic, but Queen’s Park earn a draw near the end.

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Some Celtic fans throw bottles and otherwise disgrace themselves as the team go down 1-3 to Falkirk at Brockville. We have the sight of Celtic players like Pat Crerand and Dunky Mackay appealing to the fans to stop throwing missiles at Falkirk players and the linesman as police arrest quite a few idiots who are shaming the club. John Hughes scores the only goal of a depressing day.


A rare gleam of light in an otherwise very depressing time of Celtic’s history as they come back to beat Cologne at Parkhead 3-0, after having lost 0-2 in Germany. Paul McStay, Gerry Creaney and John Collins score the goals, but the crowd is only 30,747 something that reflects unhappiness with recent events. Nevertheless, the enthusiasm of the fans shows they have not entirely deserted their team.


Celtic deservedly beat Rangers at Ibrox in a lunch-time kick-off game, but the issue is in doubt until Alan Thompson scores at the end to make in 2-0, the first goal coming from Stilian Petrov in the first half.

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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