Celtic On This Day – 31st October – 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 31st October…


Sam Gilligan

Celtic are the first visitors to the New Hampden Park which is opened today. It is a fine, large, well-appointed stadium and holds comfortably the 60,000 which The Glasgow Herald believes to be present. Sir John Ure-Primrose, the Lord Provost of Glasgow makes a speech and his wife declares the ground open. Sam Gilligan of Celtic takes the centre to start the game, and therefore has the honour of being the first man to kick a ball at Hampden. Sadly for Celtic, however, Queen’s Park win 1-0.



Today is the debut of Canadian Joe Kennaway in the Celtic goal. Joe was brought across the Atlantic to fill the void left by the death of John Thomson and today he plays in a 2-2 draw against the strong going Motherwell at Fir Park. The Scotsman says that he had a good game, but he seemed to find the soft ground rather difficult. Charlie Napier scored two goals for Celtic.


After a decade of striving, Celtic at last win the Scottish League Cup. They do this at a virtually empty Hampden before a meagre crowd of 31,156 on a Wednesday afternoon in a replayed final against Partick Thistle following a terrible first game on the Saturday. All the goals come early in the second half and are scored by Billy McPhail with two and Bobby Collins one, as Celtic run out 3-0 winners. Meanwhile the world awaits with dread the outcome of the Suez Crisis which threatens world war as Israel today presses even further into Egypt.


Graeme Souness returns to Celtic Park tonight as Manager of Blackburn Rovers in a much awaited UEFA Cup tie. Celtic win 1-0 with a goal from Henrik Larsson, but the English media are full of patronising comments about how good Blackburn played and how they are going to win in two weeks’ time at Ewood Park.


Kilmarnock have not won at Celtic Park since 1955, and today they are not like doing it either as Celtic beat them 3-0 with goals from Aiden McGeady, Georgios Samaras and the very impressive Niall McGinn. 46,000 are there and enjoy a boost following the depressing exit from the League Cup to Hearts the previous midweek.

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…

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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