Celtic On This Day – 3rd February – 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 3rd February 1917. David’s latest bestseller The Celtic Rising ~ 1965: The Year Jock Stein Changed Everything SOLD OUT on Celtic Star Books but the good news is that it is now back in stock! You can place an order here and we’ll post your order immediately. The Celtic Rising is also now available on Amazon Kindle, link below…

Jimmy McColl scored twice

SATURDAY 3 FEBRUARY 1917 – Celtic, still unbeaten this season, are very impressive with a devastating 5-0 win over Raith Rovers before 16,000 fans at Celtic Park. Jimmy McColl scores two, as does Patsy Gallacher, and Andy McAtee scores the other. It is clear however that, given the problems of war-time working and transport, Raith Rovers are struggling to get a team to Glasgow. Fans are impressed by Raith’s right winger Sandy Archibald who will, of course, go on to play for Rangers after the war, but the greatest cheer is of course when Patsy Gallacher runs out after having been suspended for “bad timekeeping” in the shipyards!

Jimmy McGrory scored twice

WEDNESDAY 3 FEBRUARY 1937 – Only a very small crowd at Parkhead this Wednesday afternoon see Celtic repair the damage to their reputation after their lucky draw with Stenhousemuir on Saturday in the Scottish Cup. Today is the replay and two goals from Jimmy McGrory do the job for Celtic, but the “warriors” earn plaudits for their doughty performance.

John Divers scored twice

SATURDAY 3 FEBRUARY 1962 – The heavy rain relents to allow Celtic’s game against St Johnstone at Parkhead to go ahead, and it is a good game too with John Hughes in particular relishing the heavy conditions, and scoring one of the goals in a 3-1 win, the other two goals coming from John Divers.

Kenny Dalglish scored twice

SATURDAY 3 FEBRUARY 1973 – Scottish Cup day brings East Fife to Celtic Park on a miserable rainy day. A fine Celtic performance (one of their best games for a while) sees a 4-1 win with two goals each from Kenny Dalglish and Dixie Deans.

SATURDAY 3 FEBRUARY 1996 – The partially built Celtic Park sees a great goal by Paul McStay to give Celtic a 2-1 victory over Hibs as Celtic come from behind to maintain their challenge for the League. Pierre Van Hooijdonk had earlier equalised.

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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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