Celtic On This Day – 3rd March – David Potter’s Celtic Diary

The late, great Celtic Historian David Potter’s Celtic Diary each morning on The Celtic Star looks back at key Celtic events and matches on this day starting on 3rd March 1917…

Jimmy McColl scored

SATURDAY 3 MARCH 1917 – Celtic’s long unbeaten run continues with a 3-2 win over Queen’s Park at Parkhead today with goals from Jimmy McColl, Jimmy McMenemy and Johnny Browning. Meanwhile it is becoming clear that Russia is now struggling, and there is “considerable displeasure” (as an English newspaper puts it) with the Czar.

Tommy McInally scored

WEDNESDAY 3 MARCH 1926 – Only 12,000 are at Tynecastle to see a fine game in which Celtic edge home 2-1. Tommy McInally is at his best and scores one of the goals, the other coming from the excellent Paddy Connolly. This is not a brilliant Celtic victory, but a necessary one if the League Championship is to be secured for the first time in four years.

Charlie Tully scored the winner

SATURDAY 3 MARCH 1956 – Celtic with goals from Bobby Collins and Charlie Tully reach the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup with a narrow 2-1 win over Airdrie at Parkhead. Tully’s winning goal comes late but the crowd are already in a good mood with the news that Hearts are beating Rangers 4-0 at Tynecastle.

Bobby Lennox made his Celtic debut

SATURDAY 3 MARCH 1962 – Scottish League challengers Dundee come to Celtic Park today, and Celtic do Rangers a huge favour by beating them 2-1. Dundee are winning 1-0 until late in the game when Frank Brogan and Billy McNeill score the goals. Bobby Lennox makes his debut today but fails to impress the 39,000 crowd.

SATURDAY 3 MARCH 2007 – It is a win but a not very impressive one over struggling Dunfermline Athletic at Parkhead today as Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink and Kenny Miller score the goals in a 2-1 victory. The rain is heavy throughout, and Celtic should have won by more goals.

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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