Celtic On This Day – 3rd May – 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 May 1913. David’s latest bestseller The Celtic Rising ~ 1965: The Year Jock Stein Changed Everything is available now in print on Celtic Star Books, and also on Amazon kindle, links below…

Willie Loney scored

SATURDAY 3rd MAY 1913 – The 1912/13 has possibly been Celtic’s worst to date with nothing won, but there is still the Glasgow Charity Cup and Celtic today beat Clyde 1-0 with a goal scored by attacking centre half Willie Loney. A chance is given today to a new centre forward called Barney Connolly.

Charlie Napier scored twice

SATURDAY 3rd MAY 1930 – A rare moment of happiness for Celtic fans this year as they beat Queen’s Park 4-1 at Hampden in the first round of the Glasgow Charity Cup, the last chance to stop Rangers winning a quadruple this season. This however is a good performance with a couple of goals from Charlie Napier and one each from Jimmy McGrory and Paddy Connolly.

SATURDAY 3rd MAY 1975 – It is Paul Wilson’s moment of glory as he scores twice in Celtic’s 3-1 defeat of Airdrieonians as they win the Scottish Cup for the 24th time before 75,457 at Hampden. Paul’s mother had died earlier in the week, and his brave decision to play was thus vindicated. The other goal is a penalty kick scored by Pat McCluskey. After the game, Billy McNeill, having lifted the Scottish Cup seven times in the last decade, announces his retirement from the playing side of the game.

SATURDAY 3rd MAY 1986 – A remarkable day whose repercussions are still felt to this day in Edinburgh! For Celtic to win the Scottish League, they need to beat St.Mirren 4-0 at Love Street and hope that Dundee can beat Hearts at Dens Park. Incredibly, they proceed to do just that with brilliant football at Love Street, winning 5-0 with two goals each by Maurice Johnston and Brian McClair and a singleton by Paul McStay. Then 17,557 at Love Street go crazy when their transistors tell them that Celtic-supporting Albert Kidd has scored twice for Dundee to win the championship for Celtic!

SUNDAY 3rd MAY 1998 – A man with the unlikely name of Craig Faulconbridge deprives Celtic of the Scottish League championship. Celtic need to win at East End Park Dunfermline to clinch the title and with seven minutes to go, they are leading 1-0 with a fine Simon Donnelly goal set up by some good work from Henrik Larsson, but then a looping header from Faulconbridge gets the better of Jonathan Gould in the Celtic goal, and Celtic’s title celebrations have to be put on ice.

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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