Celtic On This Day – 4th 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 4th May 1912. 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…

Patsy Gallacher scored

SATURDAY 4th MAY 1912 – Young Patsy Gallacher “a persistent and plucky forward” as The Scottish Referee describes him scores the winner for Celtic in their Glasgow Cup semi-final tie against Queen’s Park at Cathkin (neutral venues for Charity Cup ties in 1912). Jimmy Quinn scores the other goal in the 2-1 victory as Celtic seek to add the Charity Cup to the Scottish Cup prior to their projected tour of Denmark.

SATURDAY 4th MAY 1963 – Rangers were expected to win today’s Scottish Cup final but Celtic put up a creditable performance to earn a 1-1 draw in the wind and rain of Hampden before 129,527 spectators. Bobby Murdoch scores Celtic’s goal just on the point of half-time and Frank Haffey has a fine game in Celtic’s goal. Wee Jimmy Johnstone plays well on the right wing, and with a bit of luck Celtic might just have won.


SATURDAY 4th MAY 1974 – In a rather one-sided Scottish Cup Final at Hampden, 75,959 see Celtic beat Dundee United (whose first Cup Final this is) 3-0 with goals from Harry Hood, Steve Murray and Dixie Deans. Celtic have now won the Scottish Cup 23 times and having clinched the Scottish League championship earlier this season, have now won the double five times in nine years.

WEDNESDAY 4th MAY 2011 – Unaccountably, with the SPL well within their grasp, Celtic go to Inverness and blow it. It is truly dreadful performance even after the early goal from Kris Commons, who also scored a penalty near the end. By that time the damage had been done, however, and the cause was the sad inability of Celtic’s midfield to take a grip of the game. Too many Celtic players simply did not have what it takes to win League titles!

SATURDAY 4th MAY 2019 – Celtic win their 50th League title with a 3-0 win at Pittodrie in what is a great day for the club and for Neil Lennon who deserves all the praise he can get for coming in during the latter part of the season to take over from the traitorous Brendan Rodgers. Mikael Lustig, Jozo Simunovic and Odsonne Edouard score the goals which get the party going.

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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