Celtic On This Day – 5th April – 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 5th April 1913…

Johnny Browning scored

SATURDAY 5th APRIL 1913 – A very unsatisfactory season is coming to an end, but Celtic, without McNair, McMenemy and Quinn win 2-1 today over St Mirren at Celtic Park. The goals were scored by Johnny Browning and Alec Gray. Alec McNair was playing for Scotland against England at Stamford Bridge where the Scots were unluckily defeated 0-1.

Jimmy McColl scored

MONDAY 5th APRIL 1915 – Celtic beat Queen’s Park 3-0 at Hampden in this Holiday Monday fixture in showery weather with goals from Jimmy McColl, Patsy Gallacher and Jimmy McMenemy. Effectively, Celtic have now caught Hearts who are still one point ahead, but Celtic have a game in hand

WEDNESDAY 5th APRIL 1967 – Following Saturday’s disappointment, Celtic make no mistake tonight as they beat Clyde 2-0 in the Scottish Cup semi-final replay at Hampden Park. Bobby Lennox scores early on, and Bertie Auld scores with a magnificent turn and drive from the edge of the box to make things certain before half-time. The second half is an anti-climax, but Celtic are well on top.

SATURDAY 5th APRIL 1969 – Playing some devastating football, arguably the best ever in the Stein era, Celtic defeat Hibs 6-2 to lift the Scottish League Cup for the 6th time and the 4th year in a row. In fine spring sunshine, Bobby Lennox scores a hat-trick and Bertie Auld, Willie Wallace and, of all people, Jim Craig one each. It is a fine performance against a good Hibs side which has players like Pat Stanton, John Brownlie, John Blackley and others in it. The game is played on this date because a fire in the stand had put Hampden out of commission when the League Cup Final was due to be played in October.

TUESDAY 5th APRIL 1988 – Celtic stay on course for the Scottish League Championship with a 2-0 win over St Mirren at Celtic Park, the goals being scored by Andy Walker and Paul McStay. Having defeated Hibs by a similar score on Saturday at Easter Road, they are now only two points away from the League title, and a huge crowd of 45,465 sing their praises.

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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