Celtic On This Day – 6th April – 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 6th April 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…

Jimmy McMenemy scored

SATURDAY 6th APRIL 1912 – Like many Scottish Cup finals at this time, today’s game at Ibrox is spoiled by the wind, but nevertheless Celtic win the trophy for the 8th time in a 2-0 defeat of Clyde. The goals came from Celtic’s two ball-playing inside men – Jimmy McMenemy and the young, prodigiously talented Patsy Gallacher.

IMAGO / Colorsport Jimmy McGrory was missing 

WEDNESDAY 6th APRIL 1927 – A nasty game at Brockville today as Celtic go down 1-4. They are without McInally and McLean, and McGrory is injured in the course of the game. Scotland had lost to England at Hampden on Saturday, and Willie McStay had publicly criticised the performance of young Bob Thomson of Falkirk, and of course it was Celtic who had removed Falkirk from the Scottish Cup, so there was a “bite” to this game, which effectively killed what little chance Celtic had of regaining the League title.

Billy Price scored

SATURDAY 6th APRIL 1963 – A lot of interest in this game centres on Hibs and their dire plight at the bottom of the League where relegation beckons. They are desperate to win this game, but Celtic, who have not had the best of seasons win 2-0 before a small crowd of 14,000. Billy Price and Dunky MacKay (with a penalty) score Celtic’s goals. Scotland beat England at Wembley today 2-1.

SATURDAY 6th APRIL 1985 – It is a shame that this good form has probably come a little too late to make any difference to the League campaign, but it is a welcome win nevertheless at Tynecastle as Paul McStay and Brian McClair score the goals that beat Hearts 2-0. Hearts have, of course, been relegated twice in the last decade but there are signs that they are coming back.

SATURDAY 6th APRIL 2002 – Celtic confirm one of their best League campaigns by beating Livingston 5-1 at Parkhead to win the Championship. It is a lunch time kick off and really rather easy with a hat-trick from Henrik Larsson and two from John Hartson. Celtic gave now won the SPL for two seasons in a row.

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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