Celtic On This Day – 6th February – 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 6th February 1909…


Jimmy Hay scored twice

SATURDAY 6 FEBRUARY 1909 – A “capital attendance” in good weather at Parkhead sees Scottish Cup holders Celtic beat Port Glasgow Athletic 4-0 in the Scottish Cup. Captain Jimmy Hay scores twice and the other goals are scored by Jimmy Quinn and Davie Hamilton.

Pat Crerand

WEDNESDAY 6 FEBRUARY 1963 – To the immense dismay of Celtic supporters and following several days of speculation, Pat Crerand signs for Manchester United for a fee reputed to be £56,000. Pat’s last game for Celtic was at Ibrox on New Year’s Day where his performance in a 0-4 defeat was disappointing, to say the least. Bad weather has prevented him playing any games since then, but in any case, it is doubtful if he would have been picked. Pat’s loss will not be felt for some time, because such is the vehemence of the winter freeze-up that Celtic will not play another game for almost a month.

Jock Stein

SATURDAY 6 FEBRUARY 1965 – Buoyed up and excited about the news of the imminent arrival of Jock Stein as Manager, Celtic travel to Love Street, Paisley and defeat St Mirren 3-0 in the Scottish Cup with two goals from Bobby Lennox and one from Steve Chalmers

Murdo MacLeod scored twice. (Photo by Bob Thomas/Getty Images)

SATURDAY 6 FEBRUARY 1982 – On a pleasant enough but slightly windy day at Dens Park, Murdo MacLeod scores twice and Frank McGarvey once as Celtic beat Dundee 3-1 before 12,000 spectators. Dundee’s late consolation goal is scored by a man called Albert Kidd.

SUNDAY 6 FEBRUARY 2011 – A tremendous Scottish Cup game at Ibrox ends up in a 2-2 draw. It is the day of the “Broonie” after Scott Brown equalises and celebrates in front or Mr Diouf. The game was full of controversy with Fraser Forster being sent off for bringing down Stephen Naismyth who is himself later sent off for diving. Considering that Celtic played most of the game a man down, it was a moral victory for Celtic, for whom Kris Commons scores the other goal.

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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