Celtic On This Day – 6th March – 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 March 1920. 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…

Tommy McInally was badly missed

SATURDAY 6 MARCH 1920 – 85,000 are at Ibrox to see Celtic go down narrowly 0-1 to Rangers in the quarter final of the Scottish Cup. The game was close, but it seems that Celtic make a mistake in playing Patsy Gallacher in the centre forward position in the absence of Tommy McInally.

Bobby Murdoch scored

WEDNESDAY 6 MARCH 1963 – The big freeze is now over and Celtic and Hearts have some unfinished Scottish Cup business to attend to. The large crowd of 38,000 at Parkhead see Willie Wallace open the score for Hearts, but then Celtic turn it on and goals from Bobby Murdoch, John McNamee and John Hughes win the day for Celtic.

Bobby Lennox scored

SATURDAY 6 MARCH 1965 – It is Jimmy McGrory’s last game as manager as Celtic beat Kilmarnock 3-2 in a good Scottish Cup quarter final tie at Celtic Park. Goals are scored by Bobby Lennox, Bertie Auld and John Hughes by a Celtic team wearing their strip of white with green sleeves. Meanwhile in Edinburgh, Hibs
score a late goal to put Rangers out of the Cup in what is Jock Stein’s last game for the Easter Road side.

Bobby Lennox scored a hat-trick

SATURDAY 6 MARCH 1971 – Celtic beat Raith Rovers by the famous score of 7-1 in the Scottish Cup quarter final at Celtic Park with a hat trick from Bobby Lennox, one each from Vic Davidson, Willie Wallace, Tommy Callaghan and a penalty from Tommy Gemmell but the main topic in the days following the game is the sudden disappearance from Celtic Park of John Hughes who apparently has had a contretemps with manager Jock Stein.

THURSDAY 6 MARCH 1997 – An excellent performance by Celtic to remove Rangers from the Scottish Cup in a game played on the unusual night of Thursday. Malky Mackay with a header and Paolo di Canio with a penalty score the goals in a famous Celtic victory which goes a long way to destroying the myth (sadly believed in too many areas of Celtic Park) of Rangers invincibility.

David Potter

About Author

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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