Celtic On This Day – 6th September – David Potter’s Celtic Diary

Month 2, Day 6 of Celtic Historian David Potter’s new diary on The Celtic Star which will run throughout the new season and will highlight key Celtic-related events relevant to each day, today covering 6 September…


Celtic begin to realise the limitations of Old Celtic Park after this game. 16,000 attend the Scottish Cup game against Rangers, but the kick-off has to be delayed with well over 6,000 locked outside and left to follow the game by the shouts of the crowd. The only goal of the game is scored by “darlin’ Willie” Groves after a long, mazy run. Celtic’s umpire (linesman) Tom Maley forgets his supposed neutrality and waves his flag with vigour at such brilliance!

darlin’ Willie Groves


Celtic travel to Easter Road to get the better of Hibs by 2-1 before a large crowd of 18,000. With Jimmy Quinn a long term injury absentee, it is Jimmy McMenemy who scores both of Celtic’s goals, although Hibs protest vehemently that they are distracted by a whistle in the crowd before the second goal. Barney Connolly, Quinn’s replacement, does not have a good game, scorning many chances that Jimmy “would have scored in his sleep”.

Jimmy “Napoleon” McMenemy


Only 8,000 are at Parkhead tonight, but those who are there see a great performance by Celtic as they beat Dumbarton 4-0 with two goals from Tommy McInally and one each from Joe Cassidy and Patsy Gallacher.

Celtic’s Tommy McInally


The 20,000 crowd leave Celtic Park, enthusing about the quality of young Charlie Nicholas. Celtic beat Partick Thistle 4-1 to-day and Nicholas scores twice but he also passes and distributes splendidly, showing amazing ball control and the desire to win a ball as well. The other goals are scored by Frank McGarvey and a penalty by Murdo MacLeod.


Last Sunday’s game at Ibrox was a disappointment, but the team have since beaten Aberdeen (on a penalty shoot-out) in the League Cup and today 17,038 are at Parkhead to see them comfortably beat Hamilton Accies 4-1 with Alan McInally scoring a hat-trick and Maurice Johnston the other.

David Potter

David Potter’s new book, Willie Fernie – Putting on the Style is featured in the new edition of the Celtic View which is out now and available from the Celtic Stores. You can also pick up the Willie Fernie book there too or order direct from Celtic Star Books, link below…

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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