Celtic On This Day – 7th November – 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 7th November 1908. David’s latest book The Celtic Rising ~ 1965 The Year Jock Stein Changed Everything is out now on Celtic Star Books.

James “Napoleon” McMenemy scored a hat-trick for Celtic

SATURDAY 7th NOVEMBER 1908 – James “Napoleon” McMenemy leaves everyone gasping with admiration as he scores a hat-trick in the 3-0 win over Partick Thistle at Parkhead today. Only a moderate crowd attended, the weather not being at its best, but those who were there saw two fine headers from the Rutherglen genius.

Alec Thomson scored twice for Celtic

SATURDAY 7th NOVEMBER 1925 – In a fine game of football at Pittodrie in spite of the high winds that buffet all of Scotland and bring intermittent blizzards of sleet and hail, Celtic’s fine side record a good 4-2 victory over Aberdeen with two goals from Alec Thomson and one each from Jimmy McGrory and Tommy McInally. It is to be hoped that the large Celtic following in the 22,000 crowd enjoyed their long train journey home, for this will be Celtic’s last victory at Pittodrie until December 1951.

Bobby Lennox scored a hat-trick for Celtic

MONDAY 7th NOVEMBER 1966 – Celtic actually won five trophies in their glory season of 1966/67 and this one is frequently forgotten about, but it is the Glasgow Cup won tonight at Parkhead in front of 30,000 spectators as Celtic beat Partick Thistle 4-0 with a fine hat-trick from Bobby Lennox and another from Steve Chalmers. Bobby Murdoch, wrongly sent off in Saturday’s game against St.Mirren, is given a great ovation from the fans and repays them by playing superbly.

WEDNESDAY 7th NOVEMBER 1984 – Celtic playing great football beat Rapid Vienna 3-0 before 48,813 fans at Celtic Park in the second leg of the second round of the European Cup Winners Cup. This means they win 4-3 on aggregate, thanks to the fine goals scored by Brian McClair, Murdo MacLeod and Tommy Burns. The Austrians behave abominably badly, and then a guy called Weinhofer goes down pretending to be hit by a bottle thrown from the Jungle. This convinces no-body – except UEFA who will eventually order a replay!

TUESDAY 7th NOVEMBER 2006 – Celtic have the mortification of going out of the Scottish League Cup quarter-final on penalties to Falkirk at Parkhead before a disappointing crowd of 19,316. 90 minutes prove goalless but then Maciej Zurawski scores for Celtic and Anthony Stokes for Falkirk in extra-time. In the penalty shoot-out, which goes to sudden death, both teams score four and miss two before Jack Ross scores for Falkirk and Evander Sno misses the reply to send the Bairns into the semi-finals.

. Tony Watt and Victor Valdes during the Champions League game between Celtic and Barcelona from Celtic Park.

WEDNESDAY 7th NOVEMBER 2012 – Celtic celebrate their 125 Birthday by beating Barcelona in the European Champions League at Celtic Park with goals scored by Victor Wanyama and Tony Watt. Lionel Messi scores a consolation goal for Barcelona at the end, but it is generally agreed that those who think Lionel Messi is good, never saw Patsy Gallacher. This result reverberates round Europe.

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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