Celtic On This Day – 7th November – David Potter’s Celtic Diary

The late, great Celtic Historian David Potter’s Celtic diary highlights key Celtic-related events relevant to each day, today covering 7th November…

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!

David Potter

Matt Corr’s new book Majic, Stan and the King of Japan is out now and Neil Lennon, the Celtic captain that season, has written the foreword for us.

You can get a signed copy of the hardback version direct from Celtic Star Books by clicking on the image below. It’s also available an an e-book via Amazon Kindle and please note that all colour photographs that appear in the beautifully presented printed hardback book are also available in the Kindle version of Majic, Stan and the King of Japan…

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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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