Celtic On This Day – 8th April – 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 8th April 1916. 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…


Willie Crone scored

SATURDAY 8th APRIL 1916 – Celtic take another step towards their third successive League flag with a 2-0 win over Falkirk at Brockville in front of a large crowd of about 8,000 (huge by War-time standards).Willie Crone and Joe O’Kane score for Celtic.

Dan Doyle passed away

MONDAY 8th APRIL 1918 – Although the Great War is now at its decisive point (and the eventual Allied victory is by no means guaranteed) Celtic supporters are more upset about the news of the death of their great favourite of the 1890s, Dan Doyle. Manager Willie Maley is summoned to the Glasgow Cancer Hospital to see Doyle (legend has it) roll back the bedclothes and show him the legs which had “done their bit for the Celtic”. Hours later, Doyle died, aged 53.

Joe Cassidy scored twice

SATURDAY 8th APRIL 1922 – Celtic take another step towards the League title with a very decisive 4-0 win over Dundee at Parkhead. Joe Cassidy scores twice and Patsy Gallacher and Andy McAtee score one each. Jock Gilchrist and Willie Cringan are away playing (with distinction) for Scotland in their 1-0 win over England at Villa Park, Birmingham.

Stevie Chalmers scored

SATURDAY 8th APRIL 1961 – It is like old times again as Celtic supporters roll up in their thousands to Dens Park, Dundee to see Steve Chalmers score the only goal of the game. The team are now in the Scottish Cup final, and the supporters are convinced that glory is not far away for their fine young side with players like Pat Crerand and Billy McNeill. The biggest cheer of the day, however, is when the old half time scoreboard posts Aberdeen 3 Rangers 1.


WEDNESDAY 8th APRIL 2004 – A disappointing night at Parkhead as Celtic draw 1-1 with Villarreal in the first leg of the UEFA Cup quarter-final, but the tie is not over yet. Celtic survive the loss of an early goal and fight back for Henrik Larsson to equalise.

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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