Celtic On This Day – 8th August – David Potter’s Celtic Diary

Day 8 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 8 August…


Celtic open the new season with a trip to Marine Gardens, Leith where they beat Leith Athletic 3-0 with two goals from Jimmy McGrory and one from Alec Thomson. The changing rooms are the luxurious Empress Ballroom! The 22,000 crowd includes a large Celtic contingent.


No-one realised it at the time (although the prescient might have guessed!) but one of Celtic’s worst ever seasons began today with a 1-2 defeat by Raith Rovers at Stark’s Park. Celtic’s goal was scored by Tommy Mackle.


Still reeling from the awful events of the spring when both the Scottish Cup final and the European Cup final were lost in heart breaking circumstances followed by a summer of rumour and counter-rumour about players and the Manager, Celtic and their supporters today return to real football. At Tynecastle, Celtic begin the defence of the Scottish League Cup by beating Hearts 2-1 with goals from Jimmy Johnstone and John Hughes.


Billy McNeill’s second tenure as manager of Celtic gets off to a good start with a very convincing 4-0 victory over Greenock Morton at a crowded Cappielow, a ground that is now beginning to show signs of being past its best. Andy Walker scores twice and Mark McGhee and Billy Stark once each.


8 Aug 2001: Chris Sutton of Celtic celebrates after scoring the 3rd goal during the UEFA Champions League Third Qualifying Round, First Leg match between Ajax and Celtic at the Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Holland. Mandatory Credit: Mike Hewitt/ALLSPORT

Celtic amaze Europe by beating Ajax 3-1 in Amsterdam in the first leg of the qualifying round of the European Champions’ League. Goals are scored by Didier Agathe, Bobby Petta and Chris Sutton, but the standard of play by everyone is very impressive, as indeed is the support given by a sizeable proportion of the 51,000 crowd.

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…

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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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