Celtic On This Day – 8th March – 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 March 1913. 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 Maley and Peter Johnstone

SATURDAY 8 MARCH 1913 – 1913 is not a great year for Celtic in spite of it being the Silver Jubilee of their first game in 1888. Today in front of a huge crowd of 66,000 at Celtic Park, they go out of the Scottish Cup to Hearts by the only goal of the game. As Celtic are struggling in the League as well, it seems obvious that some new players are required, but Willie Maley is aware of this.

SATURDAY 8 MARCH 1919 – Because of their situation on the Clyde, Morton have had a good war with plenty of players available and willing to turn out after their shift in the shipyard. An excellent example of this is Stan Seymour who would play such a huge part in Newcastle United’s development after the war. Today Morton are good enough to hold Celtic to a 0-0 draw.

Joe Carruth scored

WEDNESDAY 8 MARCH 1939 – The Celtic support, dispirited after their defeat by Motherwell in the Scottish Cup on Saturday make their way to Cathkin this afternoon in commendably high numbers and see their team beat Third Lanark 2-0 with goals from Willie Lyon and Joe Carruth.

Billy McNeill scored

WEDNESDAY 8 MARCH 1967 – This is one of Parkhead’s greatest ever European nights, as Celtic, 0-1 down in the first leg against Vojvodina, level the tie with a Stevie Chalmers goal, then with a play-off in neutral Rotterdam looming, Billy McNeill heads home a Charlie Gallagher corner to win the game in the final minute. 75,000 see a game they will remember the rest of their lives.

John Hartson scored

SATURDAY 8 MARCH 2003 – As Celtic approach the vital part of the season and war is threatening in the Middle East, Rangers appear at Parkhead, but are defeated 1-0 with the only goal of the game scored by John Hartson. Opinions vary about Hartson. Some think he lacks pace, but he can certainly take a goal.

David Potter

Matthew Marr’s debut Celtic book – The Bould Bhoys! Glory to their name – is out on 24 March on Celtic Star Books

Pushing the launch of Matthew Marr’s debut Celtic book – ‘The BOULD BHOYS – Glory to their name’ back a week to Friday 24 March. Thanks to everyone who has ordered since we announced the book last night via an interview with the author. Please note that all pre-ordered books will be personally signed by Matthew Marr and you can order below if you’d like a signed copy posted out to you 24 March.

READ THIS...‘The Bould Bhoys – Glory to their name’ by Matthew Marr

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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