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

Month 3, 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 8th October…


Alec Bennett scores the two goals that win the Glasgow Cup as Celtic beat Rangers 2-0 at Hampden before a crowd of 55,000 spectators. Bennett is reputed to be a Rangers supporter, but you would not have thought that today! But it is a triumph for the whole team, the team that Maley has been assembling for some time, and who are now beginning to show their talent.



84,536 were at Hampden today to see Celtic win the Glasgow Cup by beating Rangers 2-1 thanks to a couple of good goals from Jimmy McGrory and Paddy Connolly, and an inspired second half performance in the goal by John Thomson. Man of the match however was the man with the roving commission – Tommy McInally.


Celtic turn on a devastating display of football to beat Hibs 5-3 at Easter Road before a crowd of 43,256 Joe McBride scores four goals and Steve Chalmers the other one, but the accuracy of the passing at full speed is a sight to behold, as indeed is the sustained brilliance of Jimmy Johnstone. For the next ten years, Hibs will be the team that will bring out the best in Celtic, and there will be many fine encounters between the sides.


Celtic’s woes continue with a dismal 0-1 defeat at Partick Thistle. It is a Celtic team in name only. The self-inflicted loss brought about by the sale of Dalglish has now been aggravated by injuries to other key players like Stanton, Conn, Doyle and particularly McGrain. In addition, there is no great feeling of reassurance that Jock Stein is totally in charge. The big man is now much reduced, and he is clearly unhappy and possibly ill. He did not want Dalglish to go. No-one did. And Celtic are now paying the penalty for sheer greed.


This is the season that Celtic are playing their home games at Hampden because Parkhead is being rebuilt, and whether the atmosphere is different or whether Celtic and Aberdeen are simply poor teams, today’s game is a 0-0 disappointment. There are some fine individual performances but it is clear that new Manager Tommy Burns has a lot of work to do.

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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