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

Month 2, 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 September…


Sandy McMahon scores twice today as Celtic beat Queen’s Park 2-0 at Hampden before 10,000 people. It was the first time that the two teams had met in the Scottish League because hitherto Queen’s Park had refused to enter the Scottish League. In the meantime, the Boer War continues with relentless ferocity in South Africa.


Jimmy Quinn scores the two goals that see Celtic into the next round of the Glasgow Cup with a 2-0 victory over Partick Thistle at Meadowside. The weather was good, but there was a rather strong wind which did not help matters, and Celtic should have won by more goals.


Celtic make it five straight wins in a row since the start of the season with a fine 3-0 win over Kilmarnock at Parkhead with goals from Willie Gray, Jimmy McGrory and Paddy Connolly.


The Celtic death wish as far as Rangers are concerned is in full spate today at Parkhead, as 72,000 watch Celtic go down 0-1 to Rangers after missing a barrow load of chances. Willie Henderson scored a late winner for Rangers. Pat Crerand missed a penalty after allowing himself to be influenced by some Baxter-inspired Rangers gamesmanship.


In a publicity stunt well worthy of Jock Stein’s ongoing propaganda campaign to manipulate the journalists into giving Celtic loads of publicity, Celtic come on to the field for their first home League game of the season against Clyde wearing no 8 on their shorts to signify that Celtic have now won the League for eight seasons in a row. The 27,000 crowd are taken aback but then applaud vigorously, Celtic duly win 5-0 with a hat-trick by Bobby Lennox (one was a penalty) and a goal each from talented youngsters Kenny Dalglish and Danny McGrain. The only sad note is the carrying off of promising youngster Brian McLaughlin with what looks like a serious injury.

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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