Celtic On This Day – 9th February – 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 9th February 1889. David’s latest bestseller The Celtic Rising ~ 1965: The Year Jock Stein Changed Everything SOLD OUT on Celtic Star Books but the good news is that it is now back in stock! You can place an order here and we’ll post your order immediately. The Celtic Rising is also now available on Amazon Kindle, link below…

Neil McCallum scored

SATURDAY 9 FEBRUARY 1889 – The weather is better than last week’s fiasco, but Celtic’s first Scottish Cup final is a defeat to Third Lanark. Neil McCallum scores Celtic’s only goal but Thirds win 2-1 before a massive 18,000 crowd. Most newspapers are very impressed by the young Celtic team reaching the Scottish Cup final “less than a gestation” (ie pregnancy, nine months) since their first ever game. More will be expected of this team in the future.

Celtic 1906/07

SATURDAY 9 FEBRUARY 1907 – It is beginning to be believed that this Celtic team may well be the first to win the Scottish League and the Scottish Cup in the same season, but today they ride their luck in a close and tough game against Morton at Cappielow which ends 0-0. The crowd was 12,000, the rain was incessant and the pitch was all against Celtic’s style of passing along the ground, and of course Celtic were without the injured Willie Loney and the suspended Jimmy Quinn.

The big freeze of 1963

SATURDAY 9 FEBRUARY 1963 – The big freeze up continues. Celtic have played only one game since 5 January , and some are saying that that is maybe a blessing given the way that this awful season has gone. Undersoil heating is still a thing very much in the future, so the fixture pile up continues. Supporters now find other things to do on a Saturday afternoon, one of the most popular being watching wrestling (!) on ITV. And what are Celtic now going to do without Pat Crerand?

Brian McClair scored

MONDAY 9 FEBRUARY 1987 – In an unusual move, Celtic and Aberdeen play each other at Dens Park to decide the winner of their Scottish Cup tie, having drawn at both grounds. 21,255 travel the road and the miles to see a thrilling tie in which Celtic edge home 1-0 through a Brian McClair strike in the second half.

09/02/03 SPL CELTIC v LIVINGSTON. Henrik Larsson (right) sustains a double fracture to his jaw in a challenge with Gustave Bahoken.

SUNDAY 9 FEBRUARY 2003 – A difficult day at Parkhead where Celtic earn a 2-1 victory against Livingston, but at the cost of a serious injury to Henrik Larsson who sustains a broken jaw early in the game. This loss unsettles Celtic and Livi go ahead, but Shaun Maloney who was brought on to replace Larsson takes two free kicks late in the game in the aftermath of which Momo Sylla scores an equaliser, and Chris Sutton a winner. With a heavy programme coming, the loss of Larsson is a serious blow.

David Potter

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.


  1. Oops! Mistake! Brian McClair’s goal at Dens Park in 1987 was actually in the first, not second, half! A through ball from McStay scored at the Tannadice end of the ground.

  2. The rain that night at dens park was torrential and with keeping with traditions of that time Celtic fans got the uncovered end but it was a good win