Celtic On This Day – 9th October – David Potter’s Celtic Diary

Month 3, Day 9 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 9th October…


Jimmy Quinn scores a remarkable goal to win the Glasgow Cup for Celtic at Hampden before 55,000 fans. Three Rangers players collide into him at the same time but he still manages to get his foot to the ball and score the only goal of the game. And he was limping with an injury at the time.

Jimmy Quinn scored a remarkable goal.


Both Jimmy McMenemy and Joe Dodds have had a brother killed in the horrendous Battle of Loos within the last week. Maley suggests to them that they can stand down from the Glasgow Cup final at Hampden against Rangers if they wish, but both insist on playing, feeling that they would show more respect to their brothers if they played, “And we’re no’ the only wans that suffer”, they said. They both play brilliantly as Celtic, before 70,000 win 2-1 with goals from Patsy Gallacher and Johnny Browning.


For the first time ever, Arbroath beat Celtic at Gayfield. Celtic are without goalkeeper Joe Kennaway and Chick Geatons, but that is no excuse as Arbroath simply raised their game and Celtic lowered theirs with Jimmy Delaney in particular looking out of sorts. The 0-2 score line is a particular disappointment for Celtic’s huge local support and those who travelled from Glasgow to fill that trim little ground only yards away from the North Sea.


A really marvellous performance today in the autumn sunshine of Celtic Park as Celtic beat Hearts 5-2. Bobby Lennox scores two, Joe McBride scores two and Bobby Lennox one, as the Stein machine clearly moves into gear.


A somewhat controversial day at Celtic Park as Celtic go down 1-3 to Alex Ferguson’s Aberdeen. Referee Andrew Waddell has his famous eye-balling moment with Billy McNeill before sending him to the stand, and for the first and only time in his life Danny McGrain is sent off for two yellow cards. In addition, one of Aberdeen’s goals is plainly offside. It is Celtic’s first defeat of the season.

Danny McGrain was sent off

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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