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

Month 2, 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 9 September…


Celtic win their third League match in a row with a good 3-0 defeat of Raith Rovers at Parkhead. The Kirkcaldy men finished third in the League last year and Celtic have to work hard for their win with goals from Johnny Gilchrist, Willie Crilly and Adam McLean. The 15,000 crowd pay their respects to Sunny Jim Young (killed earlier in the week) then laugh at the wee man in the baggy pants making his debut for Raith Rovers. This is no less a person than Alex James who will become one of the all-time greats of Scottish football.


Celtic and Morton play out a seven goal thriller at Celtic Park, a game that is much praised for its “entertainment value”, but unfortunately for Celtic, they end up on the wrong side of it and go down 3-4. John McPhail scores a hat-trick, but two of them are from the penalty spot.

Glasgow Celtic captain John McPhail (right) with his American counterpart prior to the match against the American All Stars soccer team at Triborough Stadium in New York City on 20th May 1951. Celtic won 5-1. (Photo by Popperfoto via Getty Images/Getty Images)


Celtic appal their huge travelling (and local) support by going down 0-2 to East Fife at Methil. Fortunately it is only the first leg of the Scottish League Cup quarter-final and the damage can be repaired, but it is particularly disappointing coming in the aftermath of the 3-1 defeat of Rangers on Saturday.



A good win against Rangers at Parkhead as Celtic maintain their 100% record at the top of the League. Tom McAdam scores twice and George McCluskey once as Celtic win 3-1 on a day in the east end of Glasgow where the weather is dull, but the atmosphere is bright.


In a tight game at Pittodrie against Aberdeen, Celtic edge home 1-0 thanks to a goal scored by Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink. It was a shot from the edge of the box after some fine lead-up work from Aiden McGeady and Kenny Miller.

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…

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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