Celtic’s Fifers First Eleven by David Potter and a challenge to Ayrshire and Lanarkshire Celts

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THIS MORNING we carried an article about Celtic on this day in 1923 which included the most fascinating video – truly one of its kind – that captures the travelling Celtic Support and some match highlights from the Lochgelly United v Celtic Scottish Cup tie.

The video is a must watch – and you’ll probably go back and watch it two or three times. Both Matt Corr and (Fifer) David Potter have contributed to this article based around this game and this era in Celtic’s early history and as always both write brilliantly. Read those contributions and watch the video below.

Unique Must Watch Video of Celtic playing Lochgelly Utd on this day in 1923

Anyway plenty of people were contacting us today to praise the article, one being a Fifer himself, Jerry Woods. Jerry you may recall from the summer self published his own book – which was an account of getting to Lisbon and back in May 1967 on a fiver.

Jerry Woods at home in Fife

The Celtic Star serialised the book, To Lisbon and Back for a Fiver, for Jerry, meaning that it was read by a much wider audience than would otherwise have been the case, and generating the book sales for the author (like the trip to Lisbon and back, the book cost a fiver) and allowing Jerry to donate his profit to Celtic Foundation.

You can read the entire book on here, the link above is for chapter 1 but you can go back to 20 May for Chapter 2 and so on or use the search function to find the subsequent chapters – it’s a great wee read and again gives you an insight into what it was like supporting Celtic in a different era.

Anyway this morning Jerry was one of our readers who got in touch to praise the article. He also noted that “there very few police on duty – reek from fags and Wee Fergus Bunnets.”

I replied jokingly saying “As a Fifer yourself Jerry, I am going to avoid asking if were you at the game with David Potter (LOL)!”

Jerry came back straight away. “Nice one. It would be informative if you could suggest to David Potter to write something on the top Fifers who played for Celtic Scotland and of course East Fife.”

This suggestion was forwarded on to the Celtic Historian who has been in hibernation since the 29 December. It was probably a good time to see if he’d got his Celtic mojo back yet.

David Potter at the Scottish Cup Final last May.

Message to David Potter: “A wee suggestion for an article from Jerry…Good to have the football back on Saturday- ends the cold Turkey!”

And his reply: “Yes, I cannot wait for the real football to start again on Saturday. I’ve been sulking about the General Election and the events of 29 December (and in particular the Daily Record’s extraordinary blatant coverage of it) but will start again tonight. I have been looking several times at the Lochgelly game of 1923 – still fascinating – and then I will try to pick a Fife team of Celtic players, although I may have to borrow a few from neighbouring counties! I’ll do it tonight because I have something else on this afternoon.

“PS. I saw Paddy Roberts play for Middlesbrough v Spurs. Much greeted by the crowd, but not really very effective against a Spurs team that I don’t think is very good.”

Well a little ahead of schedule here is David Potter writing about CELTIC AND FIFE….

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About Author

The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

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