Jim Craig 7am: Celtic rose to the occasion

This period just after the turn of the 20th century was a fairly fallow one for Celtic. They had won the Scottish Cup in 1900 but from then on, the following two and a half years had not brought a single trophy into the Celtic Park Boardroom. Now, towards the end of season 1902-03, there was only the Charity Cup still to play for.

The first round had brought a home tie against Hibs, which finished in a goalless draw. The omens in the replay at Easter Road did not look promising, as Hibs were in top spot – and would eventually win – the First Division title that season, while Celtic struggled in 5th place.

However, over in Leith, in the replay, Celtic rose to the occasion, scoring five goals without reply to reach the final, played on this day in 1903 at Ibrox, with St Mirren as opponents. This match took place on a beautiful summer’s day. The Buddies took an early lead but by half-time, Celtic were 4-1 ahead. Shortly after the interval, St Mirren pulled one back but Alex Bennett got another for the Green-and-Whites to make the final score – Celtic 5 St Mirren 2

Jim Craig

The latest podcast is out now- it’s part 2 of the brilliant interview with Celtic’s SLO John Paul Taylor where he selects the games and the soundtracks of his own personal Celtic journey. Loved his memories of the 4-2 game in the first part of his interview. Here’s the latest instalment from the UK’s Football podcast of the year…

Listen to “John Paul Taylor with A Celtic State of Mind (Part 2/3)” on Spreaker.

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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