Jim Craig – Peter Johnstone’s last match for Celtic

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Peter Johnstone was at left-half when Celtic beat Clyde in the Scottish Cup Final in April 1912 but had moved to centre-half when they again beat Clyde, this time in the Charity Cup final in May of that same year.

Peter retained the central defender role as Celtic picked up a League/cup double in 1913/14, the last Scottish Cup before the competition was suspended for the duration of the war.

Conscious of his responsibilities, Peter returned to the pits for the war effort but still played his part in the Championship-winning sides of 1914/15 and 1915/16.

Towards the end of that latter season, he also signed up for the forces.

On this day in 1916, Peter was in the number 5 shirt as Celtic beat Clyde 3-2 at Parkhead to pick up the Glasgow Cup for the second consecutive year. This was his last match for the club.

Shortly afterwards, Peter was in France with the Seaforth Highlanders.

Tragically, in the battle of Arras sometime in late May/ early June 1917, Peter Johnstone was killed at the age of 29. He left a wife and two children.

Many Happy Returns to Jim Melrose, born on this day in 1958.

Jim Craig

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