OFFSIDE! John Hartson the victim of a cup final ‘Honest Mistake’

ON this day in 1910 Celtic took another step towards their sixth League Championship in a row with a 2-0 win over Third Lanark at Parkhead on a Wednesday afternoon before a poor crowd of just 3,000.

Jimmy Quinn scored a penalty and the fast developing Peter Johnstone scored the other. It was vital for the club to get back on track today because on the  previous Saturday  Celtic suffered a bad blow with a Cup Semi Final defeat to Clyde.

Other good days for Celtic on 16 March  were 1927 when a Jimmy McGrory goal and an own goal saw off Airdrie at Parkhead, 1935 when Jimmy McGrory, Hugh O’Donnell and Willie Buchan scored the goals that beat Dunfermline at East End Park and 1968 when Willie Wallace, Bobby Lennox and Tommy Gemmell with a penalty saw Celtic through 3-0 at Brockville against Falkirk.

A bad 16 March was 2003 when Celtic went down 1-2 to Rangers in the Scottish League Cup Final. Henrik Larsson scored Celtic’s goal, but John Hartson scored another goal which was chalked off erroneously for offside. It was an ‘Honest Mistake’.

Hartson also missed a penalty and near the end Neil Lennon was sent off. This game was sandwiched between Celtic’s two epic encounters against Liverpool in the UEFA Cup on the road to Seville.

This was my, my, my Beautiful Sunday

“There is surely no denyin’, wi’oor captain Willie Lyon, we will win the Scottish Cup once again,” a pre-war Celtic chant

About Author

The Celtic Star founder and editor David Faulds 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

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