On this day…
As we wave a sad farewell to our Best Player series-canny believe Mahe throwing a McGrory curveball at the death!-I’m delighted to introduce the following.
On This Day,which is compiled by SALTIRESENSEVILLA.
Should this day resonate with you for any reason,please feel free to contribute. Yer man now has his head stuck in various almanacs as he prepares the next episode in this series!!!
130 years ago today. (1888)
Saturday 20/10/1888 Celtic made their Debut in a ‘friendly’ versus Hibernians at Easter Road.
A main feature of the game was the toxic atmosphere, as Hibs fans rounded on the contingent of former Hibernian players now playing for Celts. Patrick Gallacher, in particular, coming in for plenty of attention.
Shouts of ‘traitors’ ‘Judas’ and ‘professionals’ ( that must have hurt) failed to have the desired effect as Coleman and then Dunbar ( twice) put Celtic ahead, with Celtic holding a 3-0 lead at half-time.
The second half was marred by a break-in by a few hundred Hibs fans complaining about a disallowed goal. Some also surrounded Celtic players and the Celtic Umpire considered withdrawing the team from play.
Sufficient Order was restored to allow the game to close after only 35 (pre-agreed) minutes of the second half.
There was no further scoring and Celtic to a 3-0 win and a right GIRUY back to the West.
The attendance was reported as between 3,000 and 5,000.
In their first full season the new team from Glasgow were beginning to make a significant mark on Scottish football.
Match reports: Edinburgh Evening News & Glasgow Herald 22/10/1888
In other news that day.
Times London/Dublin Times- Whitechapel murder investigations continue and the latest ‘letter’ from Jack the Ripper was read out to police officers in the new Cannon-Row station. Police dogs (Bloodhounds) are finding pieces of human remains scattered around Embankment.
A man who had written “ I am Jack the Ripper” on a wall in Islington was chased for some distance but got clear away.
Telegraph – letter from a Young Lady (who is clearly not actually reading the newspapers) visiting London, complained that she couldn’t cross the road at The Strand due to the volume of empty cabs parked ( yet another clue to get tay…!!)
Police had helped her cross roads at Bond Street and Regent Street. Why can’t police assist ladies around Charing Cross the same as they do near Piccadilly?
(Ed. Hmmm They might have been busy washing the police dogs.)
Telegraph -Are fried fish refreshments? Wandsworth Magistrates heard the case of a man accused of selling fried fish without a licence. There is a popular impression that only drinks are ‘refreshing’ in an exciseable sense, but prosecuting solicitors argued that judges had already decided that solid food, if cooked, came under this head.
60 years ago 1958:
Celtic travel to Griffin Park, Brentford for ‘friendly’ opening of new floodlights. Ex- Celt Malcolm McDonald managing Brentford welcomed a strong squad of 16 from Glasgow including: Beattie, Mochan, Fernie, Crerand, Jackson, Divers, Tully and Kurila (debut)
Match played 21st October Brentford won 2-0. Attendance 11,000.
Boxer Thomas Hearns born
Actor Vigo Mortenson born
20 years ago 1998
UEFA CUP 2nd round
Celtic 1 FC Zurich 1
Gould; Boyd, Mahe, McNamara, Larsson, Burley, Brattbakk (Jackson 74), O’Donnell, Donnelly, Lambert, McKinley.
Scorer: Brattbakk 23.
Horrendous defensive injury list of Rieper & Stubbs (Riseth ineligible) Annoni ( had requested a transfer and left out …with ‘flu’)
Brattbakk scores in 23 minutes to offer some hope, but Celtic are guilty of passing up good chances to consolidate their lead.
Mahe played well, starting alongside Boyd as an emergency central defender. Burley also stepped back into defence after Boyd’s dismissal late in the first half.!
Manager Josef Venglos could not have planned for Boyd sending off (handball), Gould saved the penalty, but watched a 75th minute cross from Fischer drift into his net.
44,121 fans knew a win in Zurich to ensure progress in the competition would be unlikely.
2nd leg on 3rd November, another makeshift central defence of Mahe and Hannah, held firm until 2nd half when they then contrived to lose 3 goals by the hour mark. O’Donnell had already clawed one back on 57 minutes and Larsson offered some real hope of a shock away goal advantage situation, with a goal in in 72 minutes to take the overall aggregate score to 4-3.
Now a third away goal could mean victory. Alas, Sant’ Anna scored the 4th Zurich goal of the night in 75 minutes and Celts succumbed to a 5-3 agg. Defeat.
Another dull yin!!
In other news …
Celtic fans looking at the substitutes bench that night are consoled as Richard Pryor is awarded the 1st ever Mark Twain Prize for American humour ( humor)
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