18th August – If you know your history
120 years ago – 1891/92 was shaping up to be a pivotal season. The club had already made a huge impact on the game in Scotland, having contested a Scottish Cup Final in their inaugural season (losing to Third Lanark Rifle Volunteers in a replay (2-1) and achieved a 3rd place in the recently launched 90/91 League competition. At that time the Scottish. Cup remained the prized major trophy. Would the new bhoys from the East End of Glasgow become a Cinderella team… or step up and make their mark by winning one of the two majors?
On this day (Tuesday) the team are dusting themselves down after losing 3-1 to Hearts at Tynecastle in the opening game of the League season the previous Saturday (15th August, 1891)
As Celtic fans catch up on the newspaper reports of the game, they will note that the crowd at Tynecastle (8,000 – 10,000) was the biggest ever for a domestic game in the Capital. The “Irish contingent was large” and an interesting point to note was the Celtic forward McGhee, recently signed from Hibs, ran out to huge cheers. The usual Celtic forward McCallum, didn’t travel and presume injured? Wondering if the huge cheers for McGhee were from Hibs fans in the crowd…
Hearts were the Scottish Cup holders and clearly a strong team, scoring three goals without reply, until Madden squeezed a consolation in at the post on 90 minutes. Celtic fans must have harboured some concerns at losing their opening tie. …
Next up … Rangers!!
Fairbairn, Adams, Goodfellow, Begbie, Masterton, Hill, Taylor, Baird, Russell, Ross, Scott.
Goals:- Baird, Russell, Ross.
Celtic:- Duff; Reynolds & Doyle; Gallagher (sic), Kelly (captain) Dowds; Madden, McGhee, Brady, McMahon & Campbell.
Goal:- Madden (90) Final whistle.
Att:- 10,000. (Scotsman reported 8,000)
In other news:
A Hurricane hits Martinique, about 700 die
Nae French Fries or chips for four days…
90 years ago….. 1931 on this day (Tuesday) Celts are preparing to face the prospect of Hearts’ visit in tomorrow’s league match without injured striker Jimmy McGrory. Never fear, Linwood’s Peter Scarff is here and he turned in a Five Star performance with 2 goals, ably assisted by his near neighbour from Johnstone, Bertie Thomson. The wee winger providing regular service to the auxiliary Centre Forward.
J. Thomson, Cook, McGonagle, Wilson, McStay, Geatons, R. Thomson, A. Thomson, Scarff, Napier, Whitney.
Napier, Scarff, (2).
HEART OF MIDLOTHIAN:
Harkness, Anderson, O’Neill, Massie, J. Johnston, Bennie, R. Johnstone, J. White, Battles, Smith, Murray.
Referee: J. Hudson (Glasgow).
In other news…
Floods had now reached their worst point when the Yangtze peaked. The flooding killed about 3.7 million people in total, perhaps the worst natural disaster of the 20th century.
A committee of bankers in Basel released a report recommending that credit be extended to Germany for another six months due to the country’s inability to meet its debt obligations.
30 years ago…. Apologies but we are back to 1991 FFS!!
A decent enough start to the season, the players enjoy a rest day having demolished Falkirk ….and Doug Baillie thinks …Aye!
In other news….
Clarence Hutchenrider, American jazz clarinetist (Casa Loma Orchestra), dies at 83
Rick Griffin, American artist and a leading designer of psychedelic posters in the 1960s (Grateful Dead), dies in a motorcycle accident on his Harley at 47
Vaughn Shoemaker, US cartoonist (John Q Public, Pulitzer), dies
Aberdeen’s mighty Shamen are enjoying 4 weeks at #1 of U.K. Independent charts with Move Any Mountain
1971 – Vietnam War: Australia and New Zealand decide to withdraw their troops from Vietnam
1976 -The Korean Axe Murder incident in Panmunjom results in the deaths of two US Army officers
1977 – Steve Biko is arrested at a police roadblock under the Terrorism Act No. 83 of 1967 in King William’s Town, South Africa. He later dies from injuries sustained during this arrest bringing attention to South Africa’s apartheid policies.
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