August 25th – If you know your history
130 years ago – and on this day (Tuesday) in 1891, the players are recovering from a fantastic league victory over current ( sic) league champions (joint) Rangers. The press reports point out the significance of that victory, especially as the other League Champions (joint) Dumbarton rattled and whipped Abercorn 8-1 at Boghead.
Celtic:- Duff, Reynolds, Doyle, Gallagher, Kelly, Dowds, Madden, Brady, Coleman, Campbell, McMahon.
Goals:- McMahon, Madden, Campbell.
Haddow, Hodge, Scott, Marshall, McIntyre, Mitchell, Cullen, Henderson, Neil Kerr, A McCreadie, McPherson.
Ref:- Mr John Marshall (3rd Lanark)
The Scotsman – Monday, 24th August 1891, page 4
Celtic v Rangers – Celtic Park was opened with this League match. There was a great gathering of spectators, every available part of the field being taken advantage of. The opening stages of the game were very even, and some splendid play was shown. As the game progressed the Celtic had slightly the better of it. Haddow played a great game in goal for the Rangers. Half-time, a draw – no goals. On resuming, the Celtic had hard lines in not scoring on one or two occasions, as they had the best of the play. Mitchell played a great game for the Rangers. Haddow again distinguished himself, his play being magnificent. McMahon scored with a line shot, and Madden scored a second; while Campbell headed a third. The Rangers were now completely out of it. Result :- Celtic, three goals; Rangers, nil.
Saturday was again a busy day with the League teams, and though the Leith Athletic sustained defeat by three goals to two from Renton at Bank Park, Leith, this was atoned for, from an Eastern point of view, by the splendid victory of the Heart of Midlothian over the St Mirren at Paisley by five goals to two. The principal match in Edinburgh was the Alliance fixture between St Bernards and East Stirlingshire, victory in which fell to the Edinburgh team by four goals to one.
70 years ago … 1951 a League Cup tie played at Cathkin. It’s interesting to note that Gil Heron is playing at Centre Forward, having signed earlier in the month. The team would be hopeful of a good run having having already secured The Saint Mungo Cup earlier in the month. Thereafter, resulted in a complaint by Celtic that the trophy wasn’t new and clearly ‘second hand’. The Glasgow Lord Provost declared that Mr Desmond Kelly was “at liberty to buy a new trophy…”
1951-08-25: Third Lanark 0-1 Celtic, League Cup
Jock Weir (returning from injury) and Heron were given run outs on the 23rd against Hibernian in a Reserve match.
This game at Cathkin Park was played in continuous rain and was uninspired. Remarks in the Press were made about the state of Thir Lanark’s ground and in particular there mediocre stand. Third Lanark had a goal disallowed from Gibson for a goal line infringement which only the referee saw! (UFH?…)
Petrie; Balunas, Harrower; Mooney, Samuel, Aitken; Henderson, Gibson, Currie, Dick, McCall.
Celtic: Bonnar; Fallon, Rollo; Evans, Mallon, Baillie; Collins, Walsh, Heron, Peacock, Tully.
Scorers: Walsh (40)
Referee: R M Main (SJ…) (Glasgow)
Gilbert Saint Elmo Heron
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50 years ago …1971 The ‘new’ stand is opened for the first time costing £350,000 to build ( hardly peanuts…) as Morton field 15 year old Charlie Brown in a League Cup group match at Paradise. King (Pig Pen) Kenny misses a penalty…
1971-08-25: Celtic 0-1 Morton, League Cup An unchanged side for Celtic play in Peppermint Paddy style strip: yellow tops, green shorts and green/gold socks.
On a night of Celtic pressure Morton break away to record a notable win. Rangers now top the League Cup group. (Ayr Utd 0 – 4 Rangers)
Celtic: Williams; McGrain, Hay, Murdoch, McNeill, Connelly, Johnstone, Lennox, Dalglish, Callaghan, Hughes. substitute: Macari
Sorenson, Hayes,McDermott, Lumsden, Anderson, Laughton, Charlie Brown (Brand), Mason, Osborne, Murphy, Lavelle
Scorer: Osborne (74)
Referee: E Thomson (Edinburgh)
In other news… ( a wee bit of licence on dates here/squeezing in for obvious reasons…)
The Son of Celtic Striker Gil Heron … conjures up this absolute classic, written in 1970 when he was 21. In 1971 Gil Scott-Heron and musical partner Brian Jackson re-arranged the song. Jackson jammed on the flute while warm, jazzy rhythms added depth to the previously sparse track. These elements, when added to Gil Scott-Heron’s calm and intelligent vocal delivery, earned the song radio airplay across the US. This second version is the most famous and is now known all over the world.
1609 Galileo demonstrates his 1st telescope to Venetian lawmakers
1718 Hundreds of French colonists arrive in Louisiana; New Orleans is founded.
1768 Captain James Cook departs from Plymouth, England, on his first voyage on board the Endeavour, bound for the Pacific Ocean
1894 Japanese scientist Shibasaburo Kitasato discovers the infectious agent of the bubonic plague and publishes his findings in The Lancet
1944 General Charles de Gaulle walks the Champs Elysees in Paris after the liberation of the city from Nazi occupation
1960 AFL begins placing players names on back of their jerseys
1990 UN security council authorizes military action against Iraq
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