If you know your history – 24th November
130 years ago…. on this day (Tuesday) the Bhoys are preparing for the opening round of The 1891/92 Scottish Cup.
15 First round ties are scheduled to be completed on Saturday 28th November. Two ties will be played in Paisley where Celtic meet St. Mirren at Westmarch Stadium*, and “Scotland’s premier club” Queen’s Park (The Herald 30/11/1891) would be entertained by Abercorn at Underwood Park**. ( The Spiders won 3-2 in a tough game in front of 3,000)
1891-11-28: St Mirren 2-4 Celtic, Scottish Cup
“Considering the circumstances ” (The Scotsman 30/11/1891 clearly surprised Queen’s Park hadn’t drawn the bigger crowd…) there was a larger attendance of spectators (4,000) watching the Celts score four (4) first half goals to ensure they would progress to the 2nd Round. Willie Maley, returning from injury, added a fine goal.
The Celtic team has a familiar look, but goalkeeper Tom Duff is still out with rheumatics and Mick Dolan proves, once again, he is a very reliable deputy. He kept a resurgent Saints at bay in the second period. Limiting them to only one additional goal.
Fleming, J McFarlane, R McFarlane, McCartney, Brown, R McBain, Kinloch, Wylie, Douglas, Dunlop, Hamilton
Goals:- Kinloch 15, Douglas
Dolan, Reynolds, Doyle, Maley, Kelly, Dowds, Brady, McCallum, Madden, McMahon, Campbell.
Goals:- Madden, McFarlane og 30, Maley, McMahon.
Ref:- not recorded.
Paisley would not be the last town to host Scotland’s “premier club” and Celtic on the same day in 1891/92 Scottish Cup…stay tuned…
Queen’s Park had elected not to join the League Championship competition as they felt that so many scheduled ties in a season had a feeling of “professionalism” and they preferred not to follow that path. Their next game would be a challenge match against Linfield Athletic of Belfast at Hampden Park.
“The leading Irish side Linfield Athletic of Belfast visited Hampden Park on Saturday 5 December. Miserable weather kept the attendance down to around 3,000. Former Clyde player Bob McFarlane made his debut for Queen’s Park. Walter Arnott played for Linfield. Queen’s took the lead in 10 minutes through Jimmy Hamilton but Hill equalised for the Irishmen. Goals from Willie Lambie and Bill Sellar then put the Spiders 3-1ahead at the interval. William Gulliland and Tommy Waddell then increased the lead to 5-1. McGaffikin pulled a goal back for the visitors but further goals from Lambie and Hamilton took the final score to 7-2. “Ireland’s Pride” ( oh aye?!) had been thoroughly outplayed. While Queen’s Park were hosting Linfield, Glasgow met Aberdeen (the city select rather than the club) at Chanonry in the Granite City. David Stewart played for the Glasgow side that won 6-0.”
In other news….
*Westmarch, Greenhill Road, Paisley was the ground of St Mirren from 1883 to 1894 the largest attendance was against Celtic in a league match in 1892. ( now the site of Direct Parking see map below)
** Underwood Park, Paisley (blue icon below) was the home ground of Abercorn FC from 1889 until 1899. Their highest ever attendance was in a league tie was against Celtic (2-5) in September 1891
Anyone that knows Paisley, will note the proximity of both St Mirren’ and Abercorn’ grounds at the time of the above Scottish Cup ties in 1891.
Maybe someone knows if these two stadiums are the ‘closest’ (sp?)senior grounds before Dundee & Dundee United or Queen’s Park & Third Lanark??
We will re-visit this theme at a later date.
90 years ago … 1931 season and on this day (Tuesday) Celts are preparing to play at Central Park, Cowdenbeath in a league game. Celts are currently sixth (6th) in the league.
1931-11-28: Cowdenbeath 1-2 Celtic, League Division 1
Fully seventy minutes of the game had gone when Irish outside-left Peter Kavanagh swung in his corner kick for Bertie Thompson to give Celtic the lead. Three minutes later Alex Hamill (later Blackburn Rovers) and Stewart combined for the latter to equalise, and with only three minutes remaining fan’s favourite Bertie got the winner for the bhoys.
Edwards, Frame, Russell, Glancy, Menzies, Campbell, Hamill, A. Venters, Paterson, Alton, Stewart.
Kennaway, Cook, Morrison, Wilson, McStay, Geatons, R. Thomson, Scarff, McGrory, Napier, Kavanagh.
R. Thomson, (2).
Referee: W. Webb (Glasgow).
In other news…
Australian cricket master batsman Don Bradman scores 226 in his first Test appearance v South Africa in 1st Test in Brisbane
Don Bradman AOH…
40 years ago …..1981 on this day (Tuesday) Celts prepare to visit City rivals Patrick Thistle with a Wembley Wizards’ style victory…
Celtic won the Daily Express 5 a side tornament at Wembley in midweek.They beat Watford 3-0, Ipswich 3-1, Man Utd 2-0 and Southampton 1-0 in the final.
Celtic squad was Latchford, Garner, W McStay, Crainie, Nicholas and Weir.
1981-11-28: Partick Thistle 0-2 Celtic, League
On a bitterly cold winter’s day George McCluskey scored one of the goals of his career.
He dummied Whittaker, strolled forward and hammered a magnificent 30 yard shot past Alan Rough.
Partick Thistle –
Rough, Murray, Whittaker, Anderson, Dunlop, Watson, Park, McDonald, Johnston, Doyle, Clark
Subs – Lapsley, McDowell
Bonner, Moyes, Reid, Aitken, McAdam, MacLeod, Provan, Sullivan, McGarvey, Conroy, McCluskey
Subs – Nicholas (Sullivan), Weir
Goalscorers – McCluskey 24 Provan 59
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1642 Dutch explorer Abel Tasman discovers Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania)
1655 English Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell bans Anglicans
1688 General strategist John Churchill meets William III
1715 London’s Thames River freezes over
1832 South Carolina passes Ordinance of Nullification, declaring the tariffs of 1828 and 1832 unconstitutional in and unenforceable in South Carolina, precipitating the Nullification Crisis which presaged the American Civil War
1874 American inventor Joseph Glidden patents barbed wire
1877English author Anna Sewell sells her manuscript “Black Beauty” to Norwich publisher for £40, the novel is published soon after
1979 Senate report proves US troops in Vietnam were exposed to the toxic chemical defoliant Agent Orange
1995 Ireland votes to end 58-year-old amendment on divorce (50.28% to 49.72%)
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