If you know your history – 1st December
130 years ago … 1891 and on this day ( Tuesday) the Bhoys are looking forward to being back in League Championship action on Saturday 4th December, with a trip to Auld Reekie against Leith Athletic .
By the end of October the team had been playing well and closing in on the early leaders Hearts. Already a few games behind ( 3 in hand), the various cup competitions and replays/void matches prevented Celts playing any league matches in November.
The other clubs were not hanging about…as the league table illustrates:
1891/92 League Championship Table
The Celts, having only managed to complete 9 matches, were to be further confounded when their match with Leith Athletic at Bank Park* in front of a 3,000 crowd on Saturday (5th December) was declared Void. Causing them to fall further behind in the League title race.
As Celts had turned up 20 minutes late for kick-off, and with the teams drawing 2-2, the referee declared the game could not be completed due to darkness setting in and poor light.
**The game was rescheduled
1891-12-05: Leith Athletic 2-2 Celtic, League [Void]
Burnside, McCartney, W Anderson, M McQueen, G Anderson, P Stevenson, McLeod, Blessington, Laing, Mathieson, H McQueen.
Goals:- Mathieson, Laing.
Celtic:- Dolan, Reynolds, Doyle, Dowds, Kelly, W Maley, Brady, McCallum, Madden, McMahon, Campbell.
Goals:- McMahon, Campbell.
Ref:- Mr Allison (St Mirren).
Linesmen:- Messrs Clements (Athletic) and Crossan (Celtic).
In other news…
*Bank Park, Leith
Leith Athletic played at Bank Park (blue icon above) when they joined the SFL (renamed Beechwood Park in 1895) It was was opened in 1891 and was Leith’s home ground until 1899
The first ever Penalty Kick in Scottish Football League history was taken at this stadium by Renton’s Alex McColl on 22nd August, 1891. The biggest ever league attendance at the ground was on 18th April, 1892 when they beat Celtic 2-1 in front of 6,000 fans. (Scotsman has report of 8,000)
**This game was the rescheduled (void) league match from 5/12/1891 and there is a recurring theme in the incidence of ‘record’ attendances involving Celtic in this period.
20 years ago ….. 2001 and on this day Hibernian are the visitors to Celtic Park on League duty.
2001-12-01: Celtic 3-0 Hibernian, SPL
Glen Gibbons in Observer is scathing of Hibernian’s attempts to make a contest of this game and thought referee Willie Young should have declared this “no contest” as soon as John Hartson scored his first goal in the 11th minute.
Not everyone looks happy with Lenny’s goal ….
General stuff …
800 Charlemagne judges the accusations against Pope Leo III in the Vatican.
1167 Northern Italian towns form Lombardi League
1420 Henry V of England enters Paris
1783 Jacques Charles and Nicolas Roberts make first untethered ascension with gas hydrogen balloon in Paris
1822 Frank Liszt, aged 11, debuts as pianist in Vienna
1866 George Everest, Welsh surveyor and namesake of Mt. Everest, dies at 76
1878 1st White House telephone installed
1919 Lady Nancy Astor sworn-in as 1st female member of British Parliament
1929 Game of Bingo invented by Edwin S Lowe
1944 Eric Bloom, American rock vocalist/guitarist (Blue Öyster Cult)
(Singing my favourite ever single … apologies, no valid excuse.. )
1960 Paul McCartney and Pete Best arrested then deported from Hamburg, Germany for accusation of attempted arson.
1989 USSR President Gorbachev meets Pope John Paul II at the Vatican
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