If you know your history – 8th December
130 years ago …let’s stick with 1891/92 season, as recent performances and results have created a warm glow of anticipation.
There are trophies to be won!!
As we know, Celtic are now contesting their fourth full season and have already made significant inroads into the game in Scotland. Creating a seismic shock when they reached the Scottish Cup Final ( losing to Third Lanark Rifles vol. ) in their debut season 1888/1889. Then following that up by winning their first Major senior trophy The Glasgow Cup in February, 1891 (defeating Third Lanark Rifles vol. 4-0 at Hampden #2)*
Also, In the inaugural season of The Scottish Football League Championship 1890/91, Celts had performed well having finished 3rd., behind ‘joint’ winners Dumbarton and Rangers.
In this period, the League Championship is seen as an inferior competition to The Scottish Cup.
The ‘Cup’ is the big prize…and Celtic seem to be firmly fixed on that ultimate goal.
Note: Celts had won the Glasgow Northern Cup in 1889 and retained it in 1890, but this was not considered a major trophy at the time.
On this day (Tuesday) the Celts are preparing to retain ‘their’ Glasgow Cup against Clyde on Saturday.
1891-12-12: Celtic 7-1 Clyde, Glasgow Cup
The team comfortably held onto the trophy (with a very Celtic scoreline) and for a second time in this calendar year.
The game was played at #1 Cathkin Park** in front of a disappointing crowd of 4,000
Regular goalie Thomas Duff has finally made a return from a long illness. The rest of the team has a reassuringly familiar look.
Match: Glasgow Cup, Final, at Cathkin Park, kick-off: 14:15.
Celtic – Clyde 7-1 (2-0 HT).
Thomas Duff, Jeremiah “Jerry” Reynolds, Dan Doyle, Peter Dowds, James Kelly, Willie Maley, Alex Brady, Neil McCallum, John Madden, Alex “Sandy” McMahon, John James Campbell.
Goals: 1-0 McCallum (20 min.), 2-0 Brady (30 min.), 3-1 McMahon, 4-1 Kelly, 5-1 Madden, 6-1 Campbell, 7-1 Madden.
John Fortune, Alex Sawers, James Maxwell, William Bowie, John Cherrie, James McLaren, Thomas McIntosh, John Harvey, William Sawers, Andrew Johnstone, A. Cassels.
Goal: 2-1 Bowie (47 min.),
Referee: Mr. Hay (Southern Counties).
Goal scorer Neil McCallum, Celtic F.C. (Glasgow Evening Post: April 9, 1892);
Goal scorer Alex “Sandy” McMahon, Celtic F.C. (Glasgow Evening Post: April 9, 1892):
In other news:
*Hampden Park#2 (1882-1903) then became (New) Cathkin#2 around 1903, when Queen’s Park moved to their 3rd home and the existing Hampden Park#3)
**The First Cathkin Park#1 (1872-1903) was located in Govanhill, across Cathcart Road from Dixon Halls ( near today’s Holyrood School) The pitch was adjacent to The Third Lanark Rifles vol.’ shooting range. (See map below). ‘Thirds’ then moved to the ground vacated by Queen’s Park in 1903 and remained there (New Cathkin Park) until they sadly passed in 1967.
Dixon Halls – Govanhill
3rd Lanark Rifles vol.’ drill hall is now converted to flats and located in Copelaw Street, situated between Pollokshaws Road & Victoria Road. (https://bygone.bungoblog.com/wp/third-lanark/)
On a personal note: I lived at Dixon Avenue for almost ten years (1990 until 1999) and never realised Celts had been winning trophies at the end of ‘my street’ almost one hundred years earlier…a huge thanks to our own Craig76 for sharing Hugh Reed’ (and The Velvet Underpants) youtube video:
This is quality work by Hugh and I’m fairly sure all the score/music is his own stuff. His knowledge and presentation style is really endearing and hopefully, we will see similar work from him soon.
1792 1st cremation in US: Henry Laurens
1813 Ludwig van Beethoven’s 7th Symphony in A, premieres in Vienna with Beethoven conducting
1849 Giuseppe Verdi’s opera “Luisa Miller” premieres in Naples
1854 Pope Pius IX proclaims Immaculate Conception, makes Mary, free of Original Sin ( thought this subject was contested as early as 16th Century .. help?)
1864 The Clifton Suspension Bridge, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, is finally opened in Bristol, England, 5 years after his death
Clifton Bridge, Bristol
1876 Suriname begins compulsory education for 7-12 years
1921 Eamon de Valera publicly repudiates Anglo-Irish Treaty
1970 Head of the Catholic Church in Ireland Cardinal William Conway publishes a pamphlet on the topic of segregation in education in Northern Ireland
1978 “The Deer Hunter”, directed by Michael Cimino and starring Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken and Meryl Streep, premieres in Los Angeles (Academy Awards Best Picture 1979)
Music for today could, maybe should, be the wonderful John Williams
But …Hugh Reed and The Velvet Underpants have the ‘honour’ and really deserve a play..and listen…
Still have an original copy of this 12” record sleeve, it’s ‘only’ 7” inside…brilliant!
Note: The excellent Celtic Wiki site is the font of all knowledge on things Celtic. Most of the Celtic stuff above is from that site. The guys who set it up and painstakingly keep it updated, deserve no end of credit, praise and thanks. A treasure trove for Celtic fans young and old – and new- and free to view.
Guest article by Saltires en Sevilla.
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