If you know your history – 15th December
130 years ago … 1891 and on this day (Tuesday) the team are basking in glory, having retained their Glasgow Cup for a second successive season, with a resounding 7-1 thrashing of Clyde at Old Cathkin.
Soon they will be back in business, as next up at Celtic Park are visitors on Saturday are Kilmarnock Athletic* in the 2nd round of The Scottish Cup.
With regular goalkeeper Duff now fully recovered from rheumatics, the team is at full strength and the regular fullbacks and ever-present front five are joined by a re-jigged halfback partnership of Willie Maley, James Kelly ( captain) and Peter Dowds. It appears that stalwart Pat Gallacher has been permanently replaced by Maley.
Given the highly physical nature of the game at that time, and the condition of the playing surfaces, it is quite remarkable that the team barely changes. The forward line in particular are unchanged from game to game.
Playing games only on Saturdays probably helped, however, it’s worthwhile keeping in mind the players were amateurs, at least notionally, and presumably had ‘day jobs at a time when 50 hour weeks were not uncommon.
There are three reports on the game advising of the surprisingly low crowd of 800 by half-time which soon increased to 4,000. It’s not clear why. Mention of a heavy surface indicates wet weather which may have created delays in public transport.
Nevertheless, Celtic were 2 goals up at halftime and booked their passage to the 3rd round with a third goal, courtesy of an own goal by McLintock, who had sliced a clearance into his own goal.
The Scottish Referee report indicates a 3-1 scoreline, clearly an early example of an ‘honest mistake’ as the official result was 3-0 to Celtic. The Scotsman described the game as “uneventful” …so not that much has really changed!
1891-12-19: Celtic 3-0 Kilmarnock Athletic*, Scottish Cup (second round)
Duff, Reynolds, Doyle, Maley, Kelly, Dowds, Brady, McCallum, Madden, McMahon and Campbell.
Scorers:- Brady, Dowds, McLintock (og)
Kilmarnock Athletic –
Armour, P Maxwell, McLintock, Muirhead, F Maxwell, Gould, Hillhouse, McGill, Wills, Adams and Wark.
Ref:- not recorded
In other news …
*Kilmarnock Athletic are the same Kilmarnock we all know and love… founded in 1869. The oldest professional club in Scotland. It seems their earliest origins are as a cricket team that sometimes played rugby in the ‘close’ season. They couldn’t find enough regular opponents as everyone else was now playing association football, and seemingly Queens Park convinced them to convert to the new code. That legacy is reflected in the name of their current stadium Rugby Park. Kilmarnock share the honour of playing in one of the first (inaugural) Scottish Cup ties ( against Renton)
On this day …. A. P. Carter, American musician (Carter Family), born in Maces Spring, Virginia:
50 years ago … 1971 and in this week Tommy Gemmell makes his move to Nottingham Forest for £30,000 the transfer fee adequately covering £20,000 previously paid for Dixie Deans from Motherwell. At this point Dixie had already scored 5 goals in four games and was looking like an exceptional piece of business … what a proper bargain that turned out to be.
In 1968 Old Rangers forked out £100,000 for Colin Stein… superstar … who managed 64 goals in 124 appearances.
Dixie Deans on the other hand could ‘only’ manage 89 goals in 128 games for Celtic.
Colin Stein £1,563 per goal ( won one trophy at Rangers: ECWC 1972))
John Kelly Deans £225 per goal ( won 7 trophies at Celtic and played in 2 European Cup semi finals 1972 & 1974)
Colin Stein had Twenty One (21) Scottish Caps and John ‘Dixie’ Deans …. two (2) Scottish Caps. Go figure folks…
Dixie Deans …..in familiar pose
Dixie Deans …. in a rare pose…
Dixie is returning to his old stomping ground at Fir Park on Saturday and quickly drilled the opener within ten minutes. Dalglish was moved to bolster midfield and Bobby Lennox returned to the forward line.
1971-12-18: Motherwell 1-5 Celtic, League Division 1
Ritchie, Gillespie, Wark, John Muir, Whiteford, McInally, Campbell, Jim Muir, McCabe (Martin), Goldthorp, Heron.
Scorer: McInally (33)
Celtic: Connaghan, Hay, Quinn, Dalglish, McNeill, Connelly, Johnstone, Lennox, Deans, Callaghan, Hood. sub: Craig.
Goals: Deans (10), Dalglish 2 (31, 32), Lennox (46), Johnstone (62)
Referee: T Marshall (Baillieston)
King Billy clears the danger…
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USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
#1 Album Electric Warrior – T. Rex (8 weeks) credited as the pivotal release of ‘Glam Rock’ in U.K. It was the top selling album in U.K. In 1971 at 44 weeks in the charts.
1792 1st life insurance policy issued in US (Philadelphia)
1794 Revolutionary Tribunal abolished in France
1810 1st Irish magazine in US, “Shamrock” published
1840 Napoleon Bonaparte receives a French state funeral in Paris 19 years after his death
1894 Day 2 of first cricket test between Australia and England, Australia 586 runs (Gregory 201) England 3-130
1939 “Gone With The Wind”, drama film directed by Victor Fleming and starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, premieres in Atlanta (Best Picture 1940, inflation not adjusted highest-grossing film of all time)
1939 1st commercial manufacture of nylon yarn in Seaford, Delaware
1944 Bandleader Major Glenn Miller, lost over the English Channel
1959 Ballon d’Or: Real Madrid forward Alfredo di Stefano wins his second award for best football player in Europe ahead of teammate Raymond Kopa and Juventus’ Welsh utility John Charles
Alfredo Di Stefano with 5 in-a-row European Cups (1956-1960)
1964 Canada’s House of Commons votes 163 to 78 to approve the red Maple Leaf Flag
1979 Chris Haney and Scott Abbott develop the board game Trivial Pursuit
Go on …. dig it out the loft …will you remember anything?
1993 British Prime Minister John Major & Irish premier Reynolds signs Downing Street Declaration concerning Northern Ireland self determination
2018 Diplomats from 200 countries agree to a set of rules to implement the UN Paris Climate Agreement in Katowice, Poland
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