If you know your history – 22nd December
130 years ago… 1891/92 season continues apace. On this day ( Wednesday) Celts are finally preparing to play in the league championship when St Mirren make the short journey from Paisley to Celtic Park.
Despite the team missing both Dowds and Maley at kick-off, then Captain Kelly missing most of the game through injury ( down to ten men) .. the Bhoys are right up against it minus their entire regular half-back line.
Match stats are not available, but The Scotsman produced a good match report indicating that the 2,000 fans were fully entertained by both teams. Campbell taking lead for Celtic and Saints equalising by halftime. In the Second half Celtic had the ball in the net but it was chopped off for an infringement.
Finally the 10 men managed to press on and Brady scored the winner.
1891-12-26: Celtic 2-1 St Mirren, League
Celts have now won every game played since losing at Tynecastle in the opening League tie of the Season.
End of 1891 the team are really setting up nicely for the second half of the season. With The Glasgow Cup already secured (retained), into the Third Round of The Scottish Cup and only one league defeat the signs are very, very promising.
90 years ago…… on this day in 1931 (Tuesday ) The Celtic players are resting having summarily disposed of Leith Athletic by Six (6) goals to nil in front of 3,000 at Paradise ( The Scotsman reported 5,000 but I’d go with the Celticwiki every time)
Jimmy McGrory bagged four and Berti Thompson and Napier grabbed one-apiece. Napier in particular was absolutely tearing through Athletic’ defence causing the home support to break into cheers of laughter at his antics.
The sounds of mirth would soon be completely overshadowed as we learn that this would be the last game played by another huge favourite Peter Scarff. After the game he complained of feeling unwell and was coughing up blood.
Imagine the horror on the faces of his teammates …
Knowing what we know of his condition, it defies belief that this young man could complete 90 gruelling minutes in a top flight game in December, suffering from a deadly lung disease – contrast this with our modern day players and … ach nevermind … ye get the drift!
In the game Peter Scarff formed the left wing with Charlie ‘dancing feet’ Napier, and in my head I can see them interchanging and Peter laying on at least one of Jimmy McGrory’s four that day.
This is very emotional topic for me and at this point I’d stopped writing … it’s taken the thick end of four days to complete today’s piece.
However, I was sent a photograph* on Sunday evening that made my spirits absolutely soar. It’s simply amazing what life throws at ye…
Peter was part of my extended family and growing up his name was mentioned regularly – he was never forgotten by the folk he grew up with. He never kicked a ball again and had even tossed his boots into the Black Cart river in the throes of his dark despair – a very close friend retrieved them for him and persuaded him to keep them. Sadly, Peter would never wear them again.
Peter Scarff had reached the ripe old age of 22 when he slipped his final pass to McGrory.
In his short career he played 128 games for his beloved Celts and scored 63 goals.
1931-12-19: Celtic 6-0 Leith Athletic, League Division 1
Kennaway, Morrison, McGonagle, Wilson, McStay, Scarff, R. Thomson, A. Thomson, McGrory, Napier, Solis.
R. Thomson, McGrory, (4); Napier.
Todd, Allan, Forrest, McNeil, Bruce, Crawford, Laidlaw, Marshall, Nicol, Johnston, McWilliams.
Referee: H. Morrison (Falkirk).
Match programme Celtic v Leith Athletic
In other news
Sunday 19th of December
Another Celtic legend on the Peter Scarff CSC bus, celebrating yet another fine Celtic trophy win.
90 years to the very day that Peter played his last game – there are still young …and not so young… Bhoys remembering his name… keeping his memory, his legacy, alive.
Now that my friends … is immortality!!
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Have wonderful Christmas folks!
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