If you know your history – 29th December
120 years ago ….on this day in 1901 ( Sunday ) the players are resting after winning the last game of the year, and sitting at the top of the league 6 points above Rangers ( 3 games in hand). A surprisingly small crowd saw a McOustra hat-trick on a cold hard pitch.
There is no match report.
1901-12-28: Celtic 4-2 Kilmarnock, League Division 1
McFarlane; Watson and Battles; Loney, Marshall and Orr; Hodge, McOustra, Campbell, McMahon and Quinn.
Goalscorers: McOustra (3) 35 61,73 Hodge 38
Craig, Busby and Agnew; McPherson, Anderson and Mitchell; Morton, Howie, Graham, Findlay and Chapman
Goals: Morton 43, Graham 86
Referee: Mr Hay, Greenock
In other news:
Detroit Free Press 29th December, 1901
At the Fifth Zionist Congress, held in Basel, Switzerland, the The Jewish National Fund was created to fund the purchase and development of land in the Palestine portion of the Ottoman Empire, particularly the territory that had been occupied by the ancient Kingdom of Israel and Kingdom of Judah ( ex- Wikipedia)
70 years ago …. 1951 on this day ( Saturday), Celts travel to Aberdeen on League duty and Jock Stein has a long shot tipped over bar. Jock Weir played as Centre Forward instead of Lafferty. Bobby Collins converted 2 first half penalties.
1951-12-29: Aberdeen 3-4 Celtic, League Division A
Watson; Emery, Mckenna; Lowry, Thomson, Harris; Boyd, Yorston, Hamilton, Baird, Pearson.
Scorers: Baird (4), Emery (82 pen), Yorston (89)
Celtic: Bell; Fallon, Jack; Evans, Stein, Bailey; Collins, Walsh, J Weir, Peacock & Tully.
Scorers: Collins 2 (1 pen, 24 pen), Mckenna og (26), Walsh (65)
Referee: D McKerchar (Stanley)
Celtic won a penalty when Emery handled the ball in the second minute but Aberdeen equalised in the 5th minute when Baird sent a flying header in from an Emery free kick. The game was being played at a fast pace and Watson had to tip over a speculative long drive from Stein. Emery again conceded a penalty in the 25th minute with Collins stroking away his second and on the restart a shot from Baillie which looked to be going wide was deflected into the net by McKenna. The Dons tried hard to come back before the interval and pressed for a goal with Fallon performing wonders in defence. The second half continued with the Dons pressing but with Celtic looking dangerous on the break. Walsh added a fourth goal from a pass by Weir. Before the end Aberdeen were awarded a penalty which Emery scored from and then Yorston scored with a breakaway goal.
In other news….
1951 Laurel Massé, American jazz and Celtic singer (Manhattan Transfer, 1972-79 – “Operator”), born in Holland, Michigan
Laurel Massé is 70 today
40 years ago … 1981 on this day (….) Celts travel to sunny Dundalk to escape the Scottish Winter weather…tomorrow they play the local team in a ‘friendly’. However, they were a very good team in that period as current FAI Cup holders* and would go on to win the 1981/82 League Championship
1981-12-30: Dundalk 2-1 Celtic, Friendly
Dundalk shock a rusty Celtic side by winning with a late goal. However, was it really such a shock…?!
Celtic – Bonner McGrain Reid Aitken McAdam MacLeod Provan Conroy Nicholas Burns McCluskey Subs: Garner Moyes
In other news …
*The Dundalk team had defeated Sligo in the FAI Cup Final earlier in 1981:
1170 English Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas à Becket assassinated before the high altar of Canterbury Cathedral by four knights acting on ‘their interpretation’ of orders by King Henry II.
1845 Texas admitted as 28th state of the Union
1908 Patent granted for a 4-wheel automobile brake, Clintonville, Wisconsin
1911 Proclamation restores “Dei Gratia” from Canada’s coins
1941 Hungary nationalized its industries
1970 Ballon d’Or: Bayern Munich striker Gerd Müller wins award for best European football player ahead of West Ham United defender Bobby Moore and Cagliari forward Luigi Riva
Gerd Müller – ‘Bomber Der Nation’ in typical pose. (Born. 3 Nov. 1945- Died 15 August, 2021) Super-hero!
1972 President of Sinn Féin Ruairi O Bradaigh is arrested and held under new legislation in Republic of Ireland
1982 Bob Marley postage stamp issued in Jamaica
Oor Dixie is here, he’s there…everywhere…
A very Happy & Healthy 2022 to all Sentinels and all our lurking friends.
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