If you know your history – 19th January
130 years ago …On this day (Monday) our Bhoys are resting having completed a triumvirate of friendlies since the turn of the New Year.
It is still unclear why the club aren’t playing any of the League Championship games ‘in hand’. At this point we can probably conclude that early January is a Winter Break, and teams are keeping up fitness (and revenues) by playing friendlies and challenge matches….. recovering from hangovers…
The League is going to have to wait a little while longer as next up at Paradise are Cowlairs on Scottish Cup duty.
Celts appear to be at full strength and it seems that Cullen has returned to the club from Benburb to replace our erstwhile goalkeeper Tom Duff.
1892-01-23: Celtic 4-1 Cowlairs, Scottish Cup
The Scotsman – Monday, 25th January 1892, page 5
Celtic v Cowlairs – At Parkhead, before 5000 spectators ( note: The Referee’ report indicates 4,000…), in dull weather. Cowlairs played Lambie, late of Clyde. The Celtic started towards the south goal, and play ruled in their favour in the opening passages. In five minutes the Celtic scored with a beauty from Madden’s foot. Cowlairs afterwards took a little more share in forcing, and almost equalised, Cullen getting away luckily under the bar. Both ends in turn sustained attacks, and chances were missed. Each back division was in turn tried and replied grandly. The heavy ground brought out the stamina of both teams, and the pace was wonderful in the circumstances. Cowlairs were forcing the play, their breaks away on the right being difficult to negotiate. Seven minutes from the interval McMahon scored somewhat easily. Cowlairs narrowly missed several corners in succession. Celtic replied with a third. Half-time score:- Celtic, three goals; Cowlairs, nil. After a brief interval the Celtic took up the running and in the first few minutes almost beat the Cowlairs custodian. The Cowlairs left repeatedly engaged the home stronghold. After a slight siege Brady got through a fourth. The Celtic were now taking a leading share in the play, but their [word unclear] attacks was brilliantly saved again and again by the Cowlairs custodian. At the other end Cullen equalled him by gallantly repulsing a fine effort by Bishop. McMahon scored again, but for some fault it was disallowed. McCallum, the Celtic right, left the field. The Cowlairs were evidently resigned to the result, as they perceptibly tired off, and the Celtic were well content with what they had for they eased. McCallum did not come out again, and the Celtic finished short. There was little fight in the closing minutes. Lambie scored for Cowlairs on time.
Result :- Celtic, four goals; Cowlairs, one goal.
Celtic Team:- Cullen, Reynolds, Doyle, Maley, Kelly, Douds, McCallum, Brady, Madden, Campbell, McMahon.
Brady 2, Madden, McMahon
Cowlairs team is not recorded but we know Lambie who had been a Burnley and Clyde player in his heyday, scored their late consolation goal.
In other news…
Ólafur Thors, Icelandic Prime Minister (5 times between 1942-63), born in Borgarnes, Iceland (d. 1964)
60 years ago … on this day in 1862 (Friday) Celts are preparing for the visit of Falkirk on league business.
1962-01-20: Celtic 3-0 Falkirk, League Division
Celts are awarded their first penalty of the season..and interestingly, Celtic’s left half Billy Price (b. Tarbolton) is one of a rare number of Scottish footballers (and even footballers across the world) that have scored three penalties in one match; he achieved this feat in a game for Falkirk against Hamilton. We can be certain that Tav (pen) has joined this illustrious group.
Celtic: Haffey; Mackay, Kennedy; Crerand, McNeill, Price; Chalmers, Jackson, Hughes, Divers, Carroll.
Scorers: Divers (21), Jackson (29), Crerand pen (43)
Whigham; Lambie, McIntosh; Thomson, Milne, Pierson; Reid, Harrower, Duchart, Innes, Oliver.
Referee: A Crossman (Edinburgh)
Billy ‘3 penalties’ Price signed from Falkirk for £1000 in 1961
In other news….
Harry “Snub” Pollard, Australian actor (Don’t Shove, Arizona Days), dies of cancer at 72
Harry ‘Snub’ Pollard in ‘It’s a Gift’ (1923)
20 years ago …. 2002 and on this day Celts welcome St Johnstone to Paradise on league duty.
Henke Larson silences his critics and Paul Lambert turns in another ‘Man of the Match’ performance.
2002-01-19: Celtic 2-1 St Johnstone, SPL
Celtic:- Douglas, Mjallby, Tebily, Valgaeren, McNamara, Lambert, Moravcik (Petta 67) Thompson, Larson,
Subs not used:- Gould, Sylla, Maloney, Smith.
Goals:- Larsson 8, Thompson 10.
Miller, Dods, McCluskey, Falconer, Murray, Lynch, Kane (Jones 81),Hartley, McCulloch (McClune 62), Djebaili, Russell (Connolly 76).
Subs not used:- Cuthbert, Macdonald.
Booked:- Kane, Djebaili.
Ref:- K Toner*
Celtic 2-1 St Johnstone
Henrik Larsson went some way to silencing his critics as he helped Celtic plunge St Johnstone deeper into relegation trouble.
The Swedish international’s bottle was questioned last week after he passed the penalty-taking duties to John Hartson.
But Larsson produced the kind of finishing he showed during last season’s record-breaking season to bring the Scottish Premier League leaders back into the game at Celtic Park.
Darren Dods had given the side languishing at the bottom a surprise early lead before Larsson pounced quickly to re-establish equalibrium.
Two goals in two minutes, the second from Alan Thompson, were enough to end thoughts of a shock result.
Celtic had made two changes from the side that beat Kilmarnock 2-0 at Rugby Park last week.
Lubo Moravcik and Olivier Tebily were in for the injured Neil Lennon and Bobo Balde.
There were 51 points separating the sides as the game kicked off at Celtic Park.
The home side sought to confirm that gulf in class as they laid early seige to the Saints defence.
A low drive from Petrov was pushed away by on-loan Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Alan Miller and Dods had to head over his own bar.
But St Johnstone scored after five minutes in their first foray forward.
Paul Hartley crossed to the back post and Dods rose above Tebily and sent a looping header into the far corner of the net.
The home fans packing Celtic Park had only four minutes of worry before Larsson equalised.
Paul Lambert was allowed to advance towards the edge of the area and, when he played the ball into the Swede’s path, the striker had evaded his marker sufficiently to blast the ball into the roof of the net from 16 yards.
Another two minutes and another goal, Miller allowing Thompson’s curling but hardly powerful free kick to bounce over his body.
Celtic could afford the luxury of another example of Larsson’s fragile form when the Swede was clear six yards out but ended up missing his volley and backsiding the ball to safety.
Hartson had the ball in the net straight from the restart with a superb half-volley only to be pulled up for offside.
The Welsh striker then sent a drive into the side netting from the edge of the box.
But Celtic largely strolled to victory for the remainder of the second half.
Oliver Tebily …about to be halved…
*In other news…. The match referee in above game is the son of ex-Celtic and Kilmarnock ‘great’ Willie Toner (b. Shettleston 1829 d. 1999). Willie played only 2 league games for Celtic before moving on to Sheffield United and then had a successful career at Kilmarnock, winning 2 Scotland caps.
Willie Toner 1929-1999
379 Theodosius installed as co-emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire
973 Pope Benedictus VI elected
1419 French city of Rouen surrenders to Henry V in Hundred Years’ War
1607 San Agustin Church in Manila is officially completed; the oldest church in the Philippines
1746 Prince Charles Edward Stuart’s troops occupy Stirling, Scotland
1810 Cold Friday: temperature at Portsmouth, New Hampshire drops from 54°F to minus 12°F in one day with many frozen to death
1883 The first electric lighting system employing overhead wires, built by Thomas Edison, begins service at Roselle, New Jersey
1903 New bicycle race “Tour de France” announced
Le Premiere Tour de France 1903
1955 “Scrabble” debuts on board game market – (what is the highest value word?)
1963 Australian Championships Men’s Tennis: Roy Emerson wins 1st of 5 straight Australian titles; beats countryman Ken Fletcher 6-3, 6-3, 6-1
Roy Emerson won 12 Grand Slam singles titles and 16 doubles titles.
1971 The Beatles’ “Helter Skelter” is played at Charles Manson trial
1997 Yasser Arafat returns to Hebron after more than 30 years and joins celebrations over the handover of the last Israeli-controlled West Bank city.
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