16th Febuary – If you know your history
130 years ago …and on this day (Tuesday) The Hoops … err, I mean…. The Stripes, are reflecting on a 10 goal trouncing of Battlefield at Celtic Park the previous Saturday.
1891/92 season kit
It isn’t clear why Celts are playing Friendly games when they trail behind League leaders Dumbarton, and with so many games ‘ in hand’ to play?!
Maybe some fellow Celts can explain why this is happening?
It seems that the club are very focused on winning the Scottish Cup, having already secured the Glasgow Cup and undoubtedly eyeing The Charity Cup too…
The League Championship simply doesn’t seem to register as being important. Although the team have only lost one league game all season ( opening day at Hearts )
Celts put out a very strong team with a couple of significant changes from the 5-3 Semi-Final win against Rangers …Reynolds is missing at Right Back and Alec Collins, Celtic’s first ever Donegal born player, makes a rare appearance, Captain Kelly is out and his replacement at Centre Halfback is the trusty Veteran Patrick Gallacher (sic). Madden makes his return at Centre Forward as Cunningham drops out, and the front five are restored in a familiar formation.
1892-02-13: Celtic 10-0 Battlefield, Friendly
This match was played before 1500 spectators. Celtic early asserted their superiority, their quick combination outwitting the Mossfield youths. Madden, Campbell, and McMahon scored in quick succession. Hector made a raid on Doyle, but was easily repulsed. From a neat pass by Maley, Madden scored a fourth, and immediately afterwards Campbell scored a fifth. From a free-kick Hector missed for Battlefield, who were pressing at half-time.
Celts, 5 goals; Battlefield, nil.
On restarting from a fine centre by Campbell, Brady headed a sixth, and shortly after the same player notched the seventh. Brady accepted a pass, and scored an eighth. A penalty kick brought up the score to nine.
A one sided game ended – Celtic, ten goals; Battlefield, nil.
Celtic:- Cullen, Doyle, Dowds, Gallacher, W Maley, McCallum, Brady, Madden, Campbell, McMahon
Goals:- Madden, Campbell, McMahon, Madden, Campbell, Brady, Brady, Brady, Unknown pen, Unknown.
Orr, Saunders, Allan, Steel, Glen, Cleland, Hector, Anderson, Brown, Stevenson, Rafferty.
In other news….
New Pitch Report
Gratifying progress is being made with the Celtic’s new field. It is still in an unreclaimed condition, but soon there will be order where chaos now reigns. it will be one of the most expensive fields of the kind in Britain, although it will be rather expensive to keep up. But the Celts are quite alive to that and other responsibilities. they are ambitious, and it is this very ambition that gives one the impression that the enterprise, no matter how large, will be carried out with success.
Battlefield Football Club
Note: this page provides limited info. on Battlefield but a wee scroll down reveals that Celtic players have made more appearances (1389) for Scotland, than any other club …
60 years ago … on this day (Friday) a special mammy is whispering stories to her newborn Wee Prestonpans Bhoy …”there there son, The Big Bhoys are heading out East tomorrow” … quietly dabbing his dummy with a wee tot of brandy…
1962-02-17: Heart of Midlothian 3-4 Celtic, Scottish Cup
Bobby Carroll was a concern after the Stirling Albion game. He limped off at the end of the game with a knee injury. However he appeared on the Monday for training without a problem.
A stunning day of Cup ties in Scotland. This was always going to be a tight game and ity prooved to be a real thriller to the end.
Celtic were off from the first whistle and almost had a goal on 30 seconds. This was all Celtic at the start and on 12 minutes they got their reward when Crerand deftly lobbed a ball over the wall from a free kick won by John Hughes. Divers collected and slotted the ball past Marshall. celtic were better in the air and in defense but Hearts kept on lobbing balls into the penalty area which were meat and drink to the Celtic defenders. On twenty minutes though they got a break and paton lobbed a ball up for Blackwood to head home. 1-1 at half time.
The Bhoys restarted at the pace they began the game. Both sides missed chances and a thoroughly good game was on the cards. On 71 Haffey gathered a cross and all looked safe – but he let it fall, Hamilton pounced and Celtic were behind. back came Celtic and almost immediately they not only equalised but went ahead. The first came when Chalmers beat the offside trap and shot home, and four minutes later jackson crossed and Divers headed home. Hearts were not finished. Eight minutes from the end they won an indirect free kick which eventually found it’s way to Paton who fired home. The final turn came to Celtic. Hughes was upended in the box and though Marshall saved Crerand’s first attempt the referee ordered a retake for Hearts infringing on the penalty area before the kicjk was taken. Crerand made no mistake with the retake.
The final outcome and the opinion of the pundits after the game was that Hearts had suffered an injustice on the offside decision for Chalmers goal but that the penalty and the decision for the retake was correct.
Marshall; Kirk, Holt; Ferguson, Cumming, Higgins; Rodger, Wallace, Paton, Blackwood, Hamilton.
Scorers: Blackwood (21), Hamilton (71), Paton (82)
Celtic: Haffey, MacKay, Kennedy; Crerand, McNeill, Price; Chalmers, Jackson,Hughes, Divers, Carroll.
Scorers: Divers 2 (12, 79), Chalmers (75), Crerand pen (86)
Referee: R H Davidson (Airdrie)
Hat-trick hero John Divers Jnr.
In other news…
Darius Milhaud’s 12th Symphony premieres
Silver Cross Pram 1962 – Sold Out! Signs in Prestonpans
600 Pope Gregory the Great decrees saying “God bless You” is the correct response to a sneeze
1249 Andrew of Longjumeau is dispatched by Louis IX of France as his ambassador to meet with the Khan of the Mongols
1486 Maximilian I is elected King of the Romans at Frankfurt
1959 Fidel Castro becomes the 16th Prime Minister of Cuba after overthrowing Fulgencio Batista
1960 US nuclear submarine USS Triton set off on underwater round-world trip
1963 Beatles top British rock charts with “Please, Please Me”
1980 Continuous traffic jam extends 176 km north of Lyons, France
1986 Mario Soares from the Socialist Party is elected the 1st civilian President of Portugal
1992 Ethiopia finds the remains of former Emperor Haile Selassie on the grounds of the Imperial Palace, under the private lavatory of dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam, who overthrew the Emperor
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