2nd March – If you know your history
130 years ago… 1892 on this day ( Monday) and we have finally managed to play another league tie and maintain a strong position, sitting 6 points behind leaders Dumbarton, with 4 ( four) games in hand.
The previous Saturday Hi Hi are visitors and Madden is still out (injured) from an otherwise full strength Celtic team. The Cathkin men were absolutely demolished … with doubles from striker McMahon and Campbell from the Left Wing.
1892-02-27: Celtic 5-1 Third Lanark, Celtic Park
Celtic:- Cullen, Doyle, Reynolds, Dowds, Kelly, Maley, McCallum, Brady, McMahon, Coleman, Campbell
Goals:- McMahon, Campbell, Coleman, McMahon, Campbell.
Downie, Thomson, Smith, Murdoch, Blair, Russell, McVean, Roy, Johnstone, Woodburn, Burke
Ref:- Mr McLean (Dumbartonshire Association).
The first League fixture between these clubs was decided at Celtic Park, in presence of 3,000 spectators. Excepting Coleman for Madden in the home eleven, both clubs were at full strength.
At the commencement of the game, the visitors created a surprise by their bold and dashing onslaught right from the kick off. The ball went out to McVean, who centered to Johnstone. In turn Johnstone passed it on to Burke, who, racing down, shot right into goal, Cullen having to look alive in clearing.
The Celts replied with a splendid attack at the other end, in which the entire forwards were seen to advantage. Brady, McCallum, and McMahon were each successful in their endeavour to score, the ball on one occasion striking the cross-bar with considerable force, and rebounding into play.
Burke replied with a shot at Cullen a few minutes later, but the custodian was equal to the call. Twice in succession he saved smartly ere the Volunteers got the right shout.
The Third Lanark were playing quite as good a game as their opponents so far, but the Celts more frequently were found attacking. McMahon ought to have scored easily, but though he got the better of the backs, and eluded Downie, who ran out to save, he lifted the ball finally over the bar.
After half an hour’s play, the Celts scored, a screw from McCallum being converted into a goal by McMahon, though Campbell was mainly instrumental in bringing it about.
Cullen distinguished himself bu a very clever save. The visitors were rewarded with an equalising goal after a desperate scrimmage, during which Cullen was placed, hors de combat.
A brilliant piece of work followed from the Celtic, whose forwards raced up, and Campbell capped the attack by scoring a splendid goal.
At half-time the game stood – Celtic, 2 goals; Third Lanark, 1.
The Celtic were early prominent in the second half, and Coleman scored a third goal by slipping the ball past Downie low down at the corner. McMahon headed a fourth a little later.
The visitors now seemed to be mastered, though they continued to play an open game. Several good chances were lost by Celtic forwards shooting wide. The game naturally slowed a bit, thought the home men seemed not only determined to maintain their lead, but to increase it.
In this they were successful, as Campbell notched a fifth goal. the run of the game continued in favour of the home team.
Result – Celtic, 5 goals; Third Lanark, 1 goal.
90 years ago … 1932 and on this day (Tuesday) Celts are still licking their wounds from a weekend mauling by Dundee at Celtic Park…. the 12,000 home fans are less than happy with the referee … and nothing ever changes..
1932-02-27: Celtic 0-2 Dundee, League Division 1
Bill Marsh was in fine form for Dundee and when (ex-Fulham & Clapton Orient) outside-right Peter Gavilán, laid on a pass for Davie Balfour to score for the visitors in 59 minutes the writing was on the wall
Chic Geatons scored a “goal” only to have play pulled back by referee, Mungo Hutton, for a foul committed against Geatons in the lead up to his scoring shot. Balfour scored a second in 87 minutes.
The referee’s decisions infuriate the home crowd as Celtic again experimented with Joe McGhee and Peter Kavanagh as wingers, and lose for the fourth game in a row.
Heart of Midlothian lost to Motherwell at Tynecastle. This sufficed to keep Motherwell in a favourable position at the top. Defeat would have meant a serious set-back in their effort to secure the championship. Their rivals, Rangers, were easy winners in the end from the Queen’s Park. The Amateurs fought well up to the interval, when the score stood at one-one, but after that they were completely outplayed. English had four of the Rangers’ six goals. Once more the Celtic were amongst the defeated. They had Dundee at Parkhead, and suffered their ninth reverse of the season. All over, it was not a good day for the Glasgow clubs.
Something like 200,000 people attended the four English Cup ties, and paid over £15,000. A curiosity of these games was that but one team won at home. That was Newcastle United, and they beat Watford, the Third Division League club in decisive fashion. Manchester City were hard pressed by Bury, and after securing a lead of four goals found their opponents so full of pluck and energy that the margin was reduced by three. A great finish was seen at Bury. Both the London big clubs, the Arsenal and Chelsea, had victories, and there is the possibility of an all-London final. The Arsenal were a little lucky, but Chelsea were the better side. Both, however, did well to survive visits to Huddersfield Town and Liverpool. The Yorkshire club had not lost a Cup tie at home for nineteen years.
Ireland beat Scotland in their jubilee rugby international match at Murrayfield, Edinburgh, on Saturday, by 20 points (4 goals) to 8 points (1 goal 1 try.) The victory was well earned, and was the fourth successive Irish win at Murrayfield, where the Scots have lost every match played against Saturday’s visitors.
Kennaway, Cook, McGonagle, Wilson, McStay, Geatons, McGhee, A. Thomson, Napier, Smith, Kavanagh.
Marsh, Morgan, Gilmour, McNab, McCarthy, Symon, Gavigan, Robertson, Balfour, Campbell, Troup.
Referee: M. C. Hutton (Glasgow).
The Scotsman – Monday, 29th February 1932, page 6
CELTIC DEFEATED AT HOME
At Celtic Park, Glasgow, before an attendance of about 6,000, the Celtic suffered another defeat.
From the beginning they were well ahead of their opponent, but found in Marsh, the Dundee goalkeeper, an insurmountable obstacle.
For the greater part of the ninety minutes the game was simply a trial between the home attack and the visitors defence. Probably had the Celtic possessed a centre of more repose or experience they would have won.
Dundee scored in the second half by Balfour, who picked up a pass from Gavigan cleverly, and, after eluding the backs, beat Kennaway.
The Celtic followed by putting the ball through from a cross by Geatons, but the referee disallowed the point and awarded a foul for an infringement, on Geatons.
Then further dissatisfaction was afforded the home side when Balfour put the ball into the net from what appeared to be an offside position.
Dundee’s defence was the best part of the side, and to Marsh in particular the greatest credit is due.
Chic Geatons – signed from Lochgelly Celtic 1927
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2002-03-02: Celtic 1-0 Aberdeen, SPL
Celtic missed a number of their first-choice XI and never really got going.
But they still looked too good for Aberdeen who rarely threatened Rab Douglas’ goal.
Despite the absence of Chris Sutton, Henrik Larsson and John Hartson, Celtic could have been two goals ahead within the first few minutes. Slack defending by Aberdeen twice allowed Lubo Moravcik a shot on goal, but on both occasions the Slovak put the ball wide.
Stilian Petrov had the ball in the net after 17 minutes but he was ruled offside after a neat one-two with Moravcik.
Paul Lambert came close to breaking the deadlock with an exquisite chip that sailed just wide.
On the stroke of half-time Celtic took the lead from the penalty spot through Alan Thompson after Eugene Dadi needlessly held Stephen Crainey down.
Thompson could have doubled his and Celtic’s tally just after the restart when Agathe found him at the far post, but he side-footed over the bar.
Midway through the second half, Celtic substitute Jamie Smith came within inches of putting Celtic two ahead with a first-time volley that struck the outside of the post.
Celtic were completely dominant and Thompson had a free kick saved before Smith’s square ball just evaded Shaun Maloney in the middle.
With 12 minutes remaining, both sides were reduced to ten men after a seemingly innocuous incident between Hicham Zerouali and Alan Thompson. Thompson objected to Zerouali’s signal that Paul Lambert should be booked for a foul and the Moroccan pushed Thompson’s hand away. Referee John Underhill saw fit to dismiss both players before showing Lambert the yellow card. Zerouali and Thompson continued to exchange angry words as they trooped off.
Celtic:- Douglas, Boyd, Mjallby, Crainey, Agathe, Lambert (McNamara 82), Lennon, Petrov, Thompson, Moravcik ( Smith 58) Maloney
Subs not used:- Gould, Sylla, Guppy
Goal:- Thompson 45 pen.
Sent off:- Thompson (79).
Kjaer, McNaughton, McGuire, Derek Whyte, McAllister, Anderson, Darren Young, Winters, Bisconti, Mackie, Dadi (Zerouali 58).
Subs not used:- Preece, Clark, Tiernan, O’Donoghue.
Sent Off:- Zerouali (79).
Booked:- Darren Young, Bisconti.
Ref:- John Underhill.
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