13th April – If you know your history
100 years ago …. 1922 and on this day ( Thursday ) Celts are homing in on the league title and prepare for Saturday’s short trip to Coatbridge …
1922-04-15: Albion Rovers 0-2 Celtic, League Division 1
On 15 April 1922 when Morton were beating Rangers in the “roughest ever Scottish Cup final”, Celtic consolidated their position with a 2-0 win over Albion Rovers at Coatbridge, and then on the Holiday Monday, Patsy Gallacher scored twice and Joe Cassidy once to beat Partick Thistle. This mean that Celtic with one game to play were five points ahead of Rangers who still had three to play. Rangers duly won their two games in hand, which meant that it all came down to the last day of the season, 29 April. Celtic were at Morton, and Rangers were at Clyde, and Celtic were a point ahead.
A strong defensive performance lead Celtic to the win after an early barrage from the home side. On the same day, Greenock Morton beat Rangers to lift the Scottish Cup. Celtic are now five points clear, with two games in hand.
Albion Rovers –
Kerr, Perman, McColgan, Greens, ?, McSkimming, Walls, Bonnie, John White, James White, Kirk.
Shaw, McNair, Dodds, Gilchrist, McStay, McMaster, McAtee, Gallagher, Cassidy, McFarlane, McLean.
Goals: Gallacher, Macfarlane
Referee: H Mackie(?) (Glasgow)
Match report from The Scotsman, April 17th 1922
[…] At Coatbridge a crowd of about 10,000 gathered for the Albion Rovers v. Celtic game. A high cross wind affected the play considerably. The Rovers had it behind them in the first half, in the course of which Shaw’s goal was frequently under fire, and twice luckily escaped from Bennie, whose first shot struck the foot of the post when Shaw was out of position.Gallagher scored a fine goal for the Celts before half-time; and in the second portion Macfarlane added a second. A feature of the game was the sterling defence of the Celtic against the keen, striving Rovers, who, though not so clever, were ever on the lookout for a score, and none more so than John White, who was the best man on the Rovers’ side. Latterly the craft of the Celtic attack was very apparent, but their shooting weak, Cassidy, Macfarlane, and McLean on different occasions got past the Rovers’ backs, and failed to score. McNair, Gilchrist, Dodds, and Shaw were almost invincible.
In other news … on the same day Morton win their only Scottish Cup beating old Rangers 1-0 at Hampden
50 years ago ….. 1972 on this day ( Sunday) Celts are in another Scottish Cup Final
1972-04-12: Celtic 3-1 Kilmarnock, Scottish Cup Semi-Final
The injury situation was critical. Davie Hay and Jim Brogan had no chance of playing. Harry Hood and Jimmy Quinn as well as Macari played for the Reserves on the Monday night to check out their fitness. All three came through but Stein decided to go with the back line that had done well in the previous game against Killie but brought Macari in up front to replace Vic Davidson.
Johnstone in the mood as Celtic go through.He fully showed Jock Stein that he was back to full ability following his time out with illness.
Celtic have now won through to seven out of the last eight Scottish Cup Finals under Jock Stein’s reign.
Ally Hunter is outstanding in the Killie goal.
Celtic play in change strip of all yellow.
An excellent game with Jinky in top form. Both teams played well but Celtic had the class and all-round ability to win easily in the end and only the excellence of Hunter kept the score to 3-1. Dixie got the opener just before half time when he picked up a Macari shot that had cannoned off a Killie defender and shot home. Cook eqiualised for Killie after the break but Deans got another soon after. The final coup-de-grace was applied by Macari just before the final whistle.
Celtic: Williams, Craig, McCluskey, Murdoch, McNeill, Connolly, Johnstone, Macari, Deans, Callaghan, Lennox. sub: Dalglish
Goals: Deans 2 (41, 59), Macari (86)
Ally Hunter, Dickson, Cairns, Maxwell, Rodman, McGrory, McSherry, Gilmour, Mathie, Morrison, Cook.
Goal: Cook (47)
Referee: J W Paterson (Bothwell).
Bobby Lennox & Ally Hunter
1519 Catherine de Medici Italian born Queen consort to Henry II of France and later regent to her sons, born in Florence- Mary Queen of Scots’ Mother in Law (d. 1589)
1570 Guy Fawkes, English Catholic conspirator who was convicted in the “Gunpowder Plot” to blow up the British Parliament, born in York, England (d. 1606)
1743 Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States (1801-09), born in Albemarle County, Virginia (d. 1826)
1892 Robert Watson-Watt, Scottish physicist and developer of the radar and radio direction finding in WWII, born in Brechin, Scotland (d. 1973)
1906 Samuel Beckett, Irish novelist and playwright (Waiting for Godot, Nobel 1969), born in Foxrock, Ireland (d. 1989)
1939 Seamus Heaney, Irish poet and playwright (Nobel Prize in Literature 1995), born in Castledawson, County Derry, Ireland (d. 2013)
1946 Al Green, American Soul Singer
(“Let’s Stay Together”; “Love And Happiness”), born in Forest City, Arkansas
1951 Max Weinberg, American rock drummer (E Street Band; Conan O’Brien Show), born in Newark, New Jersey
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