If You Know Your History-8th June
June isn’t the best month to be writing about events in Celtic’s history.
Nevertheless, a wee trowel through the Celticwiki site … as ye do… points to some interesting Summer Tour events.
The 1931 Scottish Cup Winners take the Old trophy on aTour of USA and the trip just choc fu’ of wee gems.
I’ve taken the liberty of completely blanking the first game of the Tour ( a defeat to Rangers .. of Pawtucket, Rhode Island.)
Apparently there was almost a riot and fans from the 12,000 crowd invaded the pitch. Celtic required a police escort to leave the ground.
You can read more here:
91 years ago today (Tuesday) and Celts are relaxing after a 5-0 trouncing of Brooklyn Wanderers. In a match that cost Jimmy McGrory a broken jaw and players being “decked” ( supposedly in retaliation?) the US newspapers were lapping it up.
Not sure too many Celts would be happy being described as “Scotch-Irish”…
1931-06-07: Brooklyn 0-5 Celtic, American Tour
Brooklyn have Cowcaddens-born ex-Celt William ‘ Mighty Atom’ Crilley at centre-forward to play against his old team-mates including fellow Glasgow-boy, McGrory, who broke his jaw in a clash with Johnny Pentland the Wanderer’s goalkeeper, and left the field after 70 minutes. Hughes floored Desmond Grosz the Hungarian full-back, and this threatened to spark trouble but the referee nipped it in the bud.
Defender Wood of the Wanderers, is a Lochgelly lad and was a 1930 World Cup winner of third place with the USA team in Uruguay, and his team-mate James Brown (whose brother John was capped for Scotland) scored against Argentina, the beaten finalists in that competition.
Also facing Celtic this day was Edinburgh-born James “Jimmy” McGuire a Scottish schoolboy international who came to the US aged about 16 and returned to Scotland after the tour and signed with Celtic. Jimmy did not make the break-through into the first team and went to England where he played for Northampton Town before returning to the US where he played for Brooklyn St. Mary’s Celtic. Later Jimmy managed the USA team that was beaten 6-0 by Scotland in front of a crowd of 108,000 at Hampden in 1952. This international was promoted by Erno Schwartz who played for Carsteel against Celtic in this tour. Jimmy McGuire got over the heavy defeat at Hampden and went on to become president of the U.S.F.A. and a committee member of F.I.F.A. World Cup committee.
People in all parts of the British Isles were awakened from sleep in the early hours of Saturday June 7th by earth tremors that were felt in varying degrees all over. Some of the earthquake shocks were of exceptional intensity and shook houses so that pictures fell off the wall and slates fell from roofs. The shocks happened at about 1.25 am and lasted for half an hour. The origin is thought to have been an earthquake deep under the North Sea.
BROOKLYN WANDERERS: Pentland, Grosz, Wood, Reid, Ballantine, McGuire, Schneider, Brown, Lyell, Crilley, Wardrop, Eisenhoffer.
CELTIC: John Thomson, Whitelaw, McGonagle, Wilson, McStay, Scarff, Bertie Thomson, Alec Thomson, McGrory, Napier, Hughes.
Scarff, R. Thomson, A. Thomson, McGrory, (2).
Referee: George Lamble.
Venue: Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, New York.
Note: Brooklyn Celtics (sic) are also mentioned, as playing in a tournament in New York.
Photograph taken in Detroit while on their visit to play Michigan all Stars who they beat 5-0 at the University of Detroit Stadium. While in the city they were given a tour of the famous Ford Motor Works.
L – R: Willie Cook, Bobby Whitelaw, Hugh Smith, Joe McGhee, Willie Maley, Bertie Thomson, Johnny Thomson, Jimmy McGrory (with cup) Peter Scarff, Charlie Napier, Peter Wilson, Tom Maley, Denis Currie, Willie McGonagle.
452 Italy invaded by Attila the Hun, UEFA hammer with a 2 year ban… later reduced on appeal to a 10 year ban for Neil Lennon.
1817 An uprising involving three hundred workers in the English town of Pentrich begins but is quashed almost immediately. 3 men were beheaded at Derby jail.
1880 Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky delivers an emotional speech at the unveiling of a monument to Pushkin in Moscow.
1896 First car thief; Baron de Zuylen’s Peugeot is stolen by his mechanic in Paris.
1935 US Open Men’s Golf, Oakmont CC: 25 year old club pro Sam Parks Jr, with no prior tournament wins, beats Scotsman Jimmy Thomson by 2 strokes.
2018 Danny Kirwan, British musician, singer and songwriter (Fleetwood Mac – “Albatross”), dies at 68
Danny ( pink T Shirt) in Paris?, with Fleetwood Mac 1968.
Note: The excellent Celtic Wiki site is the font of all knowledge on things Celtic. Most of the Celtic stuffabove is from that site. The guys who set it up and painstakingly keep it updated, deserve no end of credit, praise and thanks. A treasure trove for Celtic fans young and old – and new- and free to view.
Respect Bhoys !
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