15th June……if you know your history
91 Years ago in Summer of 1931 our Bhoys are still Touring USA with the Scottish Cup
Picking up a wee notion that there is a bit of aggro in these games.
Last week it was a broken jaw and police escorts off the pitch
Last (Monday) night in the eighth game ( 4 wins & 3 defeats) of the tour, 4 players were sent off in a rowdy 1-1 draw
Smoking Cigars and Holding hands …On the Tour Boat to USA 1931
1931-06-14: Hakoah 1-1 Celtic, American Tour
On the eve of the game the New York Evening Post of 13 June carries a page headline of “Celtic to Battle Hakoah at Polo Grounds; Visitors Show Improvement.” and at the bottom of the page an advert states: “GANG RULE-New York Can Break Its Grip”
Despite the pre-match socialising between the two teams, courtesy of Jimmy Walker, the Mayor of New York, the match was anything but friendly and the man who would go on to be one of the game’s most successful managers, Bela Guttmann and Rudolph Nikolsburger (Hakoah), along with Charlie Napier and Peter Scarff (Celtic) were ordered off for fighting. Many of the Hakoah team were ex-Austrian/Hungarian internationalists, with New Yorker and USA internationalist Philip Stone and Englishman, George Moorhouse (1st Englishman to play in the World Cup), augmenting them in opposing Celtic.
The result of this drawn match and the standard of football were secondary to the reports of the trouble and the four sending-offs. One US newspaper wrote: “as to the roughness of play here Napier, Bert Thompson and McGonigle of the Celtics were far from shrinking violets. The way Napier kicked little Leo Greenfield’s legs from under him in the good will game gives the Celtic player the undisputed title of ‘a real shin-buster’”.
Hakoah was founded by members of the Austrian Jewish team of that name which had toured the USA, they were riding high in the USA having won the 1929 National Challenge Cup.
The Scotsman – Thursday, 11th June 1931, page 15
CELTIC PLAYERS ENTERTAINED
NEW YORK, June 10.—The members of the Glasgow Celtic and Hakoah All Stars football teams were entertained by Mayor Walker yesterday. The “All Stars,” a local team composed of Jews, will meet the Celtic at the polo grounds on Sunday next.—Press Association.
“The Story Of The Celtic” (1938) By Willie Maley: “They [Celtic team] were by this time fairly well accustomed to the rough-and-ready conditions and to the inefficient referees, but the Hakoah lot were a different proposition. This team, I think, was made up of Jews, not that it made any difference, of course, but they appeared to have a way with them, as the referee did whatever he was told.”
HAKOAH: Lajos Fischer, Ludwig Grosz, Laszlo Sternberg, Philip Stone, Bela Guttmann, Pavel Mahrer, Josef Gruenfeld, Moritz Haeusler, Rudolph Nickolsburger, Siggy Wortmann, George Moorhouse.
CELTIC: John Thomson, Cook, McGonagle, Wilson, McStay, Whitelaw, Bertie Thomson, Alec Thomson, Scarff, Napier, Hughes.
Referee: James Walder (Philadelphia).
Venue: The Polo Grounds, New York.
In other news:
Petition Against Orange Demonstrations. The Roman Catholic community of Carfin has petitioned the County Council of Lanark protesting against the permit given to Orange processions parading in the main street outside Carfin Grotto. Serious disorders attended the passing of a procession at Carfin a month or so ago. The Carfin petition will come before a Committee meeting of the County Council next week. The Carfin Grotto is in close vicinity to the main street. The Grotto forms a huge square containing many statues of the saints, sacred walks, and retreats for prayer. It is contended by the petitioners that the Orange processions are attended by such disorderly elements as to constitute a menace to the religious peace of the Roman Catholic community. The petition has excited great interest all over the West of Scotland, particularly in view of the Orange celebrations on the 12th of July. The Scotsman
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According to legend the Dannebrog fell from the sky during the Battle of Lyndanisse in 1219
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1762 Austria uses 1st paper currency
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