22nd June…. if you know your history
91 years ago … 1931 and The Scottish Cup Holders are having a well- earned day off after playing their 9th ‘friendly’ match of the USA Tour.
Opponents were Bricklayers & Masons FC of Chicago.
I kid ye not!!
Just checking the next game isn’t against the Joiners & Hauders Oan. …but it’s the Michigan All Stars, which was the first time Celts ever played under floodlights.
1931-06-21: Bricklayers & Masons FC 3-6 Celtic, American Tour
The diminutive, Clydebank-born Willie McLean would be familiar with the accents of his opponents in this match. Willie joined Bricklayers & Masons FC in 1928. Another expatriate Scot in the Bricklayer’s ranks was Darvel-born right-back, Bob Greig, who played for Kilmarnock before moving to the North American continent where he played for in Canada and US.
Bricklayers signed Baba Vlcek and Davie Imrie, from Western Division clubs, Chicago Sparta and Jugoslav American for this game.
Clydebank man Willie McLean was dominant player in the states through the 1930s and a member of the US National team at the 1934 World Cup Finals. He disappeared without a trace in 1938, and though his family received postcards from him with postmarks from towns along the Mississippi river these stopped and he was declared dead in 1948
Vic Neate, Bob Gregg, Hugh Davidson, Bob Thompson, Tom Scott, Billy Ogilvie, J. Greenlees, Baba Vlcek (Vl?ek), Davie Imrie, Clem Cuthbert, Willie McLean.
Imrie, (2); Cuthbert.
CELTIC: John Thomson, Cook, McGonagle, Wilson, McStay, Scarff, Bertie Thomson, Alec Thomson, Hughes, Napier, McGhee.
R. Thomson, Wilson, (2); Napier, Hughes, McGhee.
Venue: Cubs Park, Chicago, Illinois.
The Scotsman – Tuesday, 23rd June 1931, page 7
CELTIC WIN AGAIN
Chicago, June 22. — Glasgow Celtic F.C. beat the Bricklayers by 6 goals to 3 at the “Cubs” Baseball Ground here yesterday.
Eleven thousand people saw the visitor play one of the best, games seen this season.
Their superior speed and combination soon brought reward, for after seven minutes R. Thomson, the outside right, scored with a fine shot.
A second goal followed almost immediately. Wilson, the Celtic’s right half, took a free kick from the centre of the field, and shot hard for goal. Neate, the Bricklayers’ goalkeeper, went out to meet the ball, but he merely tipped it into his own net.
The visitors were a trifle lucky to score their third coal. The ball kicked against an opponent’s hand in the penalty area, and Napier, the Celtic inside left, netted from the resultant kick.
The Bricklayers made several good attempts to score, but the interval arrived with Celtic leading by 3 goals to nothing.
Owing to the superb tactics of the Celtic defenders, it was not until twenty minutes of the second half had been played that the Bricklayers scored their first goal. This occurred when Imrie put the ball into the net on a short pass.
Celtic, however, soon scored their fourth goal through Hughes with a great shot.
Both sides scored twice before the end.—Press Association.
In other news:
Chicago (20 June), United Press reports that the year’s first prolonged heatwave increased in intensity as scorching winds swept off the southwestern deserts striking death to upwards of a score of persons and bringing temperatures in the 90’s and 100’s throughout the continent.
GLASGOW GANG WEAPONS Arising out of the street battle between two rival East End gangs near Bridgeton Cross, Glasgow, on Thursday afternoon, five youths appeared at the Divisional Police Court yesterday, and were remanded until to-day pending further inquiry into the affair. After they quelled the disturbance, the police took possession of a number of weapons. The list includes a Gurkha kukri, the spear of a sword fish, a piece of copper tubing, a brass-headed poker, a wooden baton, an axe, a steel file, a bayonet-like knife, and a plummet. These articles were thrown away by the participants in the fight. The Scotsman, 20 June.
BEER BARON ARRESTED Dramatic Chase Through New York Streets. New York, June 18- “Dutch” Schultz, who is known as the Beer Baron of Bronx and Danny Iamasci, his lieutenant, were arrested today. Iamascia was shot in the stomach while attempting to escape and seriously wounded. Schultz was captured in Upper Fifth Avenue. It was alleged that two of his gang had attempted a hold-up. Two detectives who were passing by immediately opened fire on the gang, who took to their heels. Schultz was captured after a chase over five blocks. It is stated that he had a gun in his hand, but at all events he did not attempt to use it. When taken to the police station he was rambling and stuttering and asked for something to quiet his nerves. He was searched and 28,600 Dollars (£3,735) were found in his possession. — Reuter. Latest News. £50,000 BAIL. Schultz (adds Reuter) was later released on bail of £50,000. The Scotsman.
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