29th June – If you know your history
91 years ago …and on this day (Monday) Celts conclude their USA tour and their 13th match Stateside with a victory in Baltimore.
The previous Thursday Celts had played their first ever game under floodlights* , with a victory (0-5) in Detroit, against Michigan All-Stars. A signed match programme sold at Christie’s for an undisclosed price:
Michigan All-Stars v. Celtic, match programme, 25/6/31, played at the University of Detroit Stadium, USA, the cover bearing eight autographs, comprising: Tom Maley, John Thompson, James McGrory, Charles Napier, Peter Scarff, Peter Wilson, Robert Whitelaw and James McStay, vertical fold
On the Saturday 27th June, Celts travel up to Toronto to play Ulster United and secured a win (1-3)
Celtics opponents were the Toronto Ulster United but since they were enhanced by 5 players from The Toronto Scottish –including Billy Somers, the son of a famous Scottish international (could this have been Peter Somers?), and Davie Weir who had played for Glasgow Rangers before coming to Canada, also were described as United but might have also been referred to as Toronto Ulster/Scottish.
Then it was back to USA for the final game of the tour on Monday evening.
1931-06-29: Canton S.C (Baltimore) 1-4 Celtic, American Tour
There appears to have been some confusion as to who scored two goals for Celtic. The Herald has it McGhee while the Scotsman has McGrory. In John Cairney’s book on Jimmy McGrory “Heroes are Forever” he quotes from McGrory’s diary for 28 June. ” some of us went to the Brooklyn Paramount Picture House, and others went off to play in a floodlit match against Baltimore Canton, which they won 4-1. I think we had the better time than they did.
The last match of the tour seems to have been hastily arranged as a fill-in for the postponed Newark Americans fixture. According to press reports the U.S.F.A. would not sanction the Newark Americans fixture. Other press reports of the game against the New York Yankees on the 28th June refer to that match as the last of the tour, and this may explain the dearth of US newspaper coverage of the Canton game, and also the crowd, which was the smallest of the tour.
The Scotsman – Saturday, 4th July 1931, page 17
CELTIC LEAVE FOR HOME
New York, July 2.—Well pleased with their tour in the United States, during-which they scored 43 goals against 18, the Glasgow Celtic left for home aboard the Transylvania yesterday. Officials of the United States Football Association, including Colonel G. Randolph, and a delegate of Knights of Columbus were at the pier to bid them good-bye.—Press Association.
McGhee, (2); Hughes, Whitelaw.
Venue: Hornewood Field, Baltimore.
The Scotsman – Thursday, 2nd July 1931, page 14
CELTIC’S TOUR CLOSED
A WIN AT BALTIMORE
Baltimore, July 1.—There may be better football teams than Glasgow Celtic, but the people of Baltimore admit frankly that they have never seen them.
Before more than 2800 spectators, and beneath scores of floodlights, Celtic, who sail today from New York for England, gave a splendid exhibition, and beat Baltimore by 4 goals to 1.
Baltimore were surprised at the skill of the Scotsmen, and were quite outplayed. McGrory (two), Hughes, and Whitelaw were the Scottish goalscorers.
Celtic thus scored their tenth victory out of 13 games played in this country during the last five weeks.—Press Association.
CELTIC WIN LAST MATCH
There may be better football teams than Celtic, but the people of Baltimore admit frankly that they have never seen them. Before more than 2,000 spectators and beneath scores of floodlights, Celtic, who sail today from New York to England, gave a splendid exhibition, and beat Baltimore by four goals to one. Baltimore were surprised at the skill of the Scotsmen, and were quite outplayed. McGhee (2), Hughes, and Whitelaw were the Scottish goal-scorers.
Celtic thus scored their 10th victory out of 13 games played in this country during the last five weeks.–Press Associates Special Telegram.
Native American Chief
To commemorate Celtic’s first tour of America in 1931, the Bhoys were presented with a Native American Chief Statuette from the United States Football Association. During the tour, which was centred around Pennsylvania, New York and Baltimore, Celtic played 13 games, won 9, lost three and drew once.
The Scotsman – Saturday, 11th July 1931, page 20
IMPRESSIONS OF TOUR
Members of Celtic Football club, who have been on tour in America and Canada during the past two months, had a boisterous welcome last night when they disembarked from the Anchor liner Transylvania at Yorkhill, Glasgow. As the liner passed up the river there were cheering crowds on both banks, and many waved Celtic’s colours.
There was one member of the team missing. He was James McGrory, the centre-forward, who left the ship at Moville, in the North of Ireland, early in the morning. McGrory was married a few hours after reaching Irish soil.
In an interview, Mr Tom White, chairman of the club, said the team had had a wonderful trip, though he thought that the arrangements on the other side could have been a little better. The team had had a strenuous time. They had to make, long journeys, and, with the excessive heat, he thought they were a bit unlucky. He attributed the club’s three defeats to the abnormal conditions.
Mr William Maley, the manager, remarked that the refereeing in America was terrible. They had rules of their own, he said, and football would not make much progress there until they had better control of the game.
*General query to Sentinels – was this really our first game under floodlights? .. fairly sure we saw details of a game played under artificial lighting in Glasgow many decades earlier ? Maybe that was gaslight .. not electric ‘floodlight’
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