3rd August – If you know your history
130 years ago… We are back in 1892, and On this Day (Wednesday) preparations are beginning for the start of a season, pivotal in the Annals of Celtic.
There is so much going on…. Reigning Scottish Champions … virtue of being the Scottish Cup Holders, in a period when that was the Premier trophy ( Dumbarton had won the league for 2nd time in succession).
Much Excitement growing within the club as Volunteer Workers are finalising tasks and scouring snagging lists prior to the opening of the new Stadium at Janefield Street. As it’s not quite ready, the team are effectively ‘homeless’, and hit the road to sharpen their skills.
At the start of 1892/93 season it was two ‘friendly’ ties in one day.
Has there been another time when Celts have played two teams in one day (Craig76/Magua)… fairly sure it did happen in the 1930’s in official league matches?
Not much information available on the trip to Dundee Harp, but the PTFC game is well documented ( probably because we got severely gubbed):
1892-08-06: Dundee Harp 2-5 Celtic, Friendly
Played at Dundee, and resulted in favour of Celtic by five goals to two.
1892-08-06: Partick Thistle 5-2 Celtic, Friendly
These were scratch elevens played on Inchview Park*, Whiteinch, a short ferry trip from McCaff’s old bit …but he’s away across at the East End, scouring his snagging list… scratching his heid…a neighbour refereeing?!
Played Before 2,000 spectators.
The Partick Thistle had their ground opened for the season by the Celtic, who journeyed thither to favour them with their presence. The sun shone brightly.
The Celtic kicked off against a stiff breeze. the game was evenly contested for some time. Having scored the first goal for the Thistle ten minutes after the start, Cunningham equalised with a good shot. Kyle added a second goal for the Celts.
Half-time result – Celtic, 2 goals; Partick Thistle, 1 goal.
The second half was mostly in favour of the Thistle, who, although playing against the wind, had the best of the game. Ingram equalised. Murray added a third point for the Thistle, and ere the close Bruce and Paul each added a goal to the total, while the Celtic failed to improve their position.
Final result – Partick Thistle, 5 goals; Celtic, 2 goals.
Marshall, Hutchison, Harper, Robertson, harvey, Smith, Murray, Bruce, Paul, Ingram, Kennedy.
Goals:- Cunningham og 10, Ingram, Murray, Bruce, Paul.
Celtic:- McArthur, Curran, J McLaughlin, Collins, Connor, Dolan Cunningham, Johnstone, McCann, Reilly, Kyle.
Goals:- Cunningham, Kyle.
Ref:- Mr Mirks, Linthouse FC.
*Inchview Park: Patrick Thistle’s stadium in 1892
In other news…
Dundee Harp have an interesting story and at one time the biggest team in Dundee with Arbroath as their serious ‘Tayside’ rivals. An excellent item by The Shamrock is really worth a look:
1909 – Dundee Hibernian’s inaugural match against Hibernian of Edinburgh
General stuff… (y’all):
1492 – Christopher Columbus left Palos, Spain with three ships. The voyage led him to what is now known as the Americas. He reached the Bahamas on October 12.
1750 – Christopher Dock completed the first book of teaching methods. It was titled “A Simple and Thoroughly Prepared School Management.”
1777 – During the Siege of Fort Stanwix the first U.S. flag was officially flown during battle.
1852 Harvard wins the first Boat Race between Yale and Harvard. The race is also known as the first ever American intercollegiate athletic event.
1880 – The American Canoe Association was formed at Lake George, New York.
1900 – Firestone Tire (sic) & Rubber Co. was founded.
James Hetfield by John McMurtrie.
1963 – Metallica’s James Hetfield (age 59 years), born Downey, California USA
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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