17th August – If you know your history
130 years ago and 1892 On this day ( Wednesday) Celts are preparing a much- changed team for the new season.
1892-08-20: Celtic 4-3 Renton, League
This was First ever competitive match at New Celtic Park and first league game of the 1892/93 season.
A much changed team were focused to go on and win the league title for the first time this season
Celtic gave a debut for Michael Murray at inside forward plus Patrick Gallagher #2 on the right wing. Another Johnstone* player, not to be confused with the other Johnstone/Crosslee stalwart Pat Gallacher in midfield. It seems the winger was played in a few games before going back to Johnstone.*
The team had already lost the wonderful Peter Dowds (also of Johnstone ) to Aston Villa joining another ex-Johnstone player and one of our first goalkeepers Neil Dunning or Dinning. ( he went in to win the league at Villa in 1894 alongside ex- Celt Willie Groves. ) Dowds came back to Celtic briefly, but suffered poor health and was sadly, dead by the time he was 24.
Seems Villa were the Southampton of the day…scooping up our Bhoys ( clearly paying them too…)
a fantastic crowd of 15,000 turned up to witness a 7 goal thriller and its worthwhile recalling that Scots’ players weren’t paid wages in 1892 .. that’s a lot of dosh swirling about …
Celtic – Cullen; Reynolds and Doyle; Gallacher, Clifford, and Kelly; P. Gallacher, Murray, Madden, Foran, and Campbell.
Attendance:- 15,000 – The Essential History
The Scotsman – Monday, 22nd August 1892, page 4
Celtic v Renton – Played on Celtic Park before a splendid turnout of spectators. As will be seen, Madden turned out all right for the Celts after all, but he and Campbell were the ones of the famous forward division of the last season.
Renton kicked off, but almost at once got the rightabout, and Campbell gave Lindsay one or two to hold.
In a minute Renton broke away nicely and got well down, but the ball was sent rolling over the line. When eight minutes had gone Renton had the honour of scoring the first goal on the new field, Doyle, unfortunately, assisting.
Play was really good on both sides, and the teams seemed evenly matched. After thirty minutes’ play the Celtic made desperate efforts amidst great excitement to equalise, and half-time was reached with the score standing – Renton, one goal; Celtic, two goals.
In one minute from restarting Campbell scored a third for the Celtic, who were playing in fine fashion. However, six minutes later Towie cleverly beat Cullen, and McKechnie with a splendid drooping shot again beat Cullen, and the game became equal.
Renton were certainly doing magnificently now, and Cullen was extremely fortunate in preventing Renton taking a decided lead.
With fifteen minutes to go McQuilkie and Madden came to blows, and the referee (Mr Heggie) promptly ordered both to leave the field, which they did at once [both players were suspended for a month on the13th September]. Matters now became fast and furious.
Four minutes from time the Celts succeeded in putting on a fourth goal, and the finish found the game standing :- Celtic, four goals; Renton, three goals.
Celtic – Cullen; Reynolds and Doyle; Gallacher, Clifford, and Kelly; P. Gallagher, Murray, Madden, Foran, and Campbell.
Attendance:- 15,000 – The Essential History
In other news … on the following Wednesday Celtic hosted a friendly match against the aforementioned Johnstone team ( not to be confused with St Johnstone of Perth) from Renfrewshire. It seems Peter Dowds returned from Villa to play in this game, but it’s unclear if he played for Celts or Johnstone ( really appreciate if anyone can find more on this game)
Maybe this match was a form of compensation for the use of winger Patrick Gallagher #2 ( again not to be confused with the more famous Patsy Gallacher who featured much later in our history)
This Pat Gallagher featured against Hearts in the forthcoming league game – and scored- but it seems he never played again?
Gallagher, Patrick – 1892
Fullname: Patrick Gallagher
aka: Pat Gallagher
Born: 15 May 1871
Birthplace: Johnstone, Renfrewshire
Signed: August 1892
Left: 1892-93 (to Johnstone FC)
Debut: Celtic 4-3 Renton, League 20 Aug 1892
Johnstone born Patrick Gallagher was signed by the Bhoys from his hometown side in August 1892 (Possibly he was actually just on loan from Johstone).
The outside-right made his debut in a 4-3 home victory over Renton on 20th August 1892 and a week later scored in his next match at Hearts. A strange occurrence happened in his match v Hearts. Pat Gallagher scored a goal after some great play by Celtic in just the first minute. Renton boss Councillor Angus Campbell and the Celtic Party on the Tynecastle pavilion balcony applauded, which led to the Hearts secretary to see red and ordered them off, even invoking the police to evict them. Hearts did go on to win 4-3, so the behaviour was definitely quite excessive.
He never made another appearance for the Celts and rejoined Johnstone FC soon afterwards.
Celtic did go on to win the league that season, the first in the club’s history. So Pat at least got to play in a little bit of history.
An earlier Johnstone team from around 1888 – with Keeper Dunnion ( actually Dinnng )who kept goal in Celtic’ first full season, before moving to Aston Villa. A very young Peter Douds (sic) is relaxing on the Lion rug .. his big brother seated behind him – my Great Grandfather is a player in the photo and the trainer T. Thomson, was a Powderhall sprint champion. We are checking if he was an uncle of our Bertie Thomson; 1931 and 1933 Scottish Cup fame, who is buried in the town near Peter Douds. ( courtesy and in Memory of Peter Farmer )
1858 1st air mail (in a balloon) took off from Lafayette, Indiana
1870 1st ascent of Mt Rainier, Washington, by Hazard Stevens and P. B. Van Trump ( another balloon ? .., just kidding)
1893 Mae West , American actor and singer (She Done him Wrong), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1980)
My Gran worked in Manhattan as a nanny in 1920′ & 1930’s – idolised Mae… ” I’m no’ Mae West …. but I dae my best”..,
1903 Joe Pulitzer donates $1 million to Columbia University & begins the Pulitzer Prizes in America
1908 Bank of Italy (now Bank of America ) opens new HQ at Clay & Montgomery, San Francisco ( it’s just business…)
1920 Maureen O’Hara [FitzSimons], Irish actor and singer (Miracle on 34th St, The Quiet Man), born in Ranelagh, Ireland (d. 2015)
1939 Musical film “The Wizard of Oz”, starring Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, and Jack Haley opens at Loews Capitol Theatre, NYC
1945 Korea is divided into North and South Korea along the 38th parallel
1946 George Orwell publishes “Animal Farm” in the United Kingdom
1969 Woodstock Festival closes with Jimi Hendrix / Band of Gypsys as final act (taking the stage at 9AM on the 18th); other performers included Joe Cocker, Country Joe MacDonald & The Fish, The Band, CSN&Y, and Sha Na Na
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