21st September…. if you know your history
110 years ago …. and it’s 1912 on this day (Saturday) Celts travel to Tayside to play Dundee on league duty.
At this time Celtic are Scottish Cup Holders for the second year in a row. However, the halcyon days of the 6 In a Row League Winning team are becoming a bit of a distant memory. The Old Rangers are current Champions and heading for a 3 in a row.
Worth pointing out that Celtic have won the league Championship Ten (10) times and Old Rangers are aiming for number Eight (8).
Sadly our Trips to Dundee had been something of a challenge of late and this game was no different.
1912-09-21: Dundee 3-1 Celtic, League Division 1
There is no match report available but we see ex-Celt Davie Hamilton playing for Dundee and scores their third goal. Celts have a strong core with McNair, Young, Laney, Patsy Gallacher and Jimmy McMenemy in the team.
Just not good enough on the day.
Balfour, Young and Lawson; Philip, Neal and Johnstone; Wylie, Ross, R Hamilton, Steven and D Hamilton
Goals:Steven 2, D Hamilton 1
Mulrooney, McNair and Dodds; Young, Loney and Mitchell; McAtee, Gallacher, Johnstone, McMenemy and Gray
Referee: Mr J Thomson, Aberdeen
The Celtic goalkeeper John ‘Caruso’ Mulrooney had recently replaced the legendary Davy Adams in goals and had performed “heroics” to help Celts secure the Scottish Cup in v Clyde (2-0) 1912.
“Eventually the Clyde half-backs got a grip of the opposition and a tug-of-war followed, in which the outstanding performer was Mulrooney… Mulrooney was equal to every call… Mulrooney, however, was a distinct success in the Celtic goal”.
Unfortunately, he died suddenly ( heart failure) less than 2 years after winning that Cup – yet another tragic tale of a young man taken long before his time.
John Mulrooney b. August 1886 Hamilton, d. July 1914 ( Age 27)
There is a fantastic story behind that Shamrock jersey he wore in a friendly tour of Norway.
You can read more and an excellent tribute:
50 years ago …. a few days ago Celtic provided the opposition for the Great Bobby Charlton’s Testimonial match at Old Trafford.
1972-09-18: Manchester United 0-0 Celtic, Bobby Charlton Testimonial
Future Aberdeen chairman Ian Donald played right back for United. Wynn Davies at inside left had just been signed from Manchester City. George Best didn’t play in the game, it’s no secret he and Bobby Charlton weren’t always on best terms.
At the banquet after, Prime Minister Harold Wilson tells Dixie he recommended him to Huddersfield whilst he was a Motherwell player.
It’s interesting that Bobby Lennox never featured in this game, considering all the glowing tributes and praise from Bobby Charlton over the years. Maybe a Sentinel will recall specifics. I’m thinking Ron Yeats’ testimonial ( help?)
Stepney, Donald, Dunne, Young, James, Buchan, Morgan, Law (Sartori), Charlton, Davies, Kidd (McIllroy)
Celtic:- Williams, McGrain, McCluskey, Murdoch, McNeill, Connelly, Johnstone (Hood), Dalglish, Deans (Wilson), Macari, Callaghan. Subs: Davidson, Lennox.
Referee:- C. Thomas (Glamorgan)
Glasgow Herald Tuesday September 19 1972
Absorbing benefit for Bobby Charlton despite goal famine
A crowd of 60,538, a British record for a benefit match, packed Old Trafford last night to see Manchester United and Celtic fight out an absorbing goalless draw in Bobby Charlton’s testimonial match.
From the onset it was apparent that this was to be no goal-happy fiesta. That would have been unworthy of the occasion, the dignity of the two great clubs, and the man they had come to honour. If the crowd, which included Tommy Docherty, Sir Alf Ramsey and stars from the past and present were not treated to a Charlton special they were able to enjoy a fine game of pure football.
After only three minutes Celtic were awarded a free kick a yard outside the penalty area. Murdoch’s left foot drive cannoned off the defensive wall and from the rebound McNeill volleyed in a blistering shot which Stepney punched away at the near post.
Four minutes later Dalglish bewildered United’s defence, sending Deans away down the right. The centre forward’s immediate pass into the middle found Johnstone but the winger’s shot hit the outside of the netting.
Having weathered the early onslaught, Manchester United countered through Kidd, who first forced Williams to a good save then sliced a perfect pass through a square-standing Celtic defence to Law, who revelling in the big occasion, slid his shot wide as he fell. Charlton caused a hum of embarrassment in the crowd with one appallingly wild crossfield pass but redeemed himself when he accepted a ball from Law and advanced threateningly on the Celtic goal. His final shot lacked power however, as defenders converged on him.
This was a refreshing, tension-free performance from United, quite divorced from their recent games. Another flowing move sent Charlton away and this time he was able to set himself before unleashing an effort that went over the crossbar.
The goal from Charlton which most of the crowd was willing for him, was not to come and it was Celtic who now were beginning to control the game with the mighty Murdoch dominating the middle of the field. Hood replaced Johnstone at the start of the second half and later Wilson came on for Deans. Kidd limped off injured and Law also withdrew, McIlroy and Sartori taking their places.
With 10 minutes remaining Celtic began to overrun a tiring United defence and twice Macari had opportunities to win the match. A delightful exchange with Dalglish left United’s defence in tatters, but Macari somehow scooped his shot wide. Then he failed to turn on to a loose ball as it rolled temptingly across the face of an open goal.
All that remained was for Bobby Charlton to do his lap of honour, surrounded by hundreds of youthful enthusiasts to whom he has given so much pleasure over the years.
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To be fair there were Free Festivals organised on the site:
Hurry on Sundown – see what tomorrow brings …
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