28th September…if you know your history
120 years ago … 1902 and on this day (Sunday) Celts are in the midst of a tough schedule of 3 matches in 6 days.
The first of the 3 games game was on Wednesday, with the Final of the Ibrox Disaster Benefit Fund, played against Morton. There had been a number of benefit matches played to raise funds for the bereaved families of the 25 souls who tragically fell to their death at the Scotland v England Home International match on 5th April, 1902. Funds were also raised towards compensation for the hundreds of injured fans. That might explain why only 2000 fans turned up to watch the game.
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1902-09-24: Celtic 4-2 Morton, Ibrox Disaster Benefit Fund Tournament
Andrew McPherson, Hugh Watson, Donald MacLeod, James Moir, Willie Loney, William Orr, Jimmy Quinn, Peter Somers, Johnny Campbell, Thomas McDermott & Davie Hamilton
Scorers:Willie Loney 2, Davie Hamilton & Thomas McDermott
Bryce, Ritchie, Orr, Campbell, McNeill, Craik, Roberts, Logan, Stewart, McInnes & Russell
The next game up on Saturday is a league tie at Paradise in front of 15,000 against Third Lanark, where the Celtic Half-Back Line was “invincible”. A 22nd minute goal by Campbell was enough to secure the 2 points for Celts.
1902-09-27: Celtic 1-0 Third Lanark, League Division 1
McPherson, Watson, MacLeod; Moir, Loney and Orr; Crawford, Somers, Campbell, McDermott and Hamilton
Raeside, Barr and Thomson; Cross, Neilson and McIntosh; Johnstone, Graham, Prior, Wilson and Wardrop
Referee: Mr Murray, Stenhousemuir
The Traditional Monday September Bank Holiday* sees the team heading East to play Hearts at Tynecastle on league business. The mighty Quinn and ever-reliable Campbell, had secured a 2 goal lead by Half-time. The travelling Celtic fans were in a ‘Happy Holiday’ mood, and when Thomson scored a consolation goal for Hearts just after the hour, it wasn’t going to be enough to dampen Celtic celebrations.
1902-09-15: Heart of Midlothian 1-2 Celtic, League Division 1
McPherson, Watson and MacLeod; Moir, Loney and Orr; Quinn, Somers, Campbell, McDermott and Hamilton
Scorers: Quinn 20, Campbell 40
McWattie, Baird and Gunzoen; Key, Buick and Hogg: Porteous, Walker, Thomson, Hunter and Williamson
Scorers: Thomson 65
Referee: Mr T Robertson, Queen’s Park
Jimmy ‘Mighty’ Quinn goal-scorer (a later photograph wearing hoops)
In other news:
Emile Zola, French writer and critic (J’accuse), dies at 62
The most famous French writer of his day died at 62 in curious circumstances. Émile Zola and his wife Alexandrine returned to their house in the rue de Bruxelles in Paris on 28 September from a spell in the country. It was wet and cold, and a smokeless coal fire was lit in their bedroom for the night. They slept with the window shut and Zola locked the door, as he always did. Many death threats had been made against him in the last few years. Without realising what was happening, the two of them were slowly overcome by carbon monoxide fumes. At three in the morning they were both awake, feeling sick, but Zola stopped Alexandrine rousing the servants for what he thought was merely an attack of indigestion. It was a fatal decision and later she was unable to move when he got out of bed, perhaps to open the window, and fell to the floor.
Emile Zola in 1902
*Did You Know? – Public Holidays in Scotland Background
In most countries, there are statutory holidays which are recognised by most of the population – Independence Day, Bastille Day, Labour Day etc. But the dates of public holidays in Scotland are not as easy as that!
Statutory Bank Holidays
There are Acts of Parliament which set out the dates of “Bank Holidays”. These were first introduced in 1871 to lay down the days on which banks would be closed and so allow the payment of cheques and bills of exchange to be postponed by one day on these designated dates. Prior to the legislation, the dates had been at haphazard times in different parts of the country. When the Victorian Members of Parliament were debating the Act, they were most concerned that other organisations and the general public should not also regard these days as “holidays”. Nevertheless, in England and Wales, these days did indeed become recognised as public holidays, soon after the “Bank Holidays Act” was passed – and are still called “Bank Holidays” as a result.
Local Holidays in Scotland
Not so in Scotland, however, where the old system of “Local Holidays” was perpetuated. The dates for these were (and still are) decided by local Chambers of Commerce which decide when they are going to take the annual “quota” of four days – and they are on all sorts of dates throughout the year. Indeed, the dates were often decided to ensure that shops in nearby towns were closed on different days. To this day, many Glaswegians travel to Edinburgh on a Glasgow Local Holiday – and vice-versa. Of course, the “Local Holidays” in a particular town may by chance coincide with a “Bank Holiday” – Glasgow usually has a local holiday on the last Monday in May which is also a Bank Holiday – but Edinburgh has a Monday holiday roughly in the middle of May instead.
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