2nd November – If you know your history
110 years ago … it’s 1912 and Celts have two games in quick succession. on this day (Saturday) we visit Cathcart Road in Glasgow’s Sooside on proper League business against 3rd Lanark. Damp squibs and nae sparklers on Tuesday, 5th November we play Old Rangers in the very short-lived ‘Midweek League’ competition.
There isn’t a report available for either match, but it’s doubtful Celts were taking the new competition seriously, if results are anything to go by . Our Fans certainly didn’t, if attendances are anything to go by.
1912-11-02: Third Lanark 0-1 Celtic, League Division 1
Playing Young at centre half was a success, as was the debut of Vale of Leven lad Johnny Browning.
Celtic’s left wing pair was thus Johnny Browning and Johnny Brown! With Brownlie in goal and Brown at Outside Left for the HiHi… commentator’ nightmare. 1912 VAR would sort …
Patsy Gallagher grabs the only goal of the game.
Brownlie, Armstrong and Orr; Steel, Hannah and Mainds; Rankin, Fairfoull, Whittle, Hosie and Brown
Mulrooney, McNair and Dodds; Johnstone, Young and Mitchell; McAtee, Gallacher, Quinn, Browning and Brown
Referee: Mr T Robertson, Glasgow
1912-11-05: Rangers 4-0 Celtic, Inter-City Midweek League
Inter-City Midweek League and this is the Last game in the defunct tournament.
A competition played for mainly by 2nd XIs but with a few 1st teamers
Tuesday November 5 Rangers 4 Celtic 0 Inter City League and by Friday November 8 Inter City League abandoned because of lack of interest and poor crowds
The purpose of the Inter-City Midweek League and was cater for shopworkers who, because they worked on Saturdays, couldn’t attend regular fixtures. Matches were generally played before poor attendances (only 5000 at the Rangers v Celtic game) and the competition was abandoned on 8 November 1912 after only four rounds of fixtures.
The Glasgow & District Midweek League was formed in August 1912 and played out by seven Scottish League clubs during 1912-13. Like the Inter City Midweek League which was also competed for this season, this was primarily to let shopkeepers get to a match on their day off. The office bearers were elected as follows: President John McMahon (Clyde); Vice President W Cowan (Third Lanark); Secretary & treasurer G Easton (Partick Thistle)
It was decided that all the matches would be played in Glasgow, although this Rule wasn’t strictly enforced, and each club would play each other only once.
Celtic finished second bottom with 1 win, 1 draw and two losses, 4 scored & 9 conceded.
Hearts bottom on 2pts. Rangers were leading with 6pts and Dundee next on 5pts.
1912-13 Inter-City Midweek League
15 Oct Rangers v Aberdeen 5-2
16 Oct Dundee v Heart of Midlothian 3-1
16 Oct Hibernian v Celtic 2-3
23 Oct Heart of Midlothian v Rangers 3-0
23 Oct Aberdeen v Hibernian 0-2
23 Oct Celtic v Dundee 0-2
29 Oct Rangers v Hibernian 2-1
30 Oct Heart of Midlothian v Aberdeen 1-0
30 Oct Dundee v Celtic 1-1
5 Nov Rangers v Celtic 4-0
6 Nov Aberdeen v Dundee 3-2
6 Nov Hibernian v Heart of Midlothian 2-0
John (smiley) Browning b 29th Nov 1888 Dumbarton d. Alexandria 1964
Made the first of 214 appearances (65 goals) in the Third Lanark game ( above).
Won 4 leagues in a row 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917 and a Scottish Cup in 1914 plus a few Glasgow Cups and one Scotland Cap.
Achieved notoriety when he was found guilty of paying a Bo’ness player £30 to throw a 2nd Division game ( after he left Celts ) – was sentenced to 60 Days Hard Labour
Folks This ‘character’ is really worth checking out.
Note: There’s absolutely no truth in the rumour he played alongside David66 in the Sons’ reserve team…
In other news ..
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1917 Balfour Declaration proclaims support for a Jewish state in Palestine
1930 Coronation of Ras Tafari Makonnen as Haile Selassie I, 225th Emperor of Ethiopian Solmonic Dynasty
1949 The Netherlands recognizes its former colony Indonesia as a sovereign state
1966 The Cuban Adjustment Act comes into force, allowing 123,000 Cubans opportunity to apply for permanent residence in the US
1970 Matthews’ Southern Comfort at No1 with ‘ Woodstock’
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