If You Know The History – 3rd November 1888 St Bernard’s 1 Celtic 4 SC

3rd November 1888 St Bernard’s 1 Celtic 4 SC

On this day in Celtic’s first season of 1888/89, the team travelled through to Edinburgh to meet St Bernard’s at Royal Gymnasium Park in a Scottish Cup 4th round tie. Special arrangements had been made by the club to get the supporters to the match and eventually 6,000 turned up, the largest attendance of any of the 12 ties played that day.



Celtic had a convincing 4-1 victory, with goalkeeper Willie Dunning, playing the 4th of his 6-match Celtic career having little to do. Inside-right Mick Dunbar ran the show in the middle of the pitch, with outside-left Johnny Coleman providing some good crosses.

The goals came from outside-right Neilly McCallum; the versatile Tom Maley, on that day at outside-left in the team sheet but playing as an inside-forward; and centre-forward Willie Groves, already becoming a favourite of the fans. ‘Darling Willie’ as he was known, got two to keep them happy.

The result put Celtic into Round 5, where they would face Clyde.

Jim Craig


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