If You Know The History: 11th November

11th November 1916 QP 1 Celtic 3

The country might have been at war in 1916 but it sure was a good time to be a Celtic fan.
The club had won the League title in 1914/15 and again in 1915/16 and were also in the middle of a great run of form. After losing to Hearts on 13th November 1915, Celtic had gone unbeaten for 36 matches.

On this day in 1916, Celtic ran out at Hampden to face Queen’s Park in front of a crowd of 18,000.

Irishman Michael Hamill was at centre-half, playing only his 4th game for the club; ex-St Mungo’s boy Bill Ribchester was making his debut at outside-right; and Barney Connolly made one of his 13 first-team appearances at centre-forward.

The goals, though, came from Patsy Gallagher in his usual inside-right berth, centre-forward Jimmy McColl, just back after injury, his first of the campaign and left-back Joe Dodds, from the penalty spot.

Celtic won 3-1 in the end, which made it 37 games unbeaten, a run they would eventually extend to 62.

Jim Craig

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