If You Know The History – 3rd December 1898 Partick Thistle 3 Celtic 8

On this day, in 1898, a Celtic side in transition ran out at Meadowside in Partick to face Partick Thistle, the sides’ second meeting of the league season.

John Docherty was in goal. Englishman Jim Welford, who had had a season with Warwickshire in county cricket, was at right-back, with Dan Doyle, by then in his final season with the club, in the left-back position. The versatile Barney Battles held the centre-half berth alongside wing-halves Jim Orr and John King

The wingers were Jack Bell, who had come in from Everton and James Fisher, with John Divers at centre-forward, flanked by Sandy MacMahon and Peter Somers.

5,000 spectators were present and it turned into a romp for Celtic, who were 4-2 up at half-time, thanks to a hat-trick  by McMahon, plus one by Jim Fisher and Celtic went on to score another four in the second half, Divers with 2, Somers and Fisher again completing the scoring.

It was a comprehensive 8-3 victory but at least the Thistle treasurer had the satisfaction of dealing with the takings at the gate, which amounted to £46; 15s; 6d

Celtic had scored an 8 before in a Scottish Cup tie but this  was the first time in the league that Celtic had ever reached that total, so perhaps the players had a little celebration that night….and would the manager have joined in?


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