If You Know The History – 19th December 1931 Celtic 6 Leith

On this day in 1931, Celtic played Leith Athletic in a league match at Parkhead, with John Thomson’s replacement Joe Kennaway making his 7th appearance for the club.

Celtic were lying third in the table at that time, eight points behind an excellent Motherwell side and five points adrift of Rangers, so a win was important to stay in touch. And the team rose to the challenge, Bertie Thomson scoring the opening goal just on 20 minutes before four Jimmy McGrory efforts, two on either side of the interval, made it 5-0, the Leith defence just unable to cope with the centre-forward’s strength and power. Near the end, Charlie Napier added another, to give Celtic a fine 6-0 victory.

At inside-left that day, Peter Scarff was making his 112th appearance for Celtic – during which he had scored 55 goals – but the match at Celtic Park that day was to prove his last for the club.

Peter Scarff (Front Row Far Right)

On 12th January 1932, Peter was admitted to the Bridge of Weir sanatorium seriously ill with pulmonary tuberculosis and in spite of periods of remission, his condition deteriorated and he died on 12th December 1933.


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