If You Know The History: 23rd December 1939 Dumbarton 1 Celtic 5

Towards the turn of the year in 1939, nearly four months into the 2nd World War, Celtic were playing in the Western Division of the Scottish League and not doing particularly well, with only one win from 9 matches. On this day in 1939, the team travelled down to Dumbarton to meet the Sons of the Rock at Boghead, where they had been playing since 1879.

Donald McKay was in goal that day for Celtic, one of his 17 appearances for the club; Bobby Hogg, eight years a Celt and Jock Morrison, with ten years at Parkhead, were the fullbacks; Willie Lyon held-down the centre-half berth, alongside the experience of 32-year-old Chic Geatons and the talented George Paterson in the wing-half roles; with the forward line reading John Gould, Malky MacDonald, Joe Carruth, John Divers and Frank Murphy

It proved to be a better afternoon for Celtic. Two goals by John Gould added to two by John Divers plus one by Malky MacDonald gave the Bhoys a 5-1 win and would have helped to brighten up a festive period without much cheer at that time in history.

Jim Craig


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