18th April 1936 Celtic 6 Ayr 0
Towards the end of season 1935/36, Celtic Football Club was heading for an 18th League Championship success. In the penultimate match of the campaign, Ayr United, at that time propping up the table, arrived at Celtic Park on this day in 1936, when Celtic put out a side of Kennedy, Hogg, Morrison, Geatons, Lyon, Paterson, Delaney, Buchan, McGrory, Crum and Murphy.
Jimmy McGrory had scored regularly all that season. He had only missed five matches in total and his tally before the match was 47.
On that afternoon at Parkhead, the difference in class between the two sides was soon evident and the goals arrived for Celtic. McGrory himself got a hat-trick, the others coming from Willie Lyon, Willie Buchan and Frank Murphy. At one point, when Celtic were awarded a penalty, the regular taker Willie Lyon pointed to Jimmy McGrory to take it, trying to help the centre-forward to push towards the Scottish record of 52 in a season.
Unfortunately, McGrory missed; by his own admission, he ‘nearly hit the corner flag’. Quite remarkably, in his whole career, which embraced a staggering 472 goals in 445 matches, Jimmy McGrory only took three penalties….and missed two of them!