If You Know the History: 6th November 1948 Clyde 0 Celtic 4 John Bonnar debut

6th November 1948 Clyde 0 Celtic 4 John Bonnar debut

If you drive down London Road from Celtic Park towards the City Centre then turn left, you will eventually find yourself heading in the direction of Rutherglen. As you so, you will pass, on your left, Shawfield Stadium, once the home of Clyde FC, now better known for greyhound racing.

However, on this day in 1948, a crowd of around 35,000 was in the stadium for the visit of near neighbours Celtic in a league match. Neither side had been setting the heather on fire that season thus far, with Celtic in 9th place at that time and Clyde trying to avoid the relegation zone, so the points were crucial.

Celtic’s usual goalkeeper was the highly talented Willie Miller but on that afternoon, as both Miller and regular right-half Bobby Evans were in the Scottish League team which beat the Irish League 1-0 in Belfast, the management decided to try out a young man who had only recently joined the club, having spent the previous two years with Arbroath.

John Bonnar, back row centre

John Bonnar was delighted to get his chance and had a fairly comfortable afternoon as Celtic dominated the play, eventually winning 4-0 through goals by Jackie Gallagher (2) and John Paton (2).

Jim Craig


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