If You Know The History: 10th November 1894 St Bernard’s 0 Celtic 2

10th November 1894 St Bernard’s 0 Celtic 2

In the early days, Celtic sometimes played against sides which showed up well but, for one reason or another, are no longer in existence.

One of these was St Bernard’s from Edinburgh, whom Celtic first met in the 4th round of the Scottish Cup in the club’s first season of 1888/89. The match was played at Powderhall and the committee decided to run a special train through to the ground to help fans get to the match. Naturally, it also helped swell the gate – always an important aspect of a committee’s thinking – which eventually reached the 6,000 mark, by far the biggest of the 4th round ties.

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St Bernard’s were elected to the First Division in 1893, doing well enough to retain their place in the top league for the following seven years. On this day in 1894, Celtic travelled through to the capital to meet them for the second time in the league that season. In the first match, at First Celtic Park, on 18th August, Celtic had won 5-2; for the second game, the committee sent out a team of McArthur, Reynolds, Doyle, McEleney, Kelly, Maley, Davidson, Blessington, Cassidy, McMahon and Campbell. And again the points went to Celtic, goals by Jimmy Blessington and John Campbell making the difference. Even more importantly, it kept the pressure on league leaders Hearts.

Jim Craig

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