If You Know The History – 1st January 1938 Celtic 3 Rangers 0

First of all, could I wish all our readers – and in particular the members of the Jim Craig CSC – a very Happy New Year and hope that 2013 brings you everything that you could ask for. For many years in the history of Scottish football, this would have been a most important and exciting day, when the two Glasgow rivals would have met for the second time in the season. For the players involved, few would have been up the night before after the bells and I can still recall the build-up to the match, walking round town ( as players did in those days) and being constantly reminded by the Celtic fans that we must win the game on Ne’erday. Of all those matches mentioned, the one in the article below must be regarded as one of the most memorable, finding a place, for specific reasons, in the history of Celtic Football Club.

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1st January 1938 Celtic 3 Rangers 0

On this day in 1938, Celtic had a comfortable victory over old rivals Rangers in a league match at Celtic Park.

Rangers’ normally strong and determined defence was constantly torn apart by Celtic’s frequent attacks right from the opening whistle and two goals from John Divers plus a penalty from Malcolm MacDonald meant that the two points went to the Bhoys, helping the club to their second championship win of the decade.

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PHOTO: MALCOLM MACDONLD

Naturally, a clash between these two sides had its moments of controversy but afterwards, the main talking point was the size of the crowd. A figure of 92,000 was mentioned in some quarters, although there was some doubt about this, more than a few pointing out that this was the official capacity of the ground, rather than the actual attendance. Most contemporary newspaper reports gave the figure as 83,500, which is still regarded as the record attendance for a match at Celtic Park.

Jim Craig

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