If You Know The History: 11th February 1893 Celtic 2 Abercorn 4 League

11th February 1893 Celtic 2 Abercorn 4 League

Having won the Scottish Cup in 1892 by beating Queen’s Park 5-1 in the final at Ibrox, the Celtic players, the committee and the fans were hoping for further success in the following season.



Initially, the league season rather stuttered, good results being interspersed with poor ones. After starting with a good win over Renton, Celtic then dropped two points against Hearts and one against Rangers before going on a fine run, winning the next five matches, against Clyde 3-1, Dumbarton 3-0, St Mirren 3-1, Hearts 5-0 and Leith Athletic 1-0.

On this day in 1893, a Celtic party travelled over to Paisley to meet Abercorn in the clubs’ second league meeting of the season, Celtic having won the first 3-2 at home. Abercorn had been founded in 1890 and were one of the founder members of the Scottish League but they were always competing – usually unsuccessfully – with St Mirren for the support of Paisley’s football community and were having a poor season.

However, that afternoon they rose to the occasion and beat Celtic 4-2, the latter’s goals coming from James ‘Tooty’ Davidson and Sandy ‘Duke’ MacMahon. It was a much-needed wake-up call for the Celtic team; three days later they had to face St Bernard’s in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup.

Jim Craig


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