13th August 1938 Celtic 9 Kilmarnock 1
On this day, in 1938, Celtic played host to Kilmarnock at Parkhead. It was the first league match of the new season but the sporting press of the day made it out to be a clash of the managers.
In one corner was Willie Maley, by then manager of Celtic for 41 years, with numerous trophies under his belt. In the other corner was Jimmy McGrory, the best -known and most successful Celtic player between the two World Wars but now manager of Kilmarnock, his first post in the profession. On this occasion, it was a no-contest, Celtic winning 9-1, with the goals coming from a variety of sources.
Outside-right Jimmy Delaney was right in form and notched up two, a tally matched by Johnny Divers from the inside-left berth; right half Chic Geatons scored one of only two in his Celtic career; the versatile Malcolm MacDonald, on that day at inside-right also got on the score sheet; as did outside-left Frank Murphy, the first of what would be 13 in that season.
Centre-half Willie Lyon -in his final season with the club before going off to war – and centre-forward Johnny Crum both scored from penalties, the final score leaving the home support with the conviction that it would be a good season.