If You Know The History – 28th October 1893 Thistle 0 Celtic 7 Glasgow Cup 3rd Round

In the Glasgow Cup of 1893-94 season, Celtic had beaten Govan side Linthouse 2-1 in round one and Northern, from Springburn in the north of Glasgow, 3-2 in round two. Both of these matches were away from home and Celtic were asked to travel again in the third round, this time to the West of Glasgow to face Thistle.

This club had no connection with Partick Thistle but just played in the same part of the city. They had been elected to the Second Division that season but were finding the going very hard in the league campaign and their morale would not have been helped by the thrashing they received from Celtic on this day in 1893 in that Glasgow Cup tie, the final score being 7-0 in favour of Celtic.

Not one paper of the time listed the team but judging from other matches round about that time, we could make a guess that it would be along the lines of McArthur, Reynolds, Doyle, W Maley, Kelly, McEleny, Blessington, Madden, Cassidy, Campbell and Divers.


That put Celtic into the semi-final, where they found Rangers just too strong for them, the ibrox club winning 1-0; Thistle went on to finish the season anchored firmly at the foot of the Second Division, their performance considered so poor that none of the other clubs supported their re-election.

PS         The first Albanian player to join Celtic was Rudi Vata in 1992.

PPS      Which of the above team took over as gatemen of the covered enclosure at Parkhead in 1911?

If You Know The History: 24th October 1979 Celtic 3 Dundalk 2

24th October 1979 Celtic 3 Dundalk 2 European Cup Second Round First leg

Having overcome Partizan Tirana 4-2 on aggregate in the first round of the European Cup in season 1979-80, Celtic were drawn against Dundalk in round two.

The first leg took place on this day in 1979, when 33,000 turned up at Parkhead hoping for another good result. The Celtic side was Latchford, McGrain, McAdam, MacDonald, Lynch, Aitken, MacLeod, Davidson, Provan, McCluskey , Burns and they got off to the perfect start when Roddy MacDonald headed home from a corner in only three minutes.

George McCluskey made it two on the half-hour mark but any thoughts the Celtic players – and the home crowd – had of a walk-over disappeared when Muckian pulled one back for the Irish Champions two minutes later. Tommy Burns restored the two-goal cushion in 33 minutes and Celtic held on to it until the 66th minute, when Mick Lawlor made it 3-2.


That was the final score so on 7th November 1979, the teams ran out for the return leg on to Oriel Park in Dundalk with everything to play for. It turned out to be a nail-biting occasion for all Celtic fans, as their team did not play well, defended desperately at times and rather stumbled into the next round by gaining a 0-0 draw.

PS Who was the first Albanian player to join Celtic?

Jim Craig

If You Know The History: 21st October 1882 Davie Hamilton was born in Glasgow

On this day in 1882, Davie Hamilton was born in Glasgow. Now, to modern fans, the name of Davie Hamilton would hardly register on their list of Celtic players, yet in his time this winger was a real star.

Davie made his debut against Hearts in the Charity Cup in 1902, scoring one of the goals in Celtic’s 3-1 win and from then on was a mainstay of the side over the following 10 years in the outside-left position. During those years, Davie not only won six consecutive league badges between 1905 and 1910, he also picked up Scottish Cup winners medals in 1904, 1908 and 1911, plus numerous Charity and Glasgow Cup medals.


Davie mad the headlines for all the wrong reasons when he was ordered off for ‘obscene and threatening language’ against referee J B Stark at Easter Road on 5th October 1907, for which he received a two-months suspension. It transpired later that what he actually said was “I wish I had a revolver”!

As part of the excellent Celtic forward line of Bennett, McMenemy, Quinn, Somers and Hamilton, Davie’s contribution to the Celtic cause was immense, his 60 goals in 260 appearances a good return for any forward and particularly impressive for a winger.

Jim Craig

Happy Birthday Tommy Gemmell – by Jim Craig


16th October 1943 Tommy Gemmell born
On this day in 1943, in Craigneuk in Lanarkshire, Tommy Gemmell came into the world.
Tam’s career is fairly well-known and I do not intend to go though the various details in this article. I want to cover Tommy the man. We first met in October 1961, when he had joined Celtic as a part-timer and I was playing for the 3rd team which the club put out at that time. In my occasional match for the reserves, I played alongside him, thus beginning the full-back partnership that probably peaked in Lisbon.
Even at the age of 20, Tam was a very outgoing personality. He was confidence personified, although his on-field antics did not always please his superiors, particularly his tendency – not common at the time – to come up the pitch into attacking areas. Indeed, on one occasion he was told in no uncertain terms by Sean Fallon – at that time assistant manager to Jimmy McGrory –that if he crossed the halfway line once more, he would not be playing in the next game!

Thankfully, when Jock Stein came in, he was much more relaxed about his fullbacks coming forward and Tam came into his own, his performances over the next few years making him undoubtedly one of the world’s best performers in that position.
Off the pitch, Tam was a really good team-mate, the life and soul of any party. In spite of his ‘star’ status, he got on well with everyone and has maintained friendships with both friends and footballing foes through the years. He is now retired and living in Dunblane; and if any of you wish to send him birthday wishes, then please do so through the usual address and I’ll pass them on.


Pride and Passion: New book by Jim Craig and Pat Woods

Hi Hoops fans, especially those from the Jim Craig CSC, just a few words to tell you about a new book that I have brought out in conjunction with Celtic historian Pat Woods.

There have been 13 decades in Celtic’s history – if we cheat a little and count the years from the club’s inception in 1887 to 1900 as one – and Pat and I have chosen two topics from each of these decades to highlight. Some of these are about players; others refer to a specific match; or they comprise details of an incident, a memorable moment or a difficult time. Whatever the topic, you can be sure that you will find out facts that you either did not know or knew little about.


For instance, why was there a link between Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show and one of Celtic’s heaviest-ever defeats? We all know about the death of John Thomson in 1931 but did you know that two other famous Celtic players died during that decade of the 1930s? And I – much to my delight and satisfaction, – am completely exonerated of blame for that penalty in Lisbon by one of the world’s best-ever stars!

​​​​ Pride and Passion
​​​ Jim Craig and Pat Woods
Published by Mainstream Publishing

Available to purchase here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1780576382