If You Know The History – 29th November 1948 Davie Adams died in Edinburgh

Goalkeeper Davie Adams signed for Celtic in December 1902, when on a visit to Ireland with the club. He had been invited by Willie Maley to play in a friendly against Bohemians on Boxing Day and obviously did well enough to catch the manager’s eye. Davie made his league debut against Hibs on 26th September 1903.

Almost from that point on, the Celtic career of Davie Adams was one in which success was a constant factor. He was the team’s custodian in the Scottish Cup triumphs of 1904, 1907, 1908 and 1911; was an almost constant presence for the six championships in a row between 1905 and 1910; and picked up a number of Glasgow and Charity Cup medals.

For most of this period, Davie merely wore the same jersey as his team-mates but in 1910, he became the first Celtic keeper to appear in the yellow jersey. Davie suffered from some eye trouble towards the end of his career and this eventually caused his retirement. His last match for Celtic was against St Mirren on 2nd December 1911, the same day that Patsy Gallacher made his debut. In total, he had made 291 appearances for Celtic, with an impressive 124 shut-outs (43%).

On this day in 1948, Davie Adams died in Edinburgh at the age of 65.


If You Know The History – 25th November 1967 Raith Rovers 0 Celtic 2 League

The autumn of 1967 had been a bit of the good and the bad for Celtic Football Club. In late September and early October, we lost to a very combative Dinamo Kiev side in the first round of the European Cup. Towards the end of October, we picked up the League Cup for the third consecutive year by beating Dundee 5-3, a performance which did not please Jock Stein one bit, as he thought we had been too slack in defence. Then, in late October and early November , we blew our chances of becoming World Club Champions, by losing over three legs to Racing Clun of Argentina.

The League campaign was also a little on the jittery side, with Celtic, by the middle of November, behind Rangers and alongside Hibs and Hearts. That meant that every league match was an important fixture and on this day in 1967, the club players, management and directors travelled up to Kirkcaldy to face Raith Rovers, at that point in the bottom six. To be blunt, we needed to win.

The team that day was Simpson, Gemmell, O’Neill, Murdoch, McNeill, Brogan, Johnstone, Wallace, Chalmers, Auld and Hughes. True to form, Raith Rovers rose to the challenge and made life difficult for the visitors during the first half. Eleven minutes after the break, Tam Gemmell opened the scoring from the penalty spot; and ten minutes after that, Willie Wallace scored a second to give Celtic the points. It made for a very happy travelling party to make the journey back to Glasgow on a damp winter’s evening.


If You Know The History: 21st November 1959 Stirling Albion 2 Celtic 2

On this day in 1959, Celtic travelled to Stirling to face the local Albion in a league match. Stirling had only come into the Scottish League after the 2nd World War, in season 1946-47, replacing the previous side from that town  – King’s Park – whose ground had been badly damaged by a bomb.

At that point of the season, Celtic were in 6th place in the table, with Stirling Albion struggling down near the bottom of the 18-team league. The Celtic side that day was John Fallon, John Donnelly, Neil Mochan, Dunky McKay, Bobby Evans, Bertie Peacock, Steve Chalmers, Mike Jackson, John Colrain, John Divers and Bertie Auld.

Bobby Evans

Bobby Evans

A crowd of 18,000 had packed into the compact ground and they saw some early goals, John Colrain opening the scoring in 8 minutes and Stirling outside-left McPhee equalised in 13 minutes. Just on the half-hour mark, however, and in the space of five minutes, two own-goals were scored, one at either end. Firstly, Stirling right-half Bell made it 2-1 for Celtic and then Bertie Peacock brought the scores level again with one for the hosts.

The game ended 2-2, a poor result for Celtic against such lowly opposition. Unfortunately, the poor form continued. In their next seven games, Celtic won one, drew one and lost five, pushing the team down to 11th place in the table by the New Year.

PS             John Madden was the Celtic player who became the ‘Father of Czech Football’.

PPS          How many of the team listed above played in the 7-1 League Cup Final win against Rangers in


Jim Craig

If You Know The History: Celtic 2 Rangers 0 Glasgow Cup Final

At the start of season 1894-95, Celtic Football Club was having to stave off a challenge from a new source in the league campaign, with Heart of Midlothian the rising stars from the east. The side was still scoring the goals but the defence could occasionally be found wanting.

The first trophy of the season to be up for grabs, though, was the Glasgow Cup, always held in the autumn. Celtic beat Battlefield in round one (2-2; 4-1), Clyde in round two (4-1) and Cowlairs in the semi-final (2-0) to reach the final, held at Cathkin, the home of Third Lanark, on this  day in 1894, where Rangers would be the opponents.

The weather was uncertain for this match, the pitch wet and slippy. The team was MacArthur, Dunbar, Doyle, McEleney, Kelly, W Maley, Campbell, Madden, Cassidy, McMahon and Divers.

1894 Team

PHOTO: 1894 Team

Celtic won the toss and chose to play with the wind behind them in the first half. It proved to be a good decision, as they went two-up before the interval. The first came in 30 minutes from a free-kick by Dan Doyle, the second, just on the whistle, by John Divers after a fine move involving the whole forward line. Shortly into the second half, the crowd broke on to the field at some points of the perimeter but the police were quickly to the fore and play was only briefly held up.

The sides were down to ten men each in this half – Smith of Rangers and McMahon for Celtic not re-appearing due to injury. Rangers bombarded the Celtic goal but Dan McArthur was in top form and held them out and at the end, the Celtic fans’ relief was evident, as they raced on to the pitch and carried several players in triumph to the pavilion.

PS             The answer to which of the players listed against St Mirren on 13th November 1945 played in the Coronation Cup final in 1953 was John McPhail.

PPS          Which of the players named above became the ‘Father of Czech Football’?

Jim Craig


If You Know The History – 13th November 1943 Celtic 5 St Mirren 0 Southern Division

Celtic did not have a great time during the Second World War. For some reason, the Board of Directors refused to take advantage of the well-known names stationed in Scotland during that period – Stanley Matthews and Matt Busby to name but two – and the club suffered accordingly.

Rangers dominated, winning most of the trophies on offer. In season 1943-44, for instance, they won the Southern Division title, 7 points ahead of Celtic after 30 matches. Celtic also made early exits from both the Glasgow Cup ( Partick Thistle 1-3 ) and the Charity Cup ( Clyde 1-4); they also lost 2-4 to Rangers in the semi-final of the new war-time tournament the League Cup. However, any time which finishes second in any league must have had some good moments and Celtic were no different.

One of these came on this day in 1944, when the ‘Buddies’ came to Celtic Park for a league match. St Mirren had had an indifferent start to the season and their troubles were not eased that afternoon as Celtic went into over-drive. The Hoops side was Willie Miller, Bobby Hogg, Pat MacDonald, Malcolm MacDonald, Joe McLaughlin, John Divers, Jimmy Delaney, John McPhail, Jackie Gallagher, Gerry McAloon and Hugh Long.


It was a much-changed side from the eleven in the last match before the war began in September 1939 but it rose to the challenge, putting five past the St Mirren keeper. The goals came from Gerry McAloon, John Divers, Jackie Gallagher and a double from Jimmy Delaney, one from the penalty spot, all of which contributed to Celtic maintaining their second place in the table.

PS The answer to our last question  – which team did Tony Mowbray go to after leaving Celtic as a player? – was Ipswich Town.

PPS Which of the players listed above would play in the Coronation Cup final against Hibs in May 1953, just under 10 years later