If You Know The History – 19th January 1901 St Mirren 3 Celtic 4 League

The years around the turn of the 19th/20th centuries were ones of transition for Celtic Football Club. A new team was evolving and sides take time to achieve their potential. Celtic were lying second to Rangers in the league at this time in 1901 but had won a great victory by beating the Light Blues 1-0 in the first round of the Scottish Cup, a rare stage of the competition for the two sides to meet and an even more unusual goal-scorer, as it was Rangers’ left-back Drummond’s own goal which broke the deadlock.

On this day in 1910, for the final match of the league season, St Mirren arrived at Celtic Park. With the final placings already decided, manager Willie Maly decided to give a run out to a promising new boy, so when the sides ran out that afternoon and lined up, a young man by the name of Jimmy Quinn made his debut at outside-left. It turned out to be a most promising start to his Celtic career, his bustling and aggressive style going down well with both management and fans; and the fact that scored one of Celtic goal in the 4-3 win just put the icing in Jimmy’s cake. A new star had arrived!



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