If You Know The History – 24th February 1894 Celtic 2 Rangers 2 League

Winning the First Division title in season 1892-93 was a big event for Celtic Football Club. Granted, at the time, the cup competitions, particularly the Scottish Cup, were regarded as the most important but to win a league meant that a team had to show consistency and the committee which ran Celtic at that period would have been delighted with the performance of the players. The stats for that season were

P W D L F A Pts

Celtic  18 14 1 3 54 25 29

and the fans would no doubt have enjoyed seeing their side scoring roughly three goals per game.

Directors, committeemen and fans would have wanted a repeat of that form in the following season of 1893-94 and indeed, that was what occurred. Of the first fifteen matches in the league campaign, Celtic won thirteen of them, scoring forty-eight goals in the process. The only defeat had come at Ibrox on 2nd September 1893, when Celtic had been humbled 5-0 by Rangers.

On this day in 1894, the second league meeting between the Glasgow rivals was played at Celtic Park, with the green-and-whites keen on revenge. The team chosen on the afternoon was Cullen, Reynolds, Doyle, Curran, Kelly, McEleney, Madden, Blessington, Cassidy, MacMahon and Divers.

The match turned out to be the usual, tense affair between these sides, with honours even at the end in a 2-2 draw. Celtic’s two came from Johnny Madden and Jim Blessington and the draw sealed Celtic’s second league championship. And that was probably just as well, as in the final two league fixtures, Celtic lost 2-3 to Hearts at home and then 0-5 to Leith Athletic away!

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JOHNNY MADDEN

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