If You Know The History – 16th March 1929 Celtic 3 Aberdeen 0 League

Celtic found the season of 1928-29 a tough one in both league and Scottish Cup. In the league, Rangers drove everyone aside like a juggernaut, ending with a record of P38, W30, D7, L1, F107, A32, Pts67; Celtic, by contrast, had figures of P38, W22, D7, L9, F67, A44, Pts51.

In the Scottish Cup, Celtic went all the way to the semi-final, where they met Kilmarnock at Ibrox in front of a crowd of around the 40,000 mark. Celtic were the favourites, having beaten the Ayrshire club twice in the league and their fans turned up at the ground full of confidence. One goal made all the difference by unfortunately, it was scored by Kilmarnock, who took a boost from the result and continued their good form in the final, where they also beat Rangers.

On this day in 1929, only three days after beating Motherwell in a replay of a quarter-final tie, a Celtic eleven ran out at Parkhead to face Aberdeen in a league match. Ten of the side were well-known names to the Parkhead faithful,  John Thomson, Peter McGonagle, Peter Wilson, Jimmy  McStay, John Donoghue, Paddy Connolly, Alec Thomson, Jimmy McGrory, Peter Scarff and Willie Gray; the eleventh was making his debut.

The natural position of 20-year-old Chic Geatons was at wing-half but on that day against Aberdeen, he came into the side at right-back and acquitted himself well as Celtic managed a 2-2 draw , thanks to goals by Paddy Connolly and Jimmy McGrory.



It was the first match in a 14-year, 345 match career for the young man from Lochgelly in Fife, which ended with his retirement in 1941. In 1945, Chic came back to Celtic Park as a part-time coach and then moved up to full-time in this role in 1946, a position he held until 1950.

Chic Geatons died in 1970 at the age of 63.


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