After a few trophy-less years at the start of the 20th century, Willie Maley put together a very fine side which won the Scottish Cup in 1904 and the League title in 1905. Naturally, fine players catch the eye of international selectors and this happened to a few of the Celtic lads from the side of these years.
The only internationals played at that time were against the other sides in the British Isles, the so-called Home International Championship. In season 1904-05, Scotland’s first match had been against Wales at Wrexham, where the visitors had received a 1-3 drubbing. This had prompted the selection committee to make some changes for the second match in the tournament, which was played against the Irish at Celtic Park on this day in 1905, when 35,000 gathered for the occasion.
A number of new names were brought in for their first international, including 5 Celts. The full side was Howden ( Partick Thistle), McLeod (Celtic), McIntosh (Partick Thistle), Gibson ( Partick Thistle), Thomson (Hearts), Hay (Celtic), McMenemy (Celtic), Walker (Hearts), Quinn (Celtic), Somers (Celtic) and Wilson (Hearts).
Charlie Thomson of Hearts opened the scoring for Scotland in 14 minutes, with Bobby Walker of Hearts getting a second before the interval. After the break, Jimmy Quinn got a third in 50 minutes and Charlie Thomson netted again ten minutes later, giving Scotland a comfortable 4-0 victory.
PS With only three internationals played each year at that time, players did not rack up a great tally of ‘caps’. Over their careers, for instance, Donny MacLeod got 4, Jim Hay 11, Jimmy McMenemy 12, Jimmy Quinn 11 and Peter Somers 4.