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1930-08-30: East Fife 2-6 Celtic, League Division 1
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- Celtic went in at the break leading by three goals to nil after Alec Thomson, Peter Scarff, and Charlie Napier had found the net in 1, 21 and 31 minutes. After the break East Fife fought back with a goal from a good friend of the Celtic goalkeeper, Arthur McGachie, and another from Kelty-born inside-left, Jock McCurley, before a quick Napier double and another Peter Scarff goal four minutes from the end sealed a good away win for the bhoys.
- Hamilton Academicals now are alone at the top of the table undefeated with maximum points after four games played.
- The death of John Henderson, aged 56, occurred on Saturday. John had played for Celtic, Arsenal, Lincoln, Carlisle, Small Heath, and Notts County. He was often compared with Bobby Walker of Hearts and by coincidence Bobby Walker was buried at North Merchiston Cemetery yesterday. Mr William Maley of Celtic attended the funeral of Mr Walker, which was attended by thousands who lined the streets from Edinburgh Infirmary all the way to the cemetery.
- Football in England got under way on Saturday and big crowds watched Arsenal, Chelsea, and West Ham all won. The highest score of the First Division was at Old Trafford where Aston Villa beat Manchester United by four goals to three.
- Six miners die in an explosion at the No 1 Pit, Auchenraith Colliery, Blantyre on Saturday.
- A religious riot took place near Carfin Grotto when thousands of members of a Protestant Conventicle to honour the Scottish Covenanters held a religious meeting near the RC site. The trouble started when Roman Catholic members of the audience took objection to remarks made by the speakers, the Rev. J. Anderson, Shotts and Mr, A. Terbit, Glasgow. Police reinforcements arrived and four arrests were made.
Bernard, Mill, Duncan, Sharp, Gowdy, Gabriel, Weir, Brown, McGachie, McCurley, Liddell.
J. Thomson, Cook, McGonagle, Wilson, McStay, Robertson, R. Thomson, A. Thomson, Scarff, Napier, Tierney.
A. Thomson, Scarff, (2); Napier, (3).
- Match Report (see end of page below)
ArticlesThe Scotsman - Monday, 1st September 1930, page 3
CELTIC SCORE FREELY AGAINST EAST FIFE.
East Fife were well beaten by the Celtic at Methil. After a fine fight they fell away badly in the last fifteen minutes and lost by six goals to two.
There was no doubt they were weak at full-back, and the defenders gave away two penalty kicks near the end which turned the tide completely in favour of the Glasgow team.
To begin with, the Celts had to work hard to get on top in the first half, but splendid finishing by the forwards enabled A. Thomson, Scarff, and Napier to score before the interval. In the getting of each of the goals R. Thomson, the outside right, had a hand, but when he, like the others, was subdued on the resumption it looked as if East Fife might snatch a point.
A "penalty” allowed McGahie to score, and then McCurley followed up a shot which brought the goalkeeper to his knees to secure a second goal, and there was only one between the elevens.
The post and the crossbar saved the visitors, and they were still having the worse of matters on play when they were awarded two penalty kicks in successive minutes. Napier scored from both, and the heart seemed to be knocked out of the home men, and eventually they fell softly, Scarff adding another goal for the Celtic.
It was bad luck for the Fifers to have to concede goals which would probably never have been scored otherwise. Perhaps the only feature which was pleasing for them was the play of the new half-back formation. Sharp, Gowdy, and Gabriel—the last named out for the first time this season—all did well. McGachie was a dashing leader and McCurley was clever in opening out play, but the right-wing forwards were not so prominent.
The three Thomsons were the best of a clever Celtic side, whose half-backs were not seen at their best. J. Thomson, in goal, was very safe, and A. Thomson, at inside-right, was always a schemer.
Celtic craft told in the long-run in what was, on the whole, a fine fast game.
There were about 8,000 spectators.
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