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1930-10-25: Motherwell 3-3 Celtic, League Division 1
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- Motherwell went in front with a goal by John Murdoch, four minutes after kick-off, but Peter Scarff in 8 and Jimmy McGrory in 10 minutes soon had Celtic in front, but not for long, as Yorkshireman, Bobby Ferrier, equalised in 25 minutes. In the second half Alec Thomson put Celtic in front after 7 minutes, but 4 minutes from time Murdoch got his second to earn the home side a share of the points.
- The Duke of Hamilton and Sir Harry Lauder with his comedian brother Alick Lauder attended the game at Fir Park.
- Kirkcaldy man David Robertson, from Rosslyn Juniors, made his Celtic debut by deputising for John Thomson who was on international duty at Hampden where Scotland drew 1-1 with Wales. Reports say Robertson was very safe in the Parkhead goal.
- Partick Thistle knocked Motherwell off the top of the First Division by winning at Cowdenbeath while Motherwell were drawing with Celtic.
- Despite winning the famous charity trophy, the Directors of Celtic F.C. have released details of their complaint in connection with the performance of the match referee in the recent Glasgow Cup Final, Mr J. Thomson, Burnbank. [See below]
- Arsenal, Aston Villa, and Derby County, the leading clubs in the English First Division all suffered set-backs. Arsenal drew 1-1 with West Ham United before 55,000 at Highbury. Liverpool’s Scottish centre-forward Jimmy Smith (ex-Ayr United) scored a hat-trick at Blackpool.
- A German steamer, the Baden which had called at Rio de Janeiro en route to Argentina with Spanish emigrants was shelled by government forces as she left the harbour. The fort overlooking the harbour that shelled the ship had apparently fired two blanks before discharging a high-explosive shell which struck the ship on the deck where passengers had congregated. 27 passengers were killed outright and 71 seriously injured. The ship returned to port and the captain was arrested for disobeying a signal from the fort to return to port and not flying the national flag on his ship when leaving port. The situation in Brazil is chaotic with various factions fighting for power and rioting and looting in Sao Paulo.
McClory, Johnman, Hunter, Wales, Craig, Telfer, Murdoch,John McMenemy, Dowall, Douglas, Ferrier.
Murdoch, (2); Ferrier.
Robertson, Cook, McGonagle, Geatons, McStay, Whitelaw, R. Thomson, A. Thomson, McGrory, Scarff, Napier.
Scarff, McGrory, A. Thomson.
Referee: D. Reilly (Port-Glasgow).
- Match Report (see end of page below)
ArticlesThe Scotsman - Monday, 27th October 1930, page 5
MOTHERWELL STILL UNBEATEN.
The machine-like methods of neither Motherwell nor Celtic were seen at Fir Park, where Motherwell still kept free of defeat by forcing a draw of three goals each.
Neither side got much chance to settle, but in the ding-dong struggle, Celtic showed to greater advantage, as Motherwell's internationalist Stevenson was missed much more than the Parkhead men missed John Thomson, also on duty for Scotland, and Wilson, injured.
The forwards of both sides had a day out at the expense of the half-backs, if not the other defenders, and there was some brisk scoring at the start.
In five minutes the home men were a goal up. Ferrier and Murdoch proved too fast for the Celtic full backs, and Murdoch netted easily. Five minutes more and the visitors were on the lead.
The Celts opened out the game, and Scarff scored with a great drive, and this was followed by good work on the right, by R. Thomson, who let McGrory between the backs for another goal. It was turn about until the interval, and Ferrier equalised in a Motherwell raid.
R. Thomson, who was the outstanding player on the field, made all the running for a spell after the interval and from one of his moves A. Thomson scored.
The result was in doubt right to the end, although in a Motherwell raid Murdoch headed in another goal and was very hard to hold for the rest of the game.
Apart from the forwards, the best men were McClory, in goal, and Craig, centre-half, for Motherwell; and McStay, centre-half for Celtic, while Robertson, of Rosslyn Juniors, was very safe in the Parkhead goal.
A great crowd, estimated at 30,000, may have had some disappointment, but were treated to a thrilling game.
After making a specific charge against a Rangers' player the letter continues :--
This offence of itself called for the extreme penalty against the offender. Taken in conjunction with several subsequent tackles by this same offender, it can only be described as a travesty of justice that the player should have been allowed to remain on the field and R. Thomson be ordered off.
After making reference to the goal that was disallowed the letter goes on :--
The whole game from the first incident was marred by frequent fouls, from which undoubtedly our players were the chief sufferers. The repeated injuries to our outside-left, the repeated fouls against our outside-right, the methods adopted towards our goalkeeper, most of which were penalised by free kicks without proper action being taken against the offenders, resulted in the match being a most unsatisfactory one from every point of view.
It is our considered opinion that if incidents such as these are to occur with increasing regularity, as seems to be the case in matches where certain teams are involved, the game in this country will be seriously harmed and made almost impossible for our club.
We think it must be placed on record that our complaint is only one of several made in somewhat similar circumstances within a recent date comparatively.
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