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1931-02-07: Morton 0-1 Celtic, League Division 1
|Match Pictures | Matches: 1930 - 1931 | 1931 Pictures|
- Peter Wilson and Jimmy McStay get the praise in this tight win at Greenock, while Alec Thomson got the only goal.
- There were several interesting and important results in Saturday's First Division Scottish League games. The Celtic won, the Rangers lost, and Motherwell won, and these three results materially affected the Rangers' position as candidates in the running for the title of champions. The Airdreonians beat them at Ibrox, which bore further witness to the Rangers' decline. The Celtic had the narrowest of wins over Morton at Greenock, and Motherwell dealt out to Clyde a crushing reverse by six goals to one.
- In England, Arsenal after having gained the leadership of the division with a 7-2 win at Leicester in midweek were held to a draw by Sheffield United at Bramhall Lane on Saturday. Their nearest rivals Sheffield Wednesday also drew at Bolton so Arsenal remain top by a point with two games in hand. Sunderland beat Leeds United 4-0 at Roker Park and Scot, James “Hookey” Leonard had two of the goals.
- The U.S. Navy Department has decided to abandon the proposed Court-martial of General Smedley Butler, of the Marine Corps, for his alleged remarks reflecting on Signor Mussolini. General Butler will be reprimanded instead. The General had related a story told him by a friend—understood to have been young Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jnr., a journalist and a scion of the famous Vanderbilt family. The General said this friend told him of a motor drive he took with Signor Mussolini in Italy. During the ride a small child was said to have been run over by the car. Signor Mussolini was said to have remarked—"What is one life in affairs of State”.
Wilson, McGuire, McKendrick, Osborne, Bulloch, Cowie, Russell, Venters, Lyle, Anderson, McCartney.
J. Thomson, Cook, McGonagle, Wilson, McStay, Geatons, R. Thomson, A. Thomson, Scarff, Napier, Hughes.
Referee: W. G. Melburn (Glasgow).
- Match Report (see end of page below)
ArticlesThe Scotsman - Monday, 9th February 1931, page 5
CELTIC'S NARROW WIN.
Fourteen thousand spectators attended the cup tie rehearsal between Morton and the Celtic at Greenock.
There was no scoring up to ten minutes from time, when A. Thomson snapped a goal for the Celtic.
Morton had as much of the game as their opponents in the first half, and had better judgment been exercised at close quarters they would have scored.
McCartney had one glaring miss, and on another occasion Lyle lost a splendid chance by holding the ball too long.
It was the Celtic's match after the cross over. Craft and skill marked all their movements, and at times it looked as if Morton would be overwhelmed, but the defence made a great fight, and notably Bullock, McKendrick, and Wilson.
The young goalkeeper was continually in action, and it is a high tribute to his abilities that only one goal was scored against him. McKendrick was partly responsible for this reverse by passing back the ball, which was caught up by Thomson and placed in the not.
Morton made desperate efforts after that to try to save the game, and twice the Celtic goalkeeper cleared fine attempts by Venters and Osborne.
It was hard luck on Morton to lose after their commendable display, but the cup tie has still to be played, and the team will have to be reckoned with on Saturday.
Wilson and McStay excelled for the winners, and Scarff was a dashing leader. Morton missed MeKennan, who was unable to play owing to an injury.
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