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1931-04-04: Celtic 4-1 Ayr United, League Division 1
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- Peter Scarff and Jimmy McGrory scored for Celtic and Ayr United's full-back Willie Robertson and centre-half, McLeod, also scored for Celtic in a match that they will want to forget. Ayr's outside-left, McLean scored against Celtic, and Bob Hepburn, Ayr's goalkeeper, prevented the score from being even more embarrassing with fine saves.
- The results of the matches in which, the three Championship candidates were concerned saw the Rangers and the Celtic improving their positions, and Motherwell losing ground. They had to be satisfied with a draw with Partick Thistle, whereas the other pair were both winners, the Celts easily and the Rangers narrowly at Greenock. Motherwell are now in a worse position than the Glasgow pair. Of the clubs in danger of going down to the Second Division East Fife continue to do well. Their improvement, however, comes too late to be of any avail.
- In the English League, the Arsenal's 2-1 victory over Chelsea, and the Aston Villa's heavy defeat at Portsmouth almost make certain that the Arsenal will win the First Division Championship. It was a boisterous day, with rain in places and the conditions were not suitable for good football.
- Chicago, April 3.—"Scarface" Al Capone scored a point to-day when the State dropped the charge of vagrancy brought against him in the warrant issued by Judge Lyle last autumn. The reason given was that the prosecution was unable to find a policeman intimate enough with the gang leader to be able to testify to his vagrancy. The proceedings lasted five minutes, and entertained a numerous and hitherto bored public, who had been waiting in Court for the result of the trial of Leo Vincent Brothers. As he was leaving with a guard of detectives, Al Capone was asked by a reporter what he thought of the Brothers trial; “I think," said Scarface “that it's the worst frame-up I’ve ever seen”. Reuter.
J. Thomson, Cook, McGonagle, Wilson, McStay, Geatons, R. Thomson, A. Thomson, McGrory, Scarff, Napier.
Scarff, O.G., O.G., McGrory.
Hepburn, Robertson, Fleming, Turnbull, McLeod, McCall, Tolland, Armoury, Merrie, Conlin, McLean.
Referee: M. C. Hutton (Glasgow).
- Match Report (see end of page below)
ArticlesThe Scotsman - Monday, 6th April 1931, page 4
CELTIC COMFORTABLE WINNERS
At Celtic Park, Glasgow, before 8,000 spectators, the Celtic had a fairly easy victory over Ayr United.
The losers, however, had poor luck. They contributed two of their opponents' four goals, and played for over half the time with Conlin off the field or in an injured condition. Still, the winners were by far the better side, and played good football throughout, despite the bad wind conditions.
They harassed the Ayr defence all through the first half, and the losers had to thank their goalkeeper for many fine saves. Scarff opened the Celtic's score with a carefully placed ball after seventeen minutes' play, and the account was added to when Robertson, one of the Ayr backs, kicked a ball high in the air which came down in front of the post and bounced through. About that time Conlin twisted a knee and retired.
Seven minutes from the interval McGonagle blundered badly and allowed McLean to score the United's only goal. About fifteen minutes of the second half had gone when McLeod, in passing back, had the misfortune to send the ball past Hepburn, and later McGrory headed through a fourth goal from a centre by R. Thomson.
The Celtic were an evenly balanced side. Wilson's return had a good effect on the team. Ayr United were struggling from the start, but made a plucky, uphill fight.
Armory and Tolland and Conlin, until his injury, were their best forwards and Hepburn saved the side from a much heavier defeat.
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