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1931-04-06: Clyde 0-2 Celtic, League Division 1
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- In 28 minutes Charlie Napier, scored from the penalty spot after Bertie Thomson had been brought down in the box, and then Bertie scored Celtic's second goal on 60 minutes. Willie Stevenson (later Dunfermline Ath) in the Clyde goal had a good game.
- Rangers and Celtic were yesterday engaged in Scottish League games, and as neither had won the first round with their opponents more than usual interest was aroused. Celtic, at Shawfield, had the harder task set them, for they had lost to Clyde at Parkhead, but yesterday, though they only led by a penalty-goal till within fifteen minutes of the close, they were the smarter side, and deserved their victory. At Ibrox, Rangers were unable to score in the first half, but they ran on five goals in the second, and Ayr could only furnish one. Rangers are now well placed for the league flag.
- In England, Robert “Bob” Salmond kept his place in the Portsmouth team for the return game with the leaders at Highbury. Over 40,000 spectators watched a sterling game in drizzling rain. Arsenal were more purposeful, Alec James being outstanding, and Cliff Bastin often cut in cleverly. Portsmouth's Waddle was faulty in distributing the ball, but their right wing were frequently dangerous. Alec James scored from a free-kick, the curious bounce of the ball deceiving Townhill-born Jock Gilfillan in Portsmouth's goal. Jimmy Easson just missed with a header. Portsmouth improved, and Herbie Roberts intercepted to spoil, several clever moves. After seventeen minutes J. Smith equalised with a low drive.
- A disturbance in the East-end of Glasgow on the evening of Saturday, February 7, had a sequel at the Justiciary Buildings, Glasgow, yesterday , when two young men were tried before Sheriff Robertson' and a jury. The accused, William Fullerton and David Black, were charged with having been part of a "disorderly crowd and with having, in Stevenson Street and Tobago Street, while acting in concert with 40 others or thereby, assaulted police constables, kicked them on the legs and body, throw bottles at them, and struck one of the officers on the face with a bottle, to his severe injury”. Both pleaded not guilty, and Black tendered a special defence of alibi. Constable James Simpson said that he saw Fullerton at the head of a crowd of about 40 people in Orr Street shouting "Come on the Billies, give the busies (police) a kicking." The crowd swelled to about 500 people, and was very disorderly and riotous in its behaviour. Bottles were flying in all-directions.
Stevenson, Blair, M. Smith, Summers, Gibson, Simpson, Knox, J. Smith, Boyd, McGill, King.
J. Thomson, Cook, McGonagle, Wilson, McStay, Geatons, R. Thomson, A. Thomson, McGrory, Scarff, Napier.
Napier, R. Thomson.
Referee: W. G. Melburn (Glasgow).
- Match Report (see end of page below)
ArticlesThe Scotsman - Tuesday, 7th April 1931, page 11
CELTIC GET REVENGE
Celtic kept in the running for the League championship by defeating Clyde in the return League match at Shawfield Park, Glasgow, yesterday. They had lost the first game.
A holiday crowd of fully 20,000 turned out and witnessed a hard and exciting match. The best of the play was seen in the first half, when Celtic, by fine combination, held a decided advantage, but they found the Clyde defence difficult to beat, and all their clever play went for nothing.
They failed to keep it up after the interval, and play generally was of a scrappy nature. Clyde then had a fair share of the play, but their forwards never revealed the same cleverness as the Celtic attack, though Boyd perhaps had the best shot of the match, which John Thomson saved in brilliant style.
Stevenson, Blair, M. Smith, and Gibson were the strong men in the Clyde defence, Blair especially touching his international form, and seldom giving Napier and Scarff a chance to get settled.
King and Boyd were the cleverest forwards, but the line as a whole never settled to a combined game. Celtic's defence was never stretched, and in a forward line that excelled in everything but finishing the two Thomsons on the right wing were outstanding.
Celtic dominated the play from the start, but 28 minutes had gone before they took the lead, Napier scoring from a penalty kick awarded against Simpson for bringing down R. Thomson close in on goal.
The second half saw Clyde fighting back strongly, but in 15 minutes they lost another goal when R. Thomson, lying unmarked, accepted a pass from McStay and went on to place the ball in the net.
After that Celtic were on top, and only good work by Stevenson and his backs prevented further disaster.
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