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1931-04-22: Dundee 0-0 Celtic, League Division 1
|Match Pictures | Matches: 1930 - 1931 | 1931 Pictures|
- Celtic missed the opportunity to gain ground on Rangers in a game in which the goalkeepers, young John Thomson, and the veteran Wilson "Bill" Marsh, would not be beaten.
- Three important League games were played last evening, affecting both the leadership and relegation problems of the First Division. The position at the top, however, remains unchanged, as Rangers and Celtic both drew. A last-minute goal prevented Ayr United taking two points from Motherwell, but the draw was a good performance, and they still have a fighting chance of escaping the drop.
- The statistics at the top are: Played. Won. Lost. Drawn. Goals For. Against. and Points as follows: Rangers.- 37, 26, 5, 6, 92, 29, 58. Celtic.- 36, 23, 4, 9, 97, 33, 55.
- Wales beat Ireland in the last international match of the season, which was played at Wrexham last night, where strong sides representative of Wales and Ireland opposed each other for the forty-fifth time. Wales won by 3 goals to 2. Wales turned out as selected, but Ireland had to make two alterations, Diffin (Belfast Celtic) being in goal in place of Scott, and McCaw (Linfield) at outside-left for Kavanagh.
- Henry Arthur Beresford appeared at Glasgow Sheriff Court charged with obtaining lodgings without intending to pay. It was stated that the 84-year old had spent 46 years in prison. A seaman by occupation Mr Beresford presented himself at lodgings in Argyle Street with papers purporting to show that he was Lieutenant Commander St Clair of the Royal Navy on six months leave prior to taking up an appointment with the Scottish Command. He also produced papers showing that he was due £16,000 shortly from H.M. Paymaster- General's Dept. Mr Beresford had been dealt with previously for unlawfully wearing Royal Navy uniform. Passing sentence of 3-months imprisonment, Sheriff Wilson, K.C., said he wished that he wished he was sending him to a home for the rest of his life.
Marsh, Brown, Gilmour, McNab, McCarthy, Blyth, Gavigan, Smith, O’Hare, Robertson, Troup.
J. Thomson, Cook, McGonagle, Whitelaw, McStay, Scarff, R. Thomson, A. Thomson, McGrory, Napier, Hughes.
Referee: J. C. Love (Helensburgh).
- Match Report (see end of page below)
ArticlesThe Scotsman - Thursday, 23rd April 1931, page 14
THRILLS AT DENS PARK
Some 14,000 spectators witnessed the stirring struggle for Scottish League points between Dundee and Celtic at Dens Park last night.
Dundee kept up strong pressure for some time, and J. Thomson made a brilliant one-handed clearance of a powerful shot by O'Hare. The game was being contested in vigorous fashion, and there were several incidents which required strict handling by the referee.
Dundee enjoyed a bit of luck when McCarthy headed out a ball which Marsh could not reach, and although the home team probably had the greater share of the play towards the interval Thomson easily responded to all the calls made upon him. There was no scoring at half time.
In the second half the spectators were often moved to a high pitch of excitement, but the quality of the play suffered through the unabated strenuousness.
A feature of this half was the brilliant work of both goalkeepers. Thomson saved under the bar a grand rising shot by Robertson, and Marsh made a magnificent clearance from McGrory.
The game ended in a goalless draw, which was quite a fitting result.
Dundee’s defence was splendid. Gilmour gave R. Thomson no rope, and McGrory was almost blotted out by McCarthy. In the front line the outstanding man was Smith, a young player promoted from the reserve eleven for the occasion. He displayed many fine touches at inside right.
The Celtic forwards often combined well, and J. Thomson and Cook were best in a powerful defence.
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