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1931-05-30: New York Yankees 4-3 Celtic, American Tour
|Match Pictures | Matches: 1930 - 1931 | 1931 Pictures|
- Johnny Thomson saves a penalty kick and McGrory, A. Thomson and Scarff all beat Johnny Reder the Polish-American goalkeeper but it is not enough to save Celtic from defeat.
- The sweltering heat of the early evening in Boston may have slowed the Celtic players down in this match against the New York Yankees and they were beaten by goals from Gonsalves and Patenaude. This should not have surprised anyone as both players were members of the USA national squad that recently finished in third place in the 1930 Inaugural World Cup in Uraguay, as was Liverpool-born defender George Moorehouse.
- Bert Patenaude has the rare distinction of scoring a World Cup hat-trick which he achieved in a 3-0 USA win over Paraguay on July 17, 1930. He also scored one in the USA's 3-0 win over Belgium in front of 10,000 spectators in the Parque Central Stadium Montevideo in the same competition. Billy Gonsalves has been described as "The Babe Ruth of American Soccer".
- The Yankees also had a solid squad of expatriate Scots in Charlie McGill (ex-Third Lanark), Bill McPherson & Alex McNab (both ex-Morton), and James "Tec" White (ex-Albion Rovers & Motherwell) who had all held their own in the Scottish First Division.
- Jimmy McGrory tells New York sports columnist Isaac Gellis that Boston is the best city he has visited, because it reminds him of his native Glasgow as, "It is so quiet."
- Paris Plans of New York's "Night Club Queen". Paris, May 28.—Texas Guinan, the New York night club queen, and her "gang" of 30 girls, arrive in Paris from New York to-morrow afternoon. On June 2 or 5 they will appear at the Florida, one of the most brilliant of Parisian boîte de nuit, which is being opened under the management of Mr Harry Pilcer. In a conversation with Reuter's representative to-day, Mr Harry Pilcer said:—"The girls can dance and Texas will be on the floor introducing the girls. After July 15 everybody leaves Paris, and I have contracts for Texas then at Deauville and Monte Carlo. I have also a contract for London. I cannot understand the report that Texas would not be allowed into England."— Reuter. The Scotsman
- The Ford Motor Company advertises its latest range as follows: Roadster = $430, Phaeton = $435, Coupe = $490. All prices quoted free on board at Detroit. Bumpers and spare tire are extra at a small cost. Small down payment is required with economical terms for balance through the Universal Credit Company. Schenectady Gazette
TeamsNEW YORK YANKEES:
Johnny Reder, Charlie McGill, George Moorhouse, Bill McPherson, Dave Priestley, Billy Horner, Alex McNab, Billy Gonsalves, Bert Patenaude, Ballantyne, Tec White.
Gonsalves, (3); Patenaude.
J. Thomson, Cook, McGonagle, Wilson, McStay, Geatons, R. Thomson, A. Thomson, McGrory, Scarff, Napier.
McGrory, A. Thomson, Scarff.
Referee: Ed Donaghy.
Venue: Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts.
- Match Report (see end of page below)
ArticlesThe Scotsman - Monday, 1st June 1931, page 15
BEATEN BY NEW YORK YANKEES
Boston, May 31.—The Celtic football team, who are touring the United States, suffered their first defeat yesterday at the hands of the New York Yankees.
Ten thousand people saw the Scottish League players beaten by 4 goals to 3 at Fenway Park, by the American champions.
The game was only three minutes old when William Gonsalves, the Yankees' Portuguese-American inside left, found an opening and sent in a shot from twenty yards which flashed into the net.
Ten minutes later, the Yankees' centre-forward, Bert Patenaude, a Polish-American , took a pass from the right to score the second goal, and a quarter of an hour later, Gonsalves scored his second goal, thus giving the Yankees a three-goals lead.
The Celtic started by determined attack, which resulted in J. McGrory, and A. Thomson scoring. Soon after the interval the Celtic drew level, Scarff heading a well-placed free kick by Wilson, into the net.
Both teams played hard for the lead, and a chance was given to the Americans, when McGonagle handled the ball in the penalty area, Gonsalves took the spot kick, but Thomson made a brilliant save.
Five minutes from time Gonsalves scored his third goal and thus gave his side the victory.—Press Association.
New York Evening Post
By Isaac Gellis
In Boston last Saturday Celtic was defeated by the New York Yankees, 4—3. The Yankees appeared much stronger than the Scottish representatives and even taught the visitors something about the finer points. At one stage in the proceedings the Yankees were leading 3—0. A bit later Billy Gonsalves just missed a penalty-kick, to add further to the worries of Celtic. Jimmy McGrory, holder of a goal-scoring record in Scotland, dropped one past Jimmy Reder, who was convinced that the center forward picked the ball from the outside. Reder argued with the referee, but to no avail. The goal was allowed.
Celtic fought hard, but another break gave them their second score, Reder dropping the ball into the net that looked simpler to save. After the Celts tied the score in the second half, Gonsalves, who made two out of three in the opening period, swept through the defense as a knife cuts paper. Out in the clear, Billy hit a low one so fast that the goalie lost track of it. From then on there was no further scoring, even though Celtic tried to convince Referee Ed Donaghy that he was not entitled to handle a whistle.
Glasgow Herald article above is almost identical to The Scotsman article.
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