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1931-10-03: Kilmarnock 2-3 Celtic, League Division 1
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- With the scores tied at 2-2 Sam Clemie (who saved a penalty in the 1929 Cup Final) clears a Willie Hughes corner high into the air and the Golden Crust of Jimmy McGrory heads the winner. Kilmarnock's scorers were inside-left, Duncan, and John McEwan.
- No international calls had been made on the Celtic and Kilmarnock ranks, but injuries prevented both club's centre-halves from playing. The match was played at Kilmarnock, and the Celtic got safely through by a one goal margin. With the defeat of Kilmarnock, and the Motherwell draw, the prospect of a Rangers or Celtic championship were improved. The Rangers have conceded four points, Motherwell and Celtic five each, and Kilmarnock eight.
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- Considerable public interest centred on the Central Police Court in Glasgow on Saturday when a large number of people arrested the previous evening appeared on charges of rioting, window-smashing, and looting, in many streets radiating from Glasgow Cross. Along with the 48 accused with the Friday evening disturbances were 11 who had been charged with disturbances on Thursday evening and included in their number was one Glasgow M.P., John McGovern and several Glasgow Councillors. There were three M.Ps. in the public gallery, James Maxton, George Buchanan, and Campbell Stephen, and several Glasgow Councillors. After the brief court proceedings the accused were driven off to Duke Street Prison amid cheering from a large crowd that had gathered outside the court in support of the "Free Speech" protesters.
Clemie, Leslie, Nibloe, Morton, McDougall, McEwan, Connell, Sneddon, Maxwell, Duncan, Aitken.
Falconer, Cook, McGonagle, Wilson, Geatons, Whitelaw, R. Thomson, A. Thomson, McGrory, Napier, Hughes.
McGrory, (2); Napier.
- Match Report (see end of page below)
ArticlesThe Scotsman - Monday, 5th October 1931, page 6
KILMARNOCK MISTAKES AGAINST THE CELTIC
Kilmarnock lost their unbroken home record against the Celtic, the Glasgow team winning by the odd goal in five after a fast and stirring encounter.
While the visitors might be said to have been a trifle lucky in that two of their goals were the result of weak goalkeeping by Clemie, the points went to the smarter side. In positional play and general team work they were well ahead of the home side.
Every man kept his place, and they made the ball do the work, whereas the Kilmarnock men did a lot of aimless running about. The inside forwards in particular were poor, seldom being in position, to assist the centre forward at close quarters, and the centre was too well marked to do much that was effective.
At back and half-back the teams were well matched, but the Celtic had an advantage in goal and in the forward line Falconer is proving a worthy successor to the late John Thomson. Three excellent saves by him in quick succession in the closing minutes prevented Kilmarnock dividing the points.
R. Thomson and A. Thomson, of the Celtic, formed the best wing in the game, and McGrory was the usual enterprising and dangerous leader. Maxwell and Connell were the best of a disjointed Kilmarnock front line. Duncan did a lot of clever things, but did not combine with the others as he might have done.
The Celtic took the lead in fourteen minutes, a delightful run and cross by R. Thomson leaving McGrory an easy task to score. Three minutes later Kilmarnock got the equaliser. Duncan smartly heading through a cross by Connell.
Within a couple of minutes, however, Clemie allowed a long shot, by Napier to slip through his hands into the net, thus restoring the Celtic's lead.
Kilmarnock did all the attacking in the closing ten minutes of the first half, and they got their reward when McEwan made the scores equal, again from a penalty kick.
The only goal of the second half, which proved the deciding point, was scored by McGrory, who profited by a poor clearance by the Kilmarnock goalkeeper to head the ball into the net. In an effort to save a point Kilmarnock went full out in the last, few minutes, but Falconer defied them with some brilliant clearances.
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