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1931-12-12: Celtic 6-1 Airdrieonians, League Division 1
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- Airdrieonians competed for ten minutes then Celtic dominated totally with the only bright spot for the visitors being the goal by inside-left, John Law, in 67 minutes, when the score stood at 4-0, thanks to a hat-trick from Charlie Napier and one goal from Jerry Solis. Then within minutes Jimmy McGrory grabbed another two for Celtic to seal a comfortable win for the bhoys.
- Motherwell made further progress toward achieving their ambition of winning the Scottish Football League Championship when, on Saturday, they beat Third Lanark at Cathkin, while the Rangers were being held to a draw by Aberdeen at Pittodrie. The position now is that Motherwell have a lead of three points over the champions, who, however, have played one match less.
- Everton further improved their goal average in the English League by putting on five goals to Middlesbrough's one, which was scored by Scot Kenny Cameron. West Bromwich Albion were winners again, beating Chelsea by four clear goals, but the champions Arsenal, had to be content with a draw with Huddersfield Town.
- Work on the giant Cunarder at Messrs Brown's Yard, Clydebank, ceased at noon on Saturday, and some 2,600 men left the yard to join the unemployed. Sir Percy Bates says efforts are still being made to secure an early resumption, and they are prepared to negotiate with the Government if the opportunity arises.
Kennaway, Morrison, McGonagle, Wilson, McStay, Scarff, R. Thomson, A, Thomson, McGrory, Napier, Solis.
Napier, (3); Solis, McGrory, (2).
Paterson, Crapnell, McQueen, Preston, Blake, Sharp, Johnston, McDonald, Armstrong, Law, Bertram.
Referee: J. C. Lowe (Helensburgh).
- Match Report (see end of page below)
ArticlesThe Scotsman - Monday, 14th December 1931, page 14
CELTIC SCORE SIX
Airdrieonians started fairly well at Celtic Park but after ten minutes Celtic look command, and gave the visiting defence considerable trouble.
Although play was mostly in Airdrie territory, it was twenty minutes before Celtic scored, Napier beating Paterson with a fast ground drive.
Ten minutes later Napier again scored, this time from well outside the penalty area, Paterson being apparently helpless. Play continued in favour of the home team, and three minutes later Solis put them further ahead.
Airdrieonians were almost completely subdued, but their right wing tried hard to break through, and from one of their efforts McDonald caused Kennaway to put over the bar.
Just after the interval Napier counted again for Celts with a good drive, and then the home side slackened off, being seemingly content with their four goals' lead. This allowed Airdrieonians to come into the game a bit more, and they forced a corner, Kennaway misjudging the ball, and Law scored their only goal.
This wakened up the home side, and McGrory hooked the ball cleverly past Paterson, the visitors protesting that he was offside. After consulting the linesmen, however, the referee allowed the point, and ten minutes later the Celtic again counted.
Airdrieonians were outclassed, and never really challenged the home side. Their defence was severely tested, and did not disgrace themselves, but their halves were overworked, their forwards suffering in consequence.
Celts after the first ten minutes were in something like their old form, and won easily. Napier was outstanding, but the attack moved with splendid rhythm.
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