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1932-01-23: Hamilton Academicals 1-0 Celtic, League Division 1
|Match Pictures | Matches: 1931 - 1932 | 1932 Pictures|
- Joe Kennaway's return does not have the expected effect and though both goalkeepers are praised the star is Accies' centre-forward Willie McLaren who scores the only goal just after the break. Frank O'Donnell makes his debut for the first-team but is played at outside-left which for a right-footed player is a mistake opines the Scotsman reporter. O'Donnell and fans' favourite Bertie Thomson were injured and missed the last half hour of the game.
- Motherwell overcame a stiff obstacle in their way to the championship in beating Aberdeen at Pittodrie. One goal again secured the points.
- There were few surprises in the fourth round of the English Cup competition beyond the draws secured by Stoke City and Southport at Sunderland and Newcastle respectively.
- Failing a satisfactory reply to their ultimatum regarding an attack on Japanese monks, the Japanese Naval forces at Shanghai threaten to land and occupy the Chinese city and strategic points.
- A decree has been signed by the President of the Spanish Republic dissolving the Jesuit Order in Spain, and 300 Catalan Jesuits have been ordered to leave the country within ten days. The Communist attempt to overthrow the established regime in Catalonia appears to have collapsed.
Wright, Allan, Watson, Dougall, Hill, Bulloch, F. Wilson, Cox, McLaren, Herd, King.
Kennaway, Cook, McGonagle, Wilson, McStay, Geatons, R. Thomson, A. Thomson, Hughes, Napier, F. O’Donnell.
Referee: J. C. Love (Helensburgh).
- Match Report (see end of page below)
ArticlesThe Scotsman - Monday, 25th January 1932, page 6
HAMILTON BEAT CELTIC
Ten thousand spectators witnessed a great game at Douglas Park where Hamilton Academicals secured the points by virtue of a goal magnificently taken by McLaren thirty seconds after the interval.
Celtic made a brilliant start, their attack descending in unison on the home defence, which put up a grim fight. By sheer grit, they overcome, the danger, and then the Academicals settled to a hard game, which brought victory.
A falling away by the visitors gave them their chance, and McLaren snatched the lead. The outstanding men of the 22 were the goalkeepers, Wright and Kennaway. The latter could not be blamed for the goal against him, and, like the home keeper, he saved superbly.
Allan was ever ready to deal with the Celts' raiders, and Watson, in a lesser degree, was useful. Hill kept a close watch on the wily visiting centre, whose erratic shooting in front of goal was partly due to the centre half’s attentions.
As a whole, the home halves have never played better this season. They excelled in attack and defence. Forward, F. Wilson was best. His crosses were delightful examples of judgment. McLaren was too apt to dally instead of making straight for the net, while Cox was slow on the ball. Celtic's defence, particularly in the second half, was shaky. Geatons was the best of the forceful halves.
The experiment of sending O'Donnell to the left was a bad mistake for Celtic. The winger is a right-footer, and wasted time in changing feet before shooting. Hughes was erratic, and never got much chance to show his paces.
Napier was a hard worker, but most of the danger came from the Thomsons on the right. An accident to R. Thomson late in the second half hampered the Celtic attack, and contributed to their falling off in thrust.
The pace throughout was hot, neither teams giving any quarter. Had Celtic controlled their parting shots a different story might have been told. As it is, a division of the points would have been a fairer reflex of the game.
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