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1933-01-07: Morton 0-1 Celtic, League Division 1
|Match Pictures | Matches:1932 - 1933 |1933 Pictures|
- In a day of high-scoring, Celtic do the opposite, and gain victory by the smallest possible margin; a soft goal gifted to Jimmy McGrory by Peter McArthur the Morton goalkeeper. Morton inside-left Henry Borland hit the woodwork with a shot.
- John Shankly (Portsmouth, Luton Town, Alloa, Blackpool and Morton), the brother of Bill and Bob is the outside-right in this match. John was to die in tragic circumstances, from a heart-attack, suffered at Hampden Park while watching the Real Madrid versus Eintracht Frankfurt European Cup Final of 1960.
- High scoring was the main feature of the Scottish First Division football matches on Saturday. Only in three matches were fewer than five goals scored. In the Hearts v St. Mirren game not a single goal was registered. Next lowest was one goal in the Celtic’s visit to Greenock. St Johnstone and Dundee came next with just three goals. The day's highest total was secured by Falkirk, who scored seven goals against Third Lanark’s one at Brockville.
- In England Allan Craig the ex-Motherwell centre-half makes his debut for Chelsea in a 0-1 defeat by Huddersfield at Stamford Bridge. Arsenal top the table followed by Sheffield Wednesday, Aston Villa, and Newcastle, in that order.
- A strong protest against the recent action of the Kenyan Legislature, involving the prospect of the native population being dispossessed of tribal lands, following the discovery of gold in the Colony, was voiced by the Archbishop of York (Dr Temple), addressing a meeting in Edinburgh on Saturday. The Churches, he said, should he saying with a voice of thunder that what had just been done in Kenya was intolerable. All Christian people ought to be ready to unite to throw out any Government that did that.
- A renewal of hostilities between the Chinese and Japanese is threatened in Northern China. Both sides are concentrating troops near Shanhaikwan, the Chinese walled city near the Manchurian border, which was occupied by the Japanese.
McArthur, Morton, Bourhill, Bulloch, Hunter, Mooney, Shankly, Keyes, Miller, Borland, Ritchie.
Kennaway, Hogg, McGonagle, Wilson, McStay, Geatons, R. Thomson, A. Thomson, McGrory, Napier, H. O’Donnell.
Referee: M. McArthur (Airdrie).
- Match Report (see end of page below)
ArticlesThe Scotsman - Monday, 9th January 1933, page 5
CELTIC SCRAPE THROUGH
There was scarcely a scoring shot in the whole game at Greenock, where Celtic scraped through as the result of a "soft" goal. The greasy ball slipped from McArthur's grasp to roll to McGrory, who promptly netted.
The pitch was in a deplorable condition, and this, together with a high wind, made the task of the players a very strenuous and difficult one.
To propel the ball was an effort and football at times was farcical.
Morton had a busy first half repelling attacks but after the cross-over they were often the aggressors and Kennaway had a few anxious moments.
Borland was Morton's best forward, and Hunter, Mooney, and Hugh Morton were stout defenders and stopped many dangerous runs by McGrory and his wingers.
On the balance of play the home side were unlucky not to secure a division of the spoils.
Celtic showed some clever touches but their shooting was not impressive. The half-backs were the best part of the team, Wilson being very effective.
About 5000 spectators were present.
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