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1934-12-15: Hibernian 3-2 Celtic, League Division 1
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- Celtic continued with their experimental forward line using Jimmy McGrory at outside-right and it appears to have failed. Hibernian beat Celtic, going two goals clear in the first half, and though Frank O'Donnell reduced the margin two minutes after the break, inside-left, John Joseph Smith, (ex-Hearts) restored it for the Hibs in 75 minutes. Jimmy McGrory got Celtic back into the game with a headed goal in 82 minutes, but this was too little, too late for the bhoys, in what was a good sporting game.
- Celtic, who went to Easter Road on Saturday with a splendid run of nine successive victories behind them failed to win when Rangers were also losing. The defeat was a bad set-back to the Parkhead club's hopes of climbing to the top. Rubbing salt into the Celtic wound was the fact that Peter Wilson, who earlier in the year had worn the hoops, was part of the winning side.
- Celtic have now given away 16 points, St Johnstone have conceded 14 the Hearts and Hamilton Academicals 13 each, and the Rangers 11.
- In England, Sunderland retain top position but there were good wins for Arsenal over Leicester City by eight goals to none, and Derby who defeated Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park by five goals to two with Hughie Gallacher getting all five goals.
- A new problem for the League of Nations has arisen following a Note from the Abyssinian Government making allegations of an Italian act of aggression in connection with the recent serious affray in the region of the Abyssinian-Italian, Somaliland frontier. A Note has also been dispatched to Geneva by the Italian Government refuting the Abyssinian's allegations, and claiming that Ual Ual, where the fighting occurred, is within the jurisdiction of Italian Somaliland.
- A member of the British contingent of the international police in the Saar was roughly handled by a crowd in Saarbrucken, after the car he was driving was involved in an accident in which a woman was injured.
Hill, Wilkinson, Urquhart, Peter Wilson, Watson, Egan, Walls, Moffat, Black, Smith, Anderson.
Anderson, Walls, Smith.
Kennaway, Hogg, McGonagle, Geatons, MacDonald, Paterson, McGrory, Buchan, F. O’Donnell, Napier, H. O’Donnell.
F. O’Donnell, McGrory.
Referee: Peter Craigmyle (Aberdeen).
- Match Report (see end of page below)
ArticlesThe Scotsman - Monday, 17th December 1934, page 5
HIBERNIAN DASH UPSETS THE CELTIC
Not to be behind their Tynecastle neighbours, the Hibernians struck a blow at eastern supremacy by defeating the Celtic in gallant style at Easter Road, Edinburgh.
The win was well earned, and went to emphasise the improvement noted in the play of the Hibernian team in recent weeks. The Celtic, on the other hand, fell short of expectations. They fought hard, but, against opponents who largely dictated the style of play, they found it difficult to reproduce the skill and team work associated with their run of nine successive victories.
Napier’s genius for going through kept the left wing lively enough and a touch of the old McGrory was sealed in a finely-headed goal near the finish, but the Celtic half-back play was undistinguished and neither Hogg nor McGonagle retained his customary steadiness at back.
Many mistakes were made on both sides. The Hibernians were better at covering up slips. They matched the opposition for stamina, and were a degree more deadly at goal. An early miskick in the goalmouth by Wilkinson nearly gave the Celtic the first goal. Hill made a timely save, and throughout the game remained one of the most reliable men for his side.
In eleven minutes, Walls and Moffat signalised their return to the team by paving the way for a smartly taken goal. Walls slipped McGonagle and drove the ball to Moffat whose cross was scored from by Anderson going in at top speed. Two minutes later Walls converted a penalty kick, awarded for Hogg upsetting Anderson. For the remainder of the half the Celtic were slightly the better side, but the Hibernian defence stood firm.
Shortly after half-time, a run by H. O'Donnell ended with a cross to centre, which enabled F. O'Donnell to slip round Watson and score a fine goal. That heartened the Celtic greatly, and for a time they looked like saving a point at least. The Hibernians, however, were still in buoyant form, and, after a shot of Egan’s had been blocked, Smith beat Kennaway with a quick tap.
Another goal to the Celtic, headed by McGrory off a cross by Paterson nine minutes from the end, kept the excitement running, with more close calls for both sides. Near the finish, Hogg and McGonagle were both limping, and Black, of the Hibernians, also showed signs of distress. The game, however, was fought in good sporting style, and the Celtic players congratulated their victors at the finish.
Hill, Urquhart, Watson, and Walls were the outstanding players in a Hibernian side who pulled well together. The Celtic were best served by Kennaway, Hogg, Paterson, and Napier.
About 23,000 spectators enjoyed a stirring game.
"Only Kennaway and the Celtic left wing came out of this game with their reputation unsullied. McGrory might be excluded from criticism; he is a centre forward and unsuited for the position on the right wing which he was allocated."
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