1936-10-31: Arbroath 2-3 Celtic, League Division 1This is a featured page

Match Pictures | Matches:1936 - 1937 | 1936 Pictures


  • On-loan Celtic reserve goalkeeper Tom Doyle plays against his clubmates in this match, which Celtic won by the odd goal in five, but which they dominated in all departments. Jimmy McGrory opened the scoring for Celtic with his head in 41 minutes followed by goals from Buchan and Delaney. Alex Brand, in 65 minutes, and then Adam with a penalty kick in 69 minutes scored for the home side, but Arbroath were a well beaten team by then.
  • Scotland beat Ireland at Windsor Park Belfast by 3-1 in a game where Ex-Celtic full back Willie Cook is described as Ireland’s star man, and another Ex-Celt, Charlie Napier shines for Scotland and scores an equaliser when Ireland were leading 1-0.
  • In England, Scots were among the goals but Preston’s Jimmy Maxwell, Frank O’Donnell (2), and Jimmy Milne could not prevent their team losing 6-4 to Grimsby, who were twice five goals ahead.
  • Mr Malcolm Irvine, director of Scottish Film Productions after searching for 3 years has finally found and filmed the Loch Ness Monster. Film shows an animal more than 30 feet long travelling through the water at over 30 knots.
  • H.M. the King will “testify and declare” that he is a “faithful Protestant” and will ensure the Protestant succession before making his first speech form the throne in the House of Lords to-morrow (Nov 3).



Tom Doyle, Fordyce, Becci, Russell, Duff, Urquhart, Lowe, Adam, Brand, Lynch, Turner.
Brand, Adam.

Kennaway, Boyle, Morrison, Geatons, Lyon, Paterson, Delaney, Buchan, McGrory, Crum, Murphy.
McGrory, Buchan, Delaney.

Referee: M. C. Hutton (Glasgow).
Attendance: 8,000


  • Match Report (see end of page below)



The Scotsman - Monday, 2nd November 1936, page 4



Celtic's 3-2 victory over Arbroath at Gayfield did not furnish a true reflex of the play. In all departments the visitors were superior, and they would not have been flattered had they won by a larger margin. There was no doubt at any time as to the destination of the points. Doyle, the home custodian was responsible for the slender lead of one goal enjoyed by Celtic at the interval and a late goal to Arbroath, the result of a penalty, made the visitors victory less pronounced than it might have been.

Arbroath were never a very impressive side, Their best movement s were ragged by comparison with the more studied football of their opponents. The Gayfield defence; especially in the first half, was very unsteady, and half-backs and forwards never struck their best form.

Too much individual and close play, contrasted strongly with the more direct methods of the Parkhead eleven. Delaney and Murphy were outstanding in their wing play. While Delaney claimed one of Celtic's counters, all the visitors' goals were the result of opportunities presented by the fine work of Murphy.

Celtic's opening goal was recorded by, McGrory with his head from a corner kick by Murphy. The visitors second goal was crashed home by Buchan. Brand, after Russell had struck an upright, reduced the leeway. Delaney met a cross from Murphy with his head to restore Celtic's two-goal lead, which was again reduced in the next minute. Boyle fouled Brand in the penalty box, and Adam beat Kennaway from the spot.

While Arbroath deserved credit for a plucky display, they, could not find fault with the verdict. Celtic were speedier and craftier, and the homesters were indebted to their young keeper for not sustaining a heavier defeat. Duff shared with Doyle the home honours.

The attendance was 8,000.

Arbroath v Celtic Oct 1936

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