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1937-03-20: St Mirren 1-2 Celtic, League Division 1
|Match Pictures | Matches: 1936 - 1937 | 1937 Pictures|
- Jimmy McGrory on 30 and Frank Murphy on 61 minutes give Celtic enough to win though Jimmy Knox gives Saints a consolation goal with four minutes remaining.
- Aberdeen, the only club with an unbeaten home record still trail in second place in the league table after drawing with leaders Rangers.
- In England, Champions Sunderland are now eight points adrift of Arsenal who lead the league.
- Also in England Scots were in the news with two goals from Calder, (Bolton), and one each from Napier and Duncan, (Derby County); Beattie, (Birmingham); McFadyen, (Huddersfield), and F. O’Donnell (Preston N. E.).
- A £4,000,000 warship order from the Government will give thousands of Clydeside shipyard workers employment for the next few years it is announced.
- Pope Pius XI. Has issued an encyclical letter to Germany’s R.Cs. accusing Hitler of encouraging Anti-Christian movements in violation of the Concordat signed between the Vatican and the Nazi regime.
McCloy, Murray, Craven, Cunningham, Wilson, Miller, Knox, Ferguson, McKenzie, Kelly, Dunlop.
Kennaway, Hogg, Morrison, Geatons, Lyon, Paterson, MacDonald, Buchan, McGrory, Crum, Murphy.
Referee: J. Baillie (Hamilton).
- Match Report (see end of page below)
Articles The Scotsman - Monday, 22nd March 1937, page 5
ST MIRREN'S PENALTY MISS
For their match with Celtic at Paisley, St Mirren reshuffled their half backs and forwards, and the experiment was a success.
The Paisley team gave Celtic a hard run for the points, but in the end were defeated by the odd goal in three. Features of the match were the chalking-off of a goal for St Mirren, and the missing of a penalty kick by Cunningham, of St Mirren. Had these efforts counted Saints might have won.
The match was witnessed by 10,000 spectators. McGrory scored Celtic's first goal in the opening half and took it well, and before Murphy had scored their second.
Saints should have been on level terms but for the disallowed goal. In the closing stages a shot from Ferguson was going into the tenantless goal when Morrison stopped it with his hands, and it was for that Saints were given the penalty. Kennaway did well to save Cunningham’s shot from the penalty spot.
St Mirren's goal was scored by Knox from a free kick 20 yards out, and they fought strenuously for the equaliser to the end, but the Celtic defence prevailed. Cunningham's failure with the penalty kick was his second successive miss in two weeks, but he played a strong game others wise. Forward Saints were not so clever as Celtic in their play, but they were a dashing lot.
"It was McGrory's dash and inspiring leadership that pulled Celtic through in attack and the support he received from Murphy and McDonald"
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