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1939-10-28: Clyde 2-0 Celtic, League Western Division
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- Ex-Arthurlie Junior player John Kelly is singled out for special praise in the Herald, but nothing is made of debutant Thomas Lyon, brother of Celtic great Willie.
- Clyde's second goal the result of a "shoulder-charge" (which was allowed at this time) by outside left John Gillies on Celtic goalkeeper Donald McKay, the ball fell loose and Clyde's centre-forward Willie Martin prodded it home.
- A disaster struck Valleyfield Colliery, Fife on Saturday morning when a firedamp explosion caused the death of 35 men. But for a fortunate series of events that allowed David Anderson to start a fresh air pump the accident may have been much worse. During the recovery operations an air-raid warning was given and work had to be suspended.
Brown; Kirk and Hickie; Reston, Gavin (Arbroath) and Weir; Agnew and Noble; Martin, Wallace and Gillies.
McKay; Hogg and Morrison; Geatons, Lyon (W), and Paterson; Crum and Lyon (T), (Chesterfield), Carruth, MacDonald and Kelly.
Referee: —W. Webb (Grangemouth).
- Match Report (see end of page below)
ArticlesThe Glasgow Herald – October 30, 1939
CELTIC LACK DASH
Clyde’s Lesson in Attack
From a Special Correspondent
Clyde, 2; Celtic, 0.
The fact that Geatons, a half-back, came nearest to scoring against Clyde at Shawfield Stadium was a direct pointer to Celtic’s failings.
Clyde are firm believers in the axiom that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, and their forwards – Wallace in particular – do have the confidence to “let go” when the chance occurs.
The brilliance of McKay, the young Celtic goalkeeper, testified to that on Saturday. The former St Roch’s junior had four really magnificent saves from full-blooded drives bound for the corner of the net. It was unfortunate that he “presented” Clyde with their second goal.
Brown, Clyde’s goalkeeper, had only one difficult shot to dispose of, and that as already indicated, from Geatons. It was not that Celtic forwards were short of a supply of the ball. Geatons and Paterson catered for them excellently, but attack after attack petered out through too much finessing.
The recruit Kelly, was easily the best Celtic forward. Had the former Arthurlie outside-left been allowed to maintain his opening sparkle – he led Kirk a merry dance for ten minutes – all would have been well for Celtic.
But McDonald simply could not strike form, with the result that the tenacious Kirk was permitted to stand on the winger’s toes, so to speak.
Wallace gave the home attack a spearhead that Celtic lacked. The effervescent inside-left seemed possessed of unlimited stamina, one minute warding off the eager Celtic forwards, the next sprinting in on goal and shooting with venom.
Agnew opened the scoring 14 minutes after the interval when Martin and Noble had in turn headed Gillies’s flag kick nearer goal. Nine minutes later McKay with the ball surely clutched, delayed in kicking clear, and when Gillies jostled him into dropping it Martin seized the offering and scored a soft second goal.
CLYDE: Brown; Kirk and Hickie; Reston, Gavin (Arbroath) and Weir; Agnew and Noble; Martin, Wallace and Gillies.
CELTIC: McKay; Hogg and Morrison; Geatons, Lyon (W), and Paterson; Crum and Lyon (T), (Chesterfield), Carruth, McDonald and Kelly.
Referee—W. Webb (Grangemouth).
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