1918-08-17 Hibernian 0-3 Celtic, League Division 1

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  • John Burns at outside-right makes his debut for Celtic after signing from St Anthony's. Tommy Spink the Hibs winger was also making his debut, as was William McGinnigle a signing from Cambuslang Rangers.
  • John Jackson ran from Waverly Station to Easter Road on 17 Aug 1918 when his train was late and he could not get a taxi!
  • Glasgow Herald, 19 August, page 6: Headline: "Another Outrage". An unnamed private from a Scottish regiment has given evidence that he was in a trench with a large number of unarmed soldiers, some injured, who were captured by the Germans last March when a German officer with a pistol accompanied by a soldier with a cylinder on his back and a flexible hose arrived at the scene. The officer gave an order and the soldier produced a jet of liquid flame which was directed at the captured prisoners in the trench. The private said he managed to scramble clear by a communication trench and make his way back to the British lines.
  • British forces attacked yesterday in the Lys salient and with slight losses advanced to a depth of between 1,000 to 2,000 yards on a four mile front between Vieux Berquin and Bailleul capturing the village of Oultersteene and taking 400 prisoners. Some ground was gained on the Somme and Ancre fronts.
  • The Spirits (Prices & Description) Order No2 was passed fixing the price of spirits to be sold on licenced premises at 13s per quart [65p per 1.8 pints or 36p a pint].
  • Glasgow Herald gives today's Casualties: 38 Officers & 654 Men.


After the first game of season 1918/19, The Glasgow Herald’s Notes on Sport of Monday, August 19, 1918, reports:
“While every Scottish League team shows one or more changes in personnel from last season the indications are that the championship will remain in the West, and that Edinburgh clubs will again assume minor roles in the competition. That at any rate seems practically certain if one may take the somewhat easily earned victories of Celtic and Greenock Morton over Hibernian and Heart of Midlothian respectively, and the quality of Rangers success in the opening game at Ibrox as indicative of relative strength. Both Edinburgh teams revealed weakness in attack and defence which must be attributable to the paucity of young players, and the penalty goal that decided the issue at Ibrox reminded one of similar incidents in last season’s campaign that vitally affected the ultimate position of the Glasgow club."
[Comment: Last season Rangers won the League by one point from Celtic]


Gough, McGinnigle, Dornan, Kerr, Abercrombie, Gordon, Spink, Kilpatrick, Campbell, Wilson, Smith

Shaw, McNair, Livingstone, McEvoy, Jackson, Brown, Burns, Gallacher, McLean, McColl, Browning
McLean, McColl, O.G.

Attendance: 12,000


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The Scotsman – 19 August 1918

About 12,000 spectators were attracted to Easter Road, Edinburgh where the Celtic were victorious.

They had two juniors in their team, a half back and a forward, and the Hibernians had a similar number, a back and a centre half.

The Celtic had the upper hand all the time, and they scored twice in the first half by McLean and Jackson – the former’s shot was aided into the net by Kerr – and once in the second by McColl. Gallagher was full of running all through.

The Hibernians’ forward play was very ragged, but the defence was good, and McGinnigle, from Cambuslang Rangers, was a decided success.

Glasgow Herald – 19 August 1918

The Celtic won much more readily at Easter Road than is indicated by even such a decisive score as 3-0. The was no comparison between East and West in point of excellence, the agility of the Hibernian goalkeeper and the remissness of the Parkhead inside forwards gave a semblance of equality that was never evidenced in the course of a one-sided game.