1918-12-07: Motherwell 3-1 Celtic, League

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  • Only one of two league defeats for Celtic all season, the other being a 3-0 defeat to Rangers. Celtic went on to win the league title by just 1pt over Rangers.
  • The Glasgow Herald of Monday 11 December advertises top billing at the Empire Theatre, Glasgow for "Gilday & Fox, The Famous Hebrew Comedians". LINK
  • The Herald also features an article entitled "Alleged Bribery of the Press", dealing with the practice of paying money to court officials to keep cases out of the press. A gag on reporting allegation that was withdraw.
  • With the war over the Herald reports that the King is at the front and war correspondent Philip Gibbs tells of how the Burgomaster of Cologne has asked the army for British troops to quell the rioting by the "low element of the civil population".
  • Final match for loanee Pat Corcoran



Scorers: Ferrier, Kelly, Rankin


Scorer: McColl

Attendance: 14,000


  • Match Report (see end of page below)


  • Match Pictures


The Glasgow Herald, Monday 11 December, 1918.


No sooner have the Scottish Association found it inexpedient to revive their Cup Competition than the more commercially inclined League decide to run a “Victory Cup” tournament on Cup-tie lines. The decision to include the eight Western League clubs is a departure from the policy which practically ostracised Second Division clubs in the past, and is one that will not bear critical examination. The proposed division of the proceeds –5 per cent. to the League Army and Navy Fund, 95 per cent. to the League clubs interested –is a further reminder, if such was necessary, that professional football clubs have ever an eye to the main chance.

The Motherwell players did not make the mistake of over estimating their Parkhead opponents. They merely treated the ex-champions as an average eleven, and proceeded to reduce them to mediocrity. The Firpark forwards exhibited that cohesion, skill and dash formerly associated with the Celtic attack, and only the vigilance of Shaw, McNair and Cringan averted a rout.