1919-05-10: Ayr United 0-2 Celtic, League

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  • Celtic sealed the league title by just one point over Rangers.
  • History tells us if Celtic had slipped up on that final Saturday and lost away to Ayr, then Rangers would have been crowned champions at Celtic Park as they beat Clyde 4-0 that day.
  • Clyde and Rangers mutually agreed to play the match at Celtic Park to accommodate the much larger expected crowd (35,000).and extra income.
  • The Glasgow Herald of Monday, May 12 which reported this match also reported that a 3-man USA delegation, the Friends of Irish Freedom's proposed visit to Westport, County Mayo, had been forbidden by the authorities. LINK
  • The Herald also reports that soldiers of the North Russian Relief Force are embarking at Southampton, Newcastle and London.


The excellent Celtic historian & author David Potter wrote this, an excerpt from a chapter in his book "Celtic – How the League was won 49 times" LINK
“This [date] was exceptionally late for 1919, but it was an exceptional season with Victory Internationals hastily arranged the previous Saturday.

Celtic travelled to Ayr United while Rangers were at Clyde. Celtic only needed to beat Ayr for the Championship. The weather was pleasant and 10,000 were at Somerset Park with the trains from Glasgow all full.

They saw a nervy display by Celtic for the first half hour but then good work from Patsy Gallacher found the unmarked Andy McAtee who shot home from the edge of the penalty box.

The second half was long and painful with news coming through the public address system than Rangers were beating Clyde, but eventually with 10 minutes to go Adam McLean, now playing at centre forward because McColl was injured, took up a pass from McAtee and scored.

The delight of the fans was tangible and obvious with Ayr Station that night seeing great scenes with “The Wearing O’ The Green” mingling incongruously with “Pack Up Your Troubles” and “It’s a Long Way To Tipperary”.

There had been no trouble that day, but the Ayr police were not sorry to see the trains depart, for Ireland was a tense place in 1919, and Celtic fans were aware of it all.

They did now however have something to cheer about, as more and more soldiers came home to renew their acquaintance with Patsy Gallacher, Jimmy McMenemy, Eck McNair and Andy McAtee.”

1918-19 League Table



Kerr, Semple, McCloy, Hogg, Gillespie, James? McLaughlan, Middleton, Crosbie, Richardson, McBain, Gray


Scorers: McAtee, McLean

Referee: Mr G. W. Hamilton (Motherwell)
Attendance: 10,000


  • Match Report (see end of page below)


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1919-05-10: Ayr United 0-2 Celtic, League - The Celtic Wiki
1919-05-10: Ayr United 0-2 Celtic, League - The Celtic Wiki
1919-05-10: Ayr United 0-2 Celtic, League - The Celtic Wiki

Patsy Gallacher 1918-19 League Medal

Patsy Gallacher 1918-19 League Medal