1919-11-15: Ayr United 1-1 Celtic, League

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  • With seven changes to the side that drew with Falkirk in their previous outing Celtic's changes fail to make an impact and the result is the same as last time, a draw. This game was one of the few that escaped cancellation due to frost and fog.
  • The Glasgow Herald that covers this game reports that there are negotiatians ongoing between Mrs O'Grady & Litvanov regarding the release of prisoners from the North Russian campaign. LINK
  • The same edition of the Herald also reports on what became to be known as the Waimana Scandal which revolved round Australian troops and their families returning to Australia in a rat-infested ship that was third class in many ways.




Kerr, Semple, McCloy, Hogg, Gillespie, McLaughlan, Middleton, Crosbie, Richardson, McBain, Smith

Scorers: Smith


Scorers: McStay

Referee: H. Dickie (Glasgow)
Attendance: 12,000


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The Glasgow Herald – Nov 13, 1919

Celtic Outplayed by Ayr United
Celtic impressed so little against Falkirk at Parkhead as to raise faint hopes of their succeeding against a much better eleven at Ayr, and the absence of Gallagher and Cringan rather pointed to probable defeat. McMaster and McStay were included in the middle line of a rearranged defence, and in this section alone were the champions seen to advantage. McNair and Livingstone were an ill assorted pair, and Shaw had an onerous task. But it was in attack that the city team really failed. The left wing positions were indifferently filled by McLean and Cassidy, the restored partnership of McMenemy and McAtee did not meet with the success anticipated. McColl, more confident and enterprising than usual was most ineffective at goal. As a combination Ayr United held a long lead; and in Crosbie the home team possessed the most brilliant forward engaged, but Richardson, like McColl, was unfortunate in his finishing. A more alert centre forward would have given the incomparably better team a decisive and deserved victory, and it was in keeping with United’s misfortunes in this respect that their opponents should gain equality in goals from the referee’s interpretation of a question of handling the ball