1919-12-06: Celtic 5-0 Motherwell, League

Match Pictures | Matches: 19191920 | Pictures: 1919-20 Pictures


  • On a day when high scoring abounds in Glasgow (Rangers beat Hibs 7-0 at Ibrox, and Queen's Park beat Raith Rovers 5-2 at Hampden) a familiar face at right-back for the visitors is Tom McGregor who left Celtic last season in a £400 transfer after making 80 league & Scottish Cup appearances.
  • The Glasgow Herald LINK reports comments by M. Decoin, owner of the Paris "Wonderland" regarding the eagerly anticipated future bout between Georges Carpentier and Jack Dempsey.
  • A letter from T. P. O'Connor M.P. in the Glasgow Herald describes Ireland’s government as: “Prussian militarist, and Orange in its policy – Prussian militarist and Orange in its methods and in its instruments; and any people which submitted to such a system would be unworthy of respect today and of freedom tomorrow”
  • The Herald's Lloyd's List of Shipping Casualties gives an account of the Clan Line steamer Clan Macmillan (built in 1918) having to return to the port of Cape Town because of a serious fire in it's coal bunkers.




Scorers: Watson, McMenemy; (2), Gallacher, (2)


Referee: W. Bell (Hamilton)


  • Match Report (see end of page below)


  • Match Pictures

The Glasgow Herald – Dec 8, 1919
Improvement at Parkhead
Two seasons ago Motherwell decided the League Championship in favour of Rangers by drawing with Celtic at Parkhead, and last season the Lanarkshire team gained three points from Celtic without, however, baulking their Championship aspirations. Rangers owe their only defeat in the present competition to the club which had so recently dealt heavily with Celtic, and as the latter were badly beaten at Ibrox it followed that Motherwell would again meet with whole or partial success in their first meeting with the present Champions. Fortunately success in football cannot be deduced on mathematical lines; uncertainty is ever a potent factor that makes for popularity; the team which defeated the conquerors of Celtic was completely outplayed by an eleven that had met with disaster at Ibrox. The Celtic forwards have only once this season – against Third Lanark – been at once so attractive and effective against a sound defence. The attack gained immensely by the virility of McMenemy and the self-effacement of Gallagher. Combination was the keynote of success, and all through the game Motherwell were in difficulties. The visitors attack was made to appear trivial in comparison, and except for occasional flashes from Rankin the Firpark forwards were deadly dull and easily countered.