1919-12-20: Dumbarton 0-0 Celtic, League

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  • Despite a much changed line up from last week the result stays the same as the hopes of league champions' honours dims. The fact that two ex-Celts (Duncan & Bennett) and the Irishman who would go on to become a legend in Spain (Patrick O'Connell) were in opposition didn't lessen the hurt.
  • The National Scottish Housing Company states in Monday's Glasgow Herald that the last of the 1600 houses it was building at Rosyth was finished but a further 500 are still needed. The Carnegie Dunfermline Trust have provided a temporary wooden hall and a public institute for the citizens' welfare. LINK
  • Pages 9 & 10 of Monday's Herald cover the attempted assassination of Lord French by a squad of volunteers selected by Michael Collins.
  • The Herald also carries an advert for the "Aeolian Vocalion" gramaphone with the Graduola Feature, on sale at Ewing & McIntosh of Sauchiehall Street.





Referee: T. McMillan (Hamilton)
Attendance: 12,000


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The Glasgow Herald – Dec 20, 1919
As the Scottish League Championship really concerns but two clubs, the result of the Dumbarton – Celtic match went some way towards further detracting from a competition which loses interest for the majority as the season advances. Celtic are now six points behind Rangers, and the team is not giving satisfaction to those who anticipate the usual ending to the New Year’s Day match at Parkhead – a draw, or a win for the home team. A heavy defeat at Paisley seems to have had an invigorating effect on the Dumbarton players, and in a game marked by an excess of energy Celtic were not seen to advantage, to say the least. Forwards who depend almost entirely for success upon fitness were inordinately weak against a robust defence, and Gallagher, rather seriously injured, was no more ineffective than others in the side. The Dumbarton half backs were not greatly exercised to overcome a line that was not appreciably strengthened by McAtee and Cassidy, and the only virile forward on either side was Walker, the home centre, who gave Shaw more than one opportunity of proving that it will not be so much because of goals lost that the Championship will pass from Parkhead to Ibrox. It is the incapacity of the forwards that is costing the champions most of the points dropped lately, and unless this section shows marked improvement in the forthcoming engagement with Rangers, all claim to the title will be lost.