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1888-89

1888 was Celtic’s foundation year- they played their first match in May. They reached the final of the Scottish Cup in the 1888-89 season.


31.12.88

Celtic                    

7

1

Mitchell St George's

03.01.89

Celtic

6

2

Corinthians

16.02.89

Corinthians

3

1

Celtic

23.03.89

Newcastle West End

3

4

Celtic

19.04.89 

Bolton Wanderers

2

0

Celtic

20.04.89

Burnley                

1

3

Celtic

23.05.89 

Celtic

5

1

Bolton Wanderers            

25.05.89 

Celtic

2

1

Preston North End     


1889-90

During this season Celtic lost to Queen’s Park in the first round of the Cup.


21.09.89 

Sunderland            

0

1

Celtic

28.09. 89

Celtic

3

2

Sunderland

03.10.89

Celtic

1

0

Blackburn Rovers

12.10.89 

Celtic             

0

2

Everton   

21.12.89

Sunderland        

1

2

Celtic

01.01.90

Celtic

3

2

Everton

22.02.90

St George’s  

5

2

Celtic

04.04.90 

Bolton Wanderers

4

0

Celtic

05.04.90 

Everton

3

1

Celtic

07.04.90

Blackburn Rovers

1

1

Celtic

12.04.90 

Celtic                    

1

1

Notts County                

10.05.90 

Celtic

2

2

Bolton Wanderers            

17.05.90

Celtic

4

2

Wolverhampton Wanderers

22.05.90 

Celtic

1

0

Preston North End           


1890-91

The inaugural season of league football in Scotland saw Celtic finish behind Dumbarton and Rangers. They reached the last 8 in the Cup.


02.10.90

Celtic

2

2

Sunderland

27.03.91 

Bolton Wanderers

2

2

Celtic

28.03.91 

Ardwick

2

7

Celtic

30.03.91

Blackburn Rovers

0

2

Celtic

31.03.91 

Wednesday

1

3

Celtic

13.04.91

Celtic

5

5

Blackburn Rovers

18.04.91 

Celtic

2

0

Bolton Wanderers           

21.04.91 

Celtic

4

0

Preston North End           


1891-92

Celtic finished runners-up in the League and won the Scottish Cup.


01.10.91

Celtic

3

2

Blackburn Rovers

04.04.92

Celtic

4

1

Nottingham Forest  


1892-93                                               

Celtic were League champions and lost in the Cup Final.


01.09.92 

Sheffield United

1

0

Celtic

02.09.92 

Middlesbrough

0

2

Celtic

03.09.92 

Newcastle East End

0

1

Celtic

05.09.92 

Sunderland

1

0

Celtic

06.10.92

Celtic

0

3

Sunderland

07.11.92

Stoke

0

5

Celtic

26.12.92 

Ardwick

0

5

Celtic

31.12.92 

Ardwick

0

1

Celtic

03.01.93

Celtic

1

1

Notts County                

01.04.93

Celtic

3

0

London Caledonian

15.04.93

Celtic

2

2

Blackburn Rovers

18.04.93

Celtic

1

2

Everton

23.04.93

Celtic

2

0

Everton


1893-94

Celtic were League champions and were beaten by Rangers in the Cup Final.


28.09.93

Celtic

3

2

Sunderland

21.10.93

Celtic

3

1

Preston North End

02.01.94

Celtic

0

4

Everton

31.03.94

Celtic

1

3

Sunderland

07.04.94

Celtic

2

1

London Caledonians

09.04.94

Celtic

2

3

 Aston Villa

10.04.94

Celtic

2

3

Bury

11.04.94

Blackburn Rovers

0

0

Celtic

21.04.94

Celtic

2

1

Aston Villa

28.04.94

Celtic

4

1

Everton


1894-95

Reached the last 8 of the Cup, runners up in the League.


27.09.94

Celtic

2

3

Sunderland

01.12.94

Manchester City

0

0

Celtic

26.12.94

Celtic

0

3

Everton

31.12.94

Celtic

0

2

Burnley

02.01.95

Celtic

4

1

Everton

15.04.95

Celtic

1

3

Blackburn Rovers


1895-96

Knocked out in the 1st round of the Cup, Celtic were League champions.


02.09.95

Manchester City

3

0

Celtic

03.09.95

Liverpool

2

0

Celtic

04.09.95

Newcastle United

3

0

Celtic

21.09.95

Preston North End

3

2

Celtic

26.09.95

Celtic

1

1

Sunderland

30.09.95

Celtic

2

3

Sunderland

14.10.95

Sheffield United

0

1

Celtic

25.12.95

Bury

2

2

Celtic

26.12.95

Everton

3

2

Celtic

08.02.96

Celtic

4

1

Bolton Wanderers

13.04.96

Celtic

3

2

Sunderland *


Some sources have a 2-2 draw with Sheffield United on this date- which is an error.


20.04.96

Celtic

3

2

Aston Villa

22.04.96

Celtic

2

1

Everton

27.04.96

Celtic

1

0

Derby County   

28.04.96

Celtic

2

1

Burnley


1896-97

Knocked out in the 1st round of the Cup again, Celtic finished 4th in the League.


28.09.96

Celtic

2

3

Sunderland

25.12.96

Celtic
1

6

Everton

06.02.97

Celtic

2

4

Sunderland

13.02.97

Corinthians

4

0

Celtic

15.02.97

Woolwich Arsenal

4

5

Celtic


1897-98

Celtic were League champions but went out of the Cup in the 2nd round.


26.12.97

Celtic

1

0

Sunderland

12.03.98

Sheffield United

1

0

Celtic

28.03.98

Celtic

1

3

Blackburn Rovers

16.04.98

Celtic

1

1

Sheffield United


1898-99

Celtic won the Scottish Cup and finished 3rd in the League.


10.04.99

Celtic

0

2

Wigan County

15.04.99

Celtic

2

0

Liverpool


1899-1900

Celtic won the Scottish Cup for the 3rd time and were runners up in the League.


23.12.99

Celtic 

2

3

Blackburn Rovers


1900

Celtic were runners up in both League and Cup.


03.09.00

Aston Villa

2

1

Celtic

20.10.00

Celtic

2

0

Everton

21.12.00

Aston Villa

3

1

Celtic

25.12.00

Celtic

1

2

Blackburn Rovers


Key to opponent’s status:

Division One

Division Two

Minor Leagues
Non League 


Overall:

W

D

L

F

A

92

44

13

35

175

159


Home:

P

W

D

L

F

A

57

30

8

19

124

100


Away:

P

W

D

L

F

A

35

14

5

16

51

59


v First Division opposition:

P

W

D

L

F

A

67

28

12

27

119

117


v Corinth:


P

W

D

L

F

A

3

1

0

2

7

9




Celtic's first meeting with an English side was a benefit match for East End Poor Children's Dinner against the Birmingham club Mitchell St George's.
Celtic had only been in existence for 7 months when they attracted a crowd of 20,000 for a match against Corinthian FC that raised  £400  for charity. 






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