The Celtic Graves Society are proud to announce that there will be a ceremony to commemorate the resting place of
At St Peter’s The Good Shepherd Cemetery, Dalbeth, London Road on Saturday 22nd November 2014 at 12noon
Attendees at the event will include:
A representative from Celtic FC
Jim Craig, Celtic Graves Society Patron
David Potter, Celtic Historian
Members of the McMenemy Family
A blessing will be conducted at the graveside.
“I don’t think I ever played a better game. Anyone could play with McMenemy. He’s one of the few to whome the term genius has been applied without hysterics.” – Adam Scott Duncan – Scottish Internationalist and later Manchester United manager.
James “Jimmy” McMenemy is remembered as one of the greatest Celtic players of all time. His faithful service to the club over eighteen years was rewarded with an incredible eleven League Championship badges and six Scottish Cup medals. As the General of the Celtic attack for almost two decades and a master tactician who could dictate games through his passing, he was rightly known as ‘Napoleon’ throughout his career. Originally from Rutherglen, he famously signed for Celtic ‘up a close in Union Street’ before going on to become a famous son of Celtic.
In the crucial inside-forward role his speed, passing and shooting ability were key figures in the 6-in-a-row side (1905-1910), the 4-in-a-row side (1914-17) and, seventeen years after his debut, the League Title winning side of 1919. Jimmy scored 168 goals in 515 appearances for Celtic. He played alongside some of the biggest Celtic names including Jimmy Quinn, Patsy Gallacher, Tommy McInally, Alec McNair and Andy McAtee. Nearing his 40th birthday Celtic gave him a free transfer – he joined Partick Thistle and he led them to Scottish Cup glory against Rangers the following season.
‘Nap’ returned to Celtic Park as trainer under his old mentor Willie Maley from 1935-1940 and he is credited with helping shape Celtic’s great team of 1936-1938 – including the famous front line of Delaney, Crum, Murphy, Buchan and MacDonald – which went on to win the Empire Exhibition Trophy against the best teams that England had to offer. Four of Jimmy’s sons became professional footballers including John who won a Scottish Cup winners medal with Celtic in 1927 against East Fife.
All Celtic Supporters are welcome to attend and flowers/tributes can be laid at the graveside.
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