Category Archives: Celtic Graves Society

Alec Collins

The Celtic Graves Society are proud to announce a ceremony to commemorate the final resting place of one of the earliest Celts

ALEC COLLINS

At
St Kentigerns Cemetery, Tresta Road, Lambhill, Glasgow G23 5EE
At
12 Noon
On
Saturday 2nd December 2017
(prior to the Motherwell fixture at Celtic Park)

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James Hay

The Celtic Graves Society are proud to announce a ceremony to commemorate the final resting place of the Celtic captain

JAMES HAY

At
Ayr Cemetery, Holmston Road, Ayr KA7 3BE
On
Saturday 17th June 2017 at 2pm

“Touch combined with strength … neat stride ground passes … lion-hearted defence vigorous tackler … shoulder-work … full of punch”

These are words used to describe Jimmy ‘Dun’ Hay by the Scotland goalkeeper of the time, Jimmy Brownlie.

The Ayrshire born left-half combined immense strength with subtle skill as a stalwart of Willie Maley’s legendary side which won six Scottish League Championships in a row between 1905 and 1910. A man who could combine immense strength, skill and leadership qualities would be the Captain of five of these Championship-winning sides between the years 1906-1911.

He would also become Scotland Captain for three of his 11 international caps and lead out a Scotland team in 1910 versus England at Goodison Park, Liverpool.

Hay signed for Celtic for a fee of £50 from English side Glossop in March 1903 and made his senior competitive debut in a 2-1 home league victory over Partick Thistle on August 15th of that year. He would go on to make 255 appearances for Celtic, scoring a total of 17 goals.

He would leave Celtic Park for Newcastle United on the 27th of July 1911, after a benefit game when the Celtic board refused to meet his demands for an improved contract. It was a rather sad end to his Celtic career but in his eight years in Paradise, Jimmy ‘Dun’ Hay showed time and time again that he was a great player, a great leader and a great Celtic Captain.

He was suspended for life for refusing an apology, after accusing a director of Ayr United and the Treasurer of the Scottish Football Association of trying to bribe a referee in 1926. He was later reinstated but subsequently played no major role in the game with which he had been involved for 30 years.

Scottish League Champion 6 times: 1904-05, 1905-06, 1906-07, 1907-08, 1908-09, 1909-10
Scottish Cup Winner 4 times: 1904, 1907, 1908, 1911

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Joe Dodds

The Celtic Graves Society are proud to announce a ceremony to commemorate the final resting place of the Celtic great

JOE DODDS

At
St Convals Cemetery, Glasgow Road, Barrhead, Glasgow G78 1TH
On
Saturday 20th May 2017 at 2pm

Born in 1887 in Carluke to Joe and Margaret Dodds, the athletic and versatile Joe Dodds would become one of the key foundation stones of the first ever Celtic sides who would go on to achieve ‘6 in a row’.

Signed from Carluke Milton Rovers in 1908, the lightening quick left back would quickly develop a fine defensive partnership with the great Alec ‘The Icicle’ McNair and the great Charlie Shaw to form the trilogy of ‘Shaw, McNair and Dodds’. Together these men created the defensive partnerships that was said to be the best in the UK at this period, and made Celtic the dominant force within Scottish football.

According to legendary Celtic manager Willie Maley: “Shaw, McNair and Dodds understood one another so well that they developed the pass-back into a scientific move of which there have been many imitators but none to equal the originators. It was indeed a spectacle to see either McNair or Dodds passing, with unerring accuracy and cheeky coolness, the ball to Shaw two yards away, with the opposing forwards almost on top of them. That was their method of getting out of a corner, which in all probability would otherwise have been fatal”. (Weekly News, 25th July 1936)

Following the retirement of Sunny Jim Young in 1916, Joe Dodds became the Celtic Captain. Celtic historians say they can find no account of when Joe Dodds ever had a bad game.

He would also serve in World War One, which lost him valuable years of service for club. He served his colleagues on the front line in France in the Royal Field Artillery. A Scottish League Champion on a total of 8 occasions, and 3 Scottish Cup wins is among the best record that Scottish football has ever saw. He is a true great of Scottish Football and of Celtic Football Club.

Joe Dodds passed away in 1965 at the age of 78. He is an all-time Celtic great.

League Champion 8 times: 1908-09, 1909-10, 1913-14, 1914-15, 1915-16, 1916-17, 1918-19, 1921-22
Scottish Cup Appearances: 33
Scottish Cup Goals: 2
Scottish FA Cup Winner 3 times: 1911, 1912, 1914
Glasgow Cups: 2
Glasgow Merchants’ Charity Cups: 8
War Fund Cup: 1

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James Kelly

The Celtic Graves Society are proud to announce a ceremony to commemorate the final resting place of the first Celtic Captain

JAMES KELLY

At
St Patricks Cemetery, 29 King’s Drive, New Stevenston
On
Sunday 9th April 2017 at 2pm

Speakers and attendees at the event shall include:
Members of the Kelly family
Jim Craig, Lisbon Lion and Celtic Graves Society Patron
Representatives of Celtic Football Club
Terry Dick, Celtic Graves Society Member and Celtic Supporter
Former Captains of Celtic Football Club
The Son and Grandson of Duncan McKay

A blessing of the grave will be conducted by Father White of St Mary of the Assumption Church, Calton

James Kelly was born in 1865 into an Irish family in the Dunbartonshire town of Renton. Dunbartonshire is often regarded as being the cradle of Scottish football with fine teams like Vale of Leven, Renton and Dumbarton springing up in the 1860s and 1870s. It was with Renton in the early 1880s that James made his name, winning Scottish Cup medals in 1885 and 1888. In 1888 the Renton team, also including Neil McCallum our first goal scorer, beat West Bromwich Albion the English Cup Winners and it was cliamed that they were the World Champions.

In the same year, James Kelly was to become a Celtic player. The fledgling club’s capture of this renowned and accomplished centre half-back from Renton was a massive coup for the Bhoys as James Kelly was one of the best known and highly regarded players of his era.

The importance of his capture cannot be understated. It was probably the most significant move that the first Celtic Committee made. He was a star signing that the club could not miss out on. There was a lot of work done to entice him to leave Renton and choose Celtic above Hibernian, and it was the persuasive tongue of Celtic founding father John Glass that made the difference. The presence of James Kelly in the Celtic ranks was a catalyst in attracting other top players who would only be too happy to sign up to play in Glasgow’s east end alongside him.

James Kelly was to become our first club captain and scored in our first ever game as Celtic defeated Rangers by 5-2. He was very much a no frills player who was content to ensure that the basics were done well. His efficient approach to the game made him a most effective, dependable and consistent talent. His pace and ability allowed him to be able to switch between attacking and defending as and when need be, and his commanding presence meant he was a true icon for the Celtic support to look up to in those early days.

He retired from playing, having made 139 League and Scottish Cup appearances for Celtic and scoring 11 goals. He won 8 international caps for Scotland and also captained his country.

For Celtic, James Kelly’s greatest moment was winning the Scottish Cup as captain in 1892, the first time Celtic won the country’s premier tournament. He is the last of that Scottish Cup winning team to be commemorated by the Celtic Graves Society. He also won the Scottish League Championship in 1893, 1894 and 1896 with his inspiring leadership and gifted play. In addition he won four Glasgow Cups and four Glasgow Charity Cups, bringing the sort of success that the downtrodden and embattled Glasgow Irish population craved. He retired from playing the game in 1897 at the age of 32, but immediately became a Director of the Club and later Chairman from 1909 until 1914, then Director again from 1914 until his death in 1932.

James Kelly was Celtic’s first captain and leader on the pitch and much loved by Celtic supporters everywhere.

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Joseph Cullen

The Celtic Graves Society are proud to announce a ceremony to commemorate the final resting place of

JOSEPH CULLEN

At
St Kentigerns RC Cemetery, 951 Balmore Road, Glasgow
On
Saturday 25th February 2017 at 12 noon
(Prior to the Hamilton Academical game)

Speakers at the event shall include:
Jim Craig, Lisbon Lion and Celtic Graves Society Patron
John Fallon, Lisbon Lion and former Celtic Goalkeeper
Tony Hamilton, Chief Executive of Celtic FC Foundation
Celtic Historian
A blessing of the grave will be conducted by Father White of St Mary of the Assumption Church, Calton

Born in 1868 to Irish parentage in the Hutchesontown Burgh of Glasgow, Joe Cullen would go on to become the goalkeeper in the first ever Celtic team to lift the Scottish FA Cup in 1892.

Joe Cullen was signed from Benburb on 1st January 1892 immediately after the bhoys had been at the wrong end of an 8-0 thrashing by Dumbarton at the original Celtic Park. The erratic performance of keeper Tom Duff was seen as one of the main causes of that friendly defeat and in response the bhoys went out and quickly secured the services of Cullen and he made his debut the very next day at Cathkin Park in a 3-1 win over Third Lanark.

The former Scottish Junior international was in goals for Celtic’s first Scottish Cup triumph in April 1892 and in August that year he played in the first match to be staged at the present Celtic Park. The great Dan McArthur would eventually oust Joe from his starting spot and after 73 games for Celtic he moved to London to Tottenham Hotspur in May 1897 then subsequently to Lincoln City.

Joseph Cullen was Celtic’s goalkeeper in a period when to be a goalkeeper was a hazardous occupation. This was due to the barging of goalkeepers, known as bungling, which was a major part of the game. Joseph represented Celtic between 1892 and 1897 and won one Scottish Cup in 1892, two league titles (1892/93 and 1893/94) and two Glasgow Merchants’ Charity Cups (1891/92 and 1892/93).

Sadly he died prematurely from pneumonia in 1905.

All supporters are welcome to attend and leave flowers at the graveside.

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Patrick Gallacher

The Celtic Graves Society are proud to announce a ceremony to mark the final resting place of

PATRICK GALLACHER

At
St Kentigerns RC Cemetery, 951 Balmore Road, Glasgow
On
Saturday 5th November 2016
At
12 noon

Speakers at the event shall include:
Jim Craig, Lisbon Lion and Celtic Graves Society Patron
Tom Boyd, former Celtic Captain
A blessing of the grave will be conducted by Father White of St Mary of the Assumption Church, Calton

Patrick Gallacher was the original “Bould, Bould Celt”, the club’s very first jersey player.

One of the first Celtic heroes, Patrick Gallacher was adored by the Celtic support for his passionate play and tough tackling. Like many of his team mates he was tempted to the East End of Glasgow in 1888 from Hibernian to play for the newly formed and ambitious Celtic Football Club.

His first game for Celtic was against Abercorn in the Glasgow Exhibition Cup on August 1st 1888 and his competitive debut came in a 5-1 win vs Shettleston on September 1st 1888 in the Scottish Cup at the original Celtic Park.

His full-blooded commitment to the Celtic cause made him an obvious target for abuse from the opposition supporters but he was a huge favourite of the Celtic fans and he was given the honour of becoming vice-captain to the legendary James Kelly.

He was part of the first Celtic team to lift a major trophy when Celtic beat Glasgow rivals Queen’s Park 5-1 to lift the Scottish Cup in 1892.

He retired from playing duties in 1893 and acted as a club linesman back in the day when an official from each side would run the line. By that time, he had made 45 appearances and scored one goal. In the same year, he was elected onto the Celtic committee and remained there until 1897.

He took ill from “inflammation” in December 1897 but the reports of his passing in early 1898 were greatly exaggerated. However, illness was to cut his life tragically short and he died in 1899 aged just 33.

H was probably the most committed of the original Celts and served as a player, committeeman and linesman. Patrick Gallacher was Celtic’s original ball winner.

Adored by the Celtic support and reviled by the opposition.

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The Original Celtic Park

The Celtic Graves Society are proud to announce a ceremony to unveil a plaque on the site of

THE ORIGINAL CELTIC PARK

At
North East corner of Celtic Park, Janefield Street East
On
Sunday 8th May 2016
At
10.30am

Attendees will include:
Lisbon Lion Jim Craig
Celtic Historian Terry Dick
A representative of Celtic FC

“A club composed exclusive of Irishmen, and Scotchmen or Irish parentage, has been started in the East End somewhat similar to the Hibernians of Edinburgh. The name oft the new club is to be ‘The Glasgow Celtic Athletics’. A ground has already been secured in Dalmarnock Road, and is to be called Dalmarnock Park. They have taken it on lease for five years at a rent of £30 a year. It is a splendid field, with plenty of scope, and includes a couple of pitches, one being for practice.

There are to be two stands – now in course of erection. The club intend to draft the best players from the surrounding clubs. Of course the players must be Irish or of Irish extraction. They mean to have an eleven second to none. An effort will be made to open the ground at the end of the present month, and if a fixture can possibly be arranged between a Glasgow club and Hibernians, these clubs will be the first to compete on the ground.

As the club has influential supporters and no lack of means, the necessary guarantee will be forthcoming. Failing a fixture with either of the above clubs, some other notable teams will be invited for the preliminary match. A cinder track, 12 feet broad, runs round the field. The committee have held several meetings to discuss affairs in a hall in Easy Nile Street”.
– From the Scottish Athletic Journal, February 1888.

This plaque markes the site of the original Celtic Park from 1888 to 1892, which stood adjacent to the graveyard wall on its Eastern boundary. The ground was open on 8th May 1888 when Hibernian drew 0-0 with Cowlairs and on the 28th May, it hosted Celtic’s first game, a 5-2 win over Rangers, with Neil McCallum scoring the first ever Celtic goal.

At this ground in season 1891/92, Celtic clinched our first ever treble. It also hosted Celtic Park’s first ever International match, between Scotland and Ireland on 28th March 1891. In total, 18 friendlies were played against the cream of English football with Celtic on the losing side only once.

The final match was played on 16th July 1892 between Celtic and Clyde in a fundraiser for the Evicted Tenants fund in Ireland, ironically after Celtic were forced to relocate when the landlord of Celtic Park raised the rent per annum from £50 to £450.

In four seasons at the original ground, Celtic only lost one competitive match, before moving to the current Celtic Park in August 1892, in the same week that Brother Walfrid was transferred to London.

The phrase “From the graveyard to paradise” was coined and the new ground had a nickname which it has lived up to ever since. The rest, as they say, is history.

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Alec Brady

The Celtic Graves Society, in conjunction with the Everton FC Heritage Society, are proud to announce a ceremony to commemorate the final resting place of the footballing great

ALEC BRADY

At Milburn Cemetery, Main Street, Renton on Sunday 10th April 2016 at 2pm

Speakers at the event shall include:

Jim Craig, Lisbon Lion and Celtic Graves Society Patron
John Paul Taylor representing Celtic Football Club
Paul Wharton of the Everton FC Heritage Society
A member of the Brady family
Reverend Ian Miller

The Cathcart born forward Alec Brady was one of the early Celts that the ambitious Celtic committee were able to tempt to the East End of Glasgow in the earliest days of our Club.

The former Everton and Sunderland man moved back to Scotland in 1891 to play for Celtic. The signing of Alec Brady was another major coup for the early Celtic FC as he was regarded as one of the finest forwards in the country when he signed.

However his stay was brief. After just one season he returned to England and joined Wednesday FC, who later became Sheffield Wednesday.

Alec will be known as a member of the Scottish Cup winning side of 1892. In the Scottish Cup run he scored two goals per game in three successive rounds to help take Celtic to our first major trophy. He didn’t score in the final but was a key player in this monumental achievement.

Before his departure he won three trophies with Celtic: the Scottish Cup, Glasgow Cup and Glasgow Merchants Charity Cup and in total he scored 10 goals in 24 League matches.

Alec Brady not only had the honour of being part of the first Celtic team to win the Scottish Cup, he was also part of the first Everton team to win the English League Championship in season 1890/91 and part of the first Wednesday FC (Sheffield Wednesday FC) team to win the English FA Cup in 1896.

He passed away in Oct 1913, aged 43.

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Jock Stein

Celtic Football Club is delighted to announce that it will be working together with the Celtic Graves Society on a joint event to mark the 30th anniversary of the passing of the late, great

JOCK STEIN

The ceremony will take place at the Jock Stein statue at Celtic Park at 12noon on Sunday, September 20 before the home match against Dundee (KO: 3pm).

There will be a number of speakers including Lisbon Lion, Jim Craig in attendance at an event which will celebrate the phenomenal contribution which Mr Stein made to Celtic and to football in general.

It was 30 years ago, on September 10, 1985, that Jock Stein died, and the world of football mourned the loss of one of its greatest figures.

Celtic fans had long had a special affinity with Stein, first as a player in the 1950s who had helped to deliver the Coronation Cup and the Double of 1953/54, and then as the manager who ushered in a golden era for Celtic, both domestically and in Europe where, in 1967, they became the continent’s best team.

His achievements are staggering. At Celtic, he delivered 10 League Championships, eight Scottish Cups, six Scottish League Cups and of course, the greatest prize of all, the European Cup in 1967.

Celtic’s legendary captain, Billy McNeill, said of his manager: “Lisbon wouldn’t have been possible without him. Had Jock Stein not come to Celtic at that time, the club would just have lumbered on. We might have won the Scottish Cup in 1965 – that may have been our year for winning the cup under Jimmy McGrory – but Jock brought the different approach to everything that consolidated it for us.

“I can honestly say that we might have won the Scottish Cup back then but what certainly would not have happened was the sheer volume of trophies and success that came after that – and that is down to the Big Man. For me, the modern-day Celtic owes one hell of a debt to Big Jock for what he did.”

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Johnny Campbell

The Celtic Graves Society is proud to announce that there will be a ceremony to commemorate the resting place of the footballing great

JOHNNY CAMPBELL

At St Peter’s Cemetery, Dalbeth, London Road (near Celtic Park) On Saturday 15th August 2015 (Prior to the Inverness Caledonian Thistle game) At 12 noon

Attendees at the event will include:

A representative from Celtic F.C.
Jim Craig, Lisbon Lion and Celtic Graves Society Patron
David Potter, Celtic Historian
Greg Karwowski of the Polska No.1 CSC
Members of the Campbell family

A blessing of the grave will be conducted by Rev. Thomas White, St Mary of the Assumption Church, Calton.

The wonderfully talented forward Johnny Campbell was signed by Celtic from the junior club Benburb FC at Easter 1890. Johnny made his competitive debut against Battlefield in a Glasgow Cup tie on the 20th September 1890 and went on to create a wonderful partnership with another great Celt Sandy McMahon.

He was part of the Celtic team who won the club’s first ever Scottish Cup in 1892 where he scored 2 goals in a 5-1 win vs Queens Park after a replay. He then went on to become a very important part of the Celtic teams who won the Scottish League Championships of 1893 & 1894 and in the process he became a fans’ favourite.

After a very successful spell at Aston Villa where he was part of the team who won the 1896/97 League and FA Cup double, he returned to Glasgow to re-sign for Celtic in the summer of 1897 for the huge signing on fee of £70. This was to prove money well spent as Johnny would help Celtic to win the League Championship in 1898 and the Scottish Cup in 1899 and 1900.

During two spells at Celtic he was a winner of 3 Scottish League Championships and 3 Scottish Cups, playing a total of 215 times and scoring 117 goals.

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