Andy McAtee

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

ANDY McATEE

At Kilsyth Cemetery, Howe Road, Kilsyth, G65 0TAat 12:00 noon on Saturday 28th February 2015

Speakers at the event shall include:

Jim Craig, Lisbon Lion & Celtic Graves Society Patron
Tom Boyd, former Celtic Captain
David W Potter, Author and Celtic Historian

A blessing of the grave will be conducted by Father Sullivan of The Holy Cross Church, Croy.

Fans favourite Andy McAtee represented Celtic for 14 years. A frighteningly quick player, Andy was known as a player with a cannonball shot who could score goals from impossible angles and as a match winner.

The Cumbernauld born outside right is another Celtic player who comes from a mining background. His Celtic career was interrupted by World War 1, where his occupation as a miner allowed him to carry on playing for Celtic. During the period he played in the league title winning teams of 1914-17. He later served with typical bravery and heroism as a gunner for the 29th Division where he fought in the Italian Alps and the Somme. We lost him mostly for the first half of 1918.

As a footballer, McAtee was simply a match winner who was adored by the Celtic faithful, and is undoubtedly one of the greatest wingers the club has ever had.

Having played 438 times for Celtic, scoring 75 goals winning 5 Scottish League Championships and 4 Scottish Cup winners medals, Andy McAtee is a true Celtic great.

The Celtic Graves Society would like to invite all attendees to a “Question & Answer” event which will take place at

The Curling Stone, High Craigends, Kilsyth at 1pm.

Attending this even will be:

Lisbon Lion Jim Craig, former Celtic Captain Tom Boyd and local Celt Pat McCluskey

For more information on the Celtic Graves Society please visit:

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where donations to the work of the Celtic Graves Society can also be made.

For further information see Celtic Graves on Facebook, @CelticGraves on twitter & Search for Andy McAtee on www.TheCelticWiki.com

Jimmy McMenemy

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

JIMMY McMENEMY

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.

For more information please visit:

www.celticgraves.com

where donations to the work of the Celtic Graves Society can also be made. Also please visit Celtic Graves on Facebook, @CelticGraves on twitter & Search for Jimmy McMenemy on www.TheCelticWiki.com

Jimmy Quinn

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

JIMMY QUINN

In Kilsyth Cemetery, Howe Road, Kilsyth at 9.00am on Saturday 16th August 2014

Attendees at the event shall include:

Fergus McCann (Representing Celtic Supporters)
Jim Craig, Lisbon Lion & Celtic Graves Society Patron
Terry Dick, Celtic Historian
David W Potter, Author of “The Mighty Quinn – Jimmy Quinn, Celtic First Goalscoring Hero”

A Blessing will be conducted by Father Tracey of St Patrick’s Church, Kilsyth.

As a centre-forward Jimmy Quinn was a peerless player with no apparent weakness to his game. Brave, quick, great aerial prowess, excellent awareness, nimble feet and with a power-packed precision boot.

His unrivalled ability as a centre-forward was perfectly illustrated in the Scottish Cup final of 1904 when he bagged a hat-trick at Hampden as Celtic came from 2-0 down to defeat Rangers 3-2.

The fearsome firepower of this humble man from Croy were the foundation on which a glorious era in Celtic’s history was built. With the magnificent and rampaging Quinn terrorising opponents Celtic were to win six League championships in succession as well as adding four Scottish Cups to their haul of silverware. The player was also capped 11 times for Scotland.

Knee trouble eventually brought an end to this most memorable of careers but not before this former collier boy made an eternal impression on football history and in the hearts of all Celtic fans for generations to come.

Jimmy Quinn played 331 times for Celtic and scored 216 goals. The Quinn family connection with Celtic continued when his grandson, also Jimmy, was a Celtic player between 1963 and 1979 and was a part of the famed “Quality Street Gang”.

He passed away in 1945, and Willie Maley penned a fitting valedictory on the Celtic legend: “He was the keystone in the greatest team Celtic ever had.”

“The Mighty Quinn” is a Celtic icon who will never be forgotten, his incredible record will see to that.

For more information please visit:

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where donations to the work of the Celtic Graves Society can also be made.

For further information see:

Celtic Graves on Facebook, @CelticGraves on twitter & Search for Jimmy Quinn on www.TheCelticWiki.com

Thanks to @BarryMcGonigle for the photo colourisation

Peter Dowds

The Johnstone No.1 CSC and the Celtic Graves Society are proud to announce that there will be a ceremony to mark the resting place of

PETER DOWDS

Celtic Player 1889-1892; 1894-95

At Abbey Cemetery, Abbey Road, Elderslie, Renfrewshire on Saturday 1st March 2014 at 11.30am

Attendees at the event will include:

A representative from Celtic FC
A speaker from Johnstone No.1 CSC
Jim Craig, Celtic Graves Society Patron

“Peter Dowds was a wonderful footballer, his versatility was unique. Talk about class all-rounders. There never has been and ever will be finer. It did not matter in which position Peter played, he distinguished himself. I admired him most as a halfback. He was the perfect middle man, playing the ball all the time and every time. Peter did not have to throw himself about to get contact. Contact came to him by his own intuition. He did not find the ball. Nothing so common. It found him.” – Willie Maley – 1936

One of the most sought-after young players in Scottish football at the time, Peter Dowds joined Celtic from Broxburn Shamrock in February 1889 aged only 17 and soon forced his way into the first team. This son of Johnstone, whose first club was Johnstone Harp, made his debut against Clydesdale Harriers in March 1889 and partnered future manager Willie Maley in his next game against Abercorn.

This young Celt established a remarkable series of ‘firsts’ in his career at the club. He was one of the goalscorers when Celtic won their first ever trophy, the North-Eastern Cup, against Cowlairs on 11th May 1889. He played in Celtic’s first ever League match against Hearts on August 23rd 1890, scoring one of the goals in a 5-0 drubbing, and ended the season as the club’s leading goalscorer (17) with most appearances also in League and Cup competitions (24). He was renowned for his skill and versatility – he was at centre-forward when Celtic won their first major trophy, the Glasgow Cup, against Third Lanark in 1891 and played at right half when the trophy was retained the following season against Clyde.

Peter was also a member of the first Celtic team to lift the Scottish Cup when they defeated Queen’s Park by 5-1 on April 9th 1892 before 26,000 spectators. When Celtic won the League Title the following season he was not part of the success as he’d been tempted away to Aston Villa. After one season in Birmingham and another with Stoke City, Celtic succeeded in prising Dowds back to Glasgow. He played in the first ever game at Love Street, Paisley on 8th September 1894 but then missed a number of games due to ‘chest trouble’. He played in a friendly away to Manchester City on 1st December 1894 but it was his last appearance in a Celtic jersey as the deadly condition ‘consumption’ took hold.

Peter Dowds died tragically from tuberculosis on 3rd September 1895 aged only 24 at Graham Street, Johnstone – the street where he was born and his family lived throughout his life. He was the first Celt to die while still a player. He lies in an unmarked grave in Abbey Cemetery, Elderslie.

All Celtic Supporters from Renfrewshire and beyond and welcome to attend and flowers/tributes can be laid at the graveside.

For more information please visit:

www.celticgraves.com

where donations to the work of the Celtic Graves Society can also be made.

Peter Scarff

The Peter Scarff Linwood CSC and the Celtic Graves Society are proud to announce that there will be a ceremony to mark the 80th anniversary of the death of

PETER SCARFF

Celtic Player 1928-1933

At Kilbarchan Cemetery, Bridge of Weir Road, Brookfield, nr Kilbarchan on Saturday 14th December 2013 at 11.30am

Attendees at the event will include:

Members of Peter Scarff’s family
Peter Lawwell, Celtic FC Chief Executive
Anne McElhinney, Peter Scarff Linwood CSC
Jim Craig, Celtic Graves Society Patron
David Potter, Celtic historian

Linwood-born Peter Scarff made his debut in a 5-1 win against Arthurlie in a home Scottish cup tie in January 1929. A newspaper of the time declared: “Scarff is a worthy successor to Jimmy McMenemy – he has McMenemy’s dragging touch and the same ease with the long opening pass to the other wing”. As inside-left Scarff won his first medal with Celtic a year later as part of the team that beat Rangers 2-1 in the Glasgow Cup Final. Later that season he won the Scottish Cup as part of a team that included Jimmy McGrory, John Thomson, Jimmy McStay, Willie McGonagle and Bertie Thomson. At the time he said to his fiancee, Marjory Boyle, “I’m wearing a Celtic jersey and I’m playing for you. Those two things are the most important things in my life.” Willie Maley was putting together a group of impressive young players – however within only six years three of this group had died in tragic individual circumstances.

Eighteen days after John Thomson’s death Peter Scarff was replaced at half-time in a friendly match in Ayr. This was the first indication that he was unwell. Almost three monthd later he played his last game for Celtic against Leith Athletic at Celtic Park in December 1931 when he coughed up blood. He was diagnosed as suffering from the deadly condition, tuberculosis. This favourite of the Celtic crowd was only 23 years old. In his two years as a Celtic player his impressive record read 54 goals in 112 appearances.

A few weeks later he was taken to the Bridge of Weird sanitorium in an attempt to beat the condition. Despite occasional periods of remission when hopes would rise it was annoucned in July 1933 he would never play football again. He died on 9th December 1933, two years after his first diagnosis. “I wonder if the crowds will ever miss me?” he once said while in hospital. His funeral proved that this popular young Celt was indeed missed. The Paisley and Renfrewshire Gazette reported, “The mourners stood around with bared heads during the committal service and many of them were visibly affected by the occasion, and the tears were in no way hidden when just before the interment Manager Maley of Celtic laid the green and White Celtic Jersey on the coffin.” The following decade the Peter Scarff Celtic Supporters Club was established in Linwood and today remains the focal point of the Celtic support in the area.

All Celtic Supporters are welcome to attend and flowers/tributes can be laid at the graveside.

There will be a get-together after the event at St. Conval’s Social Club, Candren Rd, Linwood, Paisley PA3 3AP (please note: this is the Social Club and not the Church).

A free bus will be available to transport supporters from the social club to the cemetery beforehand – leaving at 11am. As the cemetery is remote and parking limited, please take advantage of this.

For more information please visit:

www.celticgraves.com

where donations to the work of the Celtic Graves Society can also be made.

Founding Fathers

The Celtic Graves Society are delighted to announce a ceremony to unveil a Celtic Cross in memory of the Founding Fathers of Celtic Football Club at St Peter’s Cemetery, Dalbeth on Saturday November 2nd at 11.30am

Guest speakers will include:

Ian Bankier, Celtic Chairman
Tony Hamilton, Chief Executive of Celtic Foundation
Tom Boyd, ex Celtic captain
Terry Dick, CGS historian

The blessing will be conducted by the Archbishop of Glasgow, Philip Tartaglia. All Celtic Supporters are welcome to attend and flowers can be laid at the new monument.

“The main object of the club is to supply the East End conferences of the St Vincent De Paul Society with funds for the maintenance of the ‘Dinner Tables’ of our needy children in the Missions of St Mary’s, Sacred Heart and St Michael’s”

For more information please visit:

www.celticgraves.com

where donations to the work of the Celtic Graves Society can also be made.

Willie Maley

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

WILLIE MALEY

Celtic Player 1888-1897
Celtic Manager 1897-1940

At Cathcart Cemetery, Glasgow (Brenfield Road entrance) on Saturday 21st September 2013 at 11.30am

Attendees at the event will include:

Davie Hay, former Celtic Player and Manager
John Paul Taylor, Celtic FC Supporter Liaison Officer
Chris McKay, Celtic supporter who discovered Willie Maley’s resting place
Members of the Maley Family
Jim Craig, Celtic Graves Society Patron
David Potter, Celtic historian

A Blessing will be given by Rev. Father John Sweeney, St Maria Goretti Church, Cranhill. All Celtic Supporters are welcome to attend and flowers/tributes can be laid at the graveside.

“You can beat them if you start from the whistle to play the ball and keep playing it all the time. Now then, boys, go on determined to do your very best and remember the old Celtic spirit.” – Willie Maley, pep-talk to Celtic tram, Ibrox 1921 – Rangers 0, Celtic 2

It was Brother Walfrid who, at a meeting at the Maley household in 1887 where the club’s founding fathers sought to persuade Tom Maley to join the new Irish Combination, turned to younger brother Willie and said “Why don’t you come with him?” That invitation led to one of the longest and most-rewarding relationships in the history of Celtic FC.

19 year old Maley signed up and featured in Celtic’s first ever match, a 5-2 victory over Rangers, and then established himself as a half-back throughout the club’s first decade.

His performance in the 1892 Scottish Cup Final helped secure the club’s first major trophy with “his blocking and feeding simply perfect… checking, returning, general engineering… immense.” He remained faithful to the Glasgow club when many of his team-mates were tempted away by the lure of bigger money in England.

The following year was monumental for Maley as he earned two international caps and was a member of the Celtic team that won its first League Championship in 1893. Maley and his team-mates repeated the feat the following year and he rounded off his playing career with another League winners medal in 1896. He made 95 first-team appearances for Celtic and scored four goals.

Willie Maley became “Secretary-Manager” of Celtic in 1897 and his team won the Championship in his first season. He went on to forge some of the greatest teams in the club’s history. The record-breaking 6-in-a-row side of 1905-1910 contained legendary figures such as Quinn, Gallacher and McMenemy. The secret of his success was claimed to be that “He catches the players young and breathes into them the old traditional Celtic fire of which he himself appears to be the very living fountain and source” (Glasgow Observer, 14 March 1914). His next great team won four titles in succession between 1914-1917.

In total Maley’s teams won sixteen league titles and fourteen Scottish Cups and were responsible for creating an attacking style of football that remains synonymous with the club 125 years on. His managerial career finished with a flourish as he reached 70 years of age: the Scottish Cup won in 1937 and the League Title and Empire Exhibition Cup in 1938, Celtic’s golden jubilee year. It was during the jubilee celebration that the man himself said: “The club has been my life and without it my existence would be empty indeed.”

As part of the 125th anniversary of Celtic’s foundation the Celtic Graves Society is holding this commemoration to honour one of the greatest ever Celts whose name is still celebrated in the stands of Celtic Park today.

For more information please visit:

www.celticgraves.com

where donations to the work of the Celtic Graves Society can also be made.

125th Anniversary Mass

The Celtic Graves Society with the support of Celtic Football Club are delighted to announce that there will be a service to mark our Foundation at St Mary’s, Calton on 6th November 2012.

This service is exactly 125 years after the first meeting at St Mary’s Hall in 1887. The Service will commence at 5.30pm.

“A football club will be formed for the maintenance of dinner tables for the children and the unemployed.”

After the service attendees will be invited back to Celtic Park for a simple meal, to reflect the work of the poor children’s dinner table.

Attendance will be ticketed, and all of those attending the St Mary’s celebration are invited along to the function suite at Celtic Park. We are asking for a donation suggested at £10, with the proceeds being given to charity, reflecting the core principles of the founding fathers on that day, and those of the present day club through the work of the Celtic Charity Fund.

We hope to release more information on how to obtain tickets in the very near future.

For more information please visit:

www.celticgraves.com

Jimmy McGrory

The Celtic Graves Society is proud to announce that there will be a ceremony to mark the 30th anniversary of

JAMES EDWARD McGRORY

Player 1922-1937
Manager 1945-1965

At St Peter’s Cemetery, Dalbeth, London Road, Glasgow on Saturday 27th October 2012 at 12pm

Attendees at the event will include:

Representative of Celtic Football Club
Father John Sweeney – Holy Cross Church
John Cairney – Speaking on behalf of the CGS
Representatives from St Roch’s Football Club

“Jimmy McGrory leaves memories of the finest and of deeds in our colours that will never fade” – Willie Maley

Honours with Celtic:

Scottish League 1925-26, 1935-36
Scottish Cup 1925, 1927, 1931, 1933, 1937
Glasgow Cup 1927, 1928, 1929, 1931
Glasgow Charity Cup 1926, 1936, 1937

Top League goalscorer in Europe in seasons 1926-27 (49 goals) and 1935-6 (50 goals)
A career total of 550 goals in 547 games
Manager of the Celtic team which won the 1957 League Cup Final by a British record margin in a domestic cup final of 7-1 against Rangers

For more information please visit:

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Brother Walfrid

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

BROTHER WALFRID

The religious name of Andrew Kerins, a Marist Brother and founding father of Celtic FC

At Mount St. Michael Cemetery, Dumfries on Sunday 26th August 2012 at 1pm

Attendees at the event will include:

Representatives of Celtic Football Club
Father John Sweeney – Holy Cross Church
Terry Dick, son of Glen Daly

“A football club will be formed for the maintenance of dinner tables for the children and the unemployed” – Brother Walfrid

The event will also include a tour of:

The Marist Cemetery
The Mount St. Michael Chapel

We are organising transport from Celtic Park departing at 10.30am. Please contact walfridbus@celticgraves.com to confirm reservations.

For more information please visit:

www.celticgraves.com