Monthly Archives: April 2011

Sandy McMahon

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


Celtic Player, 1890-1903.
The first legendary Celtic striker – with an incredible strike rate of 181 goals in 219 appearances
Member of the first Celtic team to win the Scottish Cup and the Scottish League

At St Peter’s The Good Shepherd Cemetery, Dalbeth, near Celtic Park on Saturday 9th April 2011 at 12 noon

Attendees at the event will include:

A representative from Celtic FC
Steve Chalmers, Celtic striking legend
Jim Craig, Celtic Graves Society Patron
David Potter, Celtic Historian
Members of the McMahon Family

A Blessing will be given by Monsignor Canon Bradley of St Matthew’s Church, Bishopbriggs.

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

“One of the Club’s earliest stars and certainly one of its brightest” – Willie Maley

Sandy ‘The Duke’ McMahon was the club’s first star forward and the first Celt to epitomise an era – like Jimmy Quinn who came after him. His swashbuckling style of play as an old-fashioned inside left-led to him being nicknamed ‘The Prince of Dribblers’ by the support. He established a phenomenal partnership with Johnny Campbell (109 goals in 215 appearances – also buried in Dalbeth) on the Celtic left wing which lasted over a decade and propelled the new club to its first great successes.

Sandy’s first moment of glory came when his two goals in the 1892 Scottish Cup Final replay v Queens Park set up a 5-1 victory and for the first time the famous trophy went to Celtic Park. Sandy went on to score again in the 1899 and 1900 cup finals winning two further medals.

Sandy was the leading goalscorer in season 1892-93 when his 12 goals saw Celtic secure the League Championship for the first time. He was the first Celt to score over 100 goals and remains in the Top 10 Celtic goalscorers of all time (currently ranked 8th). In 1893-4 Celtic made it two league flags in-a-row with Sandy scoring a phenomenal 31 goals in 30 games in all competitions – a Celtic record unbroken until ‘Sniper’ Jim McColl over two decades later.

Sandy McMahon was capped six times for Scotland and it was often remarked that, rare for a footballer, he was as intelligent off the pitch as on it. When the Celtic side he led routed Rangers 4-0 in a Scottish Cup replay in 1900 Sandy declared to the press after: “We have taken Kruger’s advice! We have staggered humanity!”

When leading English clubs sought to tempt him south the Celtic committee moved heaven and earth to entice him back because, in Willie Maley’s words, “he was soo o’ anither sort.” Sandy died at the young age of 45, less than thirteen years after leaving Celtic Park.

We hope you can join us at the ceremony and after at the Celtic Club on London Road prior to kick-off against St. Mirren at 3pm. For more information please visit:

A commemorative booklet in Sandy McMahon’s honour has been published.
A booklet about the Celtic Connection with Dalbeth Cemetery is also now on sale.
All proceeds from our publications go towards the purchase of memorial stones and refurbishments.
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