James Hay

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


Ayr Cemetery, Holmston Road, Ayr KA7 3BE
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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