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Fitba' - the hoops

There is a long standing KILKIE tradition of supporting Celtic football club - which is not surprising given the historical origin of the team for Glasgow Irish immigrants. Not all Kilkie family support Celtic but a very high percentage do! As far as is known no Kilkie played for Celtic, but we have sure spent a lot of money watching them.



Celtic Football Club was formally constituted at a meeting in St. Mary's church hall in East Rose Street (now Forbes Street), Calton, Glasgow, by Irish Marist Brother Walfrid on 6 November 1887, with the purpose of alleviating poverty in the East End of Glasgow by raising money for the charity Walfrid had instituted, the Poor Children's Dinner Table. Walfrid's move to establish the club as a means of fund-raising was largely inspired by the example of Hibernian who were formed out of the immigrant Irish population a few years earlier in Edinburgh.

Walfrid's own suggestion of the name Celtic was intended to reflect the club's Irish and Scottish roots, and was adopted at the same meeting. The club has the official nickname, "The Bhoys". However, according to the Celtic press office, the newly established club was known to many as "the bold boys". A postcard from the early 20th century that pictured the team, and read "The Bould Bhoys", is the first known example of the unique spelling. The extra 'h' imitates the spelling system of Gaelic, where the letter B is often accompanied by the letter H.

On 28 May 1888, Celtic played their first official match against Rangers and won 5–2 in what was described as a "friendly encounter".Neil McCallum scored Celtic's first ever goal. The squad that played that day was largely composed of players signed from Hibernian.

For Celtic's first season they wore a white top with black shorts and black and green hooped socks. This kit featured a green Celtic cross inside a red circle. Next season they changed to a green and white vertically striped top and for the next fourteen years this remained unchanged. In 1903 Celtic adopted their famous green and white hooped tops.

photo of Early Celtic team (1891)

In 1889 Celtic reached the final of the Scottish Cup, this was their first season in the competition, but lost 2-1 in the final. Celtic again reached the final of the Scottish Cup in 1892, but this time were victorious after defeating Queen's Park 5-2 in the final. Several months later the club moved to its new ground, Celtic Park, and in the following season won the Scottish League Championship for the first ever time.In1895, Celtic set the League record for the highest home score when they beat Dundee 11-0.

180px Celtic FC svg

Although Celtic was set up by an Irish Catholic Brother and mainly served an East Glasgow Irish Catholic community it has a long history of employing players of any religious background. Some of Celtic's most famous players including legendary manager Jock Stein and Kenny Dalglish were not catholics.

Some of the family's favourite players from yesterday and today are shown below. You Know who they are! (ask if you want someone added)



Last modified onThursday, 22 December 2016 08:47

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