With the goal of ‘alleviating poverty in Glasgow’s East End parishes,’ Celtic Football Club was founded in St Mary’s Church Hall in East Rose Street (now Forbes Street), Calton on this day in soccer history in 1887.
The inspiration for the club was from Marist Brother Walfrid who saw the club as a means to raise money and was based on Hibernian Football Club in Edinburgh. The club nickname, ‘The Bhoys’ was adopted soon after with the club calling the side the ‘bold boys’ that eventually picked up the additional ‘h’ common in the Gaelic spelling.
The future of the club as one of Great Britain’s top teams, however, is due to the work of John Glass. Glass saw the coming age of professional football and the potential to earn money from the sport. In a move to solidify the side he signed eight of the Hibs top players in 1888.
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The rest is history as Celtic went on to establish themselves as the dominant team in Scotland and one of the top in Great Britain. In addition to domestic silverware, Celtic was the first British side to win the European Cup when they accomplished that feat in 1967.
1940 – Johnny Giles, Irish footballer,
1972 – Garry Flitcroft, English footballer
1988 – Erik Lund, Swedish footballer
1989 – Jozy Altidore, American footballer