History of Celtic By Hollie and Sophie

We decided to write a blog because we read the novel ‘Divided City’ and found the history of  both football teams interesting. We wanted to find out more about the history of Celtic football club and why they are often associated with Catholics and people of an Irish background.

Brother Walfrid By Aloba Øyvind Vik, CC-BY-SA-3.0 Licence

Celtic were founded in St.Mary’s church hall in Glasgow by Brother Walfrid, an Irish Marist (priest) on 6th of November 1887. He had set up a charity to raise money for the poor.

The first football game was in 1888, on May the 28th. They played their first march against Rangers and won 5-2. They played in a white shirt with a green collar and a red celtic cross on the breast. In 1890 it changed to green and white vertical stripes. In 1903,  they changed again  to their green and white hoops. Celtic have, for many years, played against a high standard of football teams.

Celtics home games are held at Celtic Park. It  is the biggest stadium in Scotland and their official nickname is ‘The Bhoys’. Their badge is a four leaf clover with one star above it.  The star represents one European Cup win in 1967.

Celtic have had many managers such as: Willie Maley, Jock Stein, Billy McNeil, Gordon Strachan and Tony Mowbray. Their manager at the moment is Neil Lennon. Neil Lennon has had a lot of death threats such as bombs getting sent to him through the mail and throughout this he has stayed with the team. For more information on this, click here.

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