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  • Death of former Celt, Bobby Carroll

    Death of former Celt, Bobby Carroll

    By: Newsroom Staff on 11 May, 2016 10:51

  • EVERYONE at Celtic is saddened to hear of the death of former player, Bobby Carroll, who has passed away at the age of 77.

    Bobby, who played for Celtic between 1959-63, made 78 appearances, scoring 28 goals. His most famous goal, and one which assured his place in the Celtic history books, came on September 26, 1962 in the first round of the Fairs Cities Cup against Valencia.

    Bobby’s goal in that 4-2 defeat was the first goal scored in European competition by a Celtic player. He had also fired in the shot which took a deflection off a Valencia player for Celtic’s first goal in the game, so he always had a valid claim for having scored the club’s first ever European goal as well.

    An outside-right, Bobby joined Celtic in September 1957 from Irvine Meadow and made his first-team debut in a League Cup tie against Partick Thistle on August 12, 1959. The first of his 28 goals for the Hoops came just three days later when he scored in a 4-2 defeat away to Airdrie in the same competition.

    He moved to St Mirren in February 1963 and returned to Celtic Park with his new team just a few weeks later, helping them to a 1-1 draw. After spells with Dundee United, Coleraine and Queen of the South, he rejoined Irvine Meadow where he finished his career.

    The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Celtic are with Bobby’s wife, Ann, his family and friends at this very sad time.

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