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  • Jimmy McMenemy - a true Celtic legend

    Jimmy McMenemy - a true Celtic legend

    By: Joe Sullivan on 06 Jun, 2012 09:06

  • IT was on this day, 110 years ago that the great Jimmy McMenemy signed for Celtic from nearby Rutherglen Glencairn.

    He joined on June 6, 1902 and he would remain with the club for nigh on two decades until he signed for Partick Thistle on June 22, 1920.

    Few Celtic players match McMenemy in terms of longevity and he picked up a treasure chest of medals – 11 league titles and six Scottish Cups – and scored a total of 168 goals in his 515 competitive games.

    When Celtic won six-in-a-row between 1905 and 1910, McMenemy was a huge inspiration. When four successive titles were secured between 1914 and 1917, he was again a creative fulcrum for Celtic.

    Napoleon, as he was nicknamed, could do everything a forward needed to. He had pace, unbelievable skill and a powerful shot, but he was also a calming presence on the pitch. Legend says that his trademark cry was “Keep the heid” whenever games got a bit heated.

    McMenemy experienced everything in the game over his 18-year Celtic career. When he left the club as a player in 1920 but even had time to make an impact at Partick Thistle – helping them beat Rangers in the final of the 1921 Scottish Cup.

    After 10 years out of the game, he became a coach at Partick Thistle before returning to Celtic in a similar capacity, where his experience was used to the full.

    He is remembered as a Celtic icon. As a man who gave his all for the club for almost two decades and then returned as a coach help to mould a new Celtic team and again bring success to the club.

    Jimmy’s heart never left Celtic Park and he lived to see Jock Stein’s first trophy as manager. He had passed away by the time Celtic had conquered Europe, but that feat would not have surprised him. He always knew the club was destined for greatness.
     

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