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  • Anniversary of Celtic hero, Davy Adams

    Anniversary of Celtic hero, Davy Adams

    By: Joe Sullivan on 29 Nov, 2013 09:21

  • IT was on this day, November 29, 1948, that legendary Celtic keeper Davy Adams passed away in Edinburgh at the age of 65.

    The keeper (pictured above in 1908, centre of the middle row) was born in 1883 and joined Celtic near the end of 1902 but made his league debut the following September in a 1-0 win over Hibernian in a league game at Celtic Park when Sam Gilligan scored the only goal of the game.

    That was also Gilligan’s debut and the striker’s impressive 13 goals in 13 league appearances was small fry compared to the effect the new keeper was going to have on the team

    That Hibs game was the first of 291 top-level games he played for the Celts between then and his retirement in 1912.

    He was the last keeper to wear the Hoops (as you can see from the photo above) and the first to wear a yellow jersey when the rule change came into being in 1910.

    He played his last game for the Celts on December 2, 1911 and as one Celtic career ended, another started, as a man who stopped goals played his last game and a man who created and scored them took his first steps as a Celtic player.

    The 291st game of Davy Adams was the very first of a new signing from Clydebank Juniors, and his name was Patsy Gallacher.

    The 3-1 league win over St Mirren at Celtic Park watched by a crowd of 12,000 was pretty unremarkable.

    Although the keeper was ageing, no one knew for sure this would be his last appearance and who in the crowd could have guessed the heights that this scrawny teenager would reach?

    That was the first of 464 games Patsy played, during which he scored 196 goals before he joined Falkirk in 1926.

    During that time he won six championships and four Scottish Cups and he would also win 12 Irish caps, one of which was for the Free State
     

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