Point of Interest

Celtic Football Club Ltd

Scotland / Europe

Parkhead Stadium is home to Celtic Football Club Ltd, which was founded in 1887 by an Irish Marist Brother, Andrew Kerins, who was known by his religious name of Brother Walfrid. His plan was to alleviate poverty amongst the Irish population in the East End of Glasgow by raising money for his charity, the Poor Children’s Dinner Table. Walfrid suggested the name, Celtic, and they have the official nickname “The Bhoys”. The club became a private limited company in 1897 and plays in the Scottish Premiership. Their stadium, known as Parkhead or ‘Paradise’, has a capacity of 60,411 and is therefore the largest football stadium in Scotland and the seventh-largest stadium in the United Kingdom. Since playing its first game in 1888, Celtic has never been relegated. There is a famous rivalry between Celtic and Rangers, the two clubs being collectively known as the Old Firm. Between them they have won 100 league titles since the Scottish League was founded in 1890. Celtic won six successive league titles in the first decade of the twentieth century, though their greatest success was during the 1960s and 1970s under Jock Stein (1922-85). One of their star players was Jimmy McGrory (1904-82), who also managed the team. Originally they played in a white shirt with green collar, black shorts and emerald green socks. Most of the time their home strip has featured green and white horizontal hoops. Celtic Park has hosted several Scotland Internationals and Cup Finals, and has been the site of both open air masses and First World War recruitment drives. There have also been rock concerts there, notably The Who and U2.  

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