Whenever fans talk about the Celtic greats through the decades, it is an unfortunate fact that those from the early days get least attention. If I mentioned the name of Jim Young, for instance, most Hoops fans might not have heard of the man at all.
Yet, Jim Young was a real star for Celtic, playing 443 games in the right-half ( midfield) position from 1903 to 1917. During that period, Jim picked up 10 League Championship medals, 5 in the Scottish Cup ( it could have been more, as the competition was suspended during WW1), as well as 7 Glasgow and 9 Charity Cup medals. In this photograph, we see him covering goalkeeper John Mulrooney ( wearing the new yellow jersey for goalkeepers) at Celtic Park in April 1912 against Aston Villa in a friendly.
After damaging his knee against Hearts in 1916, Jim retired in 1917 and opened a pub in George Street, Kilmarnock with team-mate Bobby Templeton. At the age of 40, on 4th September 1922, he was killed when the motorcycle on which he was a pillion passenger collided with a tramcar on the Wellington Bridge between Kilmarnock and Hurlford.
By Jim Craig