This day in Celtic history: 8th October 1910

On this day in 1910, a future Celtic star called Charlie Napier was born at Bainsford near Falkirk. By the beginning of the decade of the 1930s, Charlie had established himself in the first-team, where his cultured play and good control earned him the nickname of ‘Happy Feet’.

In the Scottish Cup final of 1931, with the Bhoys two-down to Motherwell with eight minutes left, it was Charlie Napier who found Jimmy McGrory with a lobbed free-kick to kick-start one of the greatest comebacks in the club’s history. Celtic drew the match 2-2 and in the replay the following Wednesday, they thrashed the Steelmen 4-2 to take the trophy back to Parkhead for the13th time.
Charlie had another starring role as Celtic beat Motherwell again in the 1933 Scottish Cup Final and was capped 5 times for Scotland, becoming the first Celtic star to play at Wembley. However, just before the start of season 1935/36, he asked for better terms which Willie Maley – acting on behalf of the Celtic Board – was unwilling to meet.

So after 200 appearances and 92 goals for Celtic, Charlie Napier moved to Derby County on 12th June 1935.

Jim Craig

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