If You Know The History: 18th October 1913

Jimmy McColl debut

On this day in 1913, centre-forward Jimmy McColl, who had come in from St Anthony’s two years previously, made his first-team debut against Dundee at Celtic Park.

It was a tough period to be Celtic’s front man. His predecessor Jimmy Quinn had been such a success that he had left big boots to fill. But Jimmy McColl, at only 5 7” and 11 stone, rose to the challenge, scoring twice as Celtic beat Hibs 4-1 in the replay of the 1914 Scottish Cup Final – a ‘double’ season not replicated until 1953/54 – leading the line with gusto as Celtic picked up another three titles from 1915 to 1917 and again in season 1918/19, when they finished a point ahead of Rangers.

In his 7-year career, Jimmy McColl scored 123 goals in 169 matches, a tally which puts him near the top in the table of Celtic scorers.


Jim Craig


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