20th October: If You Know The History

20th October Willie Miller born Glasgow 1924

On this day in 1924, Willie Miller came into the world in Glasgow.

18 years later, he made his debut for the club as a goalkeeper, playing with such authority that he became a regular almost from that first match.

Those years of the 2nd World War were difficult times for Celtic. The Board showed little inclination to put any money up help manager Jimmy McStay bring in new players, the ground needing up-grading and results were poor.

Among all this behind the scenes mayhem, Willie Miller was a star, saving Celtic time and time again from heavier defeats.

The papers of the period were full of his heroics and the Celtic fans of the period were always singing Willie’s praises.

In 142 appearances for Celtic, Willie had 36 shut-outs and when he moved to Clyde in 1950, the fans bewailed the departure of an all-time Celtic great.


Jim Craig


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