This day in Celtic History: 11th December: John Fallon

11th December John Fallon signed

After the death of John Thomson in 1931, Joe Kennaway was brought over from Canada to replace him and held the position for the remainder of the 1930s.

Willie Miller took over as Celtic’s number one goalkeeper in 1942 and held the role through to the first few years after the 2nd World War.


Then John Bonner took over in the early 1950s, as Celtic won the Scottish Cup in 1951, the League/Cup double in 1953/1954 and the Coronation Cup in 1953, although John did have a little competition from George Hunter and also Andy Bell.

Dick Beattie was the next regular custodian, the main man as Celtic picked up the League Cup in 1956 and 1957 and it was during Dick Beattie’s tenure – in fact on this day in 1958 – that a young man from Blantyre called John Fallon signed full pro forms for the club.

For the next few years, John had to compete with Frank Haffey for the first-team jersey but by the early days of season 1963/1964, he was the man in charge, just in time for the arrival of Jock Stein.

Jim Craig


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