17th January 1925 Motherwell 1 Celtic 0 Charlie Shaw’s last match
Goalkeeper Charlie Shaw was by no means a big goalkeeper in terms of size – at 5’6” and 12 stone – but what a huge figure he was as regards achievement.
Charlie joined Celtic from QPR in May 1913 and immediately stamped his authority at the rear of that great defensive set-up, the names of Shaw, McNair and Dodds readily tripping off the fans’ tongues. He was there for all the great moments of the following 12 years; the League / Scottish Cup double of 1913/1914 and the tour of Europe just before war started in late 1914; the League championship successes of 1914/1915; 1915/1916; 1916/1917; 1918/19; and 1921/1922; the various Charity and Glasgow Cup wins of that period; plus another Scottish Cup victory in 1923.
On this day in 1925, Charlie played his final match for Celtic, unfortunately a 0-1 loss to Motherwell. It was his 436th appearances for the club, 240 of which were shut-outs, a 55%record, one of the best in Celtic’s history. When he left Celtic, he moved to the USA, where he died in 1938, at New York City, at the age of 53.