If You Know The History: 29th Jan: Davie Hay born in Paisley

On this day in 1948, Davie Hay was born in Paisley.

Davie signed for Celtic in March 1966, making his debut almost exactly two years later in a league match against Aberdeen at Parkhead. The season after that, he became a regular in the first-team, originally at right-back ( in my place, unfortunately, although it has never affected the fine relationship between the two of us), then moving into midfield, which – and please do not read anything into my next few words – I always thought was his best position in the first place!

Above: Davie Hay

Over the next five years, Davie made 230 appearances for the club, knocking in 12 goals. He also became a regular in the Scotland side but some relationship difficulties behind the scenes at Celtic Park saw him sign for Chelsea in the summer of 1974. And that, it appeared at the time, was the end of Davie Hay’s time at Celtic Football Club.

However, after five years on the playing side at Chelsea, a spell punctuated by five operations on an eye plus cartilage trouble with a knee, Davie moved into coaching, initially with Chelsea and then with Motherwell, where he took over as manager in September 1981. In July 1983, as Billy McNeill moved south, Davie came in as Celtic manager for a four-year spell, the highlights of which were the Scottish Cup win of 1985 and the League title success in 1986.

Jim Craig


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