If You Know The History – 31st January Jimmy McColl’s last game 1920

For any player, the least comfortable role to take over is replacing a man who was an obvious star in the position.  Jimmy Quinn was very definitely a star for Celtic. Between the years of 1900 to 1915, the centre-forward played 331 times for the club, scoring 216 goals in the process, a tremendous record. 

Just as Quinn’s career was tailing off, a less powerful-looking young man called Jimmy McColl arrived at Celtic Park, having been signed by Willie Maley from St Anthony’s. After the exploits of Quinn, nobody was expecting too much from the new boy but he soon showed that he knew the way to goal and the fans had found another idol.

Over the years from 1913 to 1920, Jimmy McColl was the centre-forward in the sides which won the League Championship in 1915, 1916, 1917 and 1919; held his place for the vast majority of matches in the fabulous unbeaten run of games between November 20th 1915 and April 21st 1917; and scored twice as Celtic beat Hibs 4-1 in the Scottish Cup final replay of 1914, the last year the competition was held before the advent of war. 


In total, Jimmy McColl scored 123 goals in 169 matches, making his final appearance for Celtic against Dundee in a league match at Dens Park on this day in 1920. He then moved to the east to join Hibs, where he continued to knock in the goals, becoming the darling of the Easter Road crowd.


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