18th February Pat Connelly dies
During the course of its long history, Celtic has produced an impressive number of talented individuals in the position of ‘winger’. One of these was Patrick Connelly, who joined the club from Kirkintilloch Rob Roy on 2nd December 1921, at the age of 20 and made his first-team debut against Clyde only two months later.
From that point on, Paddy Connelly stamped his authority on the outside-right position, his blazing pace making him a difficult opponent for any opposing fullback. To begin with, his crosses did not match the quality of his pace but hard work quickly improved that and he soon sent over a plethora of balls which the likes of Jimmy McGrory, Joe Cassidy and Tommy McInally pounced on to score their goals. Some days were very special, like the match against Hibs in the Scottish Cup final of 1923 (1-0) ; the semi-final of the same competition in 1925 when Rangers were thrashed 5-0; or the 1927 final victory over East Fife (3-1), when Paddy Connolly scored twice, although one was a deflection.
Between 1921 and 1932, Paddy Connolly made 296 appearances for Celtic and scored 46 goals. After leaving Parkhead, he played for Hibs, Airdrie and Bo’ness. On this day in 1969, having suffered a long illness, he died in Hairmyres Hospital at the age of 68.