If You Know The History – 26th June 1901 Alec Crawford joined Celtic from Clyde 1901

Sometimes, a player comes into a club like Celtic and finds things a bit difficult. Just occasionally, though, life then takes a turn for the better.

Outside-right Alex Crawford signed for Celtic on this day in 1901. At the start of season 1901/02, he made five league appearances for the club but obviously did not set the heather on fire, as he was loaned out to Morton in October 1901. However, on 12th May 1902, he came back to Celtic and only five weeks later, was in the Celtic side which won the Glasgow Exhibition Cup by beating Rangers 3-2 at Cathkin Park.

As I mentioned last week, Jimmy Quinn scored the winner from a corner in the last few minutes of extra-time. Quinn himself always said that Willie Loney took the corner; others said it was Alex Crawford. Whoever it was, it was a good one and the trophy went back to Celtic Park, Alex Crawford doubt delighted to receive a winner’s medal – which were supplied by Bovril!


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