Johnny Crum came to Celtic Park from Ashfield as a centre-forward and got off to a good start, scoring two in his debut match against Motherwell in October 1932. Unfortunately, Celtic did have a fairly good player in that position already in the side at that time, as Jimmy McGrory was at the height of his powers, so Johnny Crum for some years had to play second fiddle to the great man and this limited his appearances in the first team. However, he did turn out for Celtic on 280 occasions, with two very special moments.
In the 1937 Scottish Cup Final against Aberdeen, before the biggest attendance ever in the UK for a club match, a massive crowd of 147,635, Johnny Crum opened the scoring, pouncing on a rebound from the Dons keeper to give Celtic the lead in the 12th minute and all through the game, he proved a handful for the opposing defence. Eventually, in the 70th minute, McGrory also scored and Celtic won 2-1, the club’s 15th victory in this competition
A year later, in the final of the Empire Exhibition Trophy at Ibrox against Everton, the match had entered extra-time when Johnny Crum popped up to knock in the only goal of the match, giving Celtic another of the ‘one-off’ trophy wins they seem to specialise in.
After 10 years at Celtic Park, Johnny Crum spent another four years at Morton before he retired in 1946. On this day, in 1969, he died in Hyndland, Glasgow at the age of 57.