On this day in 1924, Charlie Tully was born in Belfast, the second of what would be twelve children.
After five years with Belfast Celtic, Tully came to Celtic in the summer of 1948 and had an immediate impact, the attendances immediately rising with each of his performances. On 25th September 1948 at Parkhead in his first season, the Legend of ‘Tully and the Three Gers’ was born, when Charlie terrorised the Rangers defence in the 3-1 league victory.
Charlie was there – or thereabouts – in all the good moments of the 1950s, like the single goal win over Motherwell in the 1951 Scottish Cup Final, thanks to his good friend John McPhail; or the victory only two months later in the St Mungo Cup final over Aberdeen, when he shied the ball against the back of Dons defender Davie Shaw and got it back again, a move which eventually led to an equaliser for Celtic.
Charlie starred in the first two rounds of the Coronation Cup in 1953 but missed the final through injury although he was a crucial man in the team which did the ‘Double’ in 1954.
Two years later came the first of the consecutive League Cup wins, firstly when Celtic defeated Partick Thistle 3-0 after a replay and then the never-to be forgotten day at Hampden in the sun, when Charlie Tully tormented Rangers left back Sammy Cox and more than played his part in Celtic’s memorable 7-1 victory over their Old Firm rivals.
After an 11-year career at Celtic Park, Charlie headed back to Ireland, where he held down a number of coaching or managerial posts. He died in 1971, at the age of 47.