On this day in 1865, James Kelly was born in Renton.
23 years later, Jimmy Kelly, as he then known, was centre-half for Renton, when as Scottish Cup holders, they became unofficial Champions of the World by beating FA Cup winners West Bromwich Albion 4-1 in a friendly. Shortly afterwards, Jimmy was persuaded to join Celtic, took his place in the first-ever team to play for the club on 28th May 1888 and became a regular for the following 9 years.
Jimmy won his second Scottish Cup medal in 1892 – in the first Celtic side to win the trophy – and went on to gain league championship successes in 1892/93, 1893/94 and 1895/96, while also earning 8 caps for Scotland.
On his retirement in 1897, Jimmy Kelly became a director of the club, a post he held until his death in 1932. He was also chairman between 1909 and 1914.