Goalkeeper Davie Adams signed for Celtic in December 1902, when on a visit to Ireland with the club. He had been invited by Willie Maley to play in a friendly against Bohemians on Boxing Day and obviously did well enough to catch the manager’s eye. Davie made his league debut against Hibs on 26th September 1903.
Almost from that point on, the Celtic career of Davie Adams was one in which success was a constant factor. He was the team’s custodian in the Scottish Cup triumphs of 1904, 1907, 1908 and 1911; was an almost constant presence for the six championships in a row between 1905 and 1910; and picked up a number of Glasgow and Charity Cup medals.
For most of this period, Davie merely wore the same jersey as his team-mates but in 1910, he became the first Celtic keeper to appear in the yellow jersey. Davie suffered from some eye trouble towards the end of his career and this eventually caused his retirement. His last match for Celtic was against St Mirren on 2nd December 1911, the same day that Patsy Gallacher made his debut. In total, he had made 291 appearances for Celtic, with an impressive 124 shut-outs (43%).
On this day in 1948, Davie Adams died in Edinburgh at the age of 65.