Celtic Author, Liam Kelly, covers stories from the club's history, creates a Celtic audiobook and chats with guests about the annals of the Grand Auld Team.
Harry Hood: Twice As Good - Guest - Matt Corr
Mention the name Harry Hood and it evokes memories of a wonderful footballer in a glorious era, most notably at Celtic, his boyhood club. The chants rang out as he scored vital goals against the giants of European football under those massive lights in Glasgow’s east end, in the intensity of the city’s fierce derbies or major cup finals before six-figure crowds. Moments which created history.
Skillful, intelligent and classy, with 125 goals and over 300 games for Celtic in that post-Lisbon era, where the Lions and Quality Street Gang merged with Jock Stein’s astute signings to keep the Hoops at the summit of European football. Hood was a key man in an incredible team.
In this episode, Matt Corr discusses his new book - Harry Hood: Twice As Good - the official biography of Harry Hood. We discuss the great man's life, football career and business achievements, as well as reminiscing about the fantastic Celtic teams of the early 1970s. Matt shares some stories from Harry's former teammates, such as Kenny Dalglish, and gives us a fascinating preview of the publication.
You can purchase a copy from celticstarbooks.com and keep up to date on the project by following @HarryHoodBook on Twitter. £1 from every sale will be donated to Marie Curie.
Guest - Paul McQuade - Celtic Daft: The Johnny Doyle Story
Johnny Doyle came from a Celtic-daft family and had to be persuaded to give up his local supporters club membership to try and become a professional footballer. Under Ally MacLeod's guidance, teenage Doyle went on to win international honours before Celtic spent a record fee to take the flying winger to his spiritual home. He was one of Scottish football's most controversial and memorable characters before his tragic death at the age of 30.
In this episode, we discuss Paul's new book about the great man and go through some of the funniest & most important stories included.
You can purchase a copy from the-shamrock.net/2021/07/27/doyle/ or from Calton Books in Glasgow.
Guest - David Potter - Alec McNair Celtic's Icicle
Celtic historian and author David Potter has written dozens of books about Celtic Football Club and it's legendary figures. In this episode, David discusses his new book - Alec McNair Celtic's Icicle. Packed full of incredible stories about one of the greatest ever Celts, this episode is not to be missed.
You can purchase a copy of the tremendous hardback book by visiting celticstarbooks.com
Take Me To Your Paradise: Chapter 11 - Floodlight Failure
In the late 1800s, Celtic were among the first teams in Scotland to host night time matches under the aid of electric/gas light. It was a far cry from modern floodlighting and the experiment was doomed to fail.
Michael Davitt - Celtic's Radical Patron
In 1889, Michael Davitt was named Celtic's second Patron. He was also invited to lay the centre sod of turf, imported from Donegal, at the opening of the new Celtic Park in 1892. An IRB man, Land League founder, Politician, International Speaker, GAA enthusiast and Celtic fan - Michael Davitt had an incredible life. In this episode, I explore what his position at Celtic can tell us about the early identity of the club and what parallels can be drawn between his beliefs and those of the Celtic founding fathers.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Liam-Kelly/e/B081T6RN6D/ - To purchase any of my four books, please visit this link. Michael Davitt's story features in Take Me To Your Paradise and is mentioned in Walfrid & The Bould Bhoys.
*Thanks to Michael Davitt Museum (Co Mayo) for their ongoing information and for sending a comic on the life of the great man, which helped to create this episode. Check out their website by clicking HERE
Celtic's Most Important Founding Fathers
There were over 20 individuals involved in founding Celtic Football Club in late 1887. Sadly, many of these men have been forgotten over the years. In this episode, I list those identified as founding fathers, before exploring the stories of the four most important people in terms of establishing Celtic: John Glass, Brother Dorotheus, John H McLaughlin, Brother Walfrid.
To read the stories of all 21 founding members, you can purchase a copy of Walfrid & The Bould Bhoys: Celtic's Founding Fathers, First Season & Early Stars from celticstarbooks.com.
A cracking podcast. My only issue is the background music. Sometimes it’s as loud as the narrator. Please can this be quietened? Otherwise a fine podcast. Many thanks.