And If You Know The History…
One hundred and twenty five years on from that first meeting of minds in the Calton, I’m sure any Celtic supporter reading this would agree that today is indeed, a very special day. Of course, all of our thoughts will inevitably turn to the likes of Brother Walfrid, John Glass and Willie Maley, amongst the other men who played pivotal roles in the earliest days of the Football Club. It is also fair to presume that many people’s minds will turn to those we have tragically lost in recent years, the likes of Bobby Murdoch, Jimmy Johnstone, Tommy Burns, and Joe McBride.
Of course, these sorts of thoughts are what days like today are all about, but these are only the famous faces people will remember. On days like today, thousands of Celtic supporters, young and old alike, will think fondly of that special person (or people) who introduced them to the Football Club, and help to shape the love they now possess for it. It may be a silent thought, but nevertheless, it’ll be a common one.
Whilst many of us are incredibly lucky to still have these people in our lives, there will, undoubtedly, be some individuals who are no longer with us, who are missed terribly by those who remain. These special people are just as important as any player. Granted, their actions may have taken place on a less public stage, but they were important nonetheless. To spark the love of Celtic in a child (or an adult for that matter) is an incredible feat, and every spark is something we should all be immensely proud of. Take a moment to remember you first game; remember how it felt, the excitement of it all; the colours; the sounds; and therein lies my point.
Whether it was a parent, a sibling, an aunt, an uncle, a cousin or a friend, if they are still around today, take the opportunity to thank them for what they have given you. If they are not, thank them silently and pass on an old story they told you to someone else, because that act is as fitting a tribute as any.
Fundamentally, the more we know about our history, the more we know about ourselves. For this reason, I’d urge you all to do one thing today. Click the following link, which will take you to the fantastic “Celtic Wiki”, and you will find a list of every single senior Celtic player, one hundred and twenty five years worth. From there, pick a name you have never heard of, take two minutes of your time, and read about them. You’ll be pleased you did so.
And, as we look to the future, as a Football Club, as a support, and as individuals, I can’t help but be encouraged by what I see around me. Just as the men who formed the Football Club could never have foreseen the success it would achieve, we cannot predict the future. We can only strive to put in the hard work required to keep the Club we love progressing forward, both on and off the field.
For some, this may be by training harder, aiming to be Celtic’s star striker when they grow up. For others, this may be by writing books or blogs, or creating videos. For some, this may be by aiming to continue the fantastic charitable soul associated with Celtic Football Club. And yet, for many, this will be to simply carry on as they are, by attending matches, conducting themselves impeccably as they always do, and passing on their stories to the next generation.
As our Club continues to grow and develop, so does it’s fan base, all around the world, and that is the most beautiful thing of all.