Brother Walfrid – Undoubtedly the most important figure in Celtic’s history

A recent question on X got a lot of Celtic supporters debating. The question by a well known Celtic account asked: ‘Who is the most important figure in the history of Celtic football club?

That got me thinking, but not for too long as there is only one answer. It’s got to be the man who founded our football club. Isn’t it? The one and only Brother Walfrid.

How Celtic founder Brother Walfrid might have looked were he alive today to be photographed. Colour by @Highland__Paddy.

Brother Walfrid had a vision. He set in motion the idea of helping the most vulnerable and shunned in society by raising funds in the form of a football team, and lo and behold Celtic football club was created.

Although football and life in general has changed dramatically since the 1880’s the very same mantra still applies to the club in the present day. Generations of Celtic supporters have been captivated by this magical football club. It’s been a big part of our lives and many more generations will continue to follow the same path.

It’s a cliche, but we are more than a football club, and all this was only possible thanks to the Irish Marist brother from County Sligo.

Jimmy Quinn, Willie Maley, Jimmy McGrory and Patsy Gallacher

Of course there have been many great men associated with the club throughout the years. Figures who are legendary and without them the club wouldn’t have the history it holds so dear. From James Kelly, the first ever captain of the club, to Willie Maley the first ever manager of the club who won over 50 honours in a staggering 43 years in charge of the club.

Celtic manager Jock Stein and his predecessor Jimmy McGrory carry the Scottish Cup into the midst of Celtic’s victory celebrations in a suite at the Royal Stuart Hotel

Jock Stein, the man who revolutionised our football club, catapulting us to greatness by leading us to our finest ever triumph in 1967 as we lifted the big cup in Lisbon.

Billy McNeill holding the European Cup that Celtic won in 1967 football Lisbon Lions

Then there was of course Fergus McCann, the man who saved us from certain death while changing our fortunes on and off the park and leading us into the modern era. The success we currently enjoy today is in a massive part down to wee fergus.

We’ve had some Fantastic individual players. All over the field. Great goalkeepers like John Thomson and Ronnie Simpson. Entertainers such as Patsy Gallacher, Charlie Tully, Jimmy Johnstone, Paul McStay and Lubo Moravcik. We’ve had legendary goal scorers in Jimmy Quinn, Jimmy McGrory, Bobby Lennox, Stevie Chalmers, Kenny Dalglish and Henrik Larsson.

 Henrik Larsson of Celtic salutes the crowd after scoring his second goal during the UEFA Cup match between Celtic and FK Teplice at Celtic Park on February 26, 2004. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Gritty and determined leaders such as Bertie Peacock, Billy McNeill, John Clark, Tommy Gemmell, Danny McGrain, Bobby Murdoch, Bertie Auld, Tommy Burns, Neil Lennon and Scott Brown.

All legendary figures in the history of this football club, but the man who made it all possible, Brother Walfrid is and always will be the most important figure in the history of our football club.

Just an Ordinary Bhoy

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An ordinary everyday Celtic supporters hailing and still residing in Govan in the shadows of the enemy. I’m a season ticket holder. I Witnessed my first Celtic game in 1988 and have attended when I can ever since. Growing up in the 90s I witnessed Celtic at their lowest, and now appreciate the historic success we enjoy today. I enjoy writing about this wonderful football club and hopefully will continue to do so. I’ve always been a keen writer and initially started this a hobby. My ambition is to one day become as good an author as my fellow Celtic Star colleagues.

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