David Potter’s Celtic Player of the Day, No.15 – Frank Brogan

Frank Brogan was a grossly undervalued player at Celtic Park. When he went to Ipswich Town, Frank got a consistent run in the team, and Ipswich saw how good he was.

He was never given enough of a chance at Celtic Park. He made only 37 appearances between 1961 and 1964 mainly as a left winger, but there was enough on show here to make one think that under better management (like Jackie Milburn at Ipswich) a great deal more might have been made of him.

He played some games in the 1961/62 season on the right wing and the crowd saw a slightly delicate boy who seemed to run on his tiptoes, but he could cross a ball and score a goal as he did twice against Aberdeen in March 1962.

It was the following season that saw inconsistent team selections and youngsters never being given a chance to settle down. Celtic reached the Scottish Cup final in May and in a creditable performance held Rangers to a 1-1 draw with both wingers Jimmy Johnstone and Frank Brogan giving a good account of themselves.

Both were dropped for the replay, and Celtic lost 0-3!

In February 1964 he scored against Aberdeen at Pittodrie and then was dropped for the next game, then he was reinstated, scored twice against Airdrie and dropped again! With madness like that in the Boardroom, Frank, Celtic through and through, was probably glad to get away to the sanity of Ipswich.

Frank Brogan was a major opportunity thrown away!

David Potter


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I am Celtic author and historian and write for The Celtic Star. I live in Kirkcaldy and have followed Celtic all my life, having seen them first at Dundee in March 1958. I am a retired teacher and my other interests are cricket, drama and the poetry of Robert Burns.

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