David Potter’s Celtic Player of the Day, No.33 – Sandy McMahon

Sandy McMahon was Celtic’s first truly great player. A man of culture and wisdom with a wide knowledge of Burns and Shakespeare, Sandy joined the club in 1891 when Hibs imploded.

He was tall, slightly gangly and normally seen with a moustache. He did not really look like a football player, but it was soon discovered that he was a skilful ball player and in particular a great goalscorer, often with his head. He very soon became a hero of the infant club.

Sandy McMahon 

He scored at least twice (newspapers disagree) in the first Scottish Cup win in 1892 and he also won Cup medals in 1899 and 1900, as well as Scottish League medals in 1893, 1894, 1896 and 1898. Noticeably when the team did not do so well as in 1895 and 1897, Sandy was missing, suffering in 1897 from a serious career-threatening injury. But he came back and very soon re-established himself in the minds of the fans, being a loyal player for his old friend and colleague Willie Maley when Willie became Manager in 1897.

Sandy McMahon – ‘The Duke’

Nicknamed “The Duke”, Sandy played 6 times for Scotland and never let them down. His later years after he left Celtic were not happy ones, especially after his wife died. He himself died in his mid-forties in January 1916.

David Potter

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About Author

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.

1 Comment

  1. Rob O’Keeffe on

    Very interesting character.After Celtic he was signed by Partick Thistle and scored on his debut.After retiring from football he opened a pub in the Gallowgate called “The Duke”.Sadly,he died way too young of cancer.