David Potter’s Celtic Player of the Day, No.36 – Patsy Gallacher

In his years from 1911 to 1925, Patsy Gallacher was generally reckoned to have been the best of them all. Those who saw him would brook no argument about it. Best ever player? Puskas? Pele? Maradona? “Naw, ye never saw Patsy Gallacher!”

Patsy Gallacher

The boy from Donegal made his debut in December 1911, won a Cup medal by April 1912, and in 1914 was the integral part of the great forward line of McAtee, Gallacher, McColl, McMenemy and Browning which went on to win virtually everything in the years of the Great War – something that cheered them up at the front and led to the claim that he was the most talked about man in the trenches.

He worked in the shipyards during the war and was once suspended from football for “bad timekeeping” in his job – something that is difficult to understand! He was still playing in the early 1920s and of course his most famous day was the 1925 Scottish Cup final when he scored that famous somersault goal against Dundee.

When he finished playing at Celtic, he went on to Falkirk and on one famous occasion before a Falkirk v Celtic Scottish Cup semi final, the Celtic crowd sang “Will ye no come back again?” He played 12 times for Ireland.

Jimmy Quinn, Willie Maley, Jimmy McGrory and Patsy Gallacher

He died in 1953.

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.

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