David Potter’s Celtic Player of the Day, No.47 – Jimmy Quinn

No-one symbolised a whole generation more that the miner bhoy from Croy, the great Jimmy Quinn. The irony was that the idol of all Scotland was a very quiet, shy retiring man who was never a glory seeker.

He scored a hat-trick against Rangers in the 1902 Coronation Cup final, but that was considered to be a flash in the pan as he was a somewhat underperforming left winger. But then for the 1904 Scottish Cup final, Maley was compelled to draft him in as centre forward. He scored another hat-trick that day, and Celtic never looked back after that.

Jimmy Quinn

He wasn’t all that big, but he was stocky with mighty shoulders, and quite capable of scoring goals by shoulder charging as well as his feet and his head. As well as being a great goalscorer, he was also a great leader of the line, unselfishly distributing the ball to his other forwards and being ready to feed off them.

His form for Celtic was replicated with Scotland, and the English journalists were all convinced that he was the best in the world.

Jimmy Quinn, Willie Maley, Jimmy McGrory and Patsy Gallacher

Known often just as “Jimmy”, he was the man that everyone talked about. Frequently fouled and the victim of injustice, Jimmy emerged through it all, and remained until the end “just an ordinary man”. He died in 1945.

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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