David Potter’s Celtic Player of the Day, No.49 – Jamie Weir

Sometimes called Jimmy or Jim, Jamie Weir was a great Celtic left back who played only three seasons for the club, but one of these seasons was 1907/08, possibly up there in competition with 1966/67 as the best in the history of the club.

He was an Ayrshireman, born in Muirkirk and started his senior football career playing for Ayr FC in 1904.

In 1907 the illustrious career of left back Willie Orr was coming to an end, and Weir was recommended to Maley by James Hay who had heard stories of him. Weir fitted into that great team seamlessly both as a ferociously tackling full back and on away trips at hotels where he was a fine reciter of Tam O’ Shanter, as befitted an Ayrshire-man.

His full back partner was Donnie McLeod and then Alec McNair, and the 1907/08 season saw Celtic’s first ever clean sweep with Weir virtually an ever present after December 1907.

He won League medals in the next two seasons as well, but in 1910 he fell out of favour and went to Middlesbrough to play alongside his erstwhile partner Donny McLeod.

He quickly became as much of a favourite with Boro fans as he did with the Celtic fans, until he retired in 1920. In later years he ran a hotel in Redcar.

David Potter

The team pose with three cups they won in season 1907-08. The Charity Cup, The Scottish Cup and the Glasgow Cup. Back row from left: T.White, J Kelly, T.Colgan, J. McKillop, J Grant, M Dunbar, Middle Row: Manager Willie Maley, Jim Young, P Somers, Jimmy McMenemy, Davy Adams, Mitchell, Weir, R Davis. Front row: D Hamilton, D McLeod, W Loney, J Hay, Jimmy Quinn, Alec McNair
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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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