Jim Craig – Celtic’s speedy outside-left Davie Hamilton

Speedy outside-left Davie Hamilton joined Celtic from Cambuslang Hibs in April 1902 and from that point on, he played his part in all the big Celtic moments of the following ten years, like the British Exhibition Cup win of 1902, when Celtic beat Rangers 3-2 at Cathkin, the six-in a –row championship successes between 1905 and 1910 – a Scottish record until another Celtic side surpassed it in the late 60s and early 70s -plus the Scottish Cup wins of 1904, 1908 and 1911.

Davie was in a forward line that ranks up there with the best that Celtic has ever produced, the names readily dripping off the tongues of fans of that time, outside-right Alec Bennett; inside-right Jimmy McMenemy; centre-forward Jimmy Quinn; inside-left Peter Somers; and outside-left Davie Hamilton.

In 260 games for Celtic, Davie scored 60 goals. He moved to Dundee in 1912 and Bathgate in 1913 but nothing could match his time at Celtic and he retired in 1914.

Willie Cook was a Northern Ireland international right-back and played for Celtic from 1930 to 1932, making 110 appearances in total.

Willie had been born in Coleraine on this day in 1910 but had come over to Scotland to start his football career with Part Glasgow Juniors before joining the Hoops.

After leaving Parkhead, Willie had a most peripatetic career, playing for Everton, Aldershot, Raith Rovers, Wrexham, and Rhyl before taking coaching or managing roles at Bergen, Sunderland, Peru, Northern Ireland, Portadown, Iraq, Wigan, Crewe and Norwich.

Willie Cook died in Liverpool in December 1992.

Jim Craig

About Author

The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

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