Jim Craig – Every Celtic player worn No.8 shorts to commemorate 8IAR

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Celtic won the first of their 9-in-a-row by beating Motherwell at Fir Park in 1966. Number 2 was won at Ibrox in 1967, No 3 at East End Park in 1968 and Number 4 was wrapped up at Rugby Park.

Number 5 came at Tynecastle. For Number 6, technically a home fixture, the fans had to go to Hampden in 1971, as Celtic Park was being re-developed. Number 7 arrived at Methil, the home of East Fife in 1972 and number 8 was picked up at Easter Road.

On this day in 1973, when the Celtic players ran out at Parkhead for the first home league match of the new season, with Clyde as the visitors, every one of them wore the number 8 on their shorts to commemorate 8-in-a-row.

James ‘Fox’ Foley was on the Celtic books between 1934 and 1936, making 6 appearances as a goalkeeper.

In a reserve match at Tynecastle on 28 November 1936, he drop-kicked the ball into the crowd behind the goal and the local supporters surged on to the pitch.

Unfortunately, Fox was head-butted then arrested and later charged with assault.

At his trial in Edinburgh Burgh Court on 1 February 1937, he was fined £2 with the option of 20 days!

Why is he in the birthday section? Well, the records do not give a precise date for his birth, although it definitely was in 1914 so it may have been on this day!

Jim Craig

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