Jim Craig – George McCluskey and Bertie Peacock

George McCluskey’s career started with his school team – Holy Cross Hamilton – before he joined Celtic Boys Club and then the Celtic ground staff.

He signed full terms for the club on this day in 1974.

Over the following nine years, George made 204 appearances in the Hoops and scored 78 goals.

Bertie Peacock joined Celtic on 28 May 1949, won his first honour in the ‘Danny Kaye’ Charity Cup final of 6 May 1950 – 3-2 v Rangers at Hampden – and then was an essential member of the side which won the Scottish
Cup in 1951 and 1953, the St Mungo Cup in 1951, the Coronation Cup in 1953, the League in season 1953-54 and successive League Cups in 1956 and 1957.

All in, Bertie played 453 times for Celtic – with 50 goals – as well as amassing 32 caps for Northern Ireland before going on to a managerial career with Coloraine and the Northern Ireland national team.

Bertie Peacock died on this day in 2004, at the age of 76.

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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