Jim Craig – Joe Dodds made 378 appearances for Celtic scoring 78 goals

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Left-back Joe Dodds was 21 when he signed for Celtic, making his debut only a few months later against Dundee in a league match at Parkhead on this day in 1908.

It was a good time to be with Celtic, as that season Joe won a first Championship medal when the club picked up its 5th consecutive title and he also played in the last four matches of the 1909 Scottish Cup run before the cup was withheld, as a consequence of the ‘Hampden Riot’.

Joe Dodds picked up a 2nd Championship medal the following year, as Celtic finished the 6-in-a-row, was in the Cup winning sides of 1911, 1912 and 1914 and collected another five championship-winning badges during the remainder of the decade.

Joe also served in the Royal Field artillery in France in 1918, returning to resume his career afterwards.

After 378 appearances and 78 goals, Joe Dodds moved to Cowdenbeath, although he later returned to Parkhead as trainer.

On this day in 1939, Willie Morrison was born. In his early 20s, he was wanted by Hibs, Rangers and Celtic and eventually signed for the Hoops on 24 November 1951. Willie only played the one match for the Hoops, at inside-forward against Raith Rovers in the league on 12 January 1952 and later that year joined Leith Athletic on loan.

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