Photo Special – Trip down memory lane with Celtic’s oldest living first-team player

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As part of the Celtic Tour Guide Team, we were delighted to welcome Peter Goldie back to Celtic Park recently. Now a sprightly 88 years young, Peter holds the distinction of being Celtic’s oldest living first-team player. I had the pleasure of speaking with him early last year whilst pulling together a resume of his Celtic career, published on The Celtic Star, and this time around Peter promised to share some of his collection of photos from that era, which we reproduce below with some supporting text.

This is a wonderful trip down memory lane…



9 May 1953. Peter signs for Celtic

A piece of paper which allows you to live the dream. The great McGrory signs Peter for Celtic.

16 May 1953. Coronation Cup semi-final. Celtic 2 Manchester United 1

16 May 1953. Coronation Cup semi-final. Celtic 2 Manchester United 1…

Celtic captain Jock Stein looks on as keeper John Bonnar clears from Manchester United inside-forward Johnny Downie at Hampden. Downie was a Scot who played his entire career in England and was a record signing for the Old Trafford club when he moved from Bradford Park Avenue in 1949. I reckon this may have been his last game for the club before joining Luton Town that summer. Goals from Bertie Peacock and Neil Mochan took Celts through to the final, despite a late strike from United legend Arthur Rowley.

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Having retired from his day job Matt Corr can usually be found working as a Tour Guide at Celtic Park, or if there is a Marathon on anywhere in the world from as far away as Tokyo or New York, Matt will be running for the Celtic Foundation. On a European away-day, he's there writing his Diary for The Celtic Star and he's currently completing his first Celtic book with another two planned.

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