Tremendous Scenes As Willie Maley Statue Is Unveiled

Newry co Down witnessed incredible scenes on Saturday afternoon as ‘the man who made Celtic’, William Patrick Maley, was immortalised in brass and stone in his Irish hometown.

Thousands of fans turned up to witness the statue unveiling, led by local Republican flute bands. Speeches were delivered by guests and former players revealed the statue.

What a fantastic monument to possibly the greatest and most influential Celt.

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Hailing from an Irish background, I grew up on the English south coast with the good fortune to begin watching Celtic during the Martin O'Neill era. I have written four Celtic books since the age of 19: Our Stories & Our Songs: The Celtic Support, Take Me To Your Paradise: A History Of Celtic-Related Incidents & Events, Walfrid & The Bould Bhoys: Celtic's Founding Fathers, First Season & Early Stars, and The Holy Grounds of Glasgow Celtic: A Guide To Celtic Landmarks & Sites Of Interest. These were previously sold in Waterstones and official Celtic FC stores, and are now available on Amazon.


  1. One of those “” ” wish I was there incidents in our magnificent history… Congratulations and absolutely well bloody done all involved..

    H.H and YNWA

  2. A great tribute to Mr Maley from our cousins in Newry. Don’t think it is a coincidence when he stepped down lean times ensued. Shout out to the sculptor, they done a great job with the statue. Pretty sure I read somewhere Willie was a supporter of the royal family, matters not to me if he was or not, not even sure if it is true, but if it is I would find it a bit funny to be honest, one of our greatest managers ( between him and Jock as it stands ) was a supporter of the royal family. Another reason why our at times crazy club is like no other hail hail.