Videos: The Old Favourite Traditional Songs Of The Celtic Support

The Celtic songbook is legendary. It combines Folk, Rebel and football songs with those of wider social and political contexts.

In a decade not so distant, Hail Glorious St Patrick was an anthem for the fans. Many a supporter from games in the 60s and 70s will recall hearing this one. I believe the original Celtic twist on the lyrics were:

In the war against the Rangers in the fight for the cup

Jimmy McGrory put the Celtic one up

We’ve done it before and we’ll do it again

On Erin’s green valleys look down on Parkhead 

In the early years of the club, fans would sing The Dear Little Shamrock. It’s an old traditional Irish ballad, but it’s not hard to see why it fell away as the years progressed!

Another memorable song which defined the support in the 50s was Faith of our Fathers – an old hymn.

About Author

Hailing from an Irish background, I grew up in Bournemouth with the good fortune to begin watching Celtic during the Martin O'Neill era. Still living on the south coast, I have a season ticket at Paradise and also travel to European away matches when possible. 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/are sold in Waterstones and official Celtic FC stores, and are available on Amazon.

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