The day Celtic football club was born

John Divers scores at Parkhead in a clash with Airdrie.

John Divers scores at Parkhead in a clash with Airdrie.

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One of the biggest clubs in Scotland was formed on this day 128 years ago.

Celtic Park. Parkhead. Picture: John Devlin

Celtic Park. Parkhead. Picture: John Devlin

Celtic Football Club was formally created in St Mary’s Church, on what is know Forbes Street in Glasgow on November 6, 1887. The club was originally created to help raise money for families in poverty, with the backing of the Catholic Church, and created the charity Poor Children’s Dinner Table. The first match was not played however until 1888.

Instigated by Irish Marist Brother Walfrid, the name Celtic was chosen to give ties to the Irish and Scottish roots of the club.

Celtic have won the Scottish League Championship 46 times, the Scottish Cup 36 times and the Scottish League Cup 15 times, as well as being the first British team to win the European Cup in the ‘66-’67 season.

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