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Tom Campbell

Charlie Tully . Celtic's Cheeky Chappie

Charlie Tully . Celtic's Cheeky Chappie

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Charlie Tully was a legend. After the wartime years the famous Glasgow club had slumped to the edge of relegation but things were different with Charlie’s arrival he transformed the fortunes of Celtic on and off the pitch.

Charlie Tully belonged to a time when players were underpaid and exploited, but he played football with a smile on his face. He was a man born to entertain and captivate, but a footballer above everything else.

After the wartime years the famous Glasgow club had slumped to the edge of relegation, but things were different on Charlie's arrival: the crowds rolled up to see this brilliant inside-forward.

The legend grew, as did the stories, but one thing could be said of Charlie Tully: very often his exploits exceeded the myths surrounding him.

At Brockville in a Scottish Cup tie against Falkirk, with Celtic two goals down, he scored directly from a corner-kick, had the goal disallowed and scored again with the retaken corner! This is the story of a player the fans still revere.

About the Author

Tom Campbell was born in Glasgow in 1934 and emigrated to Canada in 1956. A lifetime Celtic supporter - and longtime admirer of Charlie Tully - he has written extensively about the club.

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