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Sandy McMahon And The Early Celts

Sandy McMahon And The Early Celts

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Celtic supporters always need a personality goal scorer. The traditions of the club demand attractive attacking football with loads of goals. The tradition was started by the great Celtic side of the 1890s and by Sandy McMahon in particular.

Born in Selkirk of Irish stock, Sandy McMahon first played for Hibs before, in late 1890, joining the new Celtic team which was beginning to make its mark on Scottish football and Scottish society.

With a particular ability to score goals with his head, but also a fine dribbler and passer of the ball, Sandy McMahon earned Scottish caps and very soon became a cult figure of the age, as Celtic made their mark on football.

Yet there was so much more to him than that. An erudite and well-read man with a wide knowledge of Shakespeare and Burns, Sandy McMahon was an excellent example of an urbane Victorian gentleman, as well as the most famous football player of his age.

All this is lovingly brought to life by famous Celtic historian David Potter who has already written similar biographies of men like Jimmy McMenemy and Sunny Jim Young.

About the Author

David Potter has supported Celtic all his life, a condition he inherited from his father. He is a retired teacher of Classics and Spanish, and first saw Celtic in 1958.

He has written about 20 books on Scottish football, mainly on great Celtic players like Jimmy Delaney, Jimmy Quinn, Patsy Gallacher, Jimmy McMenemy, Tommy McInally, Jim Young and Bobby Murdoch.

He is married to Rosemary, lives in Kirkcaldy, has three children and four grandchildren. His other interests are cricket, drama, the poetry of Robert Burns and walking his beloved dog.


See David Potter's 'Meet Our Authors' page for more information and other books he has written

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