Art of the Celts 6 – Bertie Peacock statue, Coleraine

This is a surprising location for anything associated with Celtic FC.  But Bertie Peacock was a special man. 

Image

The captain of Celtic’s famous 7-1 team, the ever-smiling Bertie played in the Hoops for 12 years and was a very popular player with team-mates and supporters alike.  The Coleraine man was also a distinguished internationalist for Northern Ireland and it was when playing for the North in the 1958 World Cup (when they made it to the quarter-finals!) that he earned the nickname ‘THE LITTLE ANT’. 

 

Image

 

Image

Image

 

 

Bertie went on to manage Northern Ireland for five years and also his hometown team of Coleraine, who won their first ever Irish League Championship under Bertie’s guidance in 1974.  He went on to help establish the famous Milk Cup youth tournament. 

 

Image

With 453 Celtic appearances and 50 goals, Bertie Peacock is a legendary Celt.  This statue was unveiled by Pat Jennings in 2007, three years after Bertie’s death. 

 

Image

Sportsman   Statesman   Gentleman – Celtic’s Bertie Peacock

 

Image

Advertisements

One thought on “Art of the Celts 6 – Bertie Peacock statue, Coleraine”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s