Celtic Snippets – JIMMY QUINN, THE OLD WARHORSE (Poem – August 1914)

Jimmy Quinn Hoops and signature

In 1914, speculation that Celtic’s heroic striker, Jimmy Quinn from Croy, was to retire from football was rife. 

The ‘Glasgow Observer’ published this poem in honour of The Equator which captured the despair of the Celtic support at the news they might never see The Mighty Quinn play again:  : 



Say, Jimmie, that it is not true

That you must quit the game.

For we are Oh so proud of you

And glory in your fame.

Far be the day when we must part

Ne’er see these runs of thine

They spread dismay in many a heart

And oft enratpured mine.


Your name is known from pole to pole,

Full many an exile sighs,

In fancy sees some thrilling goal

You scored in ‘Paradise’. 

We cannot spare you, ‘lad o’ parts’,

Our daring, dauntless boy

The idol of all Celtic hearts –

Jimmie Quinn from Croy

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