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: :
JIMMY QUINN, THE OLD WARHORSE
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