In the early 1970s the popular Celtic striker Harry Hood had a number of terrace chants in his honour. Whether with or without moustache or sideburns, Harry had a swashbuckling style about him and knew the way to goal better than most.
In 312 Celtic games Harry notched 123 goals – a tremendous return. Until Moussa Dembele came along in 2016, Harry was acclaimed as the last Celtic player to score a hat-trick against a team called Rangers.
This is the best and most enduring of the songs which you sometimes hear on the odd away trip. The tune for the chorus is taken from a Hare Krishna chant popularised by ex-Beatle George Harrison in his 1970 song ‘My Sweet Lord’:
We don’t need yer Colin Stein
Eusebio or yer Alan Gilzean!
We’ve got someone twice as good
We’ve got Harry Hood!
Oh Harry, Harry!
Oh Lou Macari
Oh Kevin Barry
Oh Harry Hood! (Oh Harry Hood!)
There aren’t too many songs where you get a world-famous footballer (Eusebio) name-checked along with a Rangers player (Stein), a Spurs player (Gilzean, formerly of Dundee), a bhoy from Largs (Luigi) and an executed Irish patriot (Kevin Barry).
Given Harry’s surname and the popularity of a Robin Hood tv show in the ’70s, it was no surprise that the show’s theme tune was adapted in tribute to the Celt:
Harry Hood, Harry Hood
Riding through glen
Harry Hood, Harry Hood
And his Fenian men
Feared by the bad
Loved by the good
Another ditty in Harry’s honour was this catchy number:
Oh a dirty wee hun came up to me
He asked me the secret of the Celtic team
I answered him as best I could
The answer I gave was: Harry Hood!
Oh Harry! Harry! Harry Hood!
We loved you Harry, like nobody should
You can keep your Rangers and your Colin Stein
Cos we’ve got Harry in the Celtic team
Two great Hunskelpers together!
Moussa visits Harry in his new bar at Angel’s in Uddingston for some goalscoring tips:
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Correction needed, though. It wasn’t “My Sweet Lord” that was adapted for the “Harry, Harry, oh Harry, Harry…” song. It was “Hare Krishna Mantra”, credited to the “Radha Krishna TDremple (London)”, which George Harrison produced and performed on.
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Horrible typo there – it should, of course, be the “Radha Krishna Temple (London)”!