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Oh Harry, Harry!

Harry Hood pose black and white hoops

 

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!)

 

 

Harry Hood moustache and tracksuit

 

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 

Harry Hood!

Harry Hood!

Harry Hood!  

 

Harry Hood celebrates arms aloft

 

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

 

Harry Hood hoops 8

 

 

Two great Hunskelpers together!

Moussa visits Harry in his new bar at Angel’s in Uddingston for some goalscoring tips:

Harry Hood and Moussa Dembele

 

More Celtic songs and chants can be found here:  https://the-shamrock.net/celtic-songs/

If there’s any you’d like included email us at theshamrock@outlook.com.

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