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A Tale of Two Hats
A Tale of Two Hats
A Tale of Two Hats
A Tale of Two Hats
A Tale of Two Hats
A Tale of Two Hats

A Tale of Two Hats

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Willie Maley and Jimmy McGrory are two of the most iconic figures in Celtic history. The pair had central roles in 'The Celtic Story', individually and jointly, over a period of some 77 years, excluding a five-year wartime window between 1940 and 1945. During that hiatus, former stalwart, Jimmy McStay, had the thankless task of keeping the club ticking over.

They were diametrically different, both in terms of personality and career.

Abrasive and autocratic, Maley (though a Scottish internationalist) was a player of modest ability and achievement - but a spectacularly successful manager. He amassed a haul of 63 senior titles, plus a few 'one-off' trophies, notably the Empire Exhibition Tournament of 1938. With his brother, Tom, he was one of Celtic's inaugural playing squad and the club's first manager - a post he held officially for 43 years from 1897; but he had been effective manager for years before that.

Not for nothing was Willie Maley known as "Mr Celtic." 

McGrory, by contrast, was a genial, easy-going, reflective pipe-smoker. An imperious centre-forward, whose robust style belied his quiet nature, he remains, by far, Celtic's and, indeed, Britain's all-time record goal scorer. And yet, his feeble international career (a mere 7 ‘caps’, in which he scored SIX goals) tells us much about those football times in Scotland.

He was, however, a relatively unsuccessful manager, whose lack of assertiveness allowed him to be easily manipulated by the domineering Bob Kelly, his Chairman for all but the first two years of his managerial tenure.

That said, Jimmy was at the helm for some of Celtic's most memorable achievements, such as the St Mungo Cup (1951), the Coronation Cup (1953), the League and Cup Double of 1953/54 and the successive League Cup victories of 1956 and 1957 ('Hampden in the Sun', '7-1' and all that).

Willie Maley and James Edward McGrory - undoubtedly two of the most charismatic and influential figures in Celtic lore.

  • Eurofit
  • 100% Soft cotton (fibre content may vary for different colors)
  • Light fabric (4.5 oz/yd² (153 g/m²))
  • Tear away label
  • Runs true to size

Caring for your t-shirt:

  • Machine wash inside out (max 40C)
  • Iron inside out on a low heat
  • DO NOT iron over print
  • DO NOT dry-clean