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The Garngad lad’s Celtic career
Started with a game against Third Lanark
As he played at Parkhead, the inside-right position,
Taking the role of an injured Patsy Gallagher.
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In 1928, on January the 14th
Dunfermline passed through Parkhead’s old gates,
A world record was captured by Jimmy McGrory,
Out of Celtic’s nine goals, he scored eight.
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He was skillfully blessed with a brilliant striker’s instinct
As he played in the centre forward position,
When he scored the lone goal of the ’33 Final,
He suffered two broken teeth in an innocent collision.
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Only seven caps he was awarded for playing for his country,
Maybe he should have been born under a Masonic star-sign,
His talents were ignored by the National team selectors,
Who showed their anti-Celtic bias of the time.
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Jimmy McGrory’s career at Parkhead lasted 15 years
As he played for the Hoops from his heart,
In his last game, he scored his last goal
In a 4-3 victory over Queens Park.
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He became the manager of Kilmarnock during the Second World War,
Where the lack of games were played,
In 1945, when the War had ended
He returned to his spiritual home of Parkhead.