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Jimmy Quinn

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Jimmy Quinn

Jimmy Quinn - the Croy Express - is rightly remembered as a true legend of Scottish football.

Born in Smithston, a small row of cottages just outside the mining village of Croy, he was plucked from the ranks of junior football side Smithston Albion by legendary Celtic FC manager Willie Maley and signed for the Glasgow giants on New Year's Eve 1900.

Maley said: "He was the keystone in the greatest team the Celts ever had."

Like so many other footballers of that time, he combined the physically demanding work of a miner in industrial Lanarkshire while pursuing his dream of becoming a professional footballer.

Jimmy began playing as a left-winger before being switched to the position in which he truly excelled - centre forward. He was renowned for his strength, pace and powerful shooting ability.

In his first Scottish Cup final in 1901 he showcased his incredible speed and strength by beating six Hearts players before scoring his first goal in a major final.

His unrivalled ability was highlighted in the Scottish Cup final of 1904 when he bagged a hat-trick in the Glasgow Derby as Celtic defeated Rangers by 3-2 after having been 2-0 down.

This match was also significant as it was the first time Celtic wore their new style of jersey - 'the Hoops' - in a Scottish Cup final. It was also the first match played at the redeveloped Hampden Park in front of 65,000 supporters.

Jimmy Quinn was a key player in the hugely successful Celtic side of the early 20th century as the club secured six league championships in succession as well as four Scottish Cups. During this remarkable period, Jimmy was capped 11 times by Scotland, scoring seven goals for the national side.