Adams Davie Image 1 Glasgow Celtic 1908

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Adams Davie Image 1 Glasgow Celtic 1908


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Edinburgh born goalkeeper Davie Adams joined Glasgow Celtic in December 1902 from Dunipace, where he had been a Scottish junior international, making his debut against Hibernian in September 1903. He was the last line of defence of Celtic’s first truly great side (1904-10), winning 6 Scottish Leagues and 4 Scottish Cups, a colossus of a custodian (only the legendary ‘Fatty’ Foulkes of that era seemed bigger), yet he was surprisingly adept at saving low shots for such a huge man. His first major match was the Scottish Cup final of 1904. Rangers were actually leading two nil early on, with Adams actually responsible for both goals. However, the might Jimmy McGrory famoustly scored a hat-trick and Adams recovered to not put a foot wrong thereafter. Things never looked back thereafter. Jimmy Quinn said of him that Davie Adams didn’t “come out of his shell” until a great 2-1 win over Rangers in the Glasgow Cup in October 1904. Another notable match of his was in the Glasgow Cup final of October 1907, when he was said to have played virtually on his own throughout the second half. Celtic went on to win 2-1 against Rangers in the match. His swansong was the 1911 Scottish Cup, which Celtic lifted without conceding a goal throughout the competition. He continued to play on till December of that year, but eye trouble forced his retirement a few months later after 124 clean sheets in 291 appearances.



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