6 thoughts on “When Celtic’s numbers were up

  1. Interesting pierce of history.

    I think this shirt has been the best in celtic history.

    About the numbers itself how was watching a game of celtic before they had numbers. I guess the farest seats/standing area would not distinguish the players.
    What about on tv?

  2. When did the goalkeepers start wearing number one on the shirt? I remember seeing photos from late 80’s and early 90 ‘s when they had numbers on the shirt, but in the European Cup Final in’ 67 it was still on the shorts.

    1. Sometime in the early 1980s I would think, Simon, when they began to wear full GK kits rather than white shorts/socks

      1. Thanks Denis,

        I just had a look on Youtube and found clips from 1979 where Peter Latchford is wearing a black number 1 on his shirt as well as numbers on the shorts.

  3. It’s funny because my dad is from near Glasgow and has supported Celtic his whole life, yet when I brought up the fact that they didn’t have shirt numbers for ages, he was entirely perplexed and had no idea what I was talking about. He barely believed me when I showed him the proof!

    1. It’s funny Charlie, isn’t it – some people are big fans but the team could be wearing pink and purple and they wouldn’t notice the kit!

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