22nd August – If you know your history Special

If you know your history – Sentinel Special. By Bawheid.

The Sad Tale of Michael ( Mick) McKeown

. 24th Jan. 1868 – D 25th Oct. 1903

Mick was born in Dublin Row, Dalmellington, Ayrshire. He was one of Celtic’s first ever players. He played for Hibernian when they played against Cowlairs in the first game played at the original Celtic Park. A left back, its fairly obvious that he was ‘tapped – up’ by Celtic soon after this match, because he joined Celtic in 1888, indeed his first game for Celtic was the 5-1 Scottish Cup victory over Shettleston on September the 1st 1888. He played in the ‘Glasgow Exhibition Cup’ final, Celtic’s first ever final against Cowlairs. Celtic were very strong favourites to win, the term “Shock – Horror” clearly originated from this game, because we lost it 2-0.

He played for Scotland twice, but he is listed as “Thomas Michael McKeown,” all the dates fit, so it must be him, I can only imagine that Thomas was his first name, but that he used Michael (Mick), sometimes when you look back in time, the names and dates can get blurred. But there was no blurring of his talent.

He married Mary Quillan in 1889 at Saint Mary’s chapel in Carmichael, but they separated in 1893. His father Patrick was a miner, mother Bridget Callaghan.

His wife came from Glasgow, her father also Patrick ( a Cooper/ Spirit Merchant) and mother Elizabeth Bird.

His father – in – law features later – on in his short life story.

Thinking about the dates makes you reflect on ‘An Gorta Mor’, by 1855 over 2.1 million Irish men and women had left the island of Ireland to escape hunger and poverty, clearly, they, his parents, were children of the ‘Great Hunger’.

At 20 years of age when he played for Celtic, he secured a public house in Stevenson street, this matters because it has a bearing on what follows. It was said that Mick had a quick temper and was a fiery character who knew his own worth. During discussions with the club secretary Tom O’Hara, it was rumoured that he struck him because he wasn’t offered the increase in wages that he wanted. In many ways Mick was a forerunner of the modern player, knowing his worth and owning a pubic house. How often we have witnessed that and the consequences that it has, add on a fiery character and trouble quickly follows.

Surely that is why golf was invented, it was invented by football coaches, to keep football players out of the pub.

In January 1892, Celtic played a league game verses ‘Vale Of Leven’ with only ten men, Mick had failed to turn up and Celtic were beaten by a very poor side, Celtic finished third in the league and later, in August, Mick and Celtic parted company. He followed the yellow brick road down south, again like many modern-day players and he joined Blackburn on what was said to be £3.00 per week, a great wage for that time. After many arguments and disagreements, he left that club too at the end of the season. You get a sense of what had been happening as his downward spiral continues.

His football career was over, later he would be employed as a navvy, it was said on the railway, but drinking, drinking, drinking. Often lifted by the police, he ended up poverty-stricken living in the City poorhouse, and then sent on to the Ayr poorhouse on the 25th September 1903.

He was found dead, lying in a Lime Kiln, at Camlachie, just a short stroll from Celtic Park, he died on 25th October, 1903. He would have gone into a pauper’s grave, but Celtic hadn’t forgotten Mick, did the decent thing and paid for his send-off and burial, he was buried in the lair of Patrick Quillen in Denbeth, his father-in-law, as far as I’m aware Mick’s name does not show on the headstone. A tragic end to a very talented player, a player who played for Scotland, Hibernian, Celtic and Blackburn. He had won a very scarce and important “Glasgow North Eastern Football Medal “in 1888, and last year, it came up for sale at auction and that’s where I first became aware of his name and of his story.

Who are we to judge, but Celtic wiki make a very valid point. Many men of Mick’s time had to work extremely hard to make a living, going down the pit, or other dangerous employments.

Mick was a very talented player, but again in modern times how often do we see talented players fail to make the most of their talents.

Hat doffed to Celtic wiki and to the Celtic Graves Society whose stoic and extremely hard work do so much for all of us to let us ” Know our History”.

Michael (Mick) McKeown, was an early part of Celtic history, and the forerunner of many modern-day players.

Footnote, I love the newspaper writers of by-gone days, their description of Mick’s talents are recorded as this:

“He is not a fiddle – faddler, on the ball like Willie Groves, but with one of his long punts he will have the ball at the goal sooner than the Celts fastest forward”. Or this…..

“With Calf development that a lady of the Corps – de – Ballet might well envy and chest proportions, within which beats the heart of a lion”.

While I was researching Mick’s life, I looked obviously at his Celtic wiki page, and on the same page Sentinel Celts name had just appeared. “If you know your history” on 17th. August, when SeS and I first discussed his name

Note: The excellent Celtic Wiki site is the font of all knowledge on things Celtic. Most of the Celtic stuffabove is from that site. The guys who set it up and painstakingly keep it updated, deserve no end of credit, praise and thanks. A treasure trove for Celtic fans young and old – and new- and free to view.

Respect Bhoys !


Guest article by Bawheid

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August 22, 2022 2:41 pm

Massive thanks Bawheid, and massive apologies for missing this email/the lateness.

Hail Hail

Big Audio Dynamite
August 22, 2022 3:03 pm

Bawheid, very sad, mate.

August 22, 2022 3:11 pm

Bawheid, very interesting, if sad, story. Thanks.

Prestonpans bhoys
August 22, 2022 3:42 pm


A fascinating read, I’m always intrigued by this type of historical stuff. Very thin dividing line between minimal survival and ending up in the poorhouse or workhouse.

To get into Victorian mindset here’s a description of why they existed.

These workhouse systems were instituted under the Poor Law Amendment Act 1834. The United Kingdom passed this act to attempt to cut expenditure of those in poverty, reduce the number of beggars on the street, and inspire lower-class people to work harder in order to better provide for themselves.

A loving , caring society😱

August 22, 2022 3:53 pm

Great article Bawheid 👏 👍

August 22, 2022 3:57 pm

Thank you for that.
GFTB Congratulations to all your family on the new arrival.
Welcome to the Celtic family wee man. YNWA.

August 22, 2022 3:59 pm

Brilliant Bawheid

More of this lads and lassies🍀


NB – especially before Wednesday ⭐️

August 22, 2022 4:09 pm


Thanks for a most illuminating article. Sadly, so many young men in that era, and afterwards, could not handle both the money, and the attention, that came with being a professional sportsman. Poor Mick was not the only famous name in those days, who died well before his time. When I say this, I’m thinking of such greats, as Celtic legend Dan Doyle, and later, boxing world champion, Benny Lynch. I pray that all three of these greats, found peace and happiness in the next life. Once again, thanks for the article.

Hail Hail.

The Real McCoy
August 22, 2022 4:17 pm

Excellent piece Bawheid 👏👏👏
Thank You , R.I.P. Mick 🙏🏻

The Fenian Whaler
August 22, 2022 4:39 pm

Prestonpans bhoys

These workhouse systems were instituted under the Poor Law Amendment Act 1834. The United Kingdom passed this act to attempt to cut the expenditure of those in poverty, reduce the number of beggars on the street, and inspire lower-class people to work harder in order to better provide for themselves.
A loving , caring society

Fast forward to the Scotland of 2022. Not much changed then, the working class is still being shafted.

Join a Union CSC

August 22, 2022 4:41 pm

Bawheid Superb piece HH 👏👏👏🍀

August 22, 2022 4:46 pm

Thanks for the replies bhoy’s.

I’m with SeS, the guy’s that run Celtic wiki are the real hero’s, just like the guy’s from the Celtic Graves Society, looking after our departed players and staff, the quiet super-stars of the Celtic family.

I love the History of Celtic, but I’m not in any-way a Celtic historian, they are the ones putting in the hard graft and time consuming hours, men like Tom Campbell – David Potter – Frank Rafters the Celtic Head Tour guide and his team, and many others, who remind us of all of those who went before.

You cannot compare the game that began for us in 1888, a manager, coach and a small pool of players, they laid the foundation of what drove the club forward. Today, there is as big a support team than the playing staff, who knew that sport scientists would have an important role to play in todays game.

Magua, I almost mentioned Dan Doyle but decided to focus only on Mick. All of you make valid points and together we can keep each other informed of what our club has and can achieve, Hail Hail. and All The Best.

How do you turn a Duck into a Soul Singer.
Hold its head under the water until its bill withers.

Jobo Baldie
August 22, 2022 4:53 pm

Thanks Bawheid, very interesting

Jobo Baldie
August 22, 2022 4:58 pm

This being the most recent article I presume we continue to post on here, regardless of the subject matter?
This week’s Monday Night Football is intriguing and unexpected. Normally Man Utd v Liverpool would whet the appetite. Actually, it still does tonight but for unexpected reasons. Man Utd have started the season with 2 defeats and sit 2nd bottom. Liverpool have had 2 draws, leaving them in 15th place. Should Liverpool win tonight, Man U sink to the bottom on goal difference whilst Liverpool could rise to 6th. I accept that it is very early in the season but with both teams desperate for points it could be a very watchable affair (on a firestick, of course!)

August 22, 2022 5:00 pm


Hahaha that Bill Withers joke … catches everyone out..

Tbh confess i
Have messed up with the dates on communications – and guys have moved ultra-fast to get this on today

Sooo folks if you have anything at all for Wednesday 🌞

August 22, 2022 5:04 pm

Great essay,there go i,a very human tale,showing the fragility of us all in life,MickmcKeown r.i.p.

Pertinent too to reflect on mentioning An Gorta Mor,
the corn laws excusary of not interfering with the market,its providence,its ideological correctness enabling food to be exported as a fellow men/woman/children decayed around them

It is happening today folks,that same ideology is there today.


August 22, 2022 5:04 pm


Very interesting article,and grateful thanks for it. Once again,someone from our past of whom I had never heard!

Sounds like he had some life,the workhouse system in those days was truly horrific. The way fuel prices are going,they might have to reopen some of them.

August 22, 2022 5:05 pm


Congratulations on the latest addition to your family,and to everyone involved.

August 22, 2022 5:06 pm


A belated congratulations on the new arrival.


That’s brilliant news. Kindest regards to all the family.

16 Roads

Re the song ‘The Boys In Green’. It’s been doing my nut in, so it has, trying to remember that song. Then I had a eurika moment. You’ll find the song on an album called:

‘Home and Away’ by the Dublin City Ramblers. This album was on the jukebox, in the old Welcome Inn, back in the day. Some of the other tracks on the album are pretty special too. My favourite? ‘Meet Me At The Pillar’.

Hail Hail.

August 22, 2022 5:17 pm

Magua. 5.06
Meet Me At The Pillar.

August 22, 2022 5:20 pm


Congratulations on the newest addition to your extended family. Hope they are all doing well 💚

Bada Bing
August 22, 2022 5:21 pm

Haksabanovic in Glasgow

August 22, 2022 5:22 pm

A most enjoyable ( but sad ) read.
I love reading articles, like yours.
Thank You.
As you say, Celtic Wiki is fabulous, a huge % of our fan base don’t even know that all the information is there for them.
Once I send them a message on Twitter ( Joe Bloggs ) and they replied to me, really quickly.

Billy Bhoy
August 22, 2022 5:31 pm

Someone asked earlier about the fact that the five stars have disappeared from the Sevco shirt.

I read a while ago – can’t remember where – that this was to do with EUFA noticing this at the EL final and having a quiet word. Apparently, stars on the shirt are only to commemorate winning the Big Cup – not any old bauble.

Its probably not true though. The SMSM would be all over that, wouldn’t they? 🤔

Prestonpans bhoys
August 22, 2022 5:41 pm

Billy bhoy

I wandered into Castore website and ALL of the strips no longer have the stars. If the sheep managed to get into Europe they might have a word too😱

August 22, 2022 5:55 pm


Thanks. It’s an absolutely brilliant ballad. The first time I heard it, was in The Welcome Inn…. which, funnily enough, was the same place, that I first heard ‘Grace’. On both occasions, all I could say was “Wow”.

Billy Bhoy

Italian teams are allowed a star on the shirt, for winning 10 Scudetti. As for the Huns 5 stars? It’s entirely possible, that EUFA told the cheating bassas, that they cannot purchase titles, won by a separate entity i.e. Glasgow Rangers(1872). I have noticed that the 5 stars have also disappeared from the XLLLLLLLLLL replica jerseys. About time too. Our ONE star, will always trump their 5 stars in any case. I always had great fun winding up local Huns, by asking why they wore 5 stars, above the infamous crest, to honour titles won by a club still in liquidation. My comments were not always appreciated. In fact, it’s a safe bet to say that they were never appreciated. 😀

Prestonpans bhoys

Excellent point about the sheep. I take it they have 2 stars on their jerseys? One for the European Cup Winners Cup, won in 1983 and one for the Super Cup win, in 1985. Both great achievements for Fergie’s Dons.

Hail Hail.

August 22, 2022 5:59 pm

Superbru update

3 joint Yellow cap winners this round:-

Lanark Bhoy, TravelBhoy and vfr800 all scored 10 points.

The strongest player this week was Hot Smoked who held up all the other competitors by scoring 1 point only to earn the wooden spoon.

Overall the Leaderboard has:-

Ayrshire Tim 36.5
Big Archie- 35
Leggy- 34.5

Wee BGFC is at the bottom with 8 points saving McCaff and Belmont Brian any embarrassing mentions (oops).

Best weekly score so far is the 14.5 achieved by Ayrshire Tim in week one. It might take a double fixture week to see that beat.

Next deadline is Sat. 27th August when all 6 fixtures will be 3 pm kick offs.

Good Luck and Thanks!

Bada Bing
August 22, 2022 6:01 pm

Embdae know how to update an older iPad to latest iOS 12.0?

Craig 76
August 22, 2022 6:03 pm

Awe Naw
August 22, 2022 6:05 pm

The 5 stars were present on the sevco tap for the first OF game of last season, by the second OF game of last season they were gone.

August 22, 2022 6:08 pm


Unfortunately you do not need to go back to the 19th century to see these kind of stories. You only need to look at look at wasted talent such as George Connolly, Derek Riordan, Leigh Griffiths, Andy Ritchie and hope that the same fate doesnt ultimately befall them. There are many many more that never even reach that level.

St tams
August 22, 2022 6:14 pm

Bawheid, very enjoyable, but sad read

Bada Bing
August 22, 2022 6:15 pm

Awe Naw- thanks 👍

Awe Naw
August 22, 2022 6:19 pm

According to Sevco the 5 stars have only been removed from the 150th anniversary shirt. One to keep an eye on

Prestonpans bhoys
August 22, 2022 6:20 pm

Awe naw@6:05
Very observant of you, had a quick look at the 3:0 game and yes they are gone. I wonder why? Uefa questioning the validity of the titles would be a lovely answer!

August 22, 2022 6:22 pm


Pretty sure our game at Tannadice is a noon ko for Sky,and Hearts play St Johnstone at 3pm due European involvement on Thursday.

August 22, 2022 6:23 pm

Bawheid a sad but nevertheless interesting story, you think you know a lot about your clubs history and past players, but until you spend time browsing the huge amount of information on Celtic Wiki, you realise you’re team education is sadly neglected. Nice leader

GFTB massive congrats on your new family member, hope both mother and bhoy get home soon for you to spoil rotten.

Sorry Mahe just in from work and seen your mail.

bada if it’s a 4th Gen iPad or older it wont be able to update to iOS 12, as it lacks minimum hardware requirements.

August 22, 2022 6:24 pm

RIP Mick McKeown

Awe Naw
August 22, 2022 6:25 pm

The iPad 4th generation is ineligible and excluded from upgrading to iOS 11 or iOS 12 and any future iOS versions. With the introduction of iOS 11, ALL support for older 32 bit iDevices and any iOS 32 bit apps has ended. Your iPad 4 is a 32 bit hardware device

August 22, 2022 6:30 pm

Since Stevie was mentioned on the blog, last week.
Picture of Stevie Murray v Hibs ☘️☘️ https://t.co/fuGQuKzoT6
Courtesy of Willie Collow.

Bada Bing
August 22, 2022 6:33 pm

Jullien currently at Montpellier getting a medical,not sure if a loan or sold

Billy Bhoy
August 22, 2022 6:42 pm

Awe Naw

That’s a different thing entirely. The Sevco stars on last season’s shirt had all fallen off the Castore shirts by January! 😀

Awe Naw
August 22, 2022 6:55 pm

Billy Bhoy

Is it. I don´t follow it that closely. I would reckon it´s a cost cutting exercise. Will we see it return next January? I reckon we will

August 22, 2022 7:15 pm


Well said.

Hail Hail.

Sol Kitts
August 22, 2022 7:17 pm
Sol Kitts
August 22, 2022 7:20 pm

Congratulations to you and your family.

Bada Bing
August 22, 2022 7:39 pm

Awe Naw- thanks, iPad not opening some TV apps as can’t install new updates…..

August 22, 2022 7:55 pm


Tx Bobby- I trusted the Superbru site- but your info is correct on BBC site. Hearts game and Celtic game are on Sunday. The deadline for the other 4 is 3pm on Saturday

Jobo Baldie
August 22, 2022 8:00 pm

A wee polite final reminder that there’s only 2 hours left to vote – sencelpoty@gmail.com