Belfast Celtic 1891 - 1949

Jackie Coulter



From "Paradise Lost and Found" by Padraig Coyle. You can read Peter Carberry's review of this book here or order the book here.

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Jackie Coulter, who wore size 12 boots, was signed from Intermediate League side Dunmurry in season 1929-30 and his most memorable appearance was in a play-off game against Glentoran to decide the City Cup. Coulter, playing as a centre-forward, scored a hat-trick in that match to ensure that the trophy returned to Paradise.

He gained 11 international caps over a four-year period. The first of  these was in February 1935 against England at Goodison Park. He was transferred later that year to Everton for a fee of £2,750. During his  career on Merseyside, he was capped a further five times before moving  on to Grimsby Town and Chelmsford. His last appearance in an Irish shirt was in Belfast on 8th October 1938. Scotland won 2-0.


The transfer to England caught all of Coulter's team mates by surprise. He had been sent off during a game at Ballymena and, while waiting for the game to finish, he was approached by an Everton official and agreed terms. The other ten Celtic players returned to the dressing-room to discover the news of his departure.


Jimmy Coulter scored a hat-trick for Everton in what many regard as

the greatest cup-tie in Goodison’s history. Read more here.