When the words ‘Belfast Celtic’ and ‘Scot’ are mentioned in the same breath, it’s usually assumed this refers to Elisha, Celtic’s greatest manager. But another ‘Scot’ left an indelible mark on one of Belfast Celtic’s most successful sides – John ‘Scotty’ Walker, a mainstay of the all-conquering side of the 1930’s.
Hailing from Livingston in Scotland, Walker had a trophy laden stint in Belfast in the era before the Second World War. His family remain incredibly proud of their association with the Belfast ‘Stripes’ and ‘Scotty’s’ son Jim and daughter in law Val regularly travel from Scotland for events organised by the Belfast Celtic Society.
Jim recently sent the Belfast Celtic Society pictures of some of the medals gathered by his father during his time at Celtic. Scotty's son Charles also wears one of his Dad's league winning medals on a chain around his neck.
A popular figure, ‘Scotty’ won every honour available to an Irish League player. Indeed, he was so good that he even turned out for the League of Ireland select side, once taking a glorious scalp against England.
Sharing the pitch with legends like Jimmy McAlinden, RP Fulton and Harry Walker (no relation), ‘Scotty’ nailed down a berth in the half-back line, working in partnership with greats like Gerry Murray and Kieller McCullough.