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PersonalFullname: William Black
aka: Willie Black
Born: 16 May 1878
Birthplace: Flemington, Scotland
Signed: 21 April 1904
Left: 29 May 1905 (to Everton)
Debut: Port Glasgow Athletic 1-4 Celtic, League, 27 Aug 1904
BiogDefender Willie Black stayed just one season with Celtic after signing for the Bhoys from Queens Park in 1904.
Apparently, it was a boast that Celtic never poached from Queen's Park. However, with Celtic's rising stature and Queen's Park slide (due to their obstinate adherence to sham amateurism) it was inevitable that Celtic would pick off from Queen's Park. Celtic signed Bob Campbell and University student Willie Black. Wilie was brought in as cover for Jim Young & Jimmy Hay. He often deputised for one of the three in the famous half-back line of Young, Loney & Hay.
The Flemington-born player made his debut on August 27 in a 4-1 league victory over Port Glasgow Athletic at Parkhead but was very much a back up player making only 11 appearances during the rest of the season. However we won the league to set up the first of a 6-in-a-row, and he played his part.
Black was carried off crippled in a match v Partick Thistle in a wild match just before Xmas 1904. Sunny Jim Young went looking for culprit James Sommen (guilty Partick player), but was sent off to the pavillion shortly after.
Black moved south to Everton in 1905, but another leg injury there seriously threatened his career at Everton.
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