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Fullname: Henry Anthony "Harry" Hood
aka: Harry Hood
Born: 3 October 1944
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Signed: 16 March 1968 (from Clyde £40,000)

Left: 27 April 1976 (free transfer)
Position: Forward, striker
First game : St Mirren away league 3-0 29 March 1969
Last game : Dundee United away league 2-3 10 April 1976
First goal : St Mirren away league 3-0 29 March 1976
Last goal : Hearts home league 3-1 4 October 1975
Internationals: None!

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Harry Hood attended a school where rugby was prominent but did not stop him from forging out a career in football. His first steps into senior football began in 1962 when he signed for Clyde from Burnbank Boys’ Club. He scored 40 goals in 63 appearances for the Bully Wee before a £30,000 move south to Sunderland in November 1964. Harry never really settled on Wearside and after 9 goals in 31 appearances he returned north back to Shawfield in a reported £13,000.

Although he was never capped at full level with Scotland, Harry appeared four times in the unofficial world tour in 1967 by a Scotland squad. He scored in his only Under 23 appearance for Scotland against England on 7 February 1968. All this did not go unnoticed at Celtic Park and Harry duly signed for the Hoops on 16 March 1968 for a fee of £40,000 and he made a scoring debut days later at Love Street against St Mirren in a 3-0 win.

Harry played in all last seven league games of the 68/69 season scoring 5 goals in the process. He was in the side that clinched the title at Rugby Park on a night when Tommy Gemmell scored a last gasp dramatic equaliser to give Celtic the point required on April 21st, to claim their fourth successive league. Harry had came in to strengthen what was already considered Celtic's greatest ever squad of players and it was clear that he would be in line for a place the next season as he watched Celtic complete the treble with cup wins against Hibs and Rangers.

An odd statistic that might be difficult to beat is that Hood scored on his debuts for Celtic in every competition as well as against Rangers.

March 29 1969 L St Mirren 0, Celtic 3 League debut away
April 9 1969 L Celtic 5, Falkirk 2 League debut home
Aug 9 1969 LC Celtic 6, Airdrie 1 LC debut home
Aug 13 1969 LC Rangers 2, Celtic 1 LC debut away
Oct 1 1969 EC Celtic 2, Basel 0 EC debut*
Jan 24 1970 SC Celtic 2, Dunfermline 1 SC debut

*It should be noted that Hood did come on as a substitute against Basel in the first leg of the European tie that ended 0-0.

Mainly a striker, he also played a number of his starts in the outside right position.

Harry started the 1969/70 season in fine form and forever won over the hearts of Celtic fans when he scored the only goal of the game against Rangers art Ibrox on September 20th 1969, a glorious effort in which he tricked McKinnon and lashed a shot past the goalkeeper as John Greig slid by in vain. This was Celtic's first win at Ibrox for 12 years and Jock Stein's first win at Ibrox as Celtic manager. Celtic progressed to the League Cup final on October 25th and Harry scored in the 2-1 semi final win over Ayr United. He kept his place in the final at outside-right, Jimmy Johnstone relegated to the bench, for the occasion. Celtic won 1-0 thanks to Bertie Auld's early goal and Harry had his first Celtic winners medal.

He scored within 45 seconds at Celtic Park on October 1st against Basle in the European Cup second leg to settle the nerves as Celtic triumphed 2-0 on the night and 2-0 on aggregate. In November he scored Celtic's crucial third goal in the 3-0 win over Benfica with a lovely glancing header. In the second leg a Eusebio inspired Benfica clawed back the three goal deficit but Celtic went through on the toss of a coin and were grateful to Hood's effort at Parkhead. After this Harry was in and out of the side and although he came on as a sub for Jimmy Quinn at Tynecastle when Celtic won their fifth successive title on March 28th, he found himself as non playing sub in the two legged European Cup semi final against Leeds and absent from the Scottish Cup final side against Aberdeen, all in April 1970. In the 1970 European Cup final against Feyenoord on May 6th he was on the bench again and one can only ponder what may have happened had he played on that fateful night when Celtic went down meekly by 2-1.

The 1970/71 season was probably Harry's best for Celtic when he finished top scorer with 33 goals. On September 12th he received criticism from Stein when he declined the chance to take a penalty, Jim Brogan instead blasting over the bar, although Celtic were worthy winners by 2-0. Celtic at this time were chasing their six in a row league title and when a fine Aberdeen side under Eddie Turnbull beat them at Parkhead in December and went top they knew they had a fight on their hands. Harry scored 21 goals in 15 league and cup games to keep Celtic in the hunt for the double the most vital goal coming in the cup replay against Dunfermline at East End Park on February 17th. On April 17th the league decider came at Pittodrie when Celtic had to avoid defeat or risk losing their crown. Harry scored the vital opening goal in only three minutes at a packed Pittodrie and although Aberdeen equalised Celtic held their nerve to become champions yet again.

In the Scottish Cup Harry scored in the semi final and replay, against a spirited Airdrie team, to face Rangers in the final. The game was a disappointment as Celtic allowed Rangers a late equaliser after dominating but they made no mistake in the replay by winning 2-1 with Hood scoring the winner from the penalty spot after Jimmy Johnstone was scythed in the area. Harry had now proved himself as a great Celt by being instrumental in the double winning triumphs. In the European Cup he had scored a hat trick against Kokkola but they bowed out to the great Johan Cruyff inspired Ajax side by 3-1 on aggregate. He also gained a Scottish League cap against the League of Ireland due to his good form at this time.

After his success of the previous season the 1971/72 was something of a disappointment for him as the young talents of Lou Macari and Kenny Dalglish burst on the scene making competition for places in the first eleven extremely harsh. Harry was at outside right on April 15th 1972 when Celtic won the league for the seventh successive occasion. The previous month he had an excellent game against Ujpest Dosza in the European Cup in Budapest when a very young Celtic team had a notable 2-1 win, going through to the semis 3-2 on aggregate. Harry received an injury and missed the semi against Inter Milan, a great pity as Celtic lost 5-4 on penalties and Harry, a noted penalty taker, would have been an asset on the night.

By the summer of 1972 Harry was now one of Celtic's most experienced player in Jock Stein's regenerated team. Harry was still a regular in the team but now had a deeper more withdrawn role behind the strikers. Celtic won their eighth title under Stein although Harry was not in the team that won it at Easter Road in the last game of the season.

Harry had a more starring role in 1973/74 scoring 18 goals in the process. He had scored against Rangers in the 2-1 League Cup win at Ibrox on August 18th in the group stages and both those teams qualified and proceeded to meet in the semi final at Hampden on December 5th. Celtic thumped Rangers 3-1 with Hood scoring a hat trick, even managing to have a fourth goal controversially disallowed late on. Harry became a legend on that evening becoming one of a select band of Celtic players who have scored a hat trick against Rangers. Celtic were champions again and Harry was in the number 7 shorts when the title was clinched at Brockville on April 27th and Celtic had their 9 in a row. In the 1974 Scottish Cup final win over Dundee United Harry had an excellent match and headed the first goal in Celtic's 3-0 win and thus another domestic double was won.

Harry Hood is the last Celt to score a hat-trick against Rangers which he achieved in that League Cup semi-final at Hampden in 1973.

By 1974 Harry was on the periphery of the first team although he was still brought in for the big occasions. He had a virtuoso performance in Celtic's 6-3 thrashing if Hibs in the 1974 League Cup final and was in the side that brought the Scottish Cup to Parkhead on May 3rd 1975 when Airdrie were beaten 3-1.

The 1975/76 season was Harry's last in the hoops and it was a difficult one with Sean Fallon in charge after Jock Stein's car injuries in the summer of 1975. Harry was relied upon for his experience although it was not a successful season as no trophies were won. On April 10th 1976 Harry Hood made his last appearance for Celtic in a 3-2 defeat at Tannadice.

Harry Hood's signing was a master stroke by Jock Stein, a player who could comfortably play in any of the five forward positions. A versatile player, Harry could be relied upon as an out and out striker, a creator in a deep position or, occasionally in a wide role. Hood was one of that rare breed who was comfortable with either foot and could play on either side of the attack. He was a magnificent finisher, often keeping a cool head and being capable of placing the ball into the net. He played for Celtic during a golden period of the club's history and made a massive contribution to the success that Celtic enjoyed. Harry Hood is well remembered by the supporters as a great Celtic player.

Alongside Tommy Callaghan, Harry was more than deserving to have represented his country and both of them are two of the best Celts who were never capped for whatever reason - a ridiculous state of affairs.

The fans had several songs with his name in it from pop songs of the period :
'We've got Harry and Lou Macari and Kevin Barry...oh Harry Hood !',

'Harry, oh Harry, Harry, oh Harry, Harry...', to the chorus of George Harrison's My Sweet Lord.

'We don't need your Colin Stein
Joe Harper or Alan Gilzean
We've got someone twice as good
We've got Harry, Harry Hood'

'We don't need your Jairzinho
Beckenbauer or Eusebio
We've got someone twice as good
We've got Harry, Harry Hood

'Harry, Harry, Harry Hood
He's half the price and he's twice as good !'

'Oh Harry Hood, Harry, Harry Hood...oh Harry Hood !'
, to the tune of Mammy Blue by Roger Whittaker.

He moved onto the US and then back to Scotland with Motherwell for a season before a spell with Queen of the South. He tried his hand at management with Albion Rovers in 1981 before a five week stay in the hot seat at Palmerston Park with Queen of the South before resigning.

Playing Career

1968-1976 189 29 64 30 312

Honours with Celtic

Scottish Cup
League Cup




From E-tims (Lachiemor)

Source: E-tims article

One of the tasks I have inherited as part of the grandparent package - Oh joy - is that of taking care of my daughter’s two wee ones on a Thursday as she teaches part time. On such days I walk for miles, and we are on nodding acquaintance with every horse and pony for miles around with our seemingly inexhaustible supply of old carrots and apples.

As an aside, have you ever noticed dear reader, how smartly packaged vegetables and fruit from our various supermarkets go off very quickly once you have them home, even if kept in a cool and dry place. One consequence of this phenomenon is that our various equine buddies gallop towards us as soon as the buggy hoves into sight.
This week the weather has not been so brilliant and we – I – decided to pass on our afternoon perambulation. but to attempt to entertain the troops at home. Since Balamory was not on T.V. we were listening to a c.d. called ‘Hello Children – Everywhere’.

Those of my own generation will recognise these words as the introduction to ‘Children’s Favourites’, a programme hosted by ‘Uncle Mac’, in which children could write in and request music every Saturday Morning – I think on the BBC Home Service. In these days of wall to wall audio and video entertainment it is hard to imagine a much simpler world, in which tunes such as ‘The Deadwood Stage’, ‘The Ballad of Davy Crockett’, or ‘Nelly the Elephant’ would compete for air time with ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’.

A programme regular at the time ‘The Ballad of Robin Hood’, a tune which is on the c.d. brought to mind a Celtic player of no little ability who was one of my own favourites whilst he graced the Hoops. A small group of my friends, who attended most matches when not playing, would parody this song to the effect:

Harry Hood, Harry Hood running down the wing
Harry Hood, Harry Hood makes the fans all sing
Feared by the bad,
Loved by the good
Harry Hood, Harry Hood, Harry Hood.

When I went to college in Manchester, Harry Hood was a Sunderland player. He had played for Clyde and Celtic tried to buy him, but for some reason he signed for Sunderland – the so-called ‘Bank of England Club’ of the period and that - it appeared - was that.

My room-mate in the hostel was a guy called Peter Wright, who had been on Sheffield United’s books as a youngster, and had played trials for England Schools before suffering a bad injury which put an end to his prospects of a professional career. He remained an amateur footballer of real talent, whose game was all about touch and skill, and who appreciated these qualities in other players.

One of the stories he told me of his footballing exploits concerned a visit to Glasgow with Sheffield Schools to play a match against Glasgow Schools. To his disgust, it transpired that the match was to take place on a red blaze pitch, so beloved of the Scottish amateur game. As the teams lined up he noticed that one of the opposition was wearing sandshoes and his growing contempt for Scottish Football went up another notch – or at least it did for ninety minutes.

When the final whistle blew, Glasgow Schools had recorded a victory, which according to my friend was entirely down to the efforts of Sandshoe Sammy, otherwise known - he later discovered – as Harry Hood. He told me that Harry had run rings around the English boys, who according to my friend, had a terrific team with several schoolboy caps in their midst. They could do nothing with Harry, whose ball skills were unrivalled even on a crap surface and Peter said that he was the best player he ever played against by a mile.

When Celtic went back for Harry in the late 1960’s it was a second chance which he did not turn down and they acquired a classy player whose career to that point was really unfulfilled. He had gone back to Clyde, and it looked as if he would play out his days there, but following a couple of brilliant displays against the Hoops, Stein paid Clyde £40,000 in March 1969, thereby recruiting a player whose skills were undeniable but who had yet to fulfil what many saw as his potential. Whilst it would be stretching the truth to suggest that Harry took on the mantle of players such as Bertie Auld or Joe McBride, he became an important part of the team for the next few years playing his part in many great wins and scoring freely, while never really a striker in the Lennox or Wallace mould.

Amongst the highlights of his time at Celtic were a brilliant hat-trick against the FOD in the semi-final of the league cup at Hampden, the winner at Ibrox for a ten-man Celtic following Jim Craig’s dismissal, and a beautiful headed goal against Benfica at Celtic Park which we all confidently thought had put the tie out of reach of the Portuguese champions. He was never an automatic choice but when he played brought a touch of class to the party and few more graceful players have donned the Hoops in my lifetime.

In the recent reminiscences about Mr. Stein, Bob Crampsey recalled a discussion which he had during a question and answer session which they both attended in Dunfermline. He quoted Stein as saying that you would not win many leagues with a team composed entirely of Charlie Gallaghers and Harry Hoods. Crampsey’s reply that any team which did not have at least one such player would be unlikely to win many either, received a grudging acknowledgement from our gruff genius. It is interesting that even Stein, for all the aesthetic brilliance of his teams, was slightly suspicious of players who offered little in terms of the broadsword, but rather who depended on the rapier.

As a footnote to this homage to one of Celtic’s less celebrated, but certainly most skilful players, I would like to relate a short tale of my period as a conductor on Glasgow Corporation’s buses. There used to be small fittings above the seats which held adverts for various goods and services.

In very fine pencil – tiny letters – barely visible, I used to write ‘Viva Harry Hood’ on the sign above the conductor’s seat on every bus I took out. One night whilst having my tea in the garage canteen, my driver (a fellow Tim) and I were greatly amused when one of the more rabid follow followers stormed into to begin his break exclaiming: ‘If ah ever go oan another bus wi’ that Viva f$%”*’n Harry f$%”*’n Hood am gonnae go f$%”*’n mental’.

Cue our quiet departure, containing our hilarity until we were out of earshot, but if ever a slogan was appropriate it was Viva Harry Hood.

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