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PersonalFullname: Charles McGillivray
aka: Charlie McGillivary
Born: 5 July 1912
Died: 7 Nov 1986
Birthplace: East Whitburn
Signed: 11 May 1932
Left: 1933 (free); May 1933 (to Man Utd)
Debut: Celtic 4-1 Ayr, League, August 30 1932.
BiogOutside-right Charles McGillivray signed for the Hoops in May 1932 after being released at his own request from Ayr United.
Hardworking and with a real eye for goal McGillivary was a real team player but despite being a prolific scorer at reserve team level his first team opportunities were limited.
Charlie made a scoring debut in the Hoops as the Bhoys won 4-1 at Celtic Park on August 30 against his old club Ayr.
He was involved in a strange decision in a match v Rangers. Jimmy Smith of Rangers collpased exhausted in the penalty box only for Charlie who was pursuing him to fall on top of the man. What was next? The referee gave a penalty to Rangers!!! It allowed them to equalize.
But by the end of the season he had made just four first team appearances but had scored a commendable two goals. In the reserves though he was an incredible scorer, notching up 38 goals Did we miss a trick with this man?
He was freed at the end of the season but quickly snapped up by Manchester United (May 1933). Scott Duncan who was the manager at Man Utd said that everyone knew that Celtic had made a mistake in letting him go. Scott Duncan actually signed Charlie up in an ice cream parlour near Glasgow Central station! However, his stint at Man U was brief with just 9 appearances.
He later went to play for Motherwell and became a common loan signing by many clubs during the chaotic war years. He later moved to the US and became a coach there for amongst other, the LA Scots!
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