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Fullname: Peter Shevlin
Born: 18 November 1905
Died: 10 October 1948
Birthplace: Wishaw, Scotland
Signed: 11 Oct 1924; 22 May 1934 (loan)
Left: July 1927 (South Shields)
Position: Goalkeeper
Debut: St Johnstone 0-0 Celtic, League, 18 Oct 1924
Internationals: None

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Shevlin's 2-3 year tenure as Celtic's number 1 goalkeeper, was sandwiched between the hugely popular captain Charlie Shaw, and the legendary and tragic John Thompson. At 5'7" he was small for a goalkeeper, although a full inch taller than Charlie Shaw (so height isn't everything)

Shevlin was born in Wishaw on 1905, and he was a junior with Pollok and St Rochs before joining Celtic in 1924, for a fee of £120. After a shaky start he went on to make over 100 league and cup appearances at Celtic Park. While at Celtic, his honours included a 1926 league-winners' medal, and a 1925 Scottish Cup medal, following a nail-biting last-minute victory against Dundee.

He was held partly to blame by some for the 2-0 defeat by St Mirren in the 1926 Scottish Cup Final, which would have given Celtic their fourth ever double, but that was unfair. In any case, we'd achieved much with Peter on board at Celtic.

On 5th February 1927, while playing in a Scottish Cup tie against Brechin City at Glebe Park, Shevlin let in 3 soft goals including a howler in the opening minute, and Wille Maley decided to give the 18-year-old reserve keeper, John Thompson, a chance. He turned out to outstanding, quickly displacing Shevlin.

It was the end of the road for Peter at Celtic, and he moved on to South Shields in July 1927.

In 1931, Shevlin became player/manager of Shelbourne in Dublin, before returning to Scotland in April 1933 for an eventful two seasons with Hamilton Academicals. He was in the Accies' side which won the Second XI Cup in 1934 but a most unfortunate injury kept him out the 1935 Scottish Cup Final, having played in the team all season. He was freed by Hamilton in May 1935 and became captain at Albion Rovers.

He managed to play for Celtic again for one more game in a short loan on 27th May 1934.

Staying in the English Midlands in Spring 1941 he was badly injured by enemy bombing (machine-gunned and battered with shrapnel during the Midlands blitz) and spent the rest of the year in hospital.

He died prematurely in Manchester on 10th October 1948, at the age of 43.

Playing Career

APPEARANCES LEAGUE SCOTTISH CUP LEAGUE CUP EUROPE TOTAL
1924-27 86 17 n/a n/a 103
Shut-outs:288--36 (35%)

Honours with Celtic

League Championship
  • 1925-26
Scottish Cup
  • 1927

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