Jimmy McGrory has a unique place in the history of Scottish football, having scored more Scottish League and Cup goals in his 15-year career than any other player. Jimmy is Celtic’s all-time top scorer, holds the British record for the most hat-tricks – 55 – and the record for the fastest hat-trick ever scored.
Playing for Celtic and Clydebank during his professional career, Jimmy scored 538 goals over 534 appearances, more than 500 of them for Celtic. In one memorable game on 14 January 1928, he scored eight goals in a 9-0 hammering of Dunfermline Athletic. On 14 March 1936, he set the record for the fastest hat-trick in Scottish League history, scoring three goals in less than three minutes during a 5-0 win over Motherwell.
Jimmy played for Celtic throughout his career, apart from a short spell from 1923-1924 on loan to Clydebank. His passion for the club continued long after his playing days were over and he managed Celtic for 20 years between 1945 and 1965. He even continued to serve on their public relations team until he retired in 1979. He also made seven appearances in a Scotland shirt, scoring six goals.
As a player, Jimmy won two league titles, four Scottish Cups and seven international caps. As a manager, he guided Celtic to one league title, two Scottish Cup wins and two League Cup triumphs.He died in 1982 aged 78.
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