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The Crest Dissected - Celtic FC

When we started The Football History Boys in February 2013, one of the first articles I wrote was about sectarianism in the Old Firm Rivalry between Glasgow Celtic and Glasgow Rangers. The Crest Dissected series meanwhile is one of the most successful in our short existence so today I take a look at the history of one of those great clubs, Celtic FC. Celtic Football Club were founded on 6 November 1887 in a meeting at St Mary's Church Hall but would play their first fixture in 1888. One of the original members, Catholic Marist Brother Walfrid from Sligo in Ireland, saw Celtic as an opportunity to help the poor East End of Glasgow. The vision of the club upon founding was to: "supply the East End conferences of the St Vincent de Paul Society with the funds for the maintenance of the 'dinner tables' of our needy children in the missions of St Mary's, St Michael's and Sacred Hearts. Many cases of sheer poverty are left unaided through the lack of means."