Collectors Club: My Celtic Football Shirt Collection

Paul lives just outside Glasgow in Scotland and has more than 65 match worn and player issue Celtic football shirts in his collection.

Why collect Celtic shirts?

I come from a large Celtic supporting family. My earliest memories are of going to games in the mid 80’s with my Grandparents. The buzz of walking up Kerrydale St. with hundreds of other fans, Green and White scarves and flags everywhere and the shouts from programme and badge sellers will be cherished forever.

The Stadium and surrounding area have changed drastically in the 35 years I’ve been going to games, but the feeling you get watching your team come out the tunnel before a game is something that will always remain with you.

What was the first shirt in your collection?

The first Match Worn shirt I got in my collection was a black away shirt worn by Joe Ledley in the 3-1 victory over Kilmarnock in 2012. These were one off shirts bearing Celtic’s Charity Foundation logo on the shirt. Only one shirt was made for each player, and they were auctioned off after the game to raise money for the Foundation. I had to wait about 5 weeks for the shirt as Joe was injured the week after the game and had to wait for him to sign it before I could collect it.

What is your favourite shirt?

My favourite shirt has to be Packie Bonner’s goalkeeper shirt from Danny McGrain’s Testimonial on 4th August 1980 v Manchester United. It’s a very rare shirt for lots of reasons. Not only was it the first time match detail had been embroidered around the crest for such a game, but as an experiment it was the first time that players names appeared on the back of the shirts. Unfortunately, the Kitman managed to spell Bonner’s name wrong!

View all Paul Lamb’s Celtic collection at mycelticshirt.co.uk