Neilly McCallum

1868 - 1920

Footballer. Born in Bonhill (West Dunbartonshire), of Irish parentage, McCallum was a member of the Renton Football Club team which won the World Cup in 1988. Soon after he joined the newly-formed Celtic Football Club in Glasgow and holds the honour of scoring their first goal, against arch-rivals Rangers, on 28th May 1888. McCallum went on to play for a number of English clubs; namely Blackburn Rovers (1890-92), Nottingham Forest (1892-95), Notts County (1895-96), and then Heanor Town (1896) before returning to Celtic Park, mostly as a workman undertaking odd jobs. He also played for the national team against Ireland. He died in Glasgow, his funeral took place in St Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Alexandria and he lies buried in Bonhill churchyard. Other members of his family were also notable footballers.

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