The last few months have seen Celtic complete an unprecedented treble treble, something that we are unlikely to ever see again, that being said it has been tinged with a huge hint of sadness with the loss of some Celtic legends Stevie Chalmers, Billy McNeill and now the great Harry Hood.
Harry 'Anthony' Hood was born in Glasgow on the 3rd of October 1944, he was raised in the city's neighbourhood of Garthamlock north of the Clyde River, his brother Jackie was also a footballer and moved over to England when Harry was young to sign for Everton before turning out for Tranmere Rovers, East Fife & St Roch's later on in his career. Harry Hood initially attended school at St Aloysius College where Rugby Union was the chosen sport. Seeking a schoolboy appearance for Scotland, he moved to Holyrood Secondary School but was overlooked for the national schoolboy squad as he had already registered as a senior player at St Roch's.
Hood's first venture into football came at Clyde who he signed for in 1962 aged just 18, Hood spent two seasons at Clyde scoring a very impressive 40 goals in 63 games and helping them earn promotion in their first season from the Scottish Division One. Hoods excellent form at Clyde earned him interest from boyhood club Celtic, but it was to England he ventured next signing for Wearside club Sunderland in a £30,000 move in 1964. Hood stayed at Sunderland for two years playing 31 times and scoring 9 goals.
He returned to Clyde in 1966 for £13,000 and enjoyed another fruitful spell as Clyde finished 3rd in 1967 behind European Cup winners Celtic & their bitter rivals Rangers. Hood played 87 times for Clyde between 1966-1969 before his dream move came through as Jock Steins Celtic signed him for £40,000 in March 1969.
The 25 year old Hood would play his way into Celtic's illustrious history as he joined a Celtic side that were on their way to 9 in a row while also reaching another European Cup final in 1970, while Hood never played in the loss to Feyenoord he helped Celtic get their and his contribution was always remembered. Hood scored a number of important and legendary goals for the club such as the winning goal against Rangers in the 1971 Scottish Cup Final replay as Celtic won 2–1, he also scored the first goal in the 1974 Scottish Cup Final, a 3–0 victory over Dundee United.
With Celtic, Hood won six Scottish Championships, three Scottish Cups and two Scottish League Cups. He scored 123 goals in all major competitions for the club. His presence onto the field at Parkhead was often greeted with a 'Hare Krishna''chant. Hood scored a hat-trick in an Old Firm game against Rangers in 1973, a feat that was not repeated until Moussa Dembele achieved it in 2016.
Hood left Celtic in 1976 to join San Antonio Thunder before ending his playing days making appearances for both Motherwell and Queen of the South. Hood would later manage Albion Rovers and Queen of the South before retiring totally from Football to concentrate on running a company named Lisini which incorporated the names of his three children. The company owned and ran several public houses and restaurants in the Greater Glasgow area and he always made time for fans of all clubs to talk about his historic playing days. In 2012, he was inducted into the Clyde FC Hall of Fame and was always welcomed fondly by the Bully Wee fans.
Hood was often seen watching Celtic matches and was popular among future players and fans alike, one of the players he made an impression on was Moussa Dembele the forward who emulated his hatrik success against Rangers, the French forward posted a great tribute to him on twitter along with this picture
Hood had been battling cancer and died on the 26th of May. While it is with great sadness we suffer his loss, we should think back to all the great memories he gave us during his playing days, like many Celtic greats from that era, Hood was robbed of any Scotland caps due to the bias against Celtic players at that time, it was a bias that cost Scotland a great centre forward and a great man.
Rest In Peace
Harry Anthony Hood