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Harry Hood RIP

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  1. bagforlife Gold Member Gold Member

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    Such sad news R.I.P. Harry
     
  2. Twisty 9 in a row Gold Member

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    An excellent striker for us in the midst of many great players during a wonderful spell in our history. RIP.
     
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    Rest in peace, Harry.
     
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    RIP Harry bhoy, we love you.
     
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    RIP Harry :shamrock:

    Been a sad month for the Club :(
     
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    *we've got someone twice as good. Harry, Harry Hood

    RIP :shamrock:
     
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    RIP HUNSKELPER :shamrock:
     
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    our heroes live forever their lives touched with silver and gold, the memories they give us the stories to unfold ,part of our family forever in green white and gold .rest in peace harry hood .
     
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    his name sounds like its something out of goodfellas:56:rip harry:shamrock:
     
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    Rest In Peace Harry:shamrock:
     
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    HARRY Hood was a Celtic great, scoring 121 goals in 310 appearances for the Hoops over seven years with the club, and he is one of only 29 players to date who have hit a century or more goals for Celtic.

    Sadly, Harry passed away last May at the age of 74, and the thoughts and prayers of everyone at the club remain with his family.

    Harry joined the club in 1969 from Clyde and he got his Celtic career off to the best possible start, netting on his debut against St Mirren at Love Street. And on the 51st anniversary of that game on May 29, 1969, we take a look back at the career of a true Celtic great, beginning with the first of his 121 goals.

    FIRST GOAL, LEAGUE
    MARCH 29, 1969
    ST MIRREN 0-3 CELTIC
    Although Harry Hood signed for Celtic from Clyde on March 16, 1969, it wasn’t until the end of the month that he made his debut, but it didn’t take the new striker long to make his mark. He did, however, have to wait in line in the actual game as it was a rare goal from Jim Craig just before the break that opened the scoring against St Mirren at Love Street. John Hughes added another soon after the turnaround then, in the 69th minute, and Hood ensured he had a memorable debut for the club he supported as a boy when he scored his first ever goal in the Hoops. The game finished 3-0, with the Celts on the way to their second treble in three seasons.

    LAST GOAL, LEAGUE
    OCTOBER 4, 1975
    CELTIC 3-1 HEARTS
    By 1975/76, Hood’s appearances were getting fewer and fewer, with many of those he did make coming from the bench. There were a few early-season goals, though - two against Dumbarton in an 8-0 League Cup game and two against Valur of Iceland in a 7-0 European Cup win. His next goal was to be his last in the Hoops, though, as Celtic entertained Hearts in the league. The game was over by the 21st minute with the quick-fire Celts striking three times in nine minutes, and Hood’s final goal arriving in the 17th minute, bookended by goals from Dixie Deans in the 12th minute and Paul Wilson in the 21st. There were fleeting appearances following that but the forward was freed in April and crossed the Atlantic to play for San Antonio Thunder before returning to play for Motherwell by the start of the next season.

    MOST IMPORTANT GOAL: SCOTTISH CUP FINAL
    MAY 12, 1971
    CELTIC 2-1 RANGERS
    Just four days earlier, the team drew 1-1 in front of 120,092 when Rangers equalised three minutes from time. In this midweek replay in front of 103,332, Celtic took the lead when Lou Macari turned in a Bobby Lennox corner with his left foot in the 24th minute. Man of the Match was a magical Jimmy Johnstone and just a minute after the opener, he was hauled down in the box by Ronnie McKinnon. Celtic’s No.9, Harry Hood, carefully placed the ball on the penalty spot and calmly slotted the ball just off-centre to his right while Peter McCloy dived the other way. In the 58th minute, Jim Craig could do little when he turned the ball into his own net after a Derek Johnstone attempt came off Evan Williams in the Celtic goal. A spot-kick may not have been Hood’s most stylish goal, but under the circumstances, it was certainly one of his most important and memorable.


    HIGHEST-SCORING SEASON: 1970/71
    Harry Hood was always there or thereabouts when the goals were tallied at the end of the term, but in season 1970/71 he took top honours. Lisbon Lions, Bobby Lennox and Willie Wallace were still banging in goals and the upcoming Lou Macari was also getting in on the act. But Hood was out in front with 33 goals and that was his highest-scoring season. His Scottish Cup final winner was one of seven goals in that tournament, which included scoring in a vital 1-0 win over Dunfermline and netting two in a 3-3 draw with Airdrie that went to a replay. The vast majority of that season’s goals, obviously, came in the league, with 22 scored by Hood, many of them vital as Celtic won the title by only two points over Aberdeen.

    HOOPS HAT-TRICK HIGHS
    Harry Hood scored no fewer than five hat-tricks for the Hoops, and his first came in the European Cup in what turned out to be Celtic’s biggest ever win in Europe when they beat FC Kokkola of Finland 9-0 on August 16, 1970 before going on to win 14-0 on aggregate. It took Hood only 45 seconds to get the ball rolling with the first goal of the game and by the 36th minute he had completed his hat-trick. The Hoops were 5-0 ahead by that point and never looked back. Motherwell, in a 5-0 win, and Kilmarnock, in a 6-2 victory, were his league hat-tricks, while the striker also scored three in a 6-2 win over Clydebank in the League Cup. There was, however, one more hat-trick in the League Cup and there’s more about that in the next section.

    AND ANOTHER GOALSCORING THING…
    It was on Wednesday, December 5, 1973 that Celtic met Rangers in the semi-final of that season’s League Cup and a deluge as well as the fuel shortage and emergency powers kept the attendance down to 54,864 – but that didn’t stop those in the uncovered Celtic End giving several rousing choruses of Singing In The Rain. It was generators that powered the Hampden floodlights and it was Celtic dynamo, Harry Hood who generated the community singing at the green and white end of the ground with a historic hat-trick. He opened the scoring in the 34th minute, only for the Ibrox side to equalised three minutes later. Hood was on the ball again in the 55th minute and then once more in the 73rd to give Celtic a 3-1 win. It was Celtic's first hat-trick in the derby since Stevie Chalmers’ triple in a 5-1 league win in 1965/66 and would remain the last such hat-trick until Moussa Dembele’s piece of perfection in the 5-1 win at Celtic Park in September 2016.
     
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    It was a year ago today, on May 26, 2019, that Celtic great Harry Hood passed away at the age of 74. And on this sad anniversary, our thoughts and prayers are with Harry's family.

    Between 1969 and '76, Harry made 310 appearances for the Hoops, scoring a very impressive 123 goals - one of only 29 players to have scored over a century of goals for Celtic.

    Having started his playing career with Clyde, he had a spell with Sunderland before returning to Clyde, and it was after three seasons with the Bully Wee that Jock Stein brought him to Celtic.

    Celtic were blessed with exceptional, world-class strikers at that time, having won the European Cup two years previously, but Harry Hood offered something different to the rest. He had skill, poise and a touch of real class. When given a chance in front of goal, he rarely panicked. The supporters loved him and were happy to immortalise another hero in a varied repertoire of songs.

    Hood’s 123 goals in 310 appearances prove that his signing was another masterstroke from Jock Stein. He augmented a vibrant group of forwards and the medals flowed. Indeed, the first of those 123 goals came on his debut, a 3-0 league win over St Mirren at Love Street on March 29, 1969.

    Harry won the League Cup that same year to pick up his first piece of silverware as the Hoops beat St Johnstone 1-0 in the final, and he never looked back. When Harry left Celtic in 1976, he took away six Scottish League medals, four Scottish Cup medals and two League Cup medals – a very impressive haul.

    He won the league every season from 1968/69 to 1973/74 and lifted the Scottish Cup in 1971, 1972, 1974 and 1975 and the League Cup in 1969 and 1974. In 1970/71, Hood was Celtic’s top scorer with 33 goals.

    In a fiercely competitive era, full international honours never came Harry’s way, but his club exploits made up for that disappointment.

    Aside from Celtic, he also played for Clyde, Sunderland, Motherwell and Queen of the South. He also had a spell in America after leaving Celtic. Wherever he went, Hood scored goals. That knack never deserted him.

    Hood deserves his place in Celtic folklore. He wasn’t a Lisbon Lion or a Quality Street Kid, but he fitted in perfectly at Celtic. He had the X-Factor that helped the team win games and in many ways he was the classic Celtic player. His record of 123 goals and 12 major honours stands comparison with the greats
     
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    Nice to see this thread being bumped, Harry's passing was slightly overshadowed by the terrible loss of two Lisbon Lions around the same time last year. He was a great player for us and could have been recognised alongside Billy and Stevie at the flag unfurling. I'm sure that the club meant no disrespect but his family and friends probably felt that he was not given the respect he could have had. The Celtic fans loved Harry as a player and his love for the club remained undiminished over the years, Hail Hail, Harry Hood.