Managers and Players of the Celtic Football Club that owned Pubs in and around Glasgow.
Davy Adams had a pub in Denny, Stirlingshire. *
Bertie Auld had a hotel in Stonehouse. ** He was also in partnership with Joe McBride in a pub called the Sideline’s on London Road.
Mr Bertie Auld.
Johnny Bonnar Goalkeeper, Celtic Coronation Cup hero had a pub at the top of Orr Street in the east end of the city. Annie T M Bonnar was the licensee and was granted a licence on 12th March 1963 the pub stayed open until the 1970s. She was also licensee of the Toby Jug at 1052-58 London Road at the corner of Arrol Place, granted a licence on 14th March 1967 and was still trading in 1973. Johnny Bonnar also had the Club Bar, 588 Gallowgate 1974-79, the Londoner, London Road 1981-89, and the Spur Bar 296 Polmadie Road 1979-200.
Jim Brogan had Wintergill’s Bar on Great Western Road and now has the Victoria Bar, Victoria Road in the southside of the city.
Mr James Brogan.
Jim Brogan previously had the Florida Park in Mount Florida/Battlefield area. **
Jim Brogan and Denis Connachan involved in The Star Bar at Eglinton Toll. **
John Campbell owned a pub at 322 London Road at the corner of Boden Street in 1907 called the Villa Bar. Some of us will remember this pub as “Jack’s Bar.”
Tom Colgin was the licensee of the Old Vic, 669 Govan Road for the late James Grant in 1915. He also owned the Old Govan Arms, 907 Govan Road in 1916.
Mr Thomas Colgin.
Alfie Conn owned the Captain’s Rest, Great Western Road. *
Alfie Conn and Willie Henderson had the Barnyard, Coatbridge. 1981. *
John “Dixie Deans owns the Rhinstone Tavern, 153 Main Street, Baillieston.
Dixie Deans had a place also near where The Forge is now. **
Michael Dunbar owned a pub at 72-74 Gallowgate he also owned another well known bar on the Gallowgate at number 429, this pub still stands today and is known as the Weemans. He obtained a licence for another pub at 32 Main Street, Bridgeton, he also had a pub at 28 Reid Street, he secured a licence for these premises on 21st October 1913. Michael was elected onto the Celtic board in 1897 in the Annfield Hall, just off the Gallowgate.
He served on the board until his death in 1921.
Mr Michael Dunbar.
Johannes Edvaldsson had a pub in Bridgeton!!. *
Mr Johannes Edvaldsson.
John Fallon was goalkeeper and owned the Central Bar, Blantyre. Circa 1979. *
Patsy Gallagher owned a bar at 42-44 Fulbar Street, Renfrew 1920, he took over the International Bar, Clydebank in 1925 and two years later closed down the Renfrew premises to concentrate on the International bar.
Mr Patrick “Patsy” Gallacher. 1935.
Tommy Gemmell owned the Commercial Hotel, Errol pre 1980. *
Mr Tommy Gemmell.
James Grant owned a pub called the Grant Arms at 19 Argyle Street, 106 Main Street, Gorbals and 548 St. Vincent Street, Glasgow.
Willie Groves petitions for a licence of a pub at 29 Taylor Street, Townhead, Glasgow on 16th August 1890. This pub closed down a few years later.*
Ex Celtic player Mr Harry Hood.
Harry Hood had Angels Hotel, 144 Main Street, Uddingston and The Sherwood Manor Hotel.
2017… Former Celtic football player, Harry Hood, is preparing to invest in the renovation of the Angels Hotel in Uddington.
Utilising his £8m profits from his pub company, The Lisini Pub Group, Hood hopes to speed up the restoration project of the hotel which has suffered a series of setbacks since it closed for refurbishments last year.
Hood, who played for Celtic, Scotland and Rangers in the 70s, put £750,000 into renovating the Angels Hotel. Whilst developments are not complete, the restaurant and lounge areas are due to open on 6 April.
Siobhan Edwards, director at Angels Hotel, said: “As a family-run business, who are dedicated to our customers and the preservation of this old building in the area, we wanted to make sure this place was around for another 100 years to come.
“It is a difficult building to transform, with it being built in 1906, and has brought about its challenges but we are getting there now.”
The rest of the Angels Hotel is due to be reopened at the end of April.
Angel’s Hotel, Uddingston. 2005.
Harry Hood – The Croft – Croftfoot in Glasgow Southside. **
John Hughes had the Green Bear 1972, Springfield Tavern 2002, MacConnell’s, The Masonic Arms Condorrat. *
John Hughes – Coatbridge Bhoys will know better than me.The Big Tree was one of them as was Yogi’s Bar – he also had a pub in Cumbernauld. **
Jimmy Johnstone had The Double J in Hamilton. Circa 1960s-70s.
James Kelly had 2 pubs in Blantyre.*
Bobby Lennox owned Bobby’s Bar, Saltcoats. Circa 1970s-90s. *
Andy Lynch, Riverside Tavern and the Old Barns, London Road. *
Danny McGrain had Danny Macs at 1325 Duke Street at Parkhead Cross.
John McKillop was a wine and spirit merchant and took over the Grosvenor Hotel in 1899. He was a native of Catrine, Ayrshire and came to Glasgow with the rest of his family, his brother William was also in the licensed trade in Glasgow, he owned the Royal restaurant in West Nile Street, William died in 1909. John and his brother William was also in partnership with Mr MacKenzie in various catering projects including the world famous Glasgow International Exhibition in 1901. The brothers were awarded many awards for their involvement in the Scottish Licensed Trade and catering services. John was a member of various societies including the Scottish Licensed Trade, he was a Director of the Glasgow Restaurateurs Association, a member of the Lethahill & Cardross Golf Clubs, he was elected onto the Celtic football Board in June 1897 in the Annfield Hall just off the Gallowgate and served on the board until his death in 1914, John died at the age of 61 and was unmarried.
Mr John McKillop.
Frank McAvennie had Macca’s Bar, Gallowgate. ?There is no pub at this address? *
Joe McBride had The Wee Mill in Oatlands just down from Shawfield. * Joe was in partnership with Bertie Auld in the Sideline’s bar on London Road.
Jim McInally had a pub in Glasgow Road Rutherglen which I think was the same pub Bobby Murdoch once owned but under a different name. **
John H McLaughlin Wine and spirit merchant John McLaughlin was elected onto the first ever Celtic board at the first meeting of the newly formed limited liability company on June 17th 1897.
He would serve on the board until his death in August 1909 during which time he was Chairman. *
Mr John McLaughlin.
James H McLaughlin had a pub in Hamilton. *
Sandy McMahon owned The Duke Bar, 209 Great Eastern Road now known as the Gallowgate around 1907, many will remember this old pub as the Reunion.
Alexander (Sandy) McMahon.
Jimmy McMenemy owned The Duke at 209 Great Eastern Road around 1910. *
Billy McNeil had McNeils in Torrisdale Street off Victoria Road in the southside of the city. Many will remember this pub as the Madeira.
Mr Billy McNeill. M.B.E.
Bill McNeill owned the Halfway House Bar, Bellshill in 1974.
In the NEWS 1974…
Billy McNeill, the Celtic F.C. captain, who has been awarded the M.B.E. in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, is associated with three licensed premises in Ayrshire, The Coylton Arms Hotel, Coylton (for which he holds the licence), The Fenwick Hotel, Fenwick, and premises at Torranyard, Kilwinning. 1974.
Billy McNeil and Joe McBride and others had The Milnrows Hotels (The Torran Yard, The Strathen Hotel, The Fenwick Hotel, The Barn Yard. 1970s. *
John McPhail owned “John McPhail’s Bar” at 280 Stevenson Street, Calton in the 1950s. *
Willie McStay had the Blackwood Arms, Kirkmuirhill. circa 1930. *
Willie Maley, Celtic Manager owned the famous Bank restaurant at 35-41Queen Street for many years.
Willie Miller owned “Willie Miller’s Bar”, 163 McAslin Street formerly known as Albert Street at the corner of 99 Taylor Street. Circa 1951.
Bobby Murdock owned Burns Inn in Rutherglen. **
Bobby Murdock owned the Sportsman’s Bar in Rutherglen. *
Charlie Nicholas – Cafe Cini in the City Centre.
John O’Hara was a wine and spirit merchant who was elected onto the Celtic board in 1897 in the Annfield Hall, off the Gallowgate.
He served on the board until his death in 1905. * Mr O’Hara owned a pub at 140 London Road, he had his owned blend of Scotch Whisky called the “Royal Shield”. His son John jun. took over the business in 1903, he then acquired the Clyde Vaults, Nuneaton Street and 45 Norfolk Street.
Andy Ritchie owned the Vogue Bar, Main Street Rutherglen. **
Benny Rooney who was on Celtic’s books when younger runs The Queens Park Cafe in Victoria Road on the Southside. **
Christopher Shevlane owned Chris Shevlane’s bar in Springburn Road. Before that he owned the Terminus Bar at the corner of Elmvale Street, Springburn in the north side of Glasgow.
John Eric Smith, nicknamed Eric owned a pub called the Bosanova at 723 Gallowgate at the corner of Slatefield Street. He was granted a licence on 20th October 1964 and was till running the pub in 1973.
John Eric Smith.
John Eric Smith owned the Tartan Bar, Comelypark Street. Circa 1959. *
Jock Stein was in partnership with Jimmy Gordon (Radio Clyde) in The Lord Darnley in Pollokshields. **
Don Sullivan owned the Railway Tavern in Denny, Stirlingshire. *
Charlie Tully owned “Tully’s Bar” at 247 Cumberland Street corner of Florence Street. Circa 1954. ? I do not have this address as a pub ? *
Evan Williams had a pub in Jamestown, Alexandria. 1973.
Here are a few photographs from a Celtic Football Club Programme that has some pub name and addresses that have shown their support for the club. Thanks to Mitch McEwan for sending the photos over!
* A List Courtesy of the Celtic Historical Fanzine “The Celt”. And many thanks to the Celtic Forum Kerrydale Street. This is a wonderful website all about the Celtic Football Club. www.kerrydalestreet.com
** Kerrydale Street. Caltonbhoy1967. and Rico Richmond.
Courtesy of kerrydalestreet.com
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