This afternoon we’re going to run through the CQN 11 guests as we get set for another fabulous night at the Kerrydale Suite on Friday 13th March to raise funds to build another CQN school kitchen in Malawi, this time to honour Brother Walfrid. First up is Tom Boyd…
CELTIC fans would have given you a good argument at the time, but the £1.1million Liam Brady spent on bringing Tony Cascarino to Celtic from Aston Villa in the summer of 1991 proved to be money well spent.
In truth, the Republic of Ireland striker hardly set Parkhead alight with his goalscoring feats. He netted a mere four goals in 24 appearances and was on his way after an eminently forgettable season to Chelsea. However, the one good thing to emerge from the ill-fated move was the fact that Tommy Boyd, a player so skilled he could perform in several areas in defence, made his way to Parkhead in exchange.
It was the best bit if business Brady conducted in his two-and-a-half years in charge of the team. Boyd won over the Celtic support in an instant with his wholehearted, determined displays. It was only a matter of time before he became the team leader on the park.
The former Motherwell defender became an inspirational captain when he was given the responsibility in 1997, a role he kept until 2002.
Boyd, who won 72 caps for Scotland, was solid and dependable and enjoyed success while winning three Premier League titles, three League Cups and two Scottish Cups.
However, he was never going to rival Lisbon Lion Tommy Gemmell in the goalscoring stakes. Whisper it, Tommy Boyd played 304 league games for the Hoops and scored…two goals!
Tom is one of the most respected of all the former Celtic players among the Celtic support. He is a big supporter himself and does a great deal of work with the Celtic Foundation. Recently he was the only ex-player to come out and back the Statement from Celtic Supporters in Sunday Herald which stated that Rangers* were a new club.
Tom will join our other guests on stage after dinner at CQN 11 for a Q&A session.
* Formed 2012.
Before Friday’s CQN 11 St Patrick’s Dinner you can win a Celtic jersey signed by the 2008 squad, who won one of the most remarkable titles in our history. All proceeds go towards building a fourth CQN school kitchen in Malawi, for Mary’s Meals.