Walfrid’s Legacy


On  April 17, 1915 Brother Walfrid passed away.

The Marist Brothers reported his passing with these words,

“Frère Walfrid est mort. Je perds en lui un vrai père !

 Que de services il m’a rendus et avec quelle affectueuse charité !’’ (Avril 25, 1915).

“Brother Walfrid is dead.

In losing him, I lost a true father.

How many things he did for me… and with what loving kindness!”


A Father figure then and an inspirational father figure now, 100 years after his death.

Walfrid’s role in the founding of the Celtic was key. Not only did he achieve his aim of funding the Poor Children’s Dinner tables to feed the hungry of the East End, he also brought together visionaries who ensured that Celtic would have a lasting impact on football and society in Glasgow and far beyond.

Poverty and hunger are still in evidence in both the East End of Glasgow and beyond. To mark the 100th anniversary of Walfrid’s passing Celtic, its charitable arm, Celtic FC Foundation, and Celtic supporters groups will pay their own tribute to Brother Walfrid on April 15.

To support the principles upon which Walfrid founded the club, Celtic supporters will be having a food collection to support the work of Foodbanks in and around the West of Scotland.

On Wednesday April 15 when Celtic play at home to Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premiership, Celtic supporters are invited to bring items requested by the Foodbanks.

As well as being supported by Celtic FC, the collection is backed by the following Celtic fans groups and forums:

Affiliation Of Registered Celtic Supporters Clubs, AICSC, Celtic Graves Society, CelticMinded, Celtic Quick News, Celtic Supporters Association, Celtic Trust, Celtic Underground, Etims, Hail Hail Media, Green Brigade, Huddleboard, The Kano Foundation and Kerrydale Street,.

Under the banner of Walfrid’s Legacy, the supporters groups and forums have released the following statement: “100 years after the passing of Brother Walfrid there is still hunger and need in our communities.

“Walfrid’s vision was the formation of a successful football club based on the core principle of the alleviation of poverty in our society.”

“Walfrid’s legacy is a thriving Celtic Football Club with a support fundamentally committed to his ideals of supporting those in need locally, nationally and far beyond national borders. “

“To honour Walfrid and his ideals we would urge all Celtic supporters able to attend the match against Kilmarnock on April 15 to bring a donation for the foodbanks we are supporting.”

In addition to the food collection on April 15, on April 17 Celtic FC and Celtic FC Foundation will mark the 100th anniversary of Walfrid’s passing by hosting a lunch for 500 individuals from the city’s homeless community in the Number 7 restaurant in Celtic Park.

Peter Lawwell, Celtic FC Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to be working with our supporters on this magnificent initiative. So many years after our formation, Celtic continues to be very well aware of its continued social responsibility and the club does more charitable work now than ever before.   “We are proud that Brother Walfrid’s spirit remains so strong at Celtic and through such initiatives we will continue to honour the ambitions of the club’s founders and make a positive difference to the lives of people in need.”

Tony Hamilton, CEO of Celtic FC Foundation, added: “The phrase ‘more than a football club’ rings true with this joint approach from the Club, its supporters and its charitable arm. The story of Celtic, as seen by our Founding Father, is alive and well today more than 125 years after our formation and I hope that both of these events will be supported.”

We would urge fans to brings donations of the following items.

  • Sugar (500g)
  • Fruit juice (carton)
  • Soup , Pasta sauces, Tomatoes (tinned)
  • Cereals
  • Tea Bags/instant coffee
  • Rice/pasta
  • Tinned meat/fish, Tinned fruit
  • Jam, Biscuits or snack bars

Donations will be collected on The Celtic Way by volunteers from the Celtic support.

The aim of the collection is specifically for food items as detailed above.

The collection will benefit a number of Foodbanks including, Loaves and Fishes, Coatbridge Foodbank and Hamilton Food Drop among others.

Any cash donations will be passed to Celtic FC Foundation lunch for our homeless citizens on April 17 and the charities they are supporting. Details here http://www.celticfc.net/news/7921


November 1887

“Many cases of sheer poverty are left unaided through lack of means. It is therefore with this principle object that we have set afloat the “Celtic”


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  1. O.G.Rafferty on

    Stokes put the ball in the net from the fk but watching it on TV it was Forrest who was the man who had come to life

  2. the true nature of our support always comes to the fore on occasions like this




  3. ……from previuos page………



    jonny the tim



    15:21 on 8 April, 2015





    14:58 on 8 April, 2015


    Jonny the Tim:



    And that team that he inherited… did they have any ‘punching above your weight’ success in European competition?





    In a word, YES, but obviously, Ronny wanted his players to play his way, which was never going to happen overnight. I was quite prepared to give him a full season in which to show his mettle. In my opinion, he has done that quicker than I would have hoped for. My issues with NL were, that I believe that any Celtic manager should serve an apprenticeship before being given the job. I believe that Neil was the right man at the wrong time, i.e., he should have gone to Bolton/Leicester first, then, if he’s any good, we take a look at him.




  4. Og Raff



    Both Stokes and Forest were excellent in the second half that day.

  5. Gerryfaethebrig on

    just found out the game tonight is on in Celtic Well, so all is well in Santa Ponsa

  6. Well done to Celtic and the Foundation. We really have returned to our charitable roots in recent years.



    I won’t be there next week, working, but can a cash donation be made?

  7. O.G.Rafferty on



    Stokes was a big player but Forrest’s body language was what stood out. He raised his game and then again and dragged others, who I would have expected to get stuck in, back with him. I feel his role that day has been downplayed and Stokes over rated

  8. Geordie Munro on

    Is the dundee game on the last day of August the last time Broony took no part in a game for us??




  9. i wonder if 100 years after his passing if Andrew Kerins would look on with pride at the achievements of the football club,



    or with dumbfound wonder as to why there are food collections at the magnificent stadium still required to help people survive.



    i wonder in that 140 years since he set out that dinner table if the life expectancy in the calton is any different



    keep it lit

  10. o.g.rafferty



    Fair enough sir it’s all about opinions. I’d have put them both on an equal par for their efforts.

  11. Paul67 you know me, you know what I am about.



    I’ve been screamin for years for Celtic to adopt a charity onto their strip. etc.



    Do you believe Brother Walfrid would be content with his creation paying less than the ‘living wage’ to selected Celtic employees when other ‘selected’ Celtic employees want for nought… 100 years after his death?



    Sometimes Paul, and I know it is not of your making, sometimes I find it all commercially false.

  12. Hamiltontim:



    If I remember correctly, Sammi almost won it for us in the last minute???

  13. Kitalba



    Not sure but I do remember us almost losing it near the end.



    Sorry but must run.

  14. Gerryfaethebrig,



    How is Santa Ponsa?.Is it busy?.Went there for 20 years,every summer.Was going to buy “The Jaggy Thistle,round the other side,but got,gazumped at the last minute.Dont know if its still called that.Celts Well shows all the games,so I have been told.Not been back for 10 years.Miss it.


    Charlie and The Bhoys were over with me one year.Fantastic time.Miss it.

  15. Geordie Munro on

    “If I remember correctly, Sammi almost won it for us in the last minute???”






    It wouldn’t have been Samaras.

  16. Neganon2




    Joe Fillipi



    Slow Glass. http://www.tsfm.scot/did-stewart-regan-ken-then-wit-we-ken-noo/comment-page-36/#comment-51644



    Since posting that on Saturday I think the glass might have thinned a bit. There are reasons for the approach and time taken that will emerge from Slow Glass in their time.



    The charge of corruption against Celtic is way off mark I believe, but the pudding with the proof in it is not too far away from being eaten.



    Much more could be said now but that could ruin 2 years hard work and none of us want that I’m sure.





    Happy to support those in need; sad that it’s needed in our 21st century rich land.

  18. Kit



    My recollection of that match is right at the end Killie come very very close to winning it.




  19. Scott Brown


    Sent off Sun 09th Nov 2014 v Aberdeen away


    Missed next game Sat 22nd Nov 2014 v Dundee home

  20. TinyTim:



    Mate I do remember them having a chance but in my memory we should have won it.



    But then I was watching on a computer screen, you were there and I know it was massive for all those who went in those so called dark days.



    Hope you’re good mate and if you get the chance I think I’ll be in Glasgow at the end of April, I still owe you a beer.

  21. Scott Brown


    Missed Europa league game v dynamo Zagreb away


    Thu 11th Dec 2014

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