Glasgow & West Scotland

Rare 19th Century Celtic fans banner to be auctioned

Celtic banner
Image caption Thomas Carberry and Jim Mullins with the Celtic banner at McTear's Auctioneers

A rare Celtic fans banner dating back to 1892 is expected to fetch up to £15,000 when it is auctioned next week.

The St Mary's League Brake Banner belonged to one of the earliest Celtic supporters clubs and photographs exist of the flag at St Mary's Church Hall in the Calton, where the club was formed.

It was displayed for years in Glasgow's Bairds Bar and is being sold by the pub's former owner Thomas Carberry.

McTear's Auctioneers said the banner had attracted international interest.

The auction house said that in the early days of Celtic, supporters clubs were known as Brake Clubs due to the large horse drawn wagons they travelled in.

Image caption The banner is shown in photographs dating back to the 19th Century

Each club had its own banner that would sit on the wagon as it travelled to games.

Mr Carberry said the banner had attracted previous bids when it was on display in Bairds Bar, a pub popular with Celtic fans in Glasgow's Gallowgate.

"The banner took pride of place in the bar and attracted loads of interest and quite a few bids over the years," he said.

The banner is due to go under the hammer at McTear's on 10 December at 19:00.

Brian Clements from McTear's added: "Anyone with an interest in rare football memorabilia will be fascinated with the brake banner.

"It is a unique piece of memorabilia that dates back to the earliest days of Celtic Football Club.

"The piece is extremely rare and as a result we have already had interest from collectors from across the UK and overseas."

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