Elisha honoured in his hometown

Former Liverpool goalkeeper Elisha Scott was honoured in his homeland of Northern Ireland in a special service on Saturday. The legendary custodian made 468 appearances between the sticks for the Reds in an Anfield career that spanned 22 years from 1912 until 1934.

Scott joined Liverpool from the now dissolved Belfast Celtic and would later go on to manage the Northern Ireland side, guiding them to 10 Irish League titles, six Irish Cups, three City Cups, eight Gold Cups and five County Antrim Shields.

After the Belfast Celtic Society tracked down his burial place and renovated the family headstone, marking the plot with the crests of both clubs, fans of the two teams gathered for an unveiling ceremony at Belfast's City Cemetery on Saturday - half a century after Scott's passing.

The date was particularly poignant as it marked 60 years since Belfast Celtic left the Irish footballing stage.

A red and white wreath of flowers, donated by the West Belfast Liverpool Supporters Club, were laid at the grave by Scott's great grandchildren, while the Kop legend's son, Billy, celebrated his 90th birthday by revealing the refurbished gravestone.

Malcolm Brodie, Scott's friend and former junior reporter, gave a moving oration to bring the service to a close.

Explaining how Saturday's events came to fruition, Padraig Coyle, chairperson of the Belfast Celtic Society, told "Our Society exists to maintain the memory of Belfast Celtic and Elisha Scott is a towering figure in the club's history.

"For many years, we had planned to refurbish his resting place and with the help of his family members we were delighted this was achieved in the 50th anniversary of his passing.

"Clearly, Elisha Scott was as important to Belfast's Liverpool fans as he is to Celtic fans and Pat McDermott and Larry Claxton of the West Belfast Liverpool Supporters Club related how they had tried in vain to contact Elisha's remaining family several years ago to carry out a similar job.

"Naturally, they were as delighted as we were to participate in the weekend's events and their children came decked out in red and white.

"The Liverpool crest sits proudly on the headstone with the Belfast Celtic crest and the grave's flowers are both red and white and green and white, reflecting Elisha Scott's shared history.

"Our Society's members were overwhelmed by the turnout at both the graveside and the mural unveiling which happened later in the day.

"Hundreds of people came along to mark the anniversaries and the former players, many of whom are well into their 80's, were taken aback by all the fuss.

"My thanks and the thanks of our society go to all those who made the day so special."

Photographs: Andersonstown News

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