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Celtic Football Club was formally constituted - On this day in Scottish history

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Celtic Football Club was formally constituted on 6 November 1887, with the club playing its first official matches a year later. The club was the brainchild of Brother Walfrid, an Irish Catholic priest who hoped to provide leisure activities for the working men of Glasgow's East End, as well as help to alleviate poverty.

A vacant plot was found close to St Mary's Church and the team were initially known as 'the bould boys', with the name Celtic later adopted to reflect the players' Irish and Scottish roots. The team's first official match was played on 28 May 1888, when Celtic beat Rangers 5-2.

Celtic reached the Scottish Cup finals in 1889, their first year in the competition, but were beaten in the final. In 1892, they won the Scottish Cup for the first time, beating Queen's Park 5-2.

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