Bobby Carroll, Scottish footballer, Died at 77


Robert “Bobby” Carroll was born on May 13, 1938, and died on May 11, 2016.

He was a Scottish footballer

He most notable for scoring the first goal in European competition for Celtic.

He temporarily signed for Celtic on 22 September 1957 from Irvine Meadow XI FC,but, he was left with Irvine Meadow for season 1958/59, during which he scored 75 goals resulting in him being voted Junior Player of the Year in 1959.

Bobby received his trophy at the George Cinema in Bank Street from the Provost George Donaldson on 15 May 1959, then won the Scottish Junior Cup on 16 May 1959.

Bobby Carroll was finally called into the Celtic first team as one of the so-called ‘Kelly’s Kids’, after the then Celtic Chairman Bob Kelly, where he made is debut in a 2-1 League Cup defeat at home against Partick Thistle on 12 August 1959.

Bobby was part of the Celtic team that travelled to Valencia’s Mestalla Stadium for the first leg of an Inter-Cities Fairs Cup tie (this competition being a predecessor of the current UEFA Europa League), on September 26, 1962

Valencia were holders of the cup and won the tie 4-2, with Bobby scoring both of the Celtic goals, making him the first Celtic player to score a goal in European competition.

He was selected for St Mirren in 1963, before moving onto spells with St Mirren, Dundee United, Coleraine and Queen of the South before retiring from senior football.

Bobby Carroll passed away at 77 yrs old.