Death of oldest Celtic player


The death occurred yesterday morning of Glasgow Celtic’s oldest former player, when Hugh ‘Dick’ Doherty, passed away. He was 93.

A native of Buncrana, Hughie served the game as a player, correspondent and administrator and was the oldest former member of the FAI’s Junior Council.

Indeed, he made a valuable contribution to the development of the Inishowen League, Ulster Senior League and Ulster Football Association. Even up to his recent death he was still active as Assistant Treasurer of the Inishowen League and a member of the Maginn Park Development Committee.

As a player he lined out with Derry City, Dundalk, Glasgow Celtic, Blackpool and Raith Rovers during the 1940’s.

In 2013, he was presented with the Donegal Sports Star Hall of Fame Award by FAI Chief Executive, John Delaney.

On learning of the news of Hugh’s death, Mr.Delaney said: “It was a great honour for me to get to know Hugh Doherty and see his tremendous work over the years at grassroots level in Donegal. He was extremely modest about his achievements but he played a big part in ensuring that the structures of football in Donegal remained strong and robust.”

Hugh was predeceased by his wife, Eithne, eight years ago and the sympathy of the community is extended to his daughter, Deirdre and sons Denis and Eamon and the extended Doherty family circle.

May he rest in peace

His funeral will take place on Thursday with Requiem Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Mary’s Oratory, Buncrana, followed by burial in Cockhill Cemetery.