Jackie Denver - Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam - Rest in Peace

Sadness descended over Lurgan in Co. Armagh on Sunday, July 21, 2013 as the news filtered out that legendary Belfast Celtic inside forward Jackie Denver had passed away.

A stalwart of Elisha Scott's team in the late 1940's, Denver was an ever present in Scott's sides. He played in many of the most memorable games in the club's final days, including the 'Windsor Riot' game on December 27, 1948 and also toured the USA with Belfast Celtic in 1949.

 Transferred to Glenavon in his native Lurgan by Belfast Celtic on their demise, he went on to be a lynchpin at the Armagh club in the 1950's, helping them to league and cup triumphs under managers Jimmy McAlinden and Harry Walker - themselves legends of Belfast Celtic.

There, he was joined by another Belfast Celtic legend and close friend,   the recuperated striker, Jimmy Jones.  Alongside Irish International  Wilbur Cush they helped bring the Gibson Cup beyond Belfast for the first time  and also became the first provincial club to lift the 'Double'.

You can read more on the website of the Grand Old Team here

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