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Danny McGrain (MBE)

Danny McGrain, MBE is the Vice Patron of Football Aid as well as Celtic FC's Ambassador. A colossus as Captain of both Club and Country, Danny is a true footballing legend, making 657 appearances for Celtic and earning 62 caps for Scotland.

Danny McGrain playing for the Celtic Away side in 2005

(Danny McGrain MBE is pictured above, turning out for the Celtic Away side in 2005)

Often described as the best right back of his time, McGrain was diagnosed with insulin dependent Diabetes early on in his career and remains an outstanding example to other sufferers, as he continued to play at the highest level despite his condition. He won 7 League Championship medals, 5 Scottish Cup medals, captained Celtic and played in the ‘74 and '82 World Cups, only missing ‘78 through injury. He was voted Scottish Player of the Year in 1977, won a place on the Scottish Football Hall of Fame and was awarded the MBE for services to football in 1983.

A tireless campaigner for the Football Aid cause since day one, Danny was appointed our Vice Patron in 2004 and Celtic's Ambassador in 2006. He's continued to showcase his competitive spirit by appearing in a number of Football Aid matches at Celtic Park, Hampden and our Jersey Festival of Football. He explains, "Football Aid brings such joy to fans who have followed their teams over the years, and who can't quite believe that they are sitting in the same dressing rooms and playing on the same pitch as their heroes. The fact that a proportion of proceeds from these games go to diabetes research is particularly important to me, as one who has learned to live with the condition over many years.". Football Aid Ball

Read about Danny McGrain's career on Wikipedia.