Celtic wanted him in 1910, but he had already pledged himself to Manchester
United. At Old Trafford, trainer Geordie Livingston warned him he was
yards to slow for the English game and set him doing 25-yards
In his second season, Mickey played right half behind Billy Meredith.
He won his first cap against England in 1912, the first of five and developed into the fast moving with long, accurate passes to his wingmen.
Celtic fans were crazy about him in his short spells at Celtic Park and unable to comprehend a certain coolness in the Scottish Press: Och! Michael avick/You have many a trick/As a half back you rank with the best/And we call you our own/Though your only on loan/From dear little isle of the West./You get praise now and then/From the knights of the pen/But often in mood circumspective/You may wonder with me/Why the scribes all agree/Your play is just 'quietly effective.'
Mickey led Belfast Celtic (with Willie McStay) to their first Irish Cup triumph in the third game against Linfield at Grosvenor Park on April 4th 1918.
From Glasgow, Mickey took a Charity Cup medal away with him on 25th May 1918 to go with his 1916 Championship medal as mementos of his time with Celtic.
He played for Ireland against Scotland in Victory International at Ibrox on March 22nd 1919 (when he toyed with Jimmy Gordon) and amused the crowd with his cry of (Belfast) "Celtic's ball!" at throw-ins.
He played for the English League in another of the Victory Internationals. His last appearances at Parkhead were in Jimmy McMenemy's testimonial on January 6th 1920.
The mystery of his death by apparent drowning in the Lagan Canal at Lisburn is still unsolved.
Mickey lived at 116, Falls Road.
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