Peter Scarff

Peter Lennon Scarff was signed by Celtic in 1928 aged just nineteen and was in the First Team just months later. Then just before his twenty-second birthday he was capped against Ireland at inside-forward; he also played centre-forward and at twenty-three he was a Scottish Cup winner. He also would go on the club's summer tour to North America in 1931 but by that Autumn his health was seen to be deteriorating. He played his last game in December to be diagnosed with tuberculosis.

Able to spend time in a sanatorium close to home and taking the Ayrshire sea-air there would be some improvement. But it was not sustained; there was renewed deterioration to the point that in December 1933, aged just twenty-four, he died.

His passing would be in Linwood, in Renfrewshire, close to where he had been born and grown up, the son of an Irish mother and a Scots-Irish father, and where with St. Convals he had first played the game. His burial in neighbouring Kilbarchan was attended by the full Celtic team. It was the second in short order for a Bhoy losing his life too young. The death of John Thomson's had been over two years earlier, Scarff having been on the field that day. Thousands of fans also paid their respects.

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