Celtic Football Club was formed in 1888 in Glasgow, Scotland – specifically to raise funds to provide meals for the impoverished children living in the East end of the city. From this charitable beginning, the club quickly galvanized the hopes and aspirations of many poor and disparate minority communities in the city, rapidly becoming successful both on and off the field of play.
Today, Celtic are one of the world’s most famous football clubs and have supporters in every country in the world. The fanbase includes many celebrities such as Rod Stewart, James McAvoy, Bono, Dario Franchitti and Gerard Butler, but Celtic are a club that more than anything else, celebrates family, diversity, inclusion and charity which is reflected in their Social Mission Statement.
Celtic FC created the Celtic FC Foundation to uphold and promote the charitable principles and heritage of Celtic Football Club. In doing so, Celtic FC Foundation delivers change and purpose to the Celtic Family and beyond. We are delighted to have the support of the Celtic FC Foundation by including them as one of our named beneficiaries.
After he was diagnosed with ALS, his family arranged for Tony to attend Celtic Park on three separate occasions so that he could meet some of his heroes. In January 2013, accompanied by his parents and his brother Martin, Tony was honoured as he walked onto the field at Celtic Park at half time during a Celtic game.
Tony was also pictured at the statue to the Celtic fans greatest player, Jimmy Johnstone. Jimmy also had ALS and died in 2006.
The Conway family name has been associated with Celtic Football Club since the very beginning. Dr John Conway was instrumental in founding of the club in November 1887, and was their first Honorary President of the club for three years. He kicked the first ball- ever – for Celtic at their inaugural game in 1888. Tony was proud of sharing the same last name as Celtic’s co-founder.
Dr. Conway graduated in medicine from Glasgow University, practiced for a year in London and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, however, he returned to Glasgow to work with the poor in the East End of the city. He was a staunch advocate of the club’s charitable foundations.