The Belfast Celtic Society museum at the Park Centre on the Donegall Road in Belfast was the venue on Thursday 5th October as Michael Pollock was reunited with a prized medal belonging to his grandfather Billy Pollock, former right-half for Belfast Celtic.

Billy Pollock, originally from Monaghan, graduated from the Belfast minor leagues to sign for Belfast Celtic on their return to the Irish League in 1924. The long lost medal was a Belfast Celtic Gold Cup Medal, presented to Pollock and the Belfast Celtic Team on 2nd May 1931, following a 3-1 victory over Portadown in the City Cup. 

Thirty years ago, the medal was discovered close to Whiteabbey Train Station by Bobby Butler, who was on his way home and noticed it glimmering in the water. At the time, Butler attempted to trace the medal through Donegal Celtic, but found it difficult to find the owner and put the medal away for safe keeping.

While preparing to move house last year, Butler unearthed the medal, and decided to track down the rightful owner. 

He said:

"I contacted Jim Boyce from the Irish Football Association, who put me in touch with the Belfast Celtic Society, and helped me to find Mr Pollock's family."

Michael Pollock, delighted to be reunited with the City Cup medal, stated:

"We have no idea how the medal made it to Newtownabbey, as we have no family connections in that area but we are so grateful to have it back."

The medal, engraved with Billy Pollock's name, is now safely in the hands of his grandson. 

The rest remains a mystery!


Edward Gray