Jay Beatty

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Jay "Wee Jay" Beatty (born December 23, 2003 in Lurgan , County Armagh ) is an internationally known Northern Irish fan of the Scottish football club Celtic Glasgow .

Notoriety as a fan

Beatty, born with trisomy 21 , has been a fan of Celtic Glasgow since childhood. After winning the Scottish Championship in 2014, Celtic Manager, also from Lurgan, discovered Neil Lennon Beatty in the crowd at Celtic Park . Lennon gave him his championship medal and Georgios Samaras took Beatty with him on the lap of honor through the stadium. The gesture attracted widespread public attention. Kris Commons gave him his football boots after the game. In 2013 Jackie Denver had already given him two winners' medals from the Northern Irish club Belfast Celtic and Wee Jay led the Celtic team onto the field as a mascot in the qualifying match of the UEFA Champions League against Cliftonville FC .

Samaras and Beatty remained closely connected thereafter. In the summer of 2014, Greek football fans launched an initiative to invite Beatty to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, after he enthusiastically celebrated the Greek national football team in a video. The Greek Football Association subsequently invited Jay Beatty and his family to the round of 16 between Greece and Costa Rica. Beatty had to cancel, however, as the family was already on vacation.


On December 15, 2014, Beatty and Samaras were recognized by the Greek Sports Journalists' Association for the "message of humanity and sensitivity they send out worldwide". The award ceremony in Athens was broadcast live on Greek television. Samaras and Beatty received a special award for their ethical contribution to sport. Irish striker Joe Gormley dedicated a hat trick to Wee Jay that same weekend for Cliftonville FC.

The magazine Mundo Deportivo awarded Jay Beatty the prize for the sporty and human gesture at its 67th Gala del Deporte on January 14, 2015.

Wee Jay was invited as a guest of honor to the game Hamilton Academical FC against Celtic on January 17, 2015. It was his first visit to an away game from Celtic Glasgow. At halftime he scored a goal in a show. The game officially ended 2-0 for Celtic, but Hamilton FC reported a 3-0 on their Twitter channel and listed Beatty as the goalscorer. His goal was subsequently nominated for the January Goal of the Month election in Scotland and was ultimately voted with 97% of all votes.

The Irish band Charlie and Bhoys dedicated the song "Little Jay" to Beattie. The single reached number 1 on the UK Easy Listening Charts, all proceeds go to the organization "Downs and Proud" founded by Beatty's mother in Lurgan, which supports parents whose children are born with trisomy 21.

In June 2015 Beattie was honored with the main prize of the Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Award and accepted the award from Louis Walsh . In the same month he was named Official Ambassador for the Celtic FC Foundation, the Celtic Glasgow charity.


  • 2014: Award of the Association of Greek Sports Journalists for Ethical Contribution to Sport
  • 2015: Mundo Deportivo Prize for athletic and human gesture
  • 2015: January scorer of the month (Scotland)


Beattie has been the victim of social media slurs on several occasions. In September 2015, 14-year-olds in Scotland was arrested the him in a public posting had offended.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Celtic superfan Jay Beattie (11) from Lurgan wins Scottish Premiership goal of the month . Belfast Telegraph. February 20, 2015
  2. a b c Young Irish Celtic fan Jay Beatty (10) honored at star-studded awards in Greece . Independent Ireland, December 15, 2014
  3. Celtic fanatic Jay given special taste of Paradise . Belfast Telegraph, 15th May 2014
  4. Jackie is a gentleman to the last as Lurgan legend gifts his medals to football crazy Jay . Belfast Telegraph, 23rd July 2013
  5. Young Celtic fan invited by Greece to World Cup clash has to turn down opportunity . Mirror, June 28, 2014
  6. ^ Georgios Samaras thanks County Armagh boy for 'strength and support . BBC Northern Ireland, June 27, 2014
  7. Little Jay Honored at the Greek Sport Journalists Association Awards . Greek Reporter, December 16, 2014
  8. 67ª Gran Gala de MD: Jay Beatty, la fuerza del cariño . Mundo Deportivo, January 14, 2015
  9. ^ Celebrity status for Jay with another trip in the pipeline . Lurgan Mail, January 10, 2015
  10. Young Celtic fan Jay Beatty scores at Hamilton . The Scotsman, Jan. 18, 2015
  11. ^ Eleven-year-old Celtic fan wins Scotland's goal of the month . The Guardian, Feb. 20, 2015
  12. Scottish football: 11 year old scores goal of the month . Spiegel, February 20, 2015
  13. Helpful package aims to ease the pressure on new mums and dads and give positive and helpful advice to help their new life . Lurgan Mail, March 16, 2015
  14. Jay Beatty: Overall Spirit of Northern Ireland winner is people's champion . Belfast Telegraph, 16th June 2015
  15. Onwards and upwards for Celtic superfan Jay Beattie . The Irish News, June 24, 2015
  16. Disabled Celtic fan Jay Beatty targeted by sick Twitter troll after winning goal of the month competition . Mirror, March 2, 2015.
  17. Schoolboy arrested over alleged offensive post on social media about Celtic superfan Jay Beatty . Daily Record, September 9, 2015.