xiquarterly:

Gil Heron, father of Gil Scott-Heron, playing for Celtic in the early 1950s, the first black player to turn out for their first team.

Decades later, fans would turn up to Gil Scott-Heron’s shows wearing Celtic colors, though the poet-singer was estranged from his father until he was 26, due to his move from Chicago to Glasgow to play for Celtic.

This father-and-son tale is illustrated superbly by Steve Welsh (miniboro) in issue one of XI.

gil heron was also a referee in detroit in the late 70’s/early 80’s. he coached my dad’s carpathia kickers games in the michigan premier men’s soccer league. 

(via xiquarterly)