Callaghan was a truly superb servant of Hibernian, playing for the club for his whole career, from a debut in 1899 until retirement in 1914. Playing mainly as an inside left, Callaghan won the Scottish Cup in 1902 against Celtic and the Scottish League Championship in 1903.
National team Scotland
International debut 3rd March 1900 (versus Ireland)
Callaghan joined the club from Jordanhill in 1898 making his first team debut the following year. Described at the time as a rugged but conscientious and intelligent player with two great feet, he also gained a reputation as a clean and gentlemanly competitor.
Capped for Scotland at inside left in the 3-0 victory against Ireland at the quaintly named Solitude Stadium in Belfast in 1900 when he lined up alongside team mate Robert Glen and soon to be team mate Harry Rennie, it would turn out to be his one and only cap for his country.
A one-club man, during his 15 seasons at Easter Road Callaghan would make 309 league appearances scoring 71 goals, plus many others in cup fixtures. It is said that during this time he had occupied every position, including goalkeeper, before retiring in 1914. A conscientious and loyal servant, Callaghan died in Glasgow in 1959 aged almost 80.