Our Blues and AFG teams were in action yesterday on the pitch at Buxton FC for the CHCS PAN-disability tournament.

A disappointing day for the Blues, made up of players from the Blues and Whites, who came last in the table, put never gave up and kept their spirits up all day.

A great day for AFG, who finished in the top four and won a place in the Semi-final where they beat Cannock United FC on penalties, before narrowly losing 2-1 to eventual winners Sheffield FC in the Final.

Our thanks go to Chris from CHCS for a great afternoon, Sean from AFG, our driver Ian Hargreaves and of course the twenty players who pulled on the Stalybridge Celtic FC shirt.


Great Day in the Sun for Nathan Turner

Last Saturday whilst the first team were away at Farsley Celtic FC, Bower Fold staged a Charity match between our new adult pan-disability team, Stalybridge Celtic AFG (Alternative Futures Group) and Honeywell FC, a team formed from the ‘Man v Fat’ project delivered by Oldham Athletic Community Trust.

A fantastic turnout of approx. 300 people cheered both teams on, which Honeywell FC ran out winners on the day.

£1,900.00 was raised and split between AFG, Honewell FC and the Stalybridge Celtic Foundation.

One of the AFG players was unable to attend the event due to being in hospital, so both teams played the game for the ‘Nathan Turner Cup’, with Honeywell FC kindly donating the Trophy back to AFG.

A great afternoon of football, in the glorious sunshine, with everybody enjoying the experience.

Well done to both teams. A massive thank you to Sean, James and the AFG players, who put an enormous amount of effort in to making the day possible, and our Director, Gordon Greenwood and Head Steward, Andy Hobson, along with Carla and Mark from Bower Fold Events, for great support for the game.


Asda Green Token Scheme

We are thrilled to have been chosen for the ‘Green Token Giving’ scheme at Asda in Hyde. The scheme will see the Stalybridge Celtic Foundation be one of three charities to be given the opportunity to collect as many tokens in the next three months.

Tokens are given out at the Tills in Asda Hyde, for customers to donate to the charity they wish to support.
The charity with the most tokens after three months will receive £500.00 with the other two receiving £200.00 each, courtesy of Asda.
Our thanks go to Paul Moody, Community Engagement Manager, and our very own Walking Footballer, Marcia Breeze, for making this happen for us.
Pictured at the Store in Hyde are –
L to R – Sam Jackson (Disability Player), Paul Moody (Asda), Marcia Breeze (Asda and Vintage Celtic), Brian Coll (Trustee), Gavin Dunham (Disability Player) and Mike Smith (Community Development Officer).
So if you are in and around Hyde, pop in and get some token’s, make sure they go in our slot though!
Follow us on Twitter @CommunityStaly or on Facebook at Stalybridge Celtic Foundation.

Foundation Kit Sale

Stalybridge Celtic Foundation will be holding a ‘Kit Sale’ in the Social Club this Saturday v Stafford Rangers FC, where we will be selling match worn shirts/shorts along with Training shirts from previous seasons.

Shirts will be priced at five pounds and shorts are two pounds. All proceeds will go to Stalybridge Celtic Foundation, to enable us to continue the clubs work in the local community.

All shirts have the Stalybridge Celtic FC crest on, sponsor and League logo on sleeves as well as a number on the back. The shorts have the club crest and sponsor.

Foundation Trustee, Brian Coll and Community Development Officer, Mike Smith will be on the stall, so come along and have a chat and pick up a shirt!

Twitter – @CommunityStaly
Facebook – Stalybridge Celtic Foundation


The Cheshire East Ability Counts League is back tomorrow, with a change of venue, we’re at the Power League Complex in Heaton Norris, Stockport.

We have three teams participating in the League each month this season (Stalybridge Celtic Blues, Stalybridge Celtic Whites and Stalybridge Celtic AFG).

A team meeting was held this evening at Bower Fold, where our First Team Manager, Simon Howarth, came along to pass on advice to the thirty four players registered to play in the league.

Good luck to all three teams tomorrow!

Recycle Bins come to Bower Fold

Stalybridge Celtic Foundation are pleased to take delivery of two clothes recycling bins at Bower Fold, supporting one of our six adopted charities for the 2018/19 season, Reuben’s Retreat (Charity Number: 1150436).

The bins are easily accessible at the ground, one situated in between the Main Entrance and the Middle Gate, with the other right outside the Turnstiles near the Social Club.

We welcome donations of any unwanted children’s or adult clothes and shoes, all shapes and sizes, so if you are coming up to the Match, going to the Gym or just passing, you can drop them off anytime of the day and night.

Mike Smith, Community Development Officer, ‘We are delighted to help and assist Reuben’s Retreat with this request and hope that our supporters and the general public, can donate any clothing they no longer require. We also look forward to welcoming staff and volunteers from Reuben’s Retreat to Bower Fold on Saturday 3rd November 2018 for their designated Charity Day at Stalybridge Celtic FC where they have lots of activities planned!’

For more information contact Reuben’s Retreat –

Website: www.reubensretreat.org

Twitter: @ReubensRetreat

Telephone: 01457-680023

Email: [email protected]



We held our ‘End of Season Awards’ a few weeks ago at Bower Fold, for the 2017/18 Cheshire East Ability Counts League season, well done to the following winners –

Manager of the Year – Adam Morris
Sports Person of the Year – Chris Fairhurst
Players Player of the Year – Lee Fairhurst
Most Improved Player of the Year – Michael Adams

The Players Player and Most Improved player were chosen by the rest of the players.

Training starts again next Thursday, 6pm at Ashton 6th Form College, ready to prepare for the 2018/19 season….

Top to Bottom – Adam, Lee, Chris and (in the distance!) Michael…

Celtic Juniors Open Day

Last Thursday saw the Stalybridge Celtic Foundation work in partnership with the National Citizens Service via The Challenge Manchester, to deliver an ‘Open Day’ for Celtic Juniors players from U7’s to U11’s.

Prior to the event, we hosted two sessions at Bower Fold, to meet 10-12 Young People who are part of the government backed NCS programme, working with The Challenge. These meetings were to find out about each others organisations and plan the logisitics for the day.
The third visit was to deliver the Open Day, free of charge, to up to sixty Celtic Junior players. Those who attended took part in a ‘Skills Challenge’ which included a Penalty Shoot Out, Dribbling, 1 v 1 matches, shooting amongst others, followed by a football tournament.
Each participant received a Certificate and a FREE £5 Fresh Air Football match ticket, for a 2018/19 Evostick League Home fixture at Bower Fold.
Our thanks go to the NCS volunteers who did a fantastic job in arranging the day, also to Garry, Mike and Sarah from the Juniors for helping out and also Pete Dennerley, who facilitated the initial meeting with the NCS, a good job all round folks!
For more photo’s from the day, visit our Facebook page at Stalybridge Celtic Foundation.

New Team Created

Stalybridge Celtic Foundation are pleased to have been awarded a ‘Grow the Game’ grant from the Football Foundation to increase participation within our Disability Football team.

England Blind footballer Brandon Coleman has praised Grow the Game and Stalybridge Celtic Foundation following the award of a £3,000 grant from The FA. 

The grant, which will provide a boost to grassroots disability football in Stalybridge, has paved the way for Stalybridge Celtic Foundation to create a third adult PAN-disability team to compete in the 2018/19 Cheshire East Ability Counts monthly league.

Brandon said: “I am delighted that Stalybridge Celtic Foundation has been awarded a Grow the Game grant. The club has worked extremely hard with Cheshire FA and the Football Foundation to give more local players living with a disability the opportunity to get involved in the game.”

“Playing disability football from a young age not only provides a number of physical, mental and social benefits, but gives players the best chance to develop skills and achieve their potential. It is fantastic to see this money flowing down to the grassroots of the game and I wish Stalybridge Celtic Foundation the very best of luck for next season!”

Grow the Game is a programme funded by The FA and delivered by the Football Foundation. It awards grants to grassroots football clubs that wish to create new teams, especially amongst under-represented groups.

This year, £1,500 was made available for clubs looking to create new female and disability football teams to help towards the costs of FA coaching courses; FA league affiliation costs; referees’ fees; first aid kits; football kit and equipment.

Mike Smith, Community Development Officer, Stalybridge Celtic Foundation said: “We are delighted to have been awarded a Grow the Game from the Football Foundation to enhance our Disability Football provision. The funding will go towards creating a new disability football team, to play alongside the Stalybridge Celtic Blues and Whites in the Ability Counts League. We now have thirty five players in the squad, and the introduction of a third team will give everyone more game time and raise participation levels.

Our thanks go to the Football Foundation and Paul Kelsall and Adam Doyle from the Cheshire FA”

The squad will be back in Training on Thursday 2nd August at Ashton 6th Form College, 6-7pm.

About Grow the Game

Grow the Game is delivered by the Football Foundation, the nation’s largest sports charity. Last year the scheme supported:

  • 2,047 new teams
  • 10,016 female footballers
  • 18,941 male footballers
  • 7,407 new coaching qualifications

Since it was launched in 2010, the Grow the Game scheme has attracted a total of 210,192 new football players into playing regular football.

The FA

The Football Association [The FA] is the not-for-profit governing body of football in England. It is responsible for promoting and developing the game at all levels; from grassroots through to the professional game, The Emirates FA Cup and the England International teams, and has two core assets: Wembley Stadium connected by EE and St George’s Park. 

About the Football Foundation

As well as delivering Grow the Game, the Football Foundation delivers the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund on behalf of the Premier League, The FA and the Government, through Sport England. Since 2000, the Foundation has supported over 17,000 grassroots projects worth more than £1.4bn.

For more information on our Disability Team follow us on Facebook at Stalybridge Celtic Foundation Ability Counts