MAN v FAT Football

Stalybridge Celtic Foundation are pleased to be working with Man v Fat, to launch the FA backed weight loss programme for men in Tameside, with the Stalybridge Celtic FC players helping to promote the project.

The FA-endorsed MAN v FAT Football scheme that has helped over 15,000 men lose more than 230,000lbs is for the very first time available in Stalybridge from the start of 2020.

Local men who want to tackle their weight issues now have the chance to join this incredibly successful weight loss league, with the league being run in partnership with Stalybridge Celtic Foundation.

With 95% of players losing weight and some players losing up to 70lbs during a 14 week league, it’s no wonder that the leagues have been so popular and won several awards including the ukactive Healthy Community Award.

Set up by Andrew Shanahan, who himself lost five stone and was fed-up with weight loss classes aimed just at women, MAN v FAT Football combines the beautiful game with easy to follow diet and lifestyle advice as well as 24/7 support. There’s the traditional weigh-ins before each game, but this is then followed-up by a 30 minute game of six-a-side football.

Extra goal bonuses are awarded depending on the pounds lost by the players, so it becomes a real team effort. With players choosing team names such as 17 Stone Roses, Borussia Munching Flapjack and OB City – it’s clear that the men enjoy the opportunity to get back on the pitch.

MAN v FAT’s Head of Football Richard Crick said: “We’ve seen that MAN v FAT Football can have an incredible impact on the health of our players with 95% of players losing weight and 93% reporting improvements from a range of conditions such as curing sleep apnoea to reversing diabetes.

“Our players have now lost more than 230,000lbs and we want to keep increasing that with leagues like the ones in Stalybridge.”, Andy Dyke, National Participation Manager of Recreational Football at the Football Association said: “Football doesn’t begin and end with the professional game, there are different levels and styles of football played throughout the UK.

“MAN v FAT Football is a brilliant initiative for anyone who wants to address their weight and start working their way back into playing football. The results of the leagues are extremely impressive.  You might be thinking that your footballing days are behind you, but MAN v FAT Football is a great bridge back into the national game. The FA are happy to back the scheme and suggest that players visit to get started.”

Chris Fenton, joined MAN v FAT Football in January and has now dropped over 5 stone, “MAN V FAT Football gave me a kick up the behind and made me realise how bad my health was. I was then put into a group of lads who all had the same goals to play football and to lose weight.  “It gives me a focus and a desire to lose weight and as the weeks go on I feel better about myself. I have more energy and for the first time I’m able to play with my kids without getting tired. I’m truly grateful for this opportunity and would recommend it to any man.”

MAN v FAT Football launched in Stalybridge on January 31st 2020. The only thing you have to lose is weight…

Player can join up at and they can get more information by calling 0345-163-1042 or emailing [email protected]

Stalybridge Celtic players supporting Man v Fat

Second Charity Day at Bower Fold

A big thank you to everyone who supported our second #Charity Day of the season v Basford United FC on Saturday, where Willow Wood Hospice were our Community Guests.

A fantastic £237.18 was raised at the game for Willow Wood Hospice, many thanks to everyone who donated on the day.
We have three more Charity Days for the 2019/20 season for The Anthony Seddon Fund, Kidscan UK and Home Start HOST.


Good night for our Foundation Adult PAN-disability team in Cheshire East Ability Counts League action over at Power League in Stockport.

Results were as follows –

W 3-1 v Hyde United FC
D 1-1 v Stockport County FC
W 3-1 v Altrincham FC

Well done Daniel, Josh, Dylan, Wayne, Craig, Chris F, Chris T, Lee, Emilie, Sean and Linden 👏👏👍

We were one match short this month as Wythenshawe Town did not attend.

Next round of fixtures are due to take place on Friday 7th February at 7pm.



We were over in Stockport this evening for the first set of fixtures in the Cheshire East Ability Counts League.

After last month’s cancelled fixtures, the team were raring to go at Power League, facing new opponents in the Championship Division after winning League One last season.

Game 1 – L 4-2 v Stalybridge Celtic AFG
Game 2 – L 5-0 v Stockport County FC
Game 3 – W 1-0 v Altrincham FC
Game 4 – D 2-2 v Wythenshawe Town FC

These fixtures were to ensure that each team in the competition is placed in the right division for the rest of the season, so results don’t count towards final table placings.

Well done Chris F, Daniel, Linden, Emilie, Lee, Sean, Wayne, Chris T and Stephen. 

Thanks to Brad for Managerial duties and our Kitman, Phil Hall, for help and support.

The next round of fixtures will take place at the end of January 2020.


First Charity Day at Bower Fold

Our Home fixture on 5th October 2019 versus FC United of Manchester, was our first of five designated charity days, where we look to support local charities to help them raise awareness of the great work they do and also, to raise valuable funds for them.

Reuben’s Retreat were our Foundation guests for the afternoon at Bower Fold, where we invited Elite Soccer and Droylsden Juniors on to the pitch for a small sided tournament and coaching clinic. Our walking football team, Vintage Celtic took on a team representing FC United in a friendly fixture, all prior to Kick Off.
The Club kindly donated a signed 2019/20 Home Shirt to Reuben’s Retreat to raffle on the day along with a ‘Bucket Collection’ around the ground, throughout the afternoon.
A fantastic £478.96 was raised on the day, so a massive thank you to everyone who contributed…
Community Fundraiser, Lindsay Smith from Reuben’s Retreat – ‘Just to let you know we collected an amazing £478.96 from the game on Saturday v FC United of Manchester.
Amazing and just so you know, this money could pay for two separate families to have a two night break for a child unlikely to reach adulthood or for a family bereaved of a child, so that is truly magical.
Thank you to Stalybridge Celtic Foundation and Stalybridge Celtic FC for great support!
Our next designated charity fixture is on Saturday 23rd November 2019 versus Buxton FC, where Willow Wood Hospice will be our guests.

Disability Team Open Day

We’ve been working with young people from The Challenge #Manchester as part of the National Citizens Service to deliver an Open Day for our three adult PAN-disability teams.

Just short of 30 out of a total of 40 of our players attended Bower Fold today to join in the fun in the sun.

We held our Team Photo for all three teams, along with individual players photos and a squad shot.

All three teams were mixed into five teams of six for a small sided tournament, before doing the end of season awards presentation in the Sponsor’s Lounge.

Well done to the following who collected a Trophy today –

Sean Jeffrey – Most Improved Player*
Brad Finnegan – Players Player*
Anthony Fairhurst – Sportsperson*
Wayne Brocklehurst – Managers Player

* voted for by the whole squad.

Congratulations to the Blues who won the Cheshire East Ability Counts League One and Stalybridge Celtic AFG who won the Plate at the Cheshire Ability Counts Cup.

A great season, well done to everyone who played in a Stalybridge Celtic FC shirt. 

Training starts again on 5th September for the 2019/20 season.



One Club One Community

Some of our Community Team players were on hand for the First Team photo that took place at Bower Fold last Thursday, prior to Training.

We were pleased to have players representing our two Adult PAN-disability Teams, Stalybridge Celtic Blues and Stalybridge Celtic Whites, along with our Walking Footballers, Vintage Celtic.

The Blues and Whites will again be competing in the Cheshire East Ability Counts League over at Power League in Stockport, each month and again in the Ability Counts Cup, held at the Cheshire FA HQ in June 2020.

Vintage Celtic will be looking to build on a good debut season in the Curzon Ashton Fair Play League, which starts on 25th September and runs (?) throughout the course of the season.

Good luck to all three teams for the forthcoming season from everyone at Stalybridge Celtic FC!

Follow the fortunes of all three teams along with our third Adult PAN-disability team, Stalybridge Celtic AFG, on Social Media –

Facebook – Stalybridge Celtic Foundation (General) Facebook – Stalybridge Celtic Foundation Ability Counts (Disability) Facebook – Stalybridge Celtic Vintage Celtic (Walking Football)

Twitter – @CommunityStaly (General) Twitter – @VintageCelticWF (Walking Football)


Charity Support Continues This Season

The Stalybridge Celtic Foundation are once again pleased to offer the support of Stalybridge Celtic FC for five local charities throughout the course of the 2019/20 season here at Bower Fold.

We will be handing over five of our Home fixtures this season to enable each charity to come along and raise awareness of the work they do in our community and at the same time, raise valuable funds.
Last season we helped to raise a fantastic £1,546.21 in total across the five charities.
This seasons designated fixtures are as follows –
Saturday 5th October v FC United of Manchester (Reuben’s Retreat)
Saturday 23rd November v Buxton FC (Willow Wood Hospice)
Saturday 1st February v South Shields FC (Kidscan UK)
Saturday 14th March v Morpeth Town FC (The Anthony Seddon Fund)
Saturday 25th April v Matlock Town FC (Home Start HOST)
We’ll bring you details of each day and what will be happening nearer each fixture.
For more information on our Community work follow us on Twitter @CommunityStaly or Facebook – Stalybridge Celtic Foundation

Jigsaw Project

The Stalybridge Celtic Foundation are delighted to announce the award of a grant to the sum of £26,197.50 from the Jigsaw Foundation, to deliver projects within the Hague, Ridge Hill and Central Stalybridge neighbourhoods.

The project ‘Making A Difference’ will help improve the health and lifestyles of people in isolation and of people with learning disabilities and mental health issues.

The Funding will enable the Foundation to provide football based community projects throughout the year for all aspects of the community. This will include men, women and children of all ages.

Activities will include Walking Football, Adult PAN-Disability sessions, School Holiday Soccer Courses, a ‘Get Fit Challenge’ (NHS Based), Sporting Memories group for people with dementia and Match Day visits for local children.

Community Development Officer, Mike Smith – ‘A massive thank you to Linda Whyatt and everyone at Jigsaw Homes for awarding us the grant to enable us to continue making an impact in our local community, we look forward to getting our new activities up and running with new people and as the title says…. make a difference!’.

Pictured at Bower Fold collecting the BIG Cheque are Foundation Chair of Trustees, Gerald Crossley, Mike Smith and Linda Whyatt from Jigsaw Homes.


Disability Team get new Kit

Stalybridge Celtic Foundation (Charity Number 1173057) are pleased to announce the sponsorship of a new playing kit for one of our adult PAN-disability teams, Stalybridge Celtic Blues.

Ahead of the new Cheshire East Ability Counts League season, the Blues, who won the League One Division of the league last season, will be competing in a new strip, courtesy of the Dukinfield and Stalybridge Rotary Club.

Stephen Gilligan, President of The Rotary Club of Dukinfield and Stalybridge said ‘The Rotary Club of Dukinfield and Stalybridge is proud to sponsor the Stalybridge Celtic Blues this season and wish them the best of luck in the season ahead. Our members will try to get along to as many games as possible this season to cheer on the blues and look forward to a long relationship with the Stalybridge Celtic Community team.’

Stalybridge Celtic Foundation, Community Officer, Mike Smith – ‘We are very grateful to the Dukinfield & Stalybridge Rotary Club for a terrific gesture to sponsor our Blues Team in their games next season, they look very smart indeed, a massive thank you to Stephen and Judi for making it happen’

Pictured at our Pre-season Friendly v Marine AFC, where we held our Disability Team ‘Open Day’ are (L to R) – Judi Kelly (Rotary Club), Gavin, Lee, Sam, Anthony, Joanne and Michael from the Stalybridge Celtic Blues team.

Follow us on Facebook – Stalybridge Celtic Foundation Ability Counts for up-to-date information on all three disability Teams.