Cheshire Ability Counts Football League Cup

Stalybridge Celtic Blues & Stalybridge Celtic AFG were in action today in the Cheshire FA Ability Counts Cup, which was held at the Cheshire FA HQ in Northwich.

Both teams were placed in the ‘Plate’ Division against teams representing Stockport County FC, Ellesmere Port, Chester FC, Tranmere Rovers and CHCS (Buxton).

The Blues came fifth out of seven teams, with AFG making it to the semi-finals where they beat Ellesmere Port on penalties AET.

They met Stockport County FC in the Final, who have won the plate for the last three years running, and ran out winners on penalties AET again to clinch the Plate… Congratulations AFG!

A big well done to Daniel, Wayne, Sean, Lee, Danny, Chris, Michael, Adam & Stephen who played well for the Blues and an even bigger well done to Nathan, Jamie, Michael, Lee, Nick, Brad, James and Jay who brought the silverware back to Stalybridge 👏👏👏

Thanks to Sean & James from AFG and our superb Driver Ian Hargreaves for a great day!


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 –


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.