About Stalybridge Celtic Juniors

A volunteer-run football club for players of all abilities since 1975. An FA Charter Standard Development Club.

In the summer of 1975, a group of young boys were playing football in the street near Jack Hammersley’s house. Naturally, the ball spent more time in the gardens than it did in the road. Eventually, Jack asked the boys if they would like to form a team and play in competitive matches, so Stalyhill Juniors, later to become Stalybridge Celtic Juniors, was formed.

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Mel Walker celebrates winning the double with his under 15s team. 1989

At the end of 1976/77 season, Bryan Cross volunteered to help run a second team as so many lads wanted to play and, is a club policy to this day, none were turned away. The club gradually went from three teams in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s to teams at all age groups and since the late eighties the club has continued to grow, and today has 30 teams as well as the Saturday Soccer School.

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A Stalybridge Celtic Juniors under 12s team. 1999

In 2000 the club raised funds to buy the old lacrosse club on Mossley Road. Despite two fires, the Soccer School continues to flourish and today hosts up to 120 children of all abilities every Saturday morning and is the starting point for all our junior teams. Teams continue to do well in age & ability appropriate leagues and competitions and travel the UK and Europe competing in tournaments including those hosted by Barcelona and Benfica.

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Under 9s Blues and Whites at Benfica. 2018

In 2014 the Soccer School clubhouse underwent a £120,000 renovation after fundraising by the club and support from FA and Premier League Facilities Fund. Lord Tom Pendry, former MP for Stalybridge and Hyde and president of the Football Association, performed the official opening with club chairman Garry Pearce. Other fundraising events in recent years have seen two appearances from Paul Scholes after retiring from Man Utd in ‘Coaches v Dads’ matches and an annual Walking Football Festival.

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Paul Scholes in a ‘Coaches v Dads’ match. 2013

Today the club has 30 teams, from under 7s to under 16s, this includes girls and pan-disability teams. Teams compete in local leagues including the Tameside Junior Football League and Sunday leagues, The East Manchester Junior Football League and the Cheshire Girls Football League.

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Under 16s celebrate County Cup success. 2013

The whole club is run by an army of almost 100 volunteers who give their time for free, doing everything from coaching, admin and communications to running the snack bar, welfare and ground maintenance.

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Volunteers hard at work.

The club continues to go from strength to strength and is now the largest it has ever been, with more local children of all abilities able to play football for Stalybridge Celtic Juniors than ever before.

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Celtic Juniors kick off new season – Tameside Correspondent 29 September 2021

Juniors’ coach runs 56 miles for defib fund – Tameside Correspondent 27 September 2021

Celtic Juniors’ starlet goes viral – Tameside Correspondent 28 May 2021

Soccer school reopens at Stalybridge – Tameside Correspondent 31 March 2021

Juniors clock up 540 miles during lockdown challenge – Tameside Correspondent 31 March 2021

Drive-Thru Immunisations Keeping Local School Children Protected – Tameside Reporter 3 February 2021

Eve’s marathon fundraising mission – Tameside Correspondent 2 February 2021

Stalybridge Celtic Juniors and Mossley AFC U9s provide free school meals – Tameside Correspondent 25 October 2021

Rob Holding beat the odds as a kid so don’t bet against him pipping Saliba and Gabriel to Arsenal spot – The Sun 30 September 2020

Football club scores with its prostate testing day – Tameside Correspondent 8 April 2020

Celtic junior coaches follow in footsteps – Tameside Correspondent 13 March 2020

Stalybridge Celtic Juniors plant 500 carbon-soaking trees – Stalybridge Correspondent 3 February 2020

Who said you can’t win anything with kids? – Stalybridge Correspondent 19 December 2019

Juniors Inspired by Man City Trip – Stalybridge Correspondent 27 September 2019

Walking for Charity – Stalybridge Correspondent 31 July 2019

Girls Get Their kicks – Stalybridge Correspondent 17 July 2019

Cameron signs for Liverpool – Stalybridge Correspondent 29 May 2019

kELzO unveils mural to celebrate Stalybridge Celtic Juniors – Stalybridge Correspondent 4 January 2019

Rob Holding on his brilliant Sam Allardyce story and how Bolton made him the player he is – football.london 26 November 2018

Walking football raises £600 for Cancer Warriors charity – Stalybridge Correspondent 9 August 2018

30 down and dirty with Celtic – Stalybridge Correspondent 9 February 2018

Coaching the Coaches at Man Utd – Stalybridge Correspondent 11 January 2018

New Stalybridge Celtic Junior’s pan-disability sessions kick off – Stalybridge Correspondent 28 December 2017

Pictures – Stalybridge Celtic clubhouse reopens after £120k makeover – Manchester Evening News 8 October 2014

Lord Pendry opens refurbished changing rooms in Tameside – Football Foundation 7 October 2014

Paul Scholes auctions chance to play alongside him for thousands of pounds – Metro 16 July 2013

Paul Scholes pitches in for son’s football club – Manchester Evening News 29 July 2013

Paul Scholes the ginger ringer as he turns out for local club game – Mirror 3 August 2011