Stalybridge Celtic Club Profile

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Club Background; We've Met Before; Club Information; Directions To The Ground; Web Resources; Food And Drink; Local Amenities

Club Background

Stalybridge's Main Stand
Stalybridge's Main Stand
Stalybridge Celtic eh? They were a League club you know? You didn't? Yep, for two seasons from 1921 to 1923. Then they went bust and resigned from the Third Division (North). They were grovelling around in the Cheshire County League, usually in the lower reaches, for the next 59 (FIFTY-NINE) years. In the late 1970s their fortunes began to revive a little and they had some good placings, winning the thing in the 1979-80 season, though they didn't go up, and then moving on to the North West Counties League Division 1 in 1982. They won that in their second year, but again weren't promoted. However Celtic's second championship in 1986-87 saw them into Northern Premier League Division 1, which they went straight through in one season, gaining promotion to the Northern Premier League Premier Division as runners-up. The first two seasons were tough and they nearly got relegated, but in 1990-91 they finished second and the following year were champions and reached the Conference. Phil Wilson had taken charge for the first of his two spells during this period; in 1989 to be exact. Six seasons of mediocrity (never in the top half) ended in 1997-98 when they finished last and descended into the Unibond again. Re-building followed when Phil Wilson rejoined in 1999, and then last season they fought out a heroic battle with Emley all year, before beating their rivals 3-2 with ten men in the final week of the campaign to inch past them and clinch the title the following match. Stalybridge 102 pts., Emley 101 pts.

During all those decades in the league doldrums there was little else to cheer either. Stalybridge has never got beyond the Second Round of the F.A. Cup, and never beaten a League side in that competition. Their best performance in the F.A. Trophy has been to get to Round Three.

A covered end at Stalybridge's ground
A covered end at Stalybridge's ground
The celebrations at returning to the Conference were soon cut short as their manager Phil Wilson speedily jumped ship to Southport, taking a number of the better players with him. In his place Stalybridge selected ex-Southport manger Paul Futcher. Wouldn't have been our first choice - or our 365th choice come to that! Stalybridge have struggled to come to terms with the higher level so far. Whilst not easy to beat at Bower Fold they have won there only once this season. Five draws out of 8 matches will not keep them out of danger. Away they have also had only one win, and with 5 defeats already it looks as if a long hard season awaits.

Attendances are sparse at Bower Fold, despite some of the lowest prices in the Conference (£ 7 to stand), and money tight. This combined with the debatable talents of Mr Futcher makes Ciderspace rather predictably tip Stalybridge to go straight back down.

Update: the Stalybridge board seem to have belatedly come to the same conclusion Ciderspace has always had about Paul Futcher, and sacked him earlier this week. Dave Miller, formerly No.2 at Leigh RMI is the new manager at Bower Fold.

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We've Met Before ...

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Stalybridge Celtic : We've Met Before
Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Stalybridge Celtic

28/04/1994AwayGMVCW2-1515Ferns, Spencer
29/10/1994HomeGMVCW3-01678Wilson, Morris, Spencer
04/10/1997AwayConfL2-3590Parmenter, Pickard
14/03/1998HomeConfW2-01862Winston, Parmenter
20/10/2001AwayConfD1-1829Alford 9

Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Stalybridge Celtic


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Club Information

Bower Fold,
Mottram Road,
Cheshire, SK15 2RT

Telephone Number : 0161 338 2828
Fax : 0161 338 8256
Clubcall : None known

Chairman : Peter Dennerley
Press Officer : Keith Trudgeon
Fixtures Secretary : Martyn Torr
Team Manager : Dave Miller
Capacity : 6150
Seated : 1300
Covered Terrace :

Record Attendance : 9,753 v WBA, F.A. Cup, 1922-23

Nickname : Celtic

Midweek Games Played : Tuesday
Colours : Blue and white shirts, blue shorts

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Directions To The Ground


Stalybridge's address, and all its years in their County League for that matter, say it's in Cheshire. Doesn't look anywhere near what we think of as Cheshire! You'll find the place on the eastern outskirts of Manchester, near Ashton-Under-Lyne and looking out to the Peak District.

By Road

For fans travelling from the Somerset area this is another M5 /M6 job. At Junction 19 leave the M6 and take the A556 towards Alrtincham. This will allow you to join the M56 at Junction 7. Head eastwards towards Stockport along the labyrinth that is the Greater Manchester motorway network. Get on the M 60 and head round anti-clockwise until Junction 24. Drop off onto the M67, which you follow to its end at Juntion 4. From Junction 4 take the A57 to Mottram in Longdendale.
At the traffic lights, turn left onto Stalybridge Road (A 6018). Carry on towards Stalybridge passing the Roe Cross Inn on the right, and through Mottram Cutting (the road is now called Mottram Road) for about two miles. Bower Fold is about 1/2 a mile past the cutting on the left-hand side, just before the Hare and Hounds pub.
The car-park is normally full by about half-an-hour before the game, however parking can be found in the streets on the right of Mottram Road.

By Rail/Bus

Stalybridge station is on the main Trans-Pennine line between Manchester and Leeds. Direct trains stopping at Stalybridge run regularly from Leeds Central ( 8 minutes past the hour and take 39 mins), or from Manchester Piccadilly (12 minutes past the hour, travel time 14 mins).

Once in Stalybridge station exit by the front entrance - but maybe not before you've nipped into the pub. On Platform No. 1 is a pub that's in the Good Beer Guide. 'Tis true! The aptly named Station Buffet Bar offers up to six real ales, cider occasionally and more than reasonable food. Euston eat your heart out! The walk is a good mile and a half or so, or you can take the bus from the stop on the opposite side of the road. The 217, 236 or 237 all go past the ground. The bus journey will be about ten minutes.

If walking, turn right on leaving the station and go under the railway bridge. You will pass a several pubs and wine bars, a newsagents, a couple of curry houses and kebab shops before reaching the White House Inn opposite the bus station. Continue along this road (Market Street) with the Cosmo Bingo on your left. As you reach Melbourne Steet, with the Halifax on your right and an off-licence on the left, turn right and cross the bridge into the town centre. Carry on across the canal and then turn left by the Co-op into Grosvner Street. By the Stop and Rest turn right, and cross Acres Lane at the pelican crossing towards The Pineapple. Go left along Acres Lane to the traffic lights at the end. At the traffic lights, turn right onto Mottram Road. Walk up Mottram road until you see Bower Fold on the right.

Directions adapted from the Official Stalybridge Celtic Site

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Web Resources

Web Sites

Official Stalybridge Celtic Site
Stalybridge Celtic
For some reason we haven't worked out there seems to be a whole rigmarole of pages one has to go through to get to the Official site - which is very good - including one that gives the appearance of being a completely different Stalybridge site, all be it without any discernable content.

Web Message Boards
Stalybridge Celtic - Your Say Message Board

E-Mail Mailing Lists

None known.

Local Press

None Known.

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Food & Drink

Club Bar :

The clubhouse is open to all and often gets full. In the past there has been no admission charge for visitors.

Local Pubs and Grub:

The nearest pubs are the Hare and Hounds, which is right outside the ground and the Sportsman which is about five minutes north down the hill along Mottram Road. This is the most popular with the home fans we hear - but there is no tradition of hassle and away fans needn't expect any trouble. The Roe Cross, which you'll have passed if driving up from the South, does good food (has a restaurant upstairs if you are looking for something a bit above bar fare) and is large enough and willing to accept coach parties. After this two smaller pubs are passed on the way to the stadium: the Dog and Partridge on the right and the Waggon and Horses on the left. Both offer food. The Station Buffet Bar as mentioned above gives an edge to anyone who is travelling by train as it carries the best beer in town. The White House Inn (also mentioned above in the directions section) is an old hostelry with, so our Stalybridge source claims, good beer.

Just a pity Hyde didn't get promotion I say. Hyde is just off the M67 as you are coming near to Stalybridge and the Sportsman Inn there, spookily also in a Mottram Road, does Whim Magic Mushroom Mild - nope, never heard of it before but don't you just lurve that name - and TIMOTHY TAYLOR LANDLORD, currently this author's third favourite beer in the known Universe.

Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :

The 'natives' are friendly, but that southern accent may be a little hard for them to grasp. Speak slowly, don't call them Mancunians, and you'll be fine.

Top-Tip :

If arriving by car park on the opposite side of the road from Bower Fold in one of the side streets. Fern Street, just down the hill is a good bet - but don't nick our space!

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Local Amenities

Local Guesthouses and Hotels

Go to A1 Tourism's Online Guide to find Guest Houses/Hotels in Stalybridge and surrounding areas.

Other Points Of Interest

Stalybridge town centre has recently been renovated and contains far more than its share of cafes and such like along the canal. Another point worthy of mention is that Stalybridge has more pubs/bars per head of population than any other town in the Greater Manchester area. Trouble is almost every place in England seems to claim it has more drinking establishments than anywhere else - and of course if they are mostly sh*te......
A rather more unusual claim is that they have the pub with the longest nmae in the United Kingdom: The Astley Chetham Cheshire Volunteer Rifleman Corps Inn; and the pub with the shortest name: Q.

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This Page is a Production by the Ciderspace Collective, with valuable assistance from Iain Benson of the Official Stalybridge Celtic Home Page
©Ciderspace 2001-02
Photography by Tim Lancaster
Last Updated 29th March, 2002

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