Upgrade for Ridge Hill Celtic with new changing facilities

RIDGE Hill Celtic Football Club will soon be moving into the 21st century.

The club, formed in 1976 and the oldest open age Sunday morning amateur football set up affiliated to the Football Association, is to have a new changing facility at their hired Stamford Park pitch.

The club’s old portable cabin, which has no water and electric from their own generator, is being demolished to extend the car park at Tameside General Hospital.

“We are only being relocated about 50 yards, with Tameside Council building us a new facility with heating, lighting and showers,” explained Paul Bishop, who is club secretary, treasurer and chairman.

Celtic play in the first division of the Hyde Sunday League having been relegated last season.

Paul said: “We had a lot of older players and have regrouped with a young team as we look to the future.

“We are top of the table and, with two teams going up, hope to regain our premier division place.”

Celtic have a 20-man squad and, due to the current interest, may restart a second team.

In the past they have fielded as many as four teams in different leagues. Their former players have included Trevor Ross, the former Arsenal and Everton midfielder.

Celtic have in the past won three different Sunday leagues – Longdendale, Ashton and Hyde as well as being the first Sunday team to have leisurewear featuring the club’s logo and the first Sunday club to produce an annual yearbook.

For its 30th anniversary Paul arranged a sportsman’s dinner at its Ridge Hill Working Men’s Club base with 1966 World Cup winner Gordon Banks the guest.

And last year to mark 40 years was a dinner featuring former Manchester United goalkeeper Alex Stepney and top comedian Jimmy Bright.

The club is looking for players for both the existing team and a second team as well as sponsors. Paul can be contacted by email on: bish13@live.co.uk


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