Club History.

about-us.jprStrand Celtic FC was officially founded on January 12th 1972. the clubs first chairman was Jimmy Mc Morrow with Joey Mullaney acting as secretary while Aiden Mc Morrow took on the responsibility of treasurer.

In the first year Celtic were forced to play all their games away. The generosity of Collegians helped in that Celtic was allowed to use their ground at Scarden and in 1974/75 Celtic moved to Browns field on the Strandhill road. The Brown family helped in no small way to keep Celtic in football and the use of the Strandhill road pitch has proved to be of enormous benefit down the years.

Ensuring the long term survival of the club Joey Mullaney had the foresight to develop an underage structure within the club, a policy that has consistently led to a supply of younger players progressing to the senior team.

Under the guidance of former committee members David Kivlehan and Ray O Donnell the club sought a more permanent base for the team. Following the successful negotiation of a long term lease of a pitch from Strandhill Community Park, the club undertook a fund raising campaign culminating in the opening of new dressing rooms at Strandhill in august 1998. Plans are in place for further development of the Strandhill base.

The club had a girls section which was founded in 1999 by Finola Monaghan. This continues to thrive and the club has girls players involved at U6, U 8 and U10 with separate girls teams at U12, U14 and U16.

A Colts section for young children was created in 2002 by Maurice Monaghan. This caters for young children, both boys and girls, between the ages of five and ten. This section continues to thrive and has grown from an initial membership of twenty children to over one hundred and forty children. The Colts section has ensured a plentiful supply of coaches to our Youth section as a large number of parents have got involved over the years.

A number of the clubs senior players have also gone on to play league of Ireland football. Three players at the club have also won Irish Junior International Caps. These were Gavin Dykes, who of course went on to play for Sligo Rovers and Derry City, Stephen Rooney and Jimmy Colreavy.

In 2006/2007 Strand Celtic had their first ever under age international players when Barry O Mahoney and Bronagh Kerins received international caps for the Irish Schoolboys and Schoolboys teams respectively. Barry and Bronagh were two outstanding players for our under age teams. This was a marevllous achievement for both players who had turned in outstanding seasons.

The club won its first ever Sligo-Leitrim Super League crown in 1995 when the title was clinched with a 1-1 draw at former champions Calry Bohemians. The club also won the Connaught Cup when defeating Ballyglass of Mayo in the final in 1999.

In recent years enormous strides have been made with the launch of the club’s development plan in 2006 which has been successfully implemented and a new plan drawn up in 2015.

The club has always played in the green and white hoped jerseys made famous by Glasgow Celtic. All of the club teams today continue to play in the famous green and white hoops.

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