Hooley Bridge Celtic

Poor Celtic Reserves Go Down At Home To Valiant

January 6, 2013
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A rogue dog caused a halt to play - and a popped ball

Hooley Bridge Celtic seconds put in a dreadful performance at home to Manchester Valiant 1st XI. The gulf between the two sides was evident, although at 1-0 down at the break Celtic were still in with a chance at Heywood Leisure Centre. But it looked as though none of the team had played with each other and they were totally outplayed by a good opposition team. They conceded two more goals in the second period, and as Billy Hilton said, the Christmas festivities seemed to have weighed heavy on the Hooley side. They remain seventh in the table, but have…

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Hooley Bridge Celtic 50 Year Reunion And Presentation Night

May 12, 2012
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Hooley Bridge Celtic 50 Year Reunion And Presentation Night

Last Saturday saw a great reunion and presentation night for Hooley Bridge Celtic at Hopwood Unionist Club. The evening saw players past and present gather for the 50th anniversary of the club, as well as the club’s presentation night. Major awards went to Ellis Ridsdale, Rob Walker, Marc Hilton, John Ogden, Ste Hamer and Ant Nicholls, while Billy Hilton won clubman of the year. Everyone enjoyed a great night of ale and friendship in an excellent surroundings, with top-quality tunes provided by Ruby Dolls.

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Hooley Secure Survival With Great Away Victory

April 29, 2012
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Hooley Secure Survival With Great Away Victory

Hooley Bridge Celtic confirmed their place in the top flight of the Lancashire and  Cheshire Amateur League with a 2-1 victory at Chorltonians. The victory leaves them six points clear of Hazel Grove with the Stockport team having two games to go and one in hand of Hooley. However, goal difference is so in favour of the Heywood side that only a ridiculous couple of results can see Celtic overhauled.

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Join Celtic For Celebration Of 50 Years

April 28, 2012
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Join Celtic For Celebration Of 50 Years

Hooley Bridge Celtic are celebrating their 50th anniversary next week. Celtic are combining their presentation evening with a reunion of former players from the past five decades at Hopwood Unionist Club on Saturday 5 May. As well as the presentation, there’ll be a quiz and other entertainment, along with karaoke and a disco. Local distribution firm Bibby will be at the night and will match any money raised for the club up to £1000. Celtic legend Alec Gill hopes the night will be a massive success and will re-inforce the spirit that has been evident at the club for the…

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Rampant Seconds Keep Hooley Title Challenge (Just) On Track

April 22, 2012
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Rampant Seconds Keep Hooley Title Challenge (Just) On Track

Marcus Smith’s hat-trick and a double from Chris Roach kept Hooley Bridge Celtic 2nds push for league glory alive at Heywood Leisure Centre on Saturday. They hammered Fletcher Moss 7-0 in a game that was reduced to a stroll after the visiting side’s aggressive midfielder was shown two yellows in 30 seconds after criticising the referee’s decision. He then proceeded to threaten to ‘smash your face in’ to the referee as he walked off the pitch. Roach had put Hooley ahead by the stage and from then on it was a walk in the park. The other goals came from…

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Dismal Seconds Put In A Tame Performance

March 26, 2012
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Dismal Seconds Put In A Tame Performance

Hooley Bridge Celtic seconds stayed top of Division A of the Lancashire and Cheshire League despite a dismal performance at home to Spurley Hey on Saturday at Queen’s Park. They went down to a 3-0 defeat and never threatened the visitors in the second period. However, they are still ahead of Cheadle Hulme Villa on goal difference, although the South Manchester team do have a game in hand.

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Mellor Hold All The Aces To Crush Celtic Firsts In Cup

March 26, 2012
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Mellor Hold All The Aces To Crush Celtic Firsts In Cup

It was a day to forget for Hooley Bridge 1sts at home to Mellor in their cup clash. They crashed to a 3-0 home defeat at Heywood Leisure Centre after missing a string of chances in the first period, and then failing to compete in the second. Instead of using their pace out wide, Hooley insisted on playing down the middle, which was right into the hands of the Mellor defence. Their nearest rivals for the final relegation spot – Chorltonians – could only draw their league match and they remain three points in behind in second bottom but with…

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Missed Chances Cost battling Celtic Firsts dear

March 18, 2012
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Missed Chances Cost battling Celtic Firsts dear

Missed chances was the story of the day as Hooley Bridge Celtic firsts went down 3-1 to Old Trafford in the Lancashire and Cheshire Amateur League. Their last-gasp winner last week against South Manchester had given them some breathing space in their fight against relegation, and they were look Chorltonians – their main rivals for the second relegation spot – could only draw at Old Stretfordians. Liam Mott scored Hooley’s goal but they were 2-1 down going into the final 30 minutes. First Ellis Risdale missed a great chance when through one-on-one with the visiting keeper, then Richard Fitton –…

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Fitton Strikes Late To Pull Celtic Firsts Away From Relegation Zone

March 12, 2012
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Fitton Strikes Late To Pull Celtic Firsts Away From Relegation Zone

Hooley Bridge Celtic firsts continued their good run of recent form with a superb last-gasp victory over South Manchester at Heywood Leisure Centre. Richard Fitton was the hero in the 2-1 win, finding space in the penalty area to sweep the ball home after great work down the left flank. It means they have now won their last two games at home, and sandwiched in between a narrow and unlucky 3-2 defeat at unbeaten table-topping Whalley Range last week. Norman Kenyon’s young side are starting to show the kind of self-belief and team-spirit needed to stay in the Premier Division…

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Nuttall And Rush Doubles Lead Celtic Thirds To 7-1 Victory

March 11, 2012
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Nuttall And Rush Doubles Lead Celtic Thirds To 7-1 Victory

A quick-fire four-goal burst early into the second-half saw Hooley Bridge Celtic 3rds hammer Old Stretfordians 7-1 on a shabby Heywood Leisure Centre pitch. A brace apiece from Anthony Nuttall and Tom Rush were the cornerstone of a victory that was well-deserved. Celtic opened the score in the first half through what a fortunate strike from Nuttall. Rush put Celtic further ahead shortly after the break after great work from Anthony Bradley before Nuttall scored the goal of the game, cutting in from the left to curl a shot over a stranded Strets’ keeper. An own goal followed before Rush…

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