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Celtic Sunk By Bedians Wonder Strikes

March 7, 2013
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Celtic Sunk By Bedians Wonder Strikes

Two wonder goals sealed Hooley Bridge Celtic’s fate at home to Bedians on Saturday. They went down to a 3-2 defeat against a side who are also in a battle at the bottom of the table, and once again it was frailties at the back that cost Celtic at Heywood Leisure Centre. They were missing first-choice centre backs, which meant striker Ellis Ridsdale had to be pressed into action, while there were call-ups for the enthusiastic Billy Hilton and Mikey Grogan. This left Celtic even smaller than usual and despite captain Marcus Smith battling hard in midfield against a bigger…

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Recent Pictures From Crown FC at Bowlee

February 27, 2013
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Recent Pictures From Crown FC at Bowlee

Pictures from Crown FC in the cup a couple of weeks ago. They won 4-1 after extra-time, but I’m not sure who it was against.

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Celtic Thirds Fight Back To Earn Draw

February 18, 2013
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Celtic Thirds Fight Back To Earn Draw

Hooley Bridge Celtic Thirds fought back to earn a draw in a close encounter at Heywood Leisure Centre. They drew 3-3 with Chorltonians fourths, thanks to a late strike from Nathan Bates, his second of the game after opening the scoring. The second goal was a top-notch free-kick from Andy Nuttall. Hooley thirds remains second bottom of Division C of the Lancashire and Cheshire Amateur League. Next week they travel to face bottom side Santos FC Reserves.

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Jimmies Blow Great Start As Royton Hit Them Hard

February 5, 2013
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Jimmies Blow Great Start As Royton Hit Them Hard

REPORT from Dennis Booth: Lying next to bottom of the Manchester Football League Premier Division, Heywood St James First Team entertained Royton Town at Phoenix Park last Saturday afternoon hoping that a change in fortune might bring some a welcome three points. Within four minutes of the start, Jimmies were gifted a goal when the Royton keeper miskicked a back pass allowing Chris Nuttall a simple tap in. Just five minutes later the returning Mike Weatherilt made it 2-0 with a trademark free-kick from 25 yards.What a start! But what happened next? Jimmies suddenly began a period of rash tackling,…

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Pictures From Hooley Bridge Celtic v South Manchester

January 15, 2013
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Pictures From Hooley Bridge Celtic v South Manchester

As promised, here are the pictures from the weekend’s clash between Hooley Bridge Celtic and South Manchester. Hooley Bridge won the game after going a goal down at the end of the first half, thanks to strikes from Ellis Ridsdale, Marcus Smith and Matt Mott.

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Hooley Bridge Celtic Seconds Bounce Back, Stylishly

January 14, 2013
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Hooley Bridge Celtic Seconds Bounce Back, Stylishly

Hooley Bridge Celtic seconds bounced back to form with a 4-2 defeat of Trafford United at the Heywood Leisure Centre on Saturday. They were well beaten last week by Manchester Valiant, but were better for the extra focus and were too good for their opponents. Goals came from regular keeper John Ogden, presumably shoved up for a bit of bulk, John Harding and Mick and Paul Burke. It was a performance summed up in one word by stalwart Billy Hilton. “Pragmatic.” Ogden was forced into emergency service as a striker as Ste Keogh strained a muscle warming up and therefore…

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Jimmies Are Punished For Inexplicable Lapses

January 14, 2013
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Jimmies Are Punished For Inexplicable Lapses

By Dennis Booth: Heywood St James First Team went down to a heavy 7-3 defeat against fellow relegation candidates Leigh Athletic at Phoenix Park last Saturday afternoon. Jimmies had already beaten Leigh at their place, 4-1, back in October and were looking to repeat that victory to put some “daylight” between the two clubs. However things didn’t quite go to plan as the visitors had a physical presence that was to prove instrumental in bringing the home side to their knees with a powerful display of forceful football. Jimmies, thanks to a superbly struck shot from skipper Scott Hardy, led…

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Heywood St James Honour Egger

January 12, 2013
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Heywood St James Honour Egger

Heywood St James and opponents Leigh Athletic honoured the memory of club stalwart Trevor Jones with a minute’s silence at Phoenix Park today. Egger died this week aged 67. He was involved with many sports teams over the years and is remembered with fondness by all those at Phoenix Park. Details of his funeral will come when I get them. Pictures and report to follow when I receive the details from Dennis Booth.  

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Hooley Bridge Click In Second-Half South Manchester Massacre

January 12, 2013
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Hooley Bridge Click In Second-Half South Manchester Massacre

Hooley Bridge Celtic firsts turned things around to thrash visiting South Manchester 3-1 at Heywood Leisure Centre. Performances have been good all season for Celtic, but it is still a young team and sometimes a lack of experience has cost them dear. Not today. Celtic battled hard against a game but struggling South Manchester side but went behind to a penalty just before the interval. Harsh words were said by coaching staff Norman Kenyon and Alec Gill, and the battle was taken to South Manchester. The first goal came courtesy of a cheeky Ellis Ridsdale finish, then Marcus Smith reacted…

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Celtic Thirds Overcome Bad Start To Beat Parrswood

January 6, 2013
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Celtic Thirds Overcome Bad Start To Beat Parrswood

Hooley Bridge Celtic 3rds overcame a poor start to win a thriller against Parrswood Celtic 3rds on the top pitch at Heywood Leisure Centre. The visitors scored an early goal as veteran Jon Lumb’s usually well-marshalled defence had a shocker. But Ryan Carden equalised with a typically well-taken goal before Parrswood took the lead again. Aston Roger scored the first of two as he outpaced the visiting defence to make it level at the break. Parrswood only came with 11 men and the second period saw them falter. Carden and Roger scored their second and Celtic cruised to a 4-2…

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