Cork Celtic F.C.

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Cork Celtic F.C.
Cork Celtic FC logo.png
Full name Cork Celtic Football Club
Founded 1959
Dissolved 1979
Ground Turners Cross
League League of Ireland

Cork Celtic F.C. were an Irish football club based in Cork. They played in the League of Ireland between 1959 and 1979 and played their home games at Turners Cross. The club had previously played in the league as Evergreen United. In 1974 they were League of Ireland champions and the following season they reached the second round of the European Cup.


Earlier Cork Celtics[edit]

The Cork Celtic of the 1960s and 1970s was not the first club to use the name. In 1904 a Cork Celtic won the Munster Senior Cup. During the 1920s, together with Fordsons, Cork Bohemians, Cobh Ramblers and Cork City a Cork Celtic fielded teams in both the Munster Junior League and the Munster Senior League . [1] In 1932 their junior team finished as runners-up in the Munster Junior Cup. [2] In 1957 another Cork Celtic applied to join the League of Ireland but lost out to Cork Hibernians.

League champions[edit]

In 1959 the League of Ireland team that had previously played as Evergreen United changed their name to Cork Celtic. During the 1960s they enjoyed a local rivalry with Cork Hibernians. In 1974 with a team that included Alfie Hale and Bobby Tambling, Celtic won their only League of Ireland title under manager and former player Paul O'Donovan. Tambling, a former Chelsea player and England international had initially moved to Ireland to work as a Jehovah's Witness missionary. He scored 7 league goals in his first season as he helped Celtic win the title.

Best, Hurst and Seeler[edit]

In subsequent seasons Celtic attracted several other notable players. On the back of League success in 1974, Paul O'Donovan signed George Best and then Geoff Hurst. In December 1975 George Best had a brief spell with Celtic in between equally brief spells at Stockport County and Los Angeles Aztecs. He played only three league games, against Drogheda United, Bohemians and Shelbourne, but despite attracting big crowds he failed to score or impress. [3] In 1976 Geoff Hurst spent a month with Celtic, scoring three goals during his brief stay. Uwe Seeler also played one game for Celtic during the 1977-78 season and scored twice in a 6-2 defeat to Shamrock Rovers. [4] [5] [6]


Cork Celtic F.C. in Europe[edit]


Season Competition Country Team
1964-65 European Cup Winners' Cup Bulgaria Slavia Sofia
1974-75 European Cup Cyprus Omonia Nicosia
1974-75 European Cup Soviet Union Ararat Yerevan

Notable former players[edit]

Notable Former Managers[edit]

Season Placings[edit]

Season Position
1978/79 16th
1977/78 14th
1976/77 9th
1975/76 8th
1974/75 7th
1973/74 1st
1972/73 12th
1971/72 8th
1970/71 5th
1969/70 9th
1968/69 11th
1967/68 3rd
1966/67 11th
1965/66 11th
1964/65 8th
1963/64 4th
1962/63 4th
1961/62 2nd
1960/61 4th
1959/60 2nd

See also[edit]