Cleator Moor Celtic F.C.

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Cleator Moor Celtic
Cleator Moor Celtic F.C. logo.png
Full name Cleator Moor Celtic Football Club
Founded 1909
Ground Birks Road Ground
Cleator Moor
League Wearside Football League
2013–14 Wearside Football League, 4th

Cleator Moor Celtic Football Club is an English football team founded in 1908–09. The club uses the Birks Road Ground and plays in the Wearside Football League.


Cleator Moor was founded in 1908–09 by Irish immigrants employed in the local iron ore mines.

In the 1950–51 season, Cleator Moor reached the first round of the FA Cup, where they lost to Tranmere Rovers 5–0, in a match played at Workington. All other campaigns in the FA Cup have not seen the club progress past the second qualifying round. The club has also competed in the FA Vase, reaching the second round in 1986–87.

The club joined the Wearside League in 1988–89 and spent seven seasons in that league, their best finish being in 1990–91 when they finished in eighth place. They rejoined the Wearside League in 2004–05.[1]

Cleator Moor Celtic celebrated its 100th birthday in 2008.


Scott Carson played for the Celtic from Under 10s through to Under 16s and also made appearances with the Under 18s and the First Team before his recruitment to the Leeds United academy after being spotted playing for Workington in the FA Youth Cup. He turned professional with Leeds before signing for Liverpool. After loan spells at Sheffield Wednesday, Charlton Athletic and Aston Villa, he joined West Bromwich Albion.

Whitehaven born Charlie Woods was transferred from Cleator Moor Celtic to Newcastle United in May 1959, making and scoring on his professional debut at Craven Cottage in a 4-3 defeat to Fulham F.C.[2] Woods went on to play in the football league for Newcastle United, Bournemouth, Crystal Palace, Ipswich Town, Watford and Colchester United until he retired in 1971. Woods played 272 professional games scoring 46 goals. Charlie Woods became a coach at Ipswich Town where he began a long term coaching and scouting relationship with Sir Bobby Robson which carried on through Robson's England and Club management career. He became a close friend and confidant of Robson. Woods was sacked from Newcastle United in 2004, at the same time as Robson was disgracefully dismissed by then Chairman Freddie Sheppard.[3] Woods played a significant role in the recruitment of players such as Loren Robert and Charles N'Zogbia to Newcastle United and was also involved in the development of the Ipswich Town Team containing Kevin Beatie and Alan Brazil.[4] Woods also served Ipswich as a Coach under Manager George Burley.[5]


Former players[edit]

1. Players that have played/managed in the Football League or any foreign equivalent to this level (i.e. fully professional league).
2. Players with full international caps.
3. Players that hold a club record or have captained the club.


  1. ^ a b "Cleator Moor". Football Club History Database. Retrieved 2008-10-05. 
  2. ^ "Fulham v Newcastle United, 31 August 1960". 11V11:Home of Football Statistics and History. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Robson, Bobby. Farewell but not Goodbye - my autobiography. Hoder & Stoughton. p. 195,268,286 etc. ISBN 0340823461. 
  4. ^ Brazil, Alan. There's an Awful Lot of Bubbly in Brazil. Highdown. p. 164. ISBN 978-1-905156-36-8. 
  5. ^ Robson, Bobby. Farewell but not Goodbye - my autobiography. Hoder & Stoughton. p. 88. ISBN 0340823461. 

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