Cork Celtic F.C.
|Full name||Cork Celtic Football Club|
|League||League of Ireland|
Cork Celtic F.C., originally Evergreen United F.C., was an Irish football club based in Cork. They played in the League of Ireland between 1951 and 1979 and played their home games at Turners Cross. In 1974 they were League of Ireland champions and the following season they reached the second round of the European Cup.
The club's foundation date is unknown, but its earliest appearance in the FAI Cup was in 1936-37. Evergreen finished as League runners-up in 1953 and 1959. In 1953 they also played in an all-Cork FAI Cup final against Cork Athletic, losing 2-1 in a replay after drawing the first game 2-2. During the 1956-57 season Evergreen’s Donal Leahy finished as joint top goalscorer in the league with 15 goals. In the following two seasons Leahy finished top goalscorer outright with 16 and 22 goals respectively. Irish international Tommy Moroney finished his playing career with Evergreen and, on October 4, 1953 in a World Cup qualifier against France, he won the last of his 12 caps while with the club. In 1959 the club changed its name to Cork Celtic.
As Celtic in 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
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. 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.
- League of Ireland: 1
- League of Ireland Shield: 1
- Dublin City Cup: 1
- Top Four Cup: 4
- 1956–57, 1958–59, 1959–60, 1973–74
- Munster Senior League: 2
- 1936–37, 1955–56
- Munster Senior Cup: 6
- 1951–52, 1959–60, 1961–62, 1963–64, 1971–72, 1973–74
- FAI Junior Cup
- Winners: 1935–36: 1
- Runners Up: 1934–35: 1
- FAI Youth Cup
- Winners: 1938–39, 1948–49: 2
- Runners Up: 1961–62, 1976–77: 2
Cork Celtic in Europe
|1964–65||European Cup Winners' Cup||First Round||Slavia Sofia||1-3 (agg.)|
|1974–75||European Cup||First Round||Omonia Nicosia||w/o|
|Second Round||Ararat Yerevan||1-7 (agg.)|
Notable former players
- Florrie Burke
- Tommy Moroney
- Donal Leahy
- Jim "Jimux" O'Keeffe GK
- Paul O'Donovan
- Kevin Blount
- Jimmy Barry-Murphy
- Amby Fogarty
- Alfie Hale
- Keelan Hegarty
- Jimmy O'Neill
- Geoff Hurst
- Bobby Tambling
- George Best
- Billy McCullough
- Uwe Seeler
- Barry Notley
- Alec Ludzic
Notable former managers
- Niall MacSweeney (n.d.), A Record of League of Ireland Football 1921/22-1984/5. Basildon:Association of Football Statisticians
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- Niall MacSweeney (n.d.). A Record of League of Ireland Football 1921/22-1984/85. Basildon:Association of Football Statisticians
- George Best at Celtic
- BionicBohs[permanent dead link]
- Article referring to Hurst, Best, Tambling and Seeler playing for Celtic Archived 2007-09-05 at the Wayback Machine.
- Uwe Seeler stats
- "FAI Junior Cup Winners". stadium.aviva.ie. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
- Mark Herbert, Donie Butler (1994–95). FAI Yearbook & Diary 1995. Dublin: Sportsworld Ltd.
- "FAI Umbro Youth Challenge Cup Previous Winners". www.fai.ie. 2 February 2016. Retrieved 2 February 2016.