Getting to know: Cleator Moor Celtic FC

Founded in 1909, Cleator Moor Celtic look to be a team enjoying a purple patch in their 110 year history.

Having been in the Wearside League since 1988, minus the 10 year abscence between 1995 and 2005. The club had never been promoted, all that changed last year when the club finished 2nd and were promoted to the North West Counties League Division One (NWCL), and won the Cumberland Cup for the third time in their history, the first time since 1998-99 however.

The Club have since solidified their position in the NWCL, finishing comfortably mid-table, a position from which we are sure they will push on from next year.

Playing out of McGrath Park in Cleator Moor, some famous faces have played their football in this small town in West Cumbria. The most well known of the lot to many will be former England goalkeeper Scott Carson, the former Leeds, Liverpool and West Brom shot stopper is from nearby Whitehaven and played for Cleator Moor Celtic from Under 10s through to Under 16s and made appearances with the Under 18s and the First Team before his recruitment to the Leeds United.

Other players who have made appearances in the top flight of English football and also featured at McGrath Park, are Charlie Woods, Joseph (Joe) Kennedy and Tony Caig.

The club have made the FA Cup First Round only once in their history, after going through all the preliminary rounds, they were eventually knocked out by then Division Three side Tranmere Rovers. With the club enjoying a fruitful time in their history, who knows whats round the corner?

From everyone here at ClimbingTheLadder, we just want to wish everyone at Cleator Moor, all the best for the future.

Author: Alex Scott

Currently doing as much freelance journalism work as possible. Avid football fan and player currently at Penrith Academy.

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