CSC's of yesteryear

Celtic Supporters Clubs are the lifeline of Celtic FC. This page is dedicated to the CSC's of yesteryear who have played their part throughout the illustrious history of our club. The clubs listed are ones I don't have listed on my site anymore. If any are still on the go, let me know and I will put them on my CSC page. Here's to a trip down memory lane. 

'Em'dy know where ma bus is parked?'

On my Celticbars site I have 449 CSC's listed. Going through my data base collated over the last 20 years, there is a further 215 CSC's which have went to the Great Bus Park in the Sky. A total of 664 supporters clubs have 'passed through the Celticbars gates' since I started in 2001. The CSC's listed at the moment are all active and spread over 44 countries. To find your nearest club, have a look here.

Supporters Clubs play a huge role in our Club. They are great to be part of if you move to a new place and want to meet new friends. Several generations of families continue to keep their CSC traditions going. Young children come onto a bus and feel part of the club. They grow up learning the stories and history of Celtic FC and their CSC. They in turn keep that tradition going when they have children of their own, whilst taking their auld da' with them who started the ball rolling for them. 

One of the reasons I never publicise illegal streams for example, is if someone is in New York, I would rather recommend bars with a CSC's connected to them rather than a random bar. North American clubs pay a lot of money for Celtic TV. Most have a cover charge to make it affordable and possible. They deserve the custom from visitors, who in turn buy their merchandise and raffles, thus ensuring the continued running of the CSC. This also attracts new members who have recently moved into the area.

Special mention to all those who give up their own time to help run the CSC's. It is hard work but very enjoyable. To organise anniversary functions which attracts current and former players leaves a lasting memory for all those attending. The chance to hold the trophies provides special moments as we have seen recently with families getting their photos with the treble. With social media, this publicity further enhances the clubs reputation.

Brake Clubs

Supporters Clubs go way back to the very existence of Celtic FC. The first CSC's were Brake Clubs, named after the horse drawn carriages which carried up to 25 fans. These would mostly be restricted to travelling to the Glasgow area and towns like Greenock and Dumbarton. They have left a great legacy with their splendid painted banners with their current favourite player in the middle. Often the player would be painted over with their latest star. One of these banners hung proudly in Baird's Bar for years. This was auctioned at McTear's in 2003 but never met the reserved asking price. A brilliant memorabilia for someone one day.

Sunday Mail August 2nd 1942

Brake Clubs would meet at The Gorbals then proceed in convoys to Paradise. Given the sign of the times, these horse drawn charabancs were full of working men having their escape from the harsh realities of their job and life in general. They were noisy and often alcohol fueled. I would imagine pishing in the street wasn't exclusive to the horses. I often wonder if my family were on these wagons. My Great Granny was born in East Rose Street and was living there in November 1887 when Brother Walfrid had the first meeting. From old Glasgow maps, her house was one of the closest to St Mary's Hall. We have tried to find out, to no avail, if any of our family were at that first meeting. We like to think they were. As an aside, my Great Granny married Duncan McIntyre who was an original member of Third Lanark FC and who was a team mate of the great Willie Maley. Duncan was once described as the one of the finest strikers in Scotland. He had an obituary in the papers 50 years after he played. Oh to have met him and listened to his stories. 

By the 1920s, the Brake Clubs were in a decline. The popularity of cars and trains made independent travel to games easier and more convenient. The Celtic bars in The Gallowgate would still have been an important part of early supporters clubs. Bars in The Gallowgate in the '20s & '30s included Cairns Bar, Cocky Borrs Bar, The Whitevale Bar, The White Elephant, The Wee Mans and The Victory Bar. Various members of Celtic FC were publicans in that area at that time. John Campbell owned a pub at 322 London Road at the corner of Boden Street in 1907 called the Villa Bar. Patsy Gallagher owned a bar at 42-44 Fulbar Street, Renfrew in1920 then took over the International Bar, Clydebank in 1925. James Grant owned The Grant Arms at 19 Argyle Street and Sandy McMahon owned The Duke Bar, 209 Great Eastern Road.

Cairns Bar, 524 Gallowgate

Cocky Borrs Bar, 652 Gallowgate

The White Elephant Bar, 338 Gallowgate

Celtic Supporters Clubs have always had a political side of things. Back in those days they would fly banners in support of Trade Unions and Irish Nationalism. The noise of a convoy of Brake Clubs, with the horses hooves on the cobbled stones and fans with their flags, horns and bells made sure they were heard. This lead to violence on occasions as sectarianism reared its ugly head. The other reason for the demise of the brake clubs was that so many of them were involved in attacks on the way to/after games that there was a major police crackdown on them.  Celtic (through Willie Maley) were publicly critical of the 'gangsters' in the brake clubs.  There's lots of newspaper articles from the 20s and 30s of brake clubs getting stopped on the way to Rangers games and all sorts of weapons being found on them.

Life after brake Clubs. 1940s

Towards the end of the War, football was slowly coming back on the radar with men returning from the conflicts. Football would soon be booming again with huge crowds and a renewed enthusiasm to get back to the games. In September 1944, Willie Fanning wrote to the Daily Record asking for fans to get in touch with the view to starting a supporters club. Within 12 months, they had set up a constitution to amalgamate other CSC's which by then numbered over 700 members. The first project The CSA did was to kit out the Celtic Park ball boys with a uniform. The Celtic Supporters Association was formed. Greenock Shamrock CSC precede the CSA, but from the information I have, whilst not definitive, the oldest CSC's still in existence are

Greenock Shamrock CSC 1935

Celtic Association 1944

Greenock Branch CSC 1945

Kirkintilloch CSC 1945

Port Glasgow CSC 1945

Johnstone No1 CSC 1945

Bellshill & District CSC 1946

Bathgate CSC 1946

Holytown CSC 1946

Shotts CSC 1946

Peter Scarff CSC 1947

Larkhall CSC 1947

Springburn No1 CSC 1947

Carfin CSC 1948

Rawyards CSC 1948

St Peters No1 West Belfast CSC 1952

With regards to other organised groups, The Affiliation was the the brainwave of Eddie McCafferty and was formed in 1986. Peter Rafferty was also a huge influence with The Affiliation and he was a great help to me when I first started the Celticbars site. Other supporters groups include The North American Affiliation, The Celtic Trust and Central South Wales and West CSC.

Lisbon 1967

They travelled in their thousands to see The Bhoys become Champions.

Celtic became the first non Latin team to win the European Cup. On qualifying for the final, thousands made plans to make Lisbon their own. 12,000 fans went by bus, train and plane. With these filled up, a cavalcade of highly decorated cars left Paradise for the long trip to Lisbon. It was the first mass exodus of Celtic supporters in those numbers as travel became more accessible. Those who travelled will never forget that momentous time. The homecoming at Celtic Park will also live long in the memory for those who were there. Parading the trophy on an old coal lorry was just pure gallus Celtic.

Bus Park at Lisbon
Celtic FC Lisbon 1967

 

Looking at the years Celtic Supporters Clubs were formed, there seem to be four notable times when CSC's had a resurgence in formation.

  • The formation of Celtic FC and brake clubs,
  • Post War,
  • Lisbon
  • Centenary year.

30,000 Celtic fans in Old Trafford

There have been other occasions in our illustrious history like Milan '70 and Seville '03 which also saw mass fan travel. In fairly recent times, we have seen many CSC's travel for Testimonials and European games. Barcelona, Munich, Rome, Giggs & Keane testimonials amongst those with tens of thousand going.

Lochgelly CSC Season 1966-67

In the 80s, the supporters buses parked on both side of the Gallowgate. From up beside the old favourite Grange Bar, right down past The Bellgrove Hotel, where we would often be entertained by some of the residents playing their penny whistle for beer money. For those who jumped off their bus before it got parked to get to the pub early for a swally, this would mean fans wandering about after the game trying to find their bus. A fantastic CSC tradition is their club crest where one of the more sensible members of the bus would stand outside with the plaque held high. I used to love seeing all the clever designs. They would also publicise their CSC's to everyone walking by and getting their club known. Other traditions over the years was the local mini entrepreneur's offering to 'watch yer motor mister' Nowadays the young 'uns pocket money seems to have been replaced by older guys, which is sad to see. Supporters buses today now park at the stadium and Emirates Arena. A well known sight is the queue of Irish buses at the front. These are the ones that arrive first and who must leave as soon as they can to catch their ferries. Much respect to Irish supporters for their dedication.

 

CSC's Charity work

Since the inception of Celtic Supporters Clubs, charity has been at the heart of the very fabric of our club. Brake clubs would raise money for the poor and impoverished. They also raised funds for causes close to their hearts like Irish Oppression and Trade Unions. In recent times with the invention of social media and the vehicle to attract more donations and publicity, charity work has excelled and continues to do our club proud. We have seen clubs like Manhattan CSC after 911 raising funds for NYFD, New Orleans CSC helping rebuild after Hurricane Katrina, supporters doing The Huddle at the top of Ben Nevis, Thai Tims, Food banks, Celtic Foundation sleep outs and individuals like my good friend Iain McGovern walking the length and breath of the country for causes close to our hearts. In 2008, Martin Kane took unwell in Australia. The 'Bring Martin Home' campaign brought us the introduction of The Kano Foundation. I sit in 113 at the games and the Kano Kids are down to my left. It is a joy to see the enthusiasm of the children. One of the original trustees is John Paul Gilmartin. A very humble modest man, who I am proud to say was in my class at school. Kano's motto is 'Keeping football free for kids'. If you can help with this, please help them out here.

I would like to thank the following sites for their references that I used for these muses. Hope you enjoyed a wee look down memory lane.

Celtic Wiki

Glasgow Old Pubs

Celtic Star

The Shamrock

 

 

 

 

 

Disbanded Celtic Supporters Clubs 

Any CSC's still on the go, let me know and I will alter this list.

(Year formed in brackets)

 

25th May 1967 CSC. (1999) Stanley Bar

33 Club Paisley CSC. (1947)

AOH Padraig Pearse CSC. (1978) Whip Inn Dundee

Airdrie West End CSC. (1983)

Allston CSC. (1997) Common Ground Bar, Massachusetts

Alnwickhill CSC (1992) Edinburgh

Anderson Emerald CSC.

Anjuna CSC. Nelsons Bar, Goa

Anton Rogan CSC. (1984) Pines Bar Cardonald

Anton Rogan Lurgan CSC. (1988) Master McGrath Arms, Edward St, Lurgan

Arydoyne Shamrock CSC.

Athenrye CSC. (1995) The Square Inn

Auchinairn CSC. Nairn Bar, Bishopbriggs

Baden CSC. The Claddagh Ring, Karlsruhe

Bahrain CSC. JJ's Irish Corner, Al Bustan Hotel

Ballybeg Branch No1 CSC (1995)

Ballybrack Shamrock CSC. (1987) Workmans Club

Ballybot CSC. (1996) Nan Rices Bar, Newry

Banknock CSC (1952)

Bannockburn CSC. (1974) Newmarket Inn

Barnet CSC. (1995) Port Moody

Barrie & District CSC. Alliance Bar, Barrie

Berlin No1 CSC. Dubliner Bar

Billy Halligan CSC. (1995) Lural Leaf Bar, Falls Rd, Belfast

Billy Stark Temple CSC. (1989) Signal Box Pub, Fulton St

Birmingham No2 CSC. (1978) Woodman Pub Hockley

Bishop Auckland CSC

Blackthorn CSC. One Foot Inn, Burnfoot

Bletchley CSC. Milton Keynes

Bob Kelly CSC. (1987) Anvil Bar, Riddrie

Brady's Cuchulainn Dundealgan CSC. (1995) Brady's Bar Dundalk

Breda Rats CSC. O'Meara's Irish Pub, Breda

Brian O'Neill No1 CSC. (1987) St Peters Men's Club, Paisley

Brother Walfrid CSC. Craigavon

Burghead Shamrock CSC. Red Craig Hotel, Forres

Burlington CSC. (1993) Tommy Doolittles Bar, Burlington Ontario

Cadzow Emerald CSC. (1996) Auld Hoose Pub, Hamilton

Cairn CSC. (1969) CSA Northern Area Social Club, Springburn

Calgary CSC. Burns Howff, Cambridge

Cambridge Shamrock CSC. (1995) Rathmore Club

Cambusnethan CSC. Wishaw

Caravel CSC.(1985)  Caravel Bar

Cardonald No1 CSC. (1982) Howdens Bar

Carfin Jock Stein CSC. (1994) Wattfield Bar

Carluke Shamrock CSC. (1987) The Courtyard Bar

Carmyle CSC. (1988) Banks Bar

Castle CSC. (1974) Castle Bar Glasgow

Castle Douglas CSC. (1974) Blue Bell Hotel.

Celtic Cross Dennistoun CSC.

Centenary No1 Cambuslang CSC. (1986) Ogilvie Centre

Chris Morris CSC. (1988) Port Glasgow

Clydebank & Old Kilpatrick CSC (1946) Unity Club

Coatbridge Fighting Irish CSC. (1995) The Blarney Stone

Condorratt CSC. (1985) Masonic Arms

Corby 67 CSC. (1993) St Brendan's CC

Corby Emerald CSC. (1978) Domino Inn

Courtney McKenzie CSC. Ferry Arms Pub, Cork

Cranhill No1 CSC. (1987) Barn Social Club

Cruiskeen Lawn CSC. (1994) Buncrana

Crumlin Star CSC. Crumlin Star Social Club, Ardoyne

Culdaff Shamrock CSC. (1992) Culdaff Arms Bar

Dalbeattie CSC. (1975) Pheasant Hotel.

Darwen CSC. (1984) Engineers Arms

Dumbarton Centenary CSC. (1988) McCafferty's Bar

Easter Ross CSC. (1988) Inver Gordon Social Club

Edinburgh & District CSC. Ryries Bar

Edmonton CSC. (1996) Sportsman Lounge, Alberta

Errigal CSC. (1995) The Celtic Tavern, Falcarragh

Erskine Park CSC. (1988) Park Mains Bar

Eyemouth and District CSC. (1971) Ship Hotel

First Ballymacarret CSC. (1975) Sean Martins SC Belfast

Fort Lauderdale CSC. Dicey Riley's

Fort William CSC. (1980) Alexandra Hotel

Fresno CSC. (1999) California

Gallaghers Bar Stirling CSC. (1988) Gallaghers Bar

Gerry Connor CSC. Red Comyn, Cumbernauld

Gerry Watt Torquay CSC

Gibraltar CSC. Three Roses Bar

Gifford CSC. (1963) Guildford Inn, Craigavon

Glenbarr CSC.

Gosport Jimmy Johnstone CSC. Queens Head

Govan Brighton CSC

Grampian Shamrock CSC. (1996)

Green & White Brigade CSC. (1987) Doherty's Bar Hamilton

Greenwell Celtic Circle CSC (1988). Armadale

Grunu Rakettturnar CSC. Mjallagarta Iceland

Hamilton Emerald CSC. (1994) Douglas Bar

Harrogate Hoops CSC. Black Swan

Hartley Mullens Castlecomer CSC. (1996) Tommy Coogans Bar, Kilkenny

Henrik Larsson No1 Penilee CSC. Cushions Snooker Club

Holloway CSC. (1995) The Black Horse, Wedmore St

Jackie Dziekanowski No1 CSC. Riddrie

Jimmy Drummond Winnipeg CSC. (1996) Santa Lucia Restaurant

Jimmy Johnstone Doncaster CSC. (1977) Doncaster Social Club

Jock Stein Donegal CSC. (1995) Quigleys Point

Joe Miller CSC. Central Bar Downpatrick

John Collins Galashiels CSC. (1972) The Abbottsford Arms

John Doyle West Belfast No1 CSC. (1983) Felons Bar

John Tennyson CSC. (1978) Lisburn AOH

Jonathon Gould CSC. Hyde Park, Plymouth

KeadY 9 in a Row CSC. (1995) John Mone Bar, Armagh

Keep Bar Dumbarton CSC

Kettering Harps CSC. The Clubroom

Kilrea Rashharkin CSC. (1996) Rogans Bar Kilrea Derry

Kinning Park CSC. Swan Inn, Pollockshaws

Knightsridge Livingston CSC. (1988) Harvester Bar

Langholm Shamrock CSC

Larkfield Eddie McLoin CSC (1969)

Larne Emerald CSC (1995)

 

Lochend Easterhouse CSC. (1964) Bishoploch Tennants Hall

Loftus Cleveland CSC. (1980) Murphy's Bar

Los Angeles CSC. (1989) The West End Pub, Santa Monica & Cock and Bull Bar

Loughbrickland CSC. (1992) Red Star Bar, Banbridge

MacDuff CSC.

Macari & Crerand CSC. (1988) Star Inn Falkirk

Magherafelt South Derry No1 CSC. (1995) Nitos Bar, Magherafelt

Malta CSC. Ryan's Pub, St Juliens

Manchester Shamrock CSC

Manchester Stretford CSC

Mansfield No1 CSC. (1976) Black Swan

Mansfield Shamrock Alloa CSC. (1985) Mansfield Arms

Marrowbone CSC. (1996) Glenview Bar, Belfast

Maryhill Harp CSC. (1990) Viking Bar

McLaughlin's CSC. (1975) McLaughlins Bar, Antrim Rd

Mid Leinster CSC. (1988) Pats Bar Tullamore

Milton No1 CSC. (1986) Quin's Bar, Bishopbriggs

Moneymore John Thompson CSC. (1990) Tyrone

Moodiesburn Centenary CSC. (1988) Silver Larch

Morningside CSC

Mosstodloch CSC Moray

Murdo McLeod Kelso CSC. (1984) British Legion

North Birmingham CSC, (1973) St Theresa's Social Centre

North Kentucky CSC. Tickets Sports Bar

North Wales Emerald CSC, Conwy

Northampton Shamrock CSC. (1975) Irish Centre

Overtown CSC. Wishaw

Papua New Guinea CSC

Partick Smiddy CSC. (1966) Smiddy Bar

Pat Bonner Coalisland CSC. (1988) Rossmore Bar, Coalisland

Pat Crerand Chester & District CSC. (1989) Ellesmere Port

Patsy Gallagher CSC. (1977) Salmon Inn Donegal

Paul Elliott Irvine CSC. (1995) But n Ben

Paul Johnson CSC. (1992) Old Cross Inn Monaghan

Phil O'Donnell Hamilton CSC. (1996) Auld Hoose

Plymouth Minerva CSC. (1996) Minerva Inn, Looe St

Possilpark Centenary CSC. (1987) Carey's Drum

Queens University Belfast CSC

Rathdrum Emerald CSC. (1995) Jacobs Well Wicklow

Rawyards Airdrie CSC. (1948) Wayside Tavern

Reading Central CSC. (1990) Lesters Bar, Ship Hotel, Duke St

Return to Paradise '95 CSC. Ballymena

Roddy McDonald Falkirk & District CSC. (1978) St Anthony's Church Hall, Rumford

Roe Harps Derry CSC. 91994) St Pats Hall, Limaudy

Rogan & Roche Southampton CSC. (1986) Stella Maris Club

Rotherham Emerald CSC. (1989) Millmoor Hotel

Round Toll CSC. (1945) Bensons

Saltcoats and District CSC. The Elms

San Diego CSC Blarney Stone

Saskatoon CSC (1994)

Sean Gillespie CSC. Ladyton Bar

Seattle CSC. (1997) Kells Irish Bar

Selkirk Bhoys CSC. (1995) County Hotel.

Shamrock Flying Tims CSC. Antrim

Shawlands Shamrock CSC

Shepherds Bush Emerald CSC. Tommy Flynn's Bar

Shettleston No1 CSC (1953) O'Kane's, Westmuir St

Shrewsbury Shamrock CSC.

Sighthill Emerald CSC

Skybar Shamrock CSC. Sky Bar, Alfreton Rd

Sons of Athenrye Maybole CSC

Sons of Eire Aberdeen CSC (1993)

South Derry No1 CSC (1995)

South Down No1 CSC. (1993) O'Shea' Bar, Warrenpoint

South East Emerald CSC. (1996) Bexleyheath Kent

South West Donegal CSC. (1984) Kelly's Bar, Frusses

Springhill Centenary CSC. (1988) Brandy Bar, Shotts

St Anne's Belfast CSC

St Brigid's No1 CSC. (1992) Railway Bar, Newry

St James Belfast CSC

St John's Shamrock CSC. (1996) Adanac Club, New Brunswick

St Joseph's CSC. (1978) Independent Club, Newry

St Luke's, Peterborough CSC. (1988) Orton Snooker Club

St Mary's CSC. (1989) Woodman Pub, Hockley, Newry

St Michael's CSC. (1986) Anderstown Belfast

St Patrick's Greenford CSC

St Serfs CSC. Mulvanney Bar, Airdrie

Star of the Sea Girvan CSC. (1976)

Steve Chalmers CSC (1987) Renfrew

Steve Murray CSC. (1989) Castle Bar, Coleraine

Strabane No1 CSC. (1996) Greyhound Bar

Tain CSC. (1996) Railway Hotel

Tameside Emerald CSC. The Stamford Pub, Stalybridge

Tampa Bay CSC. Rose & Crown, Seminole

Teeside and Darlington CSC

Thringstone Bhoys CSC. Queens Head pub

Tollcross Shamrock CSC. Park Bar

Tom Boyd CSC. (1995) Donaghys Bar, Dungannon

Tommy Boyd CSC. (1987) Jack Daniels Bar, Motherwell

Tommy Gemmell No1 CSC. (1991) Sunbeam Bar, Derry

Torrance Shamrock CSC. (1994) Ledgate Lounge, Kirkintilloch

Tra Mhor CSC. Waterford

Tranent and District CSC. (1973) Tranent Snooker Club

Tribesman Galway CSC. (1994) Brennan's Bar, New Docks Galway

Tullygally Emerald CSC. (1986) Armagh

Tyrone No1 CSC, (1986) Dungannon

Uphall Shamrock CSC. (1980) Douglas Arms

Vancouver Barnet CSC. Barnet Hotel, Port Moody

Vale of Leven Emerald CSC. McCann's Bar

Wakefield No1 CSC. Bolands Bar, Union St

Warrington CSC. (1984) St Vincent's CC

Wearside CSC. (1994) Holy Rosary SC

West Cumbria CSC. (1988) Brow Top SC

Wigan St Patrick's CSC

William Harkins CSC. (1967) St Vincent St, Glasgow

William Thompson Provan CSC. (1976) Provenmill Inn

Willowford CSC. (1970) Cavendish Bar, Nitshill Rd

Woolwich CSC. Woolwich Catholic Club

Yokermill Road CSC. (1947) Logan Arms Clydebank