Direct from the “Town’s” archive, read the programme notes about our first match against Scottish opposition and the first time any team from Celtic has played here!
Under 15 Challenge Match – Enniskillen Town Colts v Glasgow Celtic
Saturday 23rd September 1995. Kick Off 10.30am at Lakeland Forum, Enniskillen.
Souvenir Brochure Price = £1.00
Enniskillen Town Colts v Glasgow Celtic!!! A pipedream! A flight of fancy! A figment of the imagination! Two months ago maybe. Not this morning though as we are privileged to play host to playersand officials from that most famous of Scottish Clubs – a club which has a very special place in the affections of Irish soccer fans.
We welcome the Celtic party to Enniskillen and hope that they enjoy their brief stay. It is a special day for us in that it is their first ever visit to these parts, our first match against Scottish opposition and the first time any team from Celtic has played here.
Today our Under 15 players are the envy of young players everywhere who aspire to have the opportunity to pit their skills against players from top clubs such as Celtic and I am delighted to be associated with an event which has turned that aspiration into reality for our youngsters.
I congratulate all the players on their selection and look forward to the game which I hope will be played in a manner befitting the best traditions of “Town” and Celtic – full of skill, endeavour and good sportsmanship.
The club is indebted to the primary match sponsors, Fuels & Lubricants and Belleek Pottery and secondary sponsors as follows: The Railway Hotel, Fermanagh District Council, Ink Spot and McCaffrey Brothers. The club is appreciative of Michael Reid who has kindly sponsored awards for the Colts’ players and Pat Blake who has kindly sponsored the match football. The Club owes a great debt to Gerry Cassidy, Celtic’s Irish Co-Ordinator of Scouting, without whom this game could not have been staged. Thanks are extended to the match officials, stewards, ballboys, sellers of the souvenir brochure, parents, supporters and indeed anyone who has contributed to what promises to be a marvellous occasion.
Today’s visit will no doubt be savoured by the Club’s Youth Development Officer John Illand whose name has been synonymous with underage football within the Club for the past decade. Never in his wildest dreams could he have envisaged his own charges playing against a team from the Club he has passionately supported since childhood. Dreams do come true. Enjoy your day John.
Enniskillen Town United FC.
On behalf of the Management Committee of Enniskillen Town United F.C I would like to extend a very warm welcome to the Officials and Under 15 players of Glasgow Celtic on this historic occasion – the first ever visit by a team from the famous Glasgow Club to County Fermanagh.
Great excitement and anticipation has been in evidence throughout the Club since the Celts’ arrival was announced and thanks are due to our Club Secretary, Gerard Connolly and Youth Development Officer John Illand whose bold initiative has enabled the staging of a fixture unprecedented locally.
Both clubs have proved that a successful youth policy is the cornerstone of a successful club and it is pleasing to note that both clubs have restructured their approaches to the game as a whole with the adoption of structures which encourage the development of young players by participation in small sided non-competitive games.
The most important thing for all the players this morning will be taking part in the game itself and I congratulate them on being selected to represent their respective clubs. I wish both teams well and I look forward to a most enjoyable and sporting match which hopefully will lay the foundations for further such games in the future!
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the local businesses which not only have advertised in this souvenir brochure, but which also support our club throughout the year.
Enniskillen Town United FC.
The Celtic View
I am delighted to have been asked to contribute an article for inclusion in today’s programme. I wish to begin by expressing a sincere thank you to Enniskillen Town Colts for inviting our Under 15 team to visit County Fermanagh. Having already sampled Irish hospitality during my spell as manager of Sligo Rovers, I am certain that the Celtic party will receive a warm and generous welcome.
The fact that today’s game is taking place at all is a testimony to “Town’s” standing within youth football circles. They are widely acknowledged as an innovative and progressive club, who place great emphasis on their youth policy. Today’s game is a fitting recognition of the contribution made by people such as Gerry Connolly, John Illand and Paul Keaveney to this concept within the club.
I am pleased to learn that the club have pioneered mini-football within the county as we at Celtic are firm advocates of the ‘small game’. I am convinced that this is the way forward for young players, and I applaud “Town” for their initiative.
In conclusion, I wish to thank everyone who has assisted in the planning and staging of today’s game. It is a historic occasion and one which I hope will be remembered for a long time. Enjoy the game.
Head of Youth Development
Glasgow Celtic F.C.
Recently I was asked about my football memories – my first match, the best goal, who influenced me, my favourite player, etc. All of my memories revolved around the Celtic.
The first match I saw was a Scottish Cup Semi-Final at Hampden Park in 1955. Celtic won 2-0 and John McPhail scored both goals.
The best goal was Billy McNeill’s last minute winner against Vojvodina in the European Cup in Celtic’s year of glory – 1967. Jock Stein (who else) was the biggest influence. I met and spoke with him only three times by he had presence.
My favourite player – choose from Charlie Tully, Willie Fernie, Bobby Murdock, Jimmy Johnstone, Kenny Dalglish, Danny McGrain, Paul McStay and John Collins.
When asked about my favourite local memory I stated that seeing “Town” Colts under 12’s first turning out in “the hoops” took a lot of beating. However, today’s match is a dream I can hardly believe.
I welcome Celtic’s Under 15 squad to Enniskillen and look forward to a great match. Our boys are thrilled to be playing such illustrious opponents and win, lose or draw we are proud to be taking part in such a match. In the words of the Celtic song – “For we only know that there’s going to be a show, and the Glasgow Celtic will be there.”
Youth Development Officer.
Enniskillen Town Colts Squad List (Sky Blue Shirts, White Shorts)
Dean Farry – 30.10.1980 – St Joseph’s Secondary School. Elusive little player with good close control he can cause problems for most defenders. He is a creator rather than a scorer of goals.
Barry Fee – 24.07.1980 – St Michael’s College. Strong running effective front player with a direct style he is a consistent rather than a prolific goalscorer. A very bright young prospect.
Ronan Gallagher – 27.07.1981 – St Michael’s College. A keen, competitive defender who covers and tackles well. He has made rapid strides in the past eighteen months.
Gareth Johnston – 01.12.1980 – St Joseph’s Secondary School. A dominant and commanding central defencer in the air and on the ground. Very useful at set pieces.
Niall Keenan – 02.04.1981 – St Michael’s College. Creative midfielder who has an astute football brain and is a neat, tidy player on the ball. Shows natural leadership qualities.
Shane McCabe – 21.12.1981 – St Michael’s College. A very quick and skilful forward with an eye for goal. His all out effort and never say die spirit inspires others. Youngest player on the team.
Ryan McCluskey – 02.06.1981 – St Michael’s College. Constructive attacking midfielder who has the ability to score very special goals. An invaluable contributor to the team’s performance.
Peter McElduff – 08.04.1981 – St Michael’s College. A decisive and assured defender he is ideally suited to the sweeper role. He reads the game well and rarely makes mistakes.
Dermot McKeogh – 05.08.1981 – St Joseph’s Secondary School. A competent goalkeeper who works very hard at his game. His remarkable reflexes enable him to make some outstanding saves.
Gavin McManus – 29.12.1980 – St Michael’s College. A versatile player who is capable of operating effectively in several positions. He can score goals or prevent others from doing so.
Paul Melanaphy – 13.07.1981 – St Aidan’s High School. An unassuming hard working midfielder who loves to go forward. He has impressed all with his commitment.
Emmet Monaghan – 17.01.1981 – St Michael’s College. A very competitive defender who enjoys making positive forward runs. An inspirational player.
Christopher Murphy – 08.12.1980 – St Michael’s College. A wholehearted competitive midfielder who consistently turns in high quality performances. Has a determined positive attitude.
Mark Presley – 02.03.1981 – St Michael’s College. A stylish defender who loves to attack. He has good positional sense and tackles well.
Richard Reid – 02.01.1981 – St Joseph’s Secondary School. A consistent and reliable goalkeeper. He is an excellent shot stopper, handles the ball well and has a prodigious kick.
Barry Smith – 14.09.1981 – St Josephs Secondary School. A resourceful utility player who is equally impressive in defence or attach. An intelligent thoughtful player.
Glasgow Celtic Squad List (Green/White Hooped Shirts, White Shorts)
Mark Burchill – Striker 18.08.1980. Has good pace and is part of a good partnership. Strong on his left side he has a good scoring rate.
Mark Cocozza – Right Back. Known as ‘Coco’ amongst the boys, is a fullback who likes to get forward to support the attack.
Barry John Corr – Goalkeeper – 13.01.1981. Known as “Beejay” amongst the boys he has a good pair of hands and is a good shot stopper.
Stephen Crainey – Left Back – 22.06.1981. He likes to build the play up from the back, has good vision and a lovely left foot.
Lawrence Haggart – Striker – 31.01.1981. “Haggs” as he is known amongst the boys has good pace and is a prolific goalscorer.
Joseph Hayes – Left Wing – 01.12.1980. Joe is comfortable in any of the forward positions, has good skills and is very creative. Likes to take opponents on and scores his share of goals.
Scott Kellacher – Centre Half – 05.12.1980. Scott is the organiser of the defence and talks well, has good pace and uses the ball well.
Kevin McBride – Right Wing. Known as “Barra” amongst the boys he has plenty of skill and potential. He is the youngest player in the aquad and as such is being nursed along carefully.
Alister McCallum – Midfield – 15.02.1981. Alister has played both in midfield and full back and gives us additional strength in these areas. Works hard and links well with other players.
Brian McColligan – Midfield – 31.10.1980. Brian gives us a good balance in midfield, being particularly strong on his left side. Loves to attach and get amongst the goals.
John Paul McGovern – Right Wing – 31.10.1980. John Paul is a chirpy character with a good degree of skill and he is comfortable on the ball with either foot.
Tadg Moriarty – Right Back – 28.09.1980. Tadg likes to get forward and support the forwards. Makes good use of the ball.
Stephen Murray – Centre Half – 24.08.1980. Known as “Cumnock” amongst the boys as he comes from that part of Ayrshire. Strong commanding centre half who likes to go forward for set pieces.
Kevin O’Brien – Midfield – 14.08.1980. Trialist Kevin is a wholehearted player with a good turn of pace. He is currently training with the Republic of Ireland Under 15 Squad.
Jamie Smith – Midfield – 20.11.1980. Known as “Smiddy” amongst the boys he works tirelessly in midfield. Strong player who supports well from midfield and scores his share of the goals.