Players And Managers Lend Support To Celtic’s Disability Team
Monday 24th July 2017 @ 12:14 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Stalybridge Celtic’s disability team reflected on a successful season at the Player Awards presentation last week.

The ceremony took place during the half-time break of Celtic’s pre-season friendly victory over FC United of Manchester at Bower Fold.

The winners were presented with their trophies by Stalybridge Celtic Foundation Trustee, and Club Sponsor, Mary Gibbons. The winners were as follows:

Player of the Year (voted by Disability Team players) – Sam Jackson

Sportsperson of the Year – Craig Holowyczk

Most Improved Player of the Year – Adam Morris

Manager of the Season – Lee Barrowclough

The disability team were hosting the FC United of Manchester team in a return friendly match, having made the trip over to Moston a few weeks earlier, to play at Broadhurst Park.

Looking to get a win after the previous 4-1 defeat, the team did well just losing out 8-5 on the night. The match was split in to three fifteen minute matches, with again, some great football on display by both teams.

Disability players, Michael Bethwaite and Jenny Threadgold, took on the managerial roles, with Michael Adams volunteering to referee.

After the match, both teams had a team photo with their respective first teams and settled into watch the main event.

Reflecting on the occasion, community development officer, Mike Smith said: “A big thank you to Manager, Steve Burr and Assistant, Keith Briggs, along with the rest of the backroom staff and players for showing support for our Disability Team on the pitch at Bower Fold prior to the recent pre-season friendly v FC United of Manchester”.

The disability team will be back at Bower Fold on Tuesday 8th August 2017 for the signing on event, Team Photo and training sessions, then weekly training each Tuesday, 6pm to 7pm at Ashton 6th Form College, ready for the Ability Counts League fixtures which start over in Stockport in October.