It’s an all Yorkshire affair in pre-season for us as we head to face Farsley Celtic away from home. Take a look at these ten things about the Celts before the game kicks off.
- Like FC Halifax Town, Farsley had to reform. This was in 2010 initially in as Farsley AFC. They reverted to Farsley Celtic FC later on and have kept that name ever since.
- When the club were reformed, they began life back in the Northern Counties East League for the 2010/11 season. They were promoted at the first time of asking.
- Farsley have remained at the same ground, however changed the name to the Citadel this summer, with the ground initially be known as Throstle Nest. This was all part of a club re-brand that took place following winning the Evo-Stik League Premier Division, gaining promotion to the National League North.
- The record home crowd for Farsley is 11,000. This was for an FA Cup first round tie in the 1974/75 season against Tranmere Rovers. The game wasn’t held at Throstle Nest, but at Elland Road to accommodate a higher crowd.
- As well as being home to Farsley Celtic, the Citadel as it is now known is the home of Albion Sports of the Northern Counties East League. Leeds United Ladies also used to play at the ground, however this deal was ended in 2013 having played there since 1989.
- The Celt Army have won the West Riding County Cup on twelve occasions in their entire history, most recently in the 2017/18 season.
- Celtic are managed by Adam Lakeland. He successfully guided Farsley to promotion last season with them leading the way for much of the second half of the season.
- Lakeland is assisted by Mark Bett with the goalkeeping coach being Gary Stokes. The physiotherapist is Gareth Liversedge and the kit manager is Nick Gill.
- Farsley was home to a member of Hunslet’s All Four Cups winning team in the 1907/08 in Rugby League. He was known as the ‘Farsley Flyer’.
- The town also has a famous name in cricket in the form of Raymond Illingworth, who was once the England captain. He used to play for the local cricket club, Farsley Cricket Club who play in Bradford League Division One.
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