ARDROSSAN CELTIC FOOTBALL CLUB 1901-1913
The Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald of 15 March 1901 carried the report below.
ARDROSSAN CELTIC 3 - TROON PORTLAND 0
Ardrossan can boast of another football club which promises to be a rival to the Winton Rovers. The new combination will be known as Ardrossan Celtic and on Saturday (9 March 1901) the 'bhoys' tried conclusions with Troon Portland at Caledonian Park. The Celts won the match by three goals to nil.
That game would have been played on a field in Montgomerie Street opposite Kilmahew House whose site is now occupied by the Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Service.
In a report on a match between Ardrossan Celtic and Winton Rovers on 20 April
1901, the Ardrossan, Saltcoats and Stevenston Standard of 27 April 1901 reported
that Ardrossan Celtic 'have at length secured a field. They have christened
it North Crescent Park. It is behind the Caledonian Station. It will be opened
some night next week.'.
Views of North Crescent Park are shown above.
The Ardrossan, Saltcoats and Stevenston Standard, in the same report, mentioned that 'Celtic got their photos taken on Saturday (20 April 1901) by Mr W J Scott, Ardrossan, before the game and afterwards drove to the ground in a brake with a few supporters.'. The photo is shown below.
Players mentioned in newspaper reports around the time the photo was taken are Aitken, J Donnelly, A Gillies, J Hunter, McCulloch, A McIntyre, D McKiernon, McKillop, A McKinnon, T McLauchland, McLaughlin, R Pettigrew, H Reid, W Tait, J Taylor, Tyre and J Welsh who was the goalkeeper. The shirt colours are green and white. If you can identify any players in the photo, please contact the website author.
Another Ardrossan Celtic Football Club played one game in 1896.