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Published on Thursday 8th August, 2013 by Celtic Trust

Information on and history of St Roch's FC

Mon The Roch!

With Celtic playing away in Dublin this weekend some of you might be looking to watch some football elsewhere. If so you could do worse than take yourself to Royston Road Glasgow and watch St Roch Juniors. They are playing Bellshill Athletic ko 2pm and on Monday 12th the opponents are Petershill Juniors ko 6.45pm

St Roch's has recently experienced some turbulent times but there is now a new committee in place whose members are dedicated to keeping St Roch's alive and bringing back the glory days.

The Celtic Trust is fully supporting their efforts and we intend to take collective membership when the members' lists open on Saturday.

For those of you have not heard about St Roch's and even for some of you who have below, there is a short history of this Club and its links with Celtic.

Incidentally their home 'St Roch's Park' has just been renamed 'James McGrory Park' 

Read on and all will become clear.

Mon the Roch!


After some considerable time as a somewhat poorly-run Club, an Annual General Meeting was held this past Tuesday 14 May 2013 at Provanmill Park, Glasgow and resulted in the election of new Office Bearers and a Committee for the 2013/14 season.

Among the aims of the new Committee, is to grow Club membership in order to keep the Club alive. Similarly to Celtic, St Roch's can trace our foundation to a man of the clergy as we were formed in the League of the Cross Halls in St Roch's Primary School, Royston Road, Garngad, Glasgow by Canon Edward Lawton in 1920.

Canon Lawton's dream was for St Roch's to become a feeder club for Celtic. Almost immediately, Canon Lawton's dream came to fruition as after helping us win our solitary Scottish Junior Cup in season 1921/22, James Edward McGrory of Millburn Street, Garngad signed for Celtic and went onto become the greatest goalscorer in British football history. Subsequently, a number of players went senior after starting with St Roch's, including Frank Brogan and his brother Jim.  In fact, it is sometimes said that Jim Brogan was the hardest player to ever wear a Celtic jersey.

In recent years, we have produced few senior players and informal links with Celtic were pretty much lost once Jock Stein replaced Jimmy McGrory as manager. Interestingly, Sir Robert Kelly once told a former President of ours that Celtic would never let St Roch's fold and paid an outstanding electricity bill for us in the early-1960s!

We have recently approached Celtic FC more in hope than expectation and received a very kind offer of a raffle donation which we will be accepting.  We are realistic enough to know that whilst Lennoxtown is open, the prospects of any junior team becoming any sort of nursery club are non-existent. The Club is not registered as a charity and the new Office Bearers are in the early process of redrafting the Club's constitution but in the spirit of community and charity which the Celtic Trust embraces, we would be much obliged to receive your valued support by way of collective or individual membership of St Roch's Football Club.

A £30 fee entitles members to free entry to all home league games (Cups excluded as there are Scottish Junior FA Rules regarding minimum gate-sharing amounts at Cup games) and voting rights at general meetings.


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