In fond Memory of a Barrow Celtic Juniors record breaker

Barrow Celtic Juniors FC wishes to pass its condolences to the family of club stalwart Mike McParland Snr.

Mike Snr had been involved almost continuously with the club for over 50 years going back to 1953 when he started as an under 16. In his first game that season Barrow Celtic Juniors beat Roose 20 – 0 with Mike Snr becoming the first ever player to score 10 in a single game.

After his national service, he played for a time with Barrow AFC but he returned to Barrow Celtic following an injury and joined the open age team. It was shortly after this that he became the clubs secretary.

During the 1970s he spent 4 seasons coaching his sons up to under 16. After they moved up to the open age Mike assisted the coach and together they took the team to the North Western AFL championship.

Lifelong friend and current Barrow Celtic Juniors Chairman Dennis Boyd said “He was a terrific person, and a great family man. Mike was a brilliant sportsman, and as a footballer he was quick, fearless and a great goal-scorer. He was an inspirational player. He was as thorough a person behind the scenes, with paperwork and preparation, as anybody I have ever worked with. He was a good friend.”

In tribute to Mike, this years Under 7 team will wear shirts bearing the McParland family name.

Winners at Boys Presentation Night

This years Boys Presentation night has just taken place with many winners across numerous categories.

The club wish to thank everyone for their hard work and support over the year and give congratulations to all the winners.

Under 9s

Coaches Player of the Year…Ethen Kendall
Players Player of the Year…Dale Creswell
Top Goal Scorer…Brandon Cross
Key Player…Mkell Silver
Most Improved…Harry Wilson
Runner up…Alex Hackett
Runner up…Kian O’neill
Runner up…Alfie Beatty
Runner up…Alfie Thomas

Well done also to Under 9s Manager Mike Cross who won Boys Coach of the Year.

Under 10s

As well as the awards winners, manager, Chris Grisdale wishes to thank all of the parents for their support, it really is appreciated.

Players Player of the Year….Connor Hartle
Coach`s Player of the Year….Zach Downing
Most effective forward and top goalscorer….Aiden Woodend
Game Changer….Cohan Sefil
Best Newcomer….Ben Balmer
Best Defender/tackler….Jack Gower
Best passing/crossing/assists…Keaton Grydziuszko
Most improved Player….Bailey Wright
Best Team Player……Kendall Ross

Under 12s

Most improved player…Oliver Ramsey
Clubman…Erin Lightfoot
Players Player of the Year…Finley Dutton-Rosconie
Key Player…Sam Frazer-Knight
Coaches Player of the Year…Ryan Frazer-Knight

Full photo album

Club Shop launched

Club ShopBarrow Celtic Juniors Launches Online Shop

Barrow Celtic Juniors FC are delighted to announce the launch of the new online shop. The shop, powered by Pendle, sells a wide range of approved Barrow Celtic Juniors products that can be used for training and matches. The products are customizable and a range is also available for managers and coaches. There is also the option to purchase playing kit and the ability for our sponsors to make purchases too.

The launch of the shop and products supports the boards aim of creating a club identity, helping parents, players and coaches avoid confusion when purchasing garments and inspires pride for the club in all those that wear the items.

To start purchasing your garments the shop can be found at

Good day for Barrow Celtic Juniors on Walney

The Under 9 boys created the best news of the day for the club finishing runners up in their age group. Four goals from Brandon Cross in the group stages saw the side finish with 2 defeats, a draw and a win, meaning they made it to the semi finals on goal difference.

A goal from Dale Creswell and a further two from Brandon Cross, with his second coming with only 20 seconds of extra time remaining saw the side past Furness Cavaliers and into the final 3-2.

Whitehaven were the opponents in the final but unfortunately the Under 9s were narrowly beaten 1-0.Barrow Celtic Juniors Under 9s on WalneyBarrow Celtic Juniors Under 9s on Walney








The Under 12s finished their group undefeated after Jack Osman with a well placed finish gave them a victory over Ulverston Rangers. This was followed with draws against Furness Rovers, Vickerstown Vale and Park and finally Workington. This saw them team finish 3rd in the group and earn a semi final place against Vickerstown.

A fiercely contested match saw Workington emerge victorious with a 2-0 win.

This result means that the Under 12s have finished in the top four of all of this seasons galas.







The Under 10s also competed and managed to hold the eventual winners to a 1-1 draw thanks to an incredible performance from goalkeeper Zac.








Well done to all our teams who took part throughout the day.

Under 12s finish as runners up at Holker

Under 12s beaten in final of Holker Old Boys Gala

The Under 12s improved on their 3rd place finish in the Holker Street Sixes by finishing as runners up at Rakesmoor Lane on Sunday.

After going 3 games unbeaten in the group stage, the team had to win their final game against Barrow Wanderers by 4 goals to ensure a place in the semi finals. Goals from Erin Lightfoot, Jack Osman, Ryan Frazer-Knight and Sam Frazer-Knight secured the semi final place against group 1 winners Furness Rovers.

The semi final was a tense affair with Celtic losing the toss and being made to play up hill. A headed goal by Sam Frazer-Knight from Jack Osmans long throw put Celtic into the lead. The goal scorer then used his head at the other end, clearing multiple crosses and shots from the Furness Rovers players. The game was put beyond doubt when the referee, after careful consideration, judged that Ryan Frazer-Knight’s smartly taken corner had gone through the inside of the side netting.

The final was played against Holker Old Boys Stags with Celtic this time playing down hill and they took an early lead through Jack Osman. The lead didn’t last too long with Holker hitting back almost immediately and then taking the lead. Ryan Frazer-Knight forced the game into extra time with his equalizer.

Extra time was played with two halves of 5 minutes. Celtic were unable to find the goal and unfortunately succumed to the Holker counter attack in the second half. The game ending 3-2.

The club were also represented at the tournament on Saturday by the Under 8s, 9s and 10s.

Boys Presentations


Barrow Celtic Juniors Football ClubBarrow Celtic Juniors Boys Presentation Evening

Everyone is welcome to attend The Soccer Bar on Friday 23rd June at 7.30pm.

Entry is free for players, £1 for non playing children and £2 for adults.

Pie and Peas will be being served at £3 each and are available in Meat and Potato and Cheese and Onion. Both varieties are available Gluten Free on request. Please pre order and pay for your pie and peas with your team manager before 16th June.

Hot Dogs and goodie bags will be sold on the night.

If you would like to donate a raffle prize, please hand it to your team manager. Any donations would be greatly appreciated.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Girls Presentations

Barrow Celtic Juniors Football ClubBarrow Celtic Juniors Girls Presentation Evening

Everyone welcome to attend The Soccer Bar on Friday 16th June at 7.30pm.

Entry is free for players, £1 for non playing children and £2 for adults.

If you would like to donate a raffle prize, please hand it to your coach. Any donations would be greatly appreciated.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Open Age Women accepted to County League

Lancashire FABarrow Celtic Juniors have a new open age womens team. The team competed this season as Under 16 Girls and finished 4th in their league. With no options locally to compete as an open age team next season, the team applied to the Lancashire FA to join the Lancashire FA Womens County League.

Representatives from the club attended the League’s AGM on Thursday night to present their application which was accepted by the member clubs.

This means that the team will be competing against the likes of Bolton Wanderers, Burnley and Wigan.

Congratulations girls, everyone at the club wishes you the very best in your upcoming season.