Saturday, December 28, 2013

Badge of the Day #52 (Stalybridge Celtic)

Today’s badge from the collection features another ornate crest in the form of that representing Stalybridge Celtic, very near neighbours of recently-featured Mossley (matches between whom constitute the great ‘Manchester’ derby) & another of the truly wonderful, romantic, ‘redolent’ names of non-League football, which they have been throughout almost their entire history although they did choose to grace the Football League for two seasons in the early 1920s before taking the massively mistaken decision to resign their place.
Whatever, & at whichever level of the pyramid the club might be playing, the name Stalybridge Celtic resonates & bestrides the football globe, at least as considered from the vantage point of TOoT, as this neat little piece of physical contextualization juxtaposes their badge beside those of Ferencváros & Atlético Madrid, comfortably existing on the same plane & within the same orbit of favoured teams.

In terms of current fortunes, this season the ‘Bridge are bobbing along in the lower half of the Conference North table, which could be better, & today saw the team go down, disappointingly, to a 2 – 3 defeat at home to Colwyn Bay, although that might be considered something of an improvement on Boxing Day’s archetypal ‘too much Christmas pudding’ 0 – 5 tonking at Altrincham: let’s hope for a happier new year…

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