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Our Club was formed in 1969 by a few local Irish and Irish Americans, and at that time was known as the San Francisco G.A.A. Minor Board. The original purpose of the Club was to teach Gaelic football to the youth of San Francisco. This noble endeavor was carried on for 2 or 3 years.
However, as the youngsters were going to Catholic Grammar Schools they eventually became involved in C.Y.O. (Catholic Youth Organization) sports, especially in the soccer programs. Most of the Irish American boys excelled in this sport and this had a great influence on the Club.
The original committee and members of the Club were: Sean McNulty, Denis O'Connor, Kevin McCormack, Sean Connefry, Dan Sheehan, John Callan, Dan Boyle, Neil Hogan, Joe Kearney, Tony Furlong, Mike O'Driscol, Dan McCarthy, Mike Carr, Jim Fogarty, Chris McGarregor and Joe O'Driscol.
In 1971, our Club decided to enter a team in the P.A.L. (Police Athletic League) competition. That team's great success changed the whole outlook of our Club. In 1972, we voted to try and enter teams in all age groups in P.A.L. competition, and we found it to be the proper direction.
In 1980, a big undertaking was begun. That being the forming of a senior team and applying to the San Francisco Soccer Football League to have a team in the 4th division. At this time, a new name was chosen for our Club; The San Francisco Celtic Soccer Club. The new bye-laws adapted then, cover the same principals as we started out with in 1969. Many long hours of planning went into this task, and after having dances and raffles to raise the funds necessary to cover referee fees, insurance, jerseys, soccer balls and league fees, we were on our way.
Today the Celtic Soccer Club can boast of three teams. There are two men's teams, one in the Major Division and one in Division One of the San Francisco Soccer Football League. Our women's team play in the Premier Division of the Golden Gate Women's Soccer League. Our teams are made up of former youth internationals, pros, semi-pros, USISL, D1/D2 college players and recreational players.
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