Common among supporters of English teams is the belief that no one outside of Scotland gives two shits about Scottish football and even that teams like Charlton or Fulham are bigger than Celtic. We know how ridiculous that is so here is a list of the many places in London (and a bit further afield) that are dedicated to watching Celtic. Some are official Celtic Supporters Clubs while others are long established or particularly memorable for some reason that have shown the games and become ‘Celtic Pubs’. We’re not going to add every single Celtic friendly pub as despite pubs closing at an alarming rate London is still full of Irish boozers that may show Celtic games but these are the ones where catching the game is guaranteed.
UPDATED 16th OCTOBER 2020
Included in each section is a link to well known Web-Sites that review pubs. These tend to have good maps and details of how to get there and give a flavour of what the pub is generally about. Ignore 95% of the actual reviews on these sites because if you care that some middle class tit thinks that such and such a place is run down or scruffy just because he couldn’t get his favourite wine then you’re in the wrong place. While I may agree that its a shame most serve Real Ales its people that make pubs not nice carpets and all these come with a special guarantee… a Celtic guarantee!
A new supporters club has been formed out of the ashes of the auld Bhoys Of Ilford CSC. It will be called the Brother Walfrid CSC and will represent East London based in Stratford and Dalston.
We want to add disabled access so leave a comment if the Club or bar you attend does.
Although most pubs are open these days please remember to practice social distancing as best you can.
Most of these places are operating on a reduced capacity and so entry is restricted to members or by ticket so be sure to check with the venue if you will be able to get in or if you need to book in advance.
As is usual these days most things happen on Facebook and these are a pretty lively bunch that you can pick up any bit of information you may need. Not much to say except its yer typical FB group so all the good and bad bits of FB apply. Just click to join and get involved in the discussion. Members are based all over London and the South-East and everything is covered. Has taken a while to get established but for new Celts to the area this should be your first port of call.
London Celtic Supporters FacebookPage
The Underground Celtic Supporters Club was formed in the summer of 2001 by workers for London Underground (now Transport For London) and welcomes anyone who is Republican Socialist orientated, Anti-Fascist, Anti-Racist and Anti-Sectarian. We have no allegiance to Queen or Pope – just to Celtic! The club is based at The Cock Tavern, 23 Phoenix Road, Euston, London, NW1 1HB (Phone: 07785 501807) which is only a couple of minutes walk round the corner from Euston station making it possibly the most accessible CSC in the whole of the South-East not just London. A traditional Somers Town pub that does a lot for charity. Popular with the local estate and staff from nearby trade union offices including the RMT whose banner adorns the rear bar. Of late the property
vultures developers have set their sights on The Cock Tavern due to its fantastic location but against all the odds Sheila at the pub with help from legions of supporters has resisted the attempt to turn the areas last remaining working class boozer into badly needed yuppie flats.
There’s an interesting interview with the club’s founder members on the TIOCFAIDH AR LA Celtic and Ireland fanzine web-site here.
The Hayes Bhoys CSC (also known as The Bobby Murdoch CSC) has been established for well over ten years now and is based at Captain Morgans Bar, 9 Clayton Road, Harlington, Hayes, West London UB3 1AX (Phone: 07850 102961) They show ALL Celtic games on big screen and numerous plasmas. We have access to ESPN, Setanta, PoleSat, BBC Scotland and Sky Sports ensuring that EVERY Celtic game is screened! We show ALL St.Pauli games too!
Captain Morgans is just a hop, skip and a jump (or one minute walk) from Hayes and Harlington BR station which is only fifteen minutes by train from Paddington. Wll worth checking out bring a bottle of Buckfast for sharing if you can. Also only ten minutes from Heathrow airport if you’re a Tim stopping off in London! Entry of course is FREE!
Celtic Football Club was founded in 1888 on a charitable basis and proceeds from their games were used to give the needy children in Glasgow’s East End, at least one square meal a day. Although times have changed, our supporters’ club (based in Brentford, west London), has carried on this tradition supporting many local charities including the local branches of Help The Aged, Mencap and The Royal Princess Trust For Carers for over four years. Our new charity is Lindon Bennett School for severely handicapped children.
The West London Celtic Supporters’ Club was founded in 1996 over quite a few beers in The New Inn, Brentford, west London. That remained our home for 16 years before moving to our new home at Royal Horse Guardsman, 23 Ealing Road, Brentford, Middlesex TW8 0JU (Phone: 020 8568 2122) in December 2010. It’s here we aim to show every game possible with Celtic minded people where a warm welcome awaits you.
One of London’s oldest Celtic Supporters Clubs (established 1996). Throughout the years we have had many trips to Scotland Europe and Ireland. All the top bands such as Wolfe Tones, Irish Brigade, Charlie And The Bhoys, Spirit Of Freedom, Saoirse, Blackstairs Rebel, Bible Code Sundays, Damien Quinn, Gary Og, Shebeen among others have played functions for us. Now based at Frostys Bar, 404 Kenton Road, Harrow, London HA3 9DW (Phone: 07475 170674) since it opened in July 2017. We welcome new members £10 membership and £5 for Under-18/OAP’s. Directions to Frostys- 183 bus goes past the pub and is just a few minutes from Kenton Road overground or Harrow on the Hill tube station or a short walk from Northwick Park tube station. We promise to show every Celtic game and if we can’t we will tell you beforehand. They also run the highly successful Harrow Bhoys football team (see below). Hail Hail.
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The Emerald Celtic Supporters Club meet at Connolly’s Bar, 450 Chiswick High Rd, London W4 5TT (Phone: 020 8994 3980). The nearest tube is Chiswick Park on the District line but is easily accessible from a few different tube lines. They have no social media and a bit far for me so I don’t know a lot about this CSC so if anyone can supply a few lines please get in touch.
Formerly based at The Kingdom pub in the heart of Irish London in Kilburn at 229 Kilburn High Road, London, NW6 7JG. When the famous pub closed (it is now a Vince Power owned small music venue called The Fiddler) they have moved out but I recommend checking out the new pub if you’re in the area though it’s fair to say their are better Irish pubs in the area. The Spirit Of 67 are now based at The Mazenod Social Club, Mazenod Rd (just off Quex Road), Kilburn, London NW6. Excellent transport links with loads of buses and nearest tubes are West Hampstead, Kilburn and Kilburn Park and also West Hampstead (Thameslink) and Brondesbury and Kilburn High Road (National Rail). All stations are a 5-10 minute walk.
Most of the Celtic activity is in west London which reflects an obvious change in the demographics of the Irish community in London . The Harrow Shamrock is the newest of the Supporters Clubs in London and is based at O’Donnells Bar (formerly Hennessys), 399 Northolt Rd, Harrow, London HA2 8JE (Phone: 020 8864 3917). Nearest tube station Northolt Park and nearest Overground is South Harrow, Bus Routes 140, 395, 398, 487.
Sad to say that my auld haunt The Yucatan on Stoke Newington Road is losing favour among the many Celtic supporters in North-East London BUT the good news is that the Bhoys have moved just down the road a bit towards Dalston Junction to Molly Blooms which is run by one of the brothers who also run The Yucatan. Not strictly a Supporters Club more just a gathering of supporters and friends but a friendly bunch who also welcome the Brother Walfrid CSC when their venue further East is unable to show Celtic games. Formerly the New Brewery Tap it changed it’s name to Molly Blooms, 525 Kingsland Road, Hackney, London E8 4AR and is a down to earth old school Irish boozer. You can get the Overground to Dalston Junction, turn right out the station and the pub is a very short walk down the road. It is also only a short walk from Hackney Downs station too.
East London has been crying out for a new Celtic Supporters Club and now we have the Brother Walfrid East London CSC, the newest CSC on the block which has been put together during Lockdown by the former Bhoys of Ilford CSC.
Formed in July 2020 the club HQ is The Carpenters Arms, 17 Carpenters Road, Stratford, London E15 2JH just a short walk from Stratford station. The pub is primarily a West Ham pub so when the Hammers are playing, check that the games don’t clash but if they do, the Bhoys transfer to Molly Blooms (see directly above) in Dalston, Hackney.
Contact the club on their new Facebook page (growing fast!) for the Clubs new patches and badges.
Founded in 1997 the Wimbledon CSC are based at The South London Irish Centre, 138-140 Hartfield Road, Wimbledon, London SW19 3TG (Phone: 020 8543 0608) It’s about ten minutes walk from Wimbledon train and tube station which links to many, many places both in South-West London and further out in Surrey. If you know your trams then you can virtually see Merton Park from the centre’s door!
The South London Irish Centre is a great community run venue and very welcoming! The front bar shows all Irish sports and while the CSC occupies the huge backroom where they show the Celtic matches and the CSC are hoping to have bands on after games in the near future. Cheap beer, the Celts, a warm welcome, Tayto’s and packets of Barry’s on sale. £3 charity donation for non members. New members are always welcome!
The Bhoys of Croydon Celtic Supporters Club were formed in 2000.
After a fair bit of inactivity (the club has been plagued by pub closures) looking for a new venue to watch games they have finally settled in the family friendly Railway Tavern, 401 Southend Lane, Sydenham, London SE26 5BH (across from the Sainsbury’s superstore). A newish Celtic friendly pub run by Turkish brothers. They put on a good spread of free grub – Turkish stew, filled rolls, etc – at half time for big matches. Rebel songs before and after matches and maybe 50/60 fans for the bigger games. Nearest station is Lower Sydenham.
Another decent Celtic pub in Sydenham is The Pavilion, 325 Kirkdale, Sydenham, London SE26 4QB (formerly The Railway). Has a good weekend crowd for games and is right beside Sydenham tube station. WhatPub
The Tooting Tims are a small informal group of Celtic Supporters that originally started off in Tooting but are now also based at The Railway Tavern (see Bhoys Of Croydon above) but retain the name Tooting Tims.
Tooting Tims Twitter
Formed in 2009 right in the heart of Camden. They are based at The Sheephaven Bay, 2 Mornington Street, Camden Town NW1 7QD (Phone: 020 7380 1323) One street back from bustling Camden High Street and sort of opposite Mornington Crescent tube. Though beware I’ve got lost heading there several times even though its only a few minutes walk! A real piece of Erin in the middle of London. I’ve always found it a lovely pub with very friendly staff and customers but rules of the pub state NO rebel songs. Loads of screens and if there’s a game on the telly and they can get it it will be on.
The Wood Green Bhoys meet at the long established Irish bar Monaghan’s Tavern, 239 High Rd, Wood Green, London N22 8HF (Phone: 020 8888 6413) opposite Wood Green tube but as the pub has become somewhat unpredictable for games with not opening for early matches and a poor Internet stream, which kept cutting out just before we scored most of the Bhoys and Ghirls now head over to Gertie Brownes in East Finchley but there’s still a few that turn up and it’s still a pretty decent pub for a pint if you passing. Owned by popular Irish singer Seamus Moore.
Having moved on from Wood Green to East Finchley to Gertie Brownes. Plenty of Irish bars in the area but if you prefer old school darkly lit pubs with working class Irish fellas watching horse racing then this may be the CSC for you. Lots of screens even the booths have them inset! A relatively new addition to the Celtic scene in London its a unpretentious Irish pub with a warm welcome and super Guinness and has also a subscription to Celtic TV which many here do not. Gertie Brownes, 95 High Road, East Finchley, London N2 8AG (Phone: 020 8883 1506) and just a short direct walk up the road from East Finchley tube station.
East Finchley CSC WhatPub
There’s plenty of choice around the outskirts of London too with some of these the most active in the whole of the south of England. If you know of any worth including then leave a comment with all the information you can.
The Ramsgate Emerald Celtic Supporters Club welcome all locals and those on holiday to pop along to the Elephant And Castle, 8-10 Hereson Road, Ramsgate, Kent CT11 7DP (Phone: 01843 593046) to join us and watch the Bhoys. Ramsgate is a seaside town in the district of Thanet in east Kent, England and we have members dotted around the Kent area so if you need instruction of how to join us, or want to meet up on the journey please ask and we’ll get in touch.
Anyone of any colour, creed, race, religion, age, gender or ability is welcome, as the Celtic mission details.
Ramsgate station is just a short ten minute walk from the Elephant And Castle.
Another Supporters Club by the seaside which welcomes all holiday makers or day trippers to B-Right-On’s premier Irish boozer. The Brighton Celtic Supporters Club meet at Molly Malones, 57 West Street, Brighton BN1 2RA for televised Celtic matches. The club have a private room downstairs, with a large screen and bar. Live music every night and its open till the early hours of the morning for those with either the stamina or you young ones.
NEW Club Badges for Sale! £3 each, with all profits going to charity. Email email@example.com
There has been a Celtic Supporters Club in Reading for over thirty years, having moved from pub to pub in the area as landlords and club members changed. The Martin O’Neill CSC was formed in season 2005/06 and meet regularly at The Gateway, 31 Greyfriars Road, Reading RG1 1PA. The pub is just on the outskirts of the city centre and only a short walk from the railway station. You are welcome to telephone 0118 9590376 on match days to find out if the games on.
Had a couple of very nice evenings in here and even played host to Flogging Molly after they had played Sub 89. Shows all Irish sports and only sells southern Irish Tayto’s!
If you in the area be sure to drop into the Reading Irish Centre, 96-104 Chatham Street, Reading too and get some Barrys Tea and a decent Guinness.
The Worthing Spirit Of 67 Celtic Supporters Club meet at Cheers ll, 2b Anne Street, Central Worthing BN11 1NX. A small intimate bar situated right next to the Guilbourne Centre. All BT Sport games and Sky sports games involving Celtic will be shown live. For any Pompey Celts looking for company then the 700 bus from Brighton to Portsmouth stops two minutes walk from Cheers Bar and Worthing railway station is only ten mins walk.
Holidaymakers or anyone in the area on match days are welcome but to make sure the game is definitely on contact the Supporters Club first on Facebook.
A Celtic Supporters Club based in Maidenhead close to Windsor, founded in the mid-ninety’s and in it’s prime around 2002/2003 when they had around seventy members who would come to the pub to cheer the Bhoys on. The club is run by Tam O’Kane and is based at The Pond House, 53 Bath Rd, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 4AL for the last two years. The club has around thirty members with fifteen + regularly watching every game. The Pond House is just a 20 minute walk from Maidenhead Railway station. The club has several pilgrimages every season to Glasgow and can take twenty or so up. Most go up more often in smaller groups and travel further a field when possible. Cracking club for any Celts out there who are in the area and want to watch the game or have moved close by. All are welcome.
After being homeless for approximately four seasons (previously out of O’Connells and Shipwrights in Chatham) this great little Celtic Supporters Club has found a new home which looks to be a perfect fit. The new base will be at St Mary’s Irish Social Club on Belmont Rd Gillingham, Kent ME7 5JB (Phone: 01634 573032) it’s less than ten minutes walk from the train station . . It’s a great venue for a supporters club with the large hall for bigger games and the small bar at the rear for when it’s less busy.
This will be the guys first season in their new home so they need to bed in with the regulars and club committee but the responsive so far has been very positive. They are currently on a big drive for new members to help them get established.
Follow them on Twitter or their Facebook page for updates and to enquire about memberships.
The Celtic Supporters Club in Southend in Essex is another seaside CSC that welcomes any holiday makers or visitors to watch home games at The Grange, Grainger Road Industrial Estate, Southend-On-Sea, Essex, SS2 5DD. The pub is five minutes walk from Southend Victoria rail station.
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All the teams below welcome interest from new players at any time throughout the season or out of it. So any budding Jimmy Johnstones out there get in touch.
Based outside London but Milton Keynes Irish FC are a new club formed out of the amalgamation of Buckingham Town FC and Unite MK FC. They are currently playing Step Six which is of a relatively high standard so any players looking to kick on their football careers and stay within the Irish community then MK Irish may be for you. They play in the Spartan South Midlands Division 1 which covers a wide area from North London in the South to Milton Keynes in the North and from Ware in the East to Aylesbury in the West. WE will be attending their London games and also if possible a home game or 2.
Playing out of Pavilion Manor Fields at the Irish Centre, Manor Field, Bletchley, Milton Keynes.
Founded in April 2009 by a group of like-minded Celtic fans in London St Paul’s Celtic FC are London’s top Celtic Supporters’ football club. Competing in the APFSCIL (The Association Of Provincial Football Supporters In London) Sunday League as well as the Islington Midweek Premier Division. We’ve gone from strength to strength ever since, winning every trophy available in the APFSCIL league within three seasons and adding the Islington Gazette Cup and Invitation Trophy to our cabinet in the Islington Midweek League. FacebookPage
Formed in 2016 Harrow Bhoys FC compete in the Middlesex Combination League winning the League and gaining promotion in their first season. Harrow is in north-west London and remains today an area that is highly Irish. After just two seasons together they were named as prestigious winners of the John Smith’s Pub Team Of 2018 being awarded £2,000 for the team and another £5,000 for their home base, Frosty’s Bar, which is also home to the North West London Celtic Supporters Club.
CATHOLIC UNITED FC
Catholic United FC are a football team based in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England. They are currently members of the Essex Olympian League Premier Division and play at the Len Salmon Stadium, sharing with Bowers And Pitsea.
Originally the club played in white shirts and black shorts, but there was soon a desire to make the club more easily recognisable from other teams by its colours. Our chairman at the time, Glen Foy wrote a letter to the Celtic Football Club chairman, Bob Kelly, asking if we could buy a kit from them with an accompanying explanation for the reasons behind the request. Also in those days, the manufacturer Umbro would not allow the Celtic kit to be on general sale.
Foy did not hear from Celtic for about two weeks, when out of the blue a parcel containing a brand new strip arrived, together with a letter wishing Catholic United every success. The first time the kit was worn was in the prestigious 1968 Walton Cup final played at Roots Hall, where Catholic United beat Haden 2-1. It was then decided in our gratitude to Celtic it would be written into the club’s constitution that our club colours would always be the world famous green & white hoops.
Catholic United FC WebSite
Without a doubt the #1 place on the internet to find bars and Celtic Supporters Club around the globe. None of that flat earth shite here! No matter where you are in the world if there is a place showing the Celtic game near you then you will definitely find it here. Heading up to twenty years old all and all Celtic fans salute you. Can’t count the number of times I have used Celtic Bars. The site is always looking to update its information so if you know something they don’t then please let them know.
We’re happy to include any bars or supporters clubs that may be of interest to London based Celtic supporters so if you wish to be included please leave a comment.
ROB ROY LONDON ABERDEEN SUPPORTERS CLUB
Sad to say that The Rob Roy in Paddington has permanently closed now and will be sadly missed as possibly the only Scottish pub in London.
The Rob Roy Reds are an Aberdeen FC supporters club based in London formed in 2000. Currently boast two 11-aside teams playing in both the Amateur Football Combination Saturday league and The Association of Provincial Football Supporter’s Clubs in London (APFSCIL) Sunday league.
The ‘Rob Roy Reds’ Aberdeen Supporters Club now meets at Philomena’s Bar, 40 Great Queen Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B 5AA which is located between Covent Garden and Holborn tube stations. Packed for Aberdeen games but they also show’s Celtic games and Scotland games. A ban on Rangers games unless Aberdeen are playing them or Celtic.
…or Loony Alba, as we are affectionately known!
We are a membership based Scottish football supporters’ club based in and around London. We were formed in June 1993, the first supporters’ club dedicated to the Scottish national side. The club is a founder member of the Association of Tartan Army Clubs (ATAC) and has one brilliant set of merchandise to deck out your home and yourself!
New members are more than welcome to join us and there are a whole host of benefits to be had. For those members that do not travel to the games, either home or away, we often arrange meets at The Albion, (ex-O’Neills) 2-4 New Bridge Street, Blackfriars, London EC4V 6AA when Scotland are playing. The Albion is very close to (300m) London Blackfriars which serves both Tube, Overground and DLR.
LONDON HOOPS SUPPORTERS CLUB
In February 2012 Jason Gaffney and Gary Warren co-founded the London Hoops – a UK based supporters club that celebrates the history, tradition and continued success of Shamrock Rovers FC. The Supporters Club had based at The Cock Tavern in Euston since they formed but have just recently moved to one of north London’s finest hostelries The 12 Pins, (formerly Finsbury Park Tavern), 263 Seven Sisters Rd, Finsbury Park, London N4 2DE (Phone – 020 8809 0192) literally just a couple of minutes walk round the corner from Finsbury Park tube and rail station which has some great transport links to all over London. The club also runs a football team, The London Hoops, in the APFSCIL (The Association Of Provincial Football Supporters In London) Sunday League.
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