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The Catholic Football Association

Posted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 4:47 pm
by Bernie
Hi first post and looking for some help :oops: Been doing some research into early Scottish teams pre 1900. While doing this came accross references to "The Catholic Football Association", clubs mentioned were Greenock Emerald, Hibs & Motherwell?? Tried google and some newspaper archives but no luck. Anyone point me in the right direction? Been on Celtic sight they suggested here. Ta.

Re: The Catholic Football Association

Posted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 6:14 pm
by Scottish
Bernie wrote: Been on Celtic sight they suggested here. Ta.
Aye, they send us all the hard ones. I couldn't really say much about this other than to say there were various religious football associations around in the 19th century (quite a few clubs owe their foundations to churches). It was seen as a good way of getting young men healthy and keeping them out of the boozers (and the entire history of Scottish football has shown just how successful THAT has been).

The only other thing I'd add is that the Motherwell mentioned is highly unlikely to have been Motherwell FC. There was a Motherwell Shamrock in existence in the late 19th century and they might be a better bet.

Re: The Catholic Football Association

Posted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 8:44 pm
by Bernie
You are probably right about Motherwell. I have no interest in this for religious reasons, just find it interesting. Will keep looking.

Re: The Catholic Football Association

Posted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 9:02 pm
by nightfire
Is it possible that this was the forerunner to the Catholic Boys Guild football leagues?

This was at amateur level and usually for Under 16s/Under 18s