Football Without Fans – Eyemouth and District CSC

Eyemouth and District CSC…

Although the club was not officially founded until 1971, a group of them travelled by minibus to a lot of matches, home and away, as early as the mid-sixties.

They were there when Celtic won the Scottish Cup against Dunfermline in 1965. They were also there when Celtic won the league at Motherwell in 1966. Two very emotional occasions in the history of Celtic culture followed a long barren spell.

In 1971, they decided to form an official CSC, which would encompass people from Eyemouth and the surrounding area of Berwick, Chirnside, Duns, Ayton, Coldingham, and even as far as Dunbar. It was hoped that it would help obtain tickets for the big games.

The original committee consisted of Alistair Collin, Tommy Collin, Wullie Martin, Jim Martin, Mary Meek, and Ronnie Richardson. They were originally based at The Ship Hotel in Eyemouth. When their Player of the Year dance was held, the player usually stayed at the hotel. Paddy Bonner enjoyed himself when he stayed there. They moved on to the Fleet Bar, where Davey Meek made them welcome.

The club is now based in the Contented Sole, down by the harbour. Eddie Bryce, the owner, is a great Celtic man and will make you feel welcome.

In 1967, one of their current committee members, Tommy Collin, hitchhiked to Lisbon in a local truck taking shellfish to Cherbourg. It took him six days on the road to get there. The first night, he slept on the floor of the truck. The second night, he tried to sleep in a field just outside Rennes. The third night, he had the luxury of sleeping in a real bed in a bar on the outskirts of Angoulême, north of Bordeaux. He got to Lisbon on Monday evening, three days before seeing Celtic win the European Cup. Tommy is still a serving member of the committee. His story made the newspapers at the time. Another character is Rossco and his drum (earplugs not supplied.)

They are proud to donate £4,000 to four separate groups. Eyemouth United Juniors, Eyemouth Enhancement Group, Eyemouth & District Rehab Support Group, and Celtic FC Foundation. They will continue to uphold the Celtic tradition of helping worthy causes. They also hold a Christmas party in the Contented Sole for the children of club members.

The club runs big buses, ranging from a 49- to an 86-seater, to every home game. Tickets are usually at a premium for away games. If members are lucky, they usually go by car, or if lucky, a minibus.

An extract from Football Without Fans – The History of Celtic Supporters Clubs by David McIntyre ( Celtic Bars). Football Without Fans – The History of Celtic Supporters Clubs is out now and available in print and kindle versions HERE.

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About Author

The Celtic Star founder and editor David Faulds has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email

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