Bloemfontein Celtic F.C.
|Full name||Bloemfontein Celtic Football Club|
|Nickname(s)||Phunya Sele Sele, Siwelele |
|Founded||1969, as Mangaung United|
|Ground||Dr. Petrus Molemela Stadium, Bloemfontein|
|2018–19||ABSA Premiership, 9th|
Bloemfontein Celtic has a large fan base in the Free State. Its supporters are known as Siwelele.
The club was founded by Norman Mathobisa and Victor Mahatane in 1969. Mahatane and Mathobisa administered the club until the early 1980s when financial challenges forced them to sell the club to Petrus "Whitehead" Molemela. In November 2001, after the relegation of Phunya Sele Sele, Molemela sold his shares in the club to Demetri "Jimmy" Augousti, a former Celtic player.
After only three years out of the top-flight, the club regained its PSL status with an impressive season in 2003–04 when they were crowned First Division champions. They also managed to win the 2005 SAA Supa 8 and the 2007 Telkom Charity Cup.
- Mainstay Cup: 1985
- SAA Sup 8 Cup: 2005
- Telkom Charity Cup: 2007
- First Division Inland Stream: 2003–04
- Telkom Knockout: 2012
- Charity Showdown: 2014
- Most starts: Willem Vries 306
- Most goals: Benjamin Reed 75
- Most capped player: Lehlohonolo Seema
- Most starts in a season: Jeffrey Lekgetla 39 (1992)
- Most goals in a season: Troy Saila 20 (1987)
- Record victory: 8–0 vs University of Stellenbosch (26/2/14, Nedbank Cup)
- Record defeat: 0–6 vs Kaizer Chiefs (29/3/91, NSL)
Premier Soccer League recordEdit
Club officials/Technical teamEdit
First team squadEdit
- As of 8 October 2019
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- Kit manufacturer: Umbro
- Paul Dolezar (2005–06)
- Tony De Nobrega (2006–07)
- Khabo Zondo (1 July 2007 – 9 April 2008)
- David Modise (interim) (April 2008 – 8 June)
- Mich d'Avray (1 July 2008 – 27 December 2008)
- Owen Da Gama (28 Dec 2008 – 30 June 2010)
- Clinton Larsen (9 Aug 2010 – 7 October 2013)
- Ernst Middendorp (11 Oct 2013 – 15 December 2014)
- Clinton Larsen (15 Dec 2014–2015)
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- "Max Tshabala Says He Is The New Bloem Celtic Owner". soccerladuma.co.za.