Kinsella Cup: A Celtic Tradition

The Palatine Celtic Soccer Club presents the Jimmy Kinsella High School Cup each year to the winner of the boys and girls Palatine vs. William Fremd Varsity high school soccer matches. The Kinsella Cup is proudly displayed at the victorious high school until the next cross-town match.

The majority of players for each of these high schools have at one time or another played either Recreational and/or Travel soccer under the Celtic banner. Both William Fremd and Palatine have had State High School Champion soccer teams, and numerous players that have continued their soccer careers in NCAA Division I, II, III, and NAIA college programs.

The Kinsella Cup is dedicated to Jimmy Kinsella, who, along with Bill Hughes, founded the Palatine Celtic Soccer Club in 1968.  Hughes and Kinsella, a transplanted Scotsman, were the first to find a few kids and organize them into teams to play the game of soccer in Palatine.  Jimmy named the Club after his home club, Glasgow Celtic.  Even though Jimmy is not around to watch the Kinsella Cup games anymore, his memory and all of his efforts continue to live on through our Club and the players who have played with us.