Author: Sean McKevitt

Sean is an avid supporter of Newry City AFC and will be bringing you all the latest news from the club.

Jackie McCullough RIP

It is with much sorrow that we have learnt of the passing of Jackie McCullough, former Manager of Newry Town FC from 1973 to 1976.
Jackie had a successful time with “The Town” winning the Mid Ulster Cup during the 1974/75 season. During the same season the club also won the South Section of the B League Championship before losing by a 4-3 margin to the winners of the North Section Carrick Rangers in a thrilling test match decider at Dixon Park Ballyclare.
He, however, down through the years always maintained an interest in Newry Town/ City/City AFC and was always a welcome visitor to The Showgrounds. We were delighted to have Jackie as a guest at our Centenary Dinner of The Town/ City/City AFC in the Canal Court Hotel last year.
All at Newry City AFC would like to extend our deepest sympathy and sincere condolences to Jackie’s wife Dorothy, family and friends. May he Rest in Peace.

Robbie Brunton Rest In Peace

All at Newry City AFC are deeply saddened to learn of the death of former Newry Town / City full back Robbie Brunton. Robbie hailed from Dublin and was just 47 years of age.
He developed a fine reputation as a teak tough all action left back and was quite an expert in converting penalty kicks.
Indeed it was Robbie who in 2003 scored the the crucial penalty goal for Newry just minutes from the end of the promotion/relegation decider against Bangor FC at The Showgrounds. A goal that kept the club in senior football.
We would like to extend our deepest sympathy and sincere condolences to all the Brunton family.
May he Rest in Peace

Pre-Season Friendly v Glenavon FC

On Wednesday night (7th October) we welcome Premiership side Glenavon FC in our last pre-season friendly. KO 7.30pm Admission £5/£3. We would advise spectators to arrive early to avoid disappointment in the event that we reach maximum capacity.

As per guidance from the IFA in the link below we would like spectators to note the following points:
– DO NOT attend if you are presenting symptoms of COVID-19.
– Social distancing MUST be adhered to.
– Face coverings are strongly recommended.
– We will be taking names & contact details on admission for contact tracing purposes.

We look forward to welcoming you The Showgrounds ⚽️🔵⚪️ #YourCityYourClub

https://www.irishfa.com/news/2020/july/covid-19-irish-fa-update

Lawless & O’Keeffe Sign

Newry City AFC are delighted to confirm the signings of Conor O’Keeffe and Stephen Lawless, both players fresh from a spell playing in New Zealand’s top division with Dunedin side Southern United.  

 

Darren Mullen

“The signing of the 2 lads came out of the blue but I’m delighted they have joined the club. From their first training session you could see the quality that both players have. They have taken that into the 3 friendly games and have impressed not only the coaching staff but their fellow team mates. Conor is a classy defender who makes things look really simple and Stephen has brought plenty of energy and creativity to our midfield. I’m looking forward to seeing them play for us this season and contributing to what is now a really competitive squad. I’d like the thank their former coach Paul O’Reilly for recommending both signings.”

Conor O’Keeffe

“I’m delighted to sign for Newry City. It’s been a really enjoyable few weeks since I came in. Everyone at the club has been so welcoming and have made me feel part of the club straight away. I have played three games now in pre-season and the style of play has been enjoyable to play in. I’m looking forward to the rest of pre-season, getting fully fit and helping the team push for promotion back up to the Premiership.”

Stephen Lawless

“I am very happy to link in with Darren and the rest of the group ahead of the new season. Straight away there’s been a very welcoming and positive vibe about the place between staff members, players and other club people, so I’m looking forward to getting stuck into pre-season and working hard after some months off due to COVID. Hopefully I can hit the ground running ahead of the new season and help make an impact on what should be an exciting season for the club.”

Photograph courtesy of Brendan Monaghan 

Sad News

All at Newry City AFC are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Marie Coffey, mother of former player and current U18 coach Chris Coffey and wife of former first team coach Chris Coffey Senior. We would like to extend our deepest condolences to Marie’s family & friends at this very sad time. May she Rest In Peace.

https://www.funeraltimes.com/mariecoffey737880239?fbclid=IwAR2S2ACUPlzm7l8MwxuN3VOU4jfieattLs2eovEW3fQ_swrVe4-m042-fQU