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Coronavirus COVID-19 Advice

Across the UK & Ireland, significant measures are being put in place to minimise the spread of COVID-19. There are significant restrictions either in place, or being put in place, in terms of being able to freely congregate, as well as accessing areas outside of ones own home. These restrictions can have a significant impact on the emotional well-being of the general public. With this in mind, please find documents attached with recommendations for looking after mental health in these challenging circumstances. Many thanks to Willow Grove Mental Health Consulting for sharing with us.

Isolation Guidelines – Athletes & Clubs

Isolation Guidelines – General

As the documents state it is also vitally important to keep up to date with NHS guidance via https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Keep safe everybody! #YourCityYourClub

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Christmas Draw Tickets on sale

Newry City AFC Christmas Draw tickets are now on sale.

1st prize: 55″ LED Smart 4K Ultra HD TV
2nd prize: £100 note
3rd prize: Flagstaff Lodge Voucher
4th prize: Paddy Power Voucher

Tickets are priced at £1 each or a book of 6 for £5 and can be bought from any committee member. Tickets will also be on sale on matchday this Saturday at the Showgrounds

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NCAFC Visit to Daisy Hill Childrens Ward

Players, management and staff of Newry City AFC paid their annual visit to the children’s ward of Daisy Hill hospital along with Santa yesterday afternoon.

They were delighted to be able to bring some Christmas cheer to children and their parents in the ward along with entertaining the nursing staff with the Champions League Trophy.

We would like to thank our Chairman Martin McLoughlin & Gerard Rice from Around A Pound for their help and generosity with this event.

On behalf of the club we would like to wish all the children and all the patients a speedy recovery and we are sure Santa won’t forget them on Christmas Day.

 

 

 

 

 

Photographs Courtesy of Tony Bagnall

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Newry Centenary Celebrations

What a fabulous night in the fantastic Canal Court Hotel & Spa celebrating 100 years of Newry.

We would like to thank everyone who attended and helped make the night a great success, with special thanks to our compère Jackie Fullerton & Special Guest Stephen Kenny who both thoroughly entertained the crowd.

Our thanks also goes to the Mid Ulster Football League/ Association, NI Football League& O’Neills Sportswear all of whom presented us with gifts to mark our centenary, which are greatly appreciated.

The craic was flowing among invited guests, sponsors, ex & present players/management, volunteers & supporters while the music by Friends topped off the night.

Here’s to another 100 years of Newry ⚽️💙

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Blast from the Past: Joey Cunningham nets hat-trick on Newry debut

Joey Cunningham (centre), pictured with Ollie Ralph and Marty Magee at a club reunion night in 2013. Photo courtesy of Tony Bagnall.

By Jim Campbell

Down through the last century of years there have been many brilliant footballers who donned the blue and white vertical stripes of Newry Town/City/ City AFC .

One of the most talented and skilful however, must have been Joey Cunningham from Forkhill in South Armagh.  Joey was also a brilliant GAA performer with his native County Armagh.

Joey’s soccer career began with the Dundalk youth academy, and following a recommendation from Newry’s legendary Ollie Ralph, he signed for The Town at the beginning of the 1985-86 season for the first of his two spells with our club.

Joey made his debut against Ballymena United in a Ulster Cup match on Saturday 17th August 1985 – and this match report taken from The Ireland Saturday Night tells us that “Joey Blasts Off With A Cracker”.

Depleted Newry Town, missing six first team regulars, rocked Ballymena United by snatching a shock 14th lead in their Lombard Ulster Cup match at the Ballymena Showgrounds.
And it was Joey Cunningham, the Armagh County GAA star and one of the Border club’s debutants who grabbed the glory early.
The winger latched on to a pass from Ollie Ralph, brushed of a feeble challenge from left back Michael Smyth and slotted the ball past the advancing and previously unoccupied Ricky Adair into the corner of the net.
Newry’s new look team made a lively beginning and they should have extended their lead two minutes after Cunningham’s opener.
Eugene McInerney picked up the ball inside the penalty area, but with the goal at his mercy, he drove a left foot shot against the far post. The ball rolled along the goal line and was knocked to safety by Stevie Conville.
Ballymena, with suspended midfield star Colin O’Neill watching from the Grandstand struggled to put their game together but newcomer Davy McAlinden produced an out of the blue equaliser in the 21st minute.
The former Cliftonville striker accepted a short pass from Jonathan Speak and beat keeper Kieran Harding with a shot from 25 Yards that squeezed inside the right hand post.
Harding was caught well off his line and was not blameless for the goal, but the keeper made amends in the 29th minute when he finger tipped away a fierce shot from Ronnie Burns.

Half Time: Ballymena 1 – 1 Newry Town

It took Newry just seven minutes to regain the lead – and again it was Cunningham who delivered the goods.
The United defence failed to clear a cross from the left. McInerney found himself unmarked inside the box and when Adair parried his drive, Cunningham was on the spot to tap home.
The home side did have an equalising chance midway through the half but McAlinden’s header from Speak’s cross flashed past a post.
Newry introduced another newcomer Stephen Gracey who went close to wrapping up the points with ten minutes left.
However, with four minutes to go Joey Cunningham put the seal on a brilliant and memorable personal performance by completing his hat-trick. He was left with the simple task of knocking the ball into the net after the tricky McInerney had burst through and sent a shot crashing against the crossbar.

Full time: Ballymena United 1 – 3 Newry Town

Man Of The Match: Joey Cunningham

Newry Town: Harding, Saulters, Mallon, Wilson, Cinnamond, Ralph, Cunningham, Moran, McInerney, Fearon, Farson.
Sub: Gracey

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