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Coleman extends contract

Newry City manager Darren Mullen has been boosted by the news that goalkeeper Andy Coleman has penned another one year deal to remain at the Showgrounds.

The 33-year-old re-joined the club last summer after making the move from Dungannon Swifts.

Speaking to, the vastly experienced shot-stopper said is eager to help his hometown club get promoted back to the Premiership again.

“I’d just like to thank Darren Mullen for the time and effort he has put into getting me signed up for the upcoming season.

“I spoke to some Premiership clubs but in the end it was an easy decision to make. As I said when I signed for the club last year, my family have always sat in the stands at the games, it’s my hometown club and it’s bigger and better than it ever was before. The crowds have been brilliant and I look forward to helping the club bounce back up to The Premiership.

“A big part of me staying was also down to working with Dee Mc Corry. His training is brilliant, some of the best I’ve ever had and I can’t wait to get started again in pre-season.”

City boss Darren Mullen added, “This is another huge boost for the club. Andy has played the vast majority of his career in The Premiership and has shown tremendous loyalty and faith in signing his new deal. We will need leaders throughout the team this season and I’ve no doubt Andy will be one of those for us.”

Photograph courtesy of Brendan Monaghan photography

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Volunteers Needed – Ground Clean-Up Day

On Saturday 22nd June there will be a clean up day at The Showgrounds  to carry out minor works & tidying around the ground.

Anyone interested in helping out is asked to be at The Showgrounds for 10am.

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NCAFC Awards Winners

Under 14s Managed by Jim Murphy & Jim Lowther – The U14s have done the club proud all season, a new group at the start of the season they improved as the season went on reaching one cup final and finishing mid table in a very strong league. The squad includes players that will this summer play in the Foyle Cup Derry & Dublin Cup where we have no doubt they will be great ambassadors for NCAFC.

  • Most Improved Players – Caolan McParland & Finnen McCann
  • Players Player of the year – Darragh Cluskey
  • Managers Player of the Year Award presented by Jim Murphy to – James Murphy


Under 19s Managed by Colm Murphy assisted by Gary O’Reilly & Emmanuel Fajemilua (Manny). Without getting any silverware the U19s also had a good season finishing fourth in the Mid Ulster Juvenile U19s League and enjoyed several cup runs, unfortunately falling at the semi-final hurdle in two competitions.

  • Players Player of the year – Adam Taylor
  • Leading goal scorer – Tiarnan Murphy
  • Managers Player of the Year Award presented by Gary O’Reilly to – Tiarnan Murphy


Under 20s Managed by Barry Treanor & Gary Redpath – Gave us a very entertaining season playing in the NI Football Premiership Development League where they were playing against teams with much more resource than our own. Despite this the team played an attacking brand of football and held their own with the best.

  • Players Player of the year – Josh Durnin
  • Leading goal scorer – Josh Durnin
  • Managers Player of the Year Award presented by Gary Redpath to – Lewis Hunter


Supporter of the year award to Daniel Murphy   –   Daniel Murphy is always accompanied by his mum, and the pair never miss a match. They are the life and soul of the supporter’s bus where they always have tea, coffee, sweets, buns and biscuits for all. A truly wonderful family, and Daniel is a true SuperFan who is loved by all at Newry City.

Young Supporter of the Year is a young lady who came home from a holiday a day early via 3 busses so she wouldn’t miss a cup tie v Portadown, hasn’t missed a first team match this year and went as far as Coleraine to cheer on the U20s.: Our young supporter of the year is… Emma Hillen.


Sam McCullough Memorial Young Player of the Year Award…. – Tiarnan Murphy


Newry City AFC First Team managed by Darren Mullen and assisted by Ray Byrne, Jervais McCaul, Mickey Keenan, Gary Boyle and Damien McCorry.

  • Travel Club player of the year – Thomas McCann
  • Players Player of the year sponsored by Allen’s Pharmacy – Thomas McCann
  • Tommy O’Hanlon Memorial Club Player of the year – Thomas McCann
  • Darren Mullen Managers Award – Dale Montgomery


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NCAFC Reserves Trial Date

Following our recent successful trials for our U16 & U18 teams, we are now holding an open trial for our Reserve team on Tuesday 28th May. Registration at 7pm.

This will be open to ages 18-21. If you are interested please email with the following information:

  • Name
  • Age
  • Contact Number
  • Previous Club(s)
  • Position
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WIN £4000 worth of sporting equipment for NCAFC!

1 in 4 local young people struggle with their mental health in Northern Ireland*, a very worrying statistic for any parent or guardian to hear. Taking part in sport has been shown to have both physical and mental benefits for children. Participating in sports and playing in teams provides children with a life-long support system of friends and mentors and can improve their social skills, self-esteem, body confidence, and ability to deal with peer pressure.

That’s why Lidl have launched the Lidl Community Works Sport For Good programme. Their mission is to encourage young people to make the most of the physical and mental benefits of taking part in sports so they can have a healthy body and mind.

Lidl Community Works Sport for Good is giving away £4000 worth of sports equipment to youth sports clubs across Northern Ireland! To find out how you can nominate your club to win visit

Lidl Community Works So Far

Lidl Community Works was first launched in 2014 and committed to providing support and resources to local communities in Northern Ireland. Since then, Lidl Community Works has engaged with over 750 community groups and has donated well over hundreds of thousands of pounds to local Northern Irish community groups. Lidl have done everything from working with local communities to organise bake sales, paint walls and fundraise, to donating £228,000 to 115 local groups in 2017.

*Source: Mental Health Foundation’s Fundamental Facts for Northern Ireland, October 2018.

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