Author: Sean McKevitt

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

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

 

 

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

Carville back at The Showgrounds

Newry Manager Darren Mullen has clinched the deal of the transfer window by securing the signing of Newry favourite Declan Carville. Mullen commented “Declan returning to The Showgrounds is a huge signing for the club in more ways than one. We’ve missed him both on and off the pitch and I know the fans, players and coaching staff will be delighted with his return.

His departure from the club at the end of last season was not how anyone would have wanted it to play out but we made our peace soon after and I know he will want to show how determined he is to bring success to the club. We’ve missed his physicality and leadership which as we’ve seen already is badly needed in this league. After speaking to David Jeffrey I know he did not make the decision to allow him to leave lightly but I can’t thank him enough for agreeing to make it happen. Unfortunately, he’s not available this weekend but will be straight into the squad for the Knockbreda game next Tuesday.”

Welcome back to The Showgrounds Declan!