Football

  • Armagh City knock out Inter Milan to book UEFA Cup QF spot*

    on Dec 6, 16 • in Armagh, Football, In Your Area, Sports • with No Comments

    Armagh City knock out Inter Milan to book UEFA Cup QF spot*

    Forget Armagh City versus Trojans in the Irish Cup fifth round for The Eagles have soared into the last eight of the UEFA Cup. The Holm Park outfit beat the mighty Inter Milan 1-0 over two legs following some heroic defending and a fortunate red card. Of course, this is not at all based on reality, more so on a game of Championship Manager. For those of you familiar with Football Manager (it’s probably a generational thing), you’ll understand that Armagh City getting to the latter stages of Europe’s secondary competition is something only a

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  • Northern Ireland Supporters’ to welcome very special visitor to Armagh!

    on Nov 28, 16 • in Armagh, Football, In Your Area, News, Sports • with No Comments

    Northern Ireland Supporters’ to welcome very special visitor to Armagh!

    The City of Armagh Northern Ireland Supporters’ Club will welcome a special visitor to their monthly meeting in the Hole in the Wall bar this Thursday evening, December 1. But it isn’t a former international footballer or a local dignitary, but a famous medal that is set to take its place in the new state-of-the-art Exhibition and Heritage Centre at the home of the Irish Football Association at Windsor Park early in 2017. The ‘Grand Vermeil’ medal was awarded to the Northern Ireland supporters after the European Championships last summer in France. More commonly known

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  • Rangers to play in Craigavon Cup next summer

    on Oct 6, 16 • in Craigavon, Football, In Your Area, Sports • with No Comments

    Rangers to play in Craigavon Cup next summer

    Rangers Academy under-9 side will make a return to the Jimmy Jones Memorial Craigavon Cup next May. The Craigavon Cup, established in 2014, involves 96 teams from under-7 through to under-12. Teams travel from all over Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland for the match with one representative team from Great Britain competing each year, with Leeds United and Rangers previously represented. The tournament is held in Lurgan and each club that participates competes for the overall Jimmy Jones Memorial trophy which goes to the overall best performing academy throughout all age groups. Jimmy Jones remains the Irish

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  • No Red Bulls for Jamie Clarke as former Armagh star signs for New York Shamrocks

    on Sep 7, 16 • in Crossmaglen, Featured, Football, GAA, In Your Area, News, Sports • with No Comments

    No Red Bulls for Jamie Clarke as former Armagh star signs for New York Shamrocks

    Former Armagh star Jamie Clarke has turned his attention from GAA to soccer and has signed for New York Shamrocks. The 27-year-old had been training with professional club New York Red Bulls but will play for Shamrocks in Division One of the Cosmopolitan Soccer League. Clarke has been in New York several months now ad says he’s delighted to get his chance to play competitively across the Atlantic. “I have enjoyed moving to New York and I was keen to find a soccer club that plays at a competitive level,” he told the club’s website. Clarke was introduced to

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  • Healy at the helm as Linfield legends relish first south Armagh outing

    on Jul 21, 16 • in Featured, Football, News, Sports • with No Comments

    Healy at the helm as Linfield legends relish first south Armagh outing

    This is the fantastic new south Armagh sporting complex which will be officially unveiled this weekend with a dream tie against Linfield. Years of hard work and determination have paid off for Tullyvallen Rangers, and the new-look Hillview Park venue is a testament to the dedication and determination of this progressive side. Northern Ireland legend David Healy will bring his high-flying Linfield to the venue – just outside Newtownhamilton – for what will be an historic day in Tullyvallen’s proud history. Manager Mo Brown is looking forward to Saturday’s outing and describes it as something

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  • Caledon Rovers to face Dungannon Swifts in first match at newly-opened Tanyard Park

    on Jul 18, 16 • in Football, News, Sports • with No Comments

    Caledon Rovers to face Dungannon Swifts in first match at newly-opened Tanyard Park

    Caledon Rovers FC will be looking forward to another significant milestone in their history as they prepare to play their first match on their new pitch this Thursday. And it seems fitting that the opposition will be Dungannon Swifts FC, managed by Joe McAree, who formerly managed the Caledon side. The Mid-Ulster Division 2 side recently celebrated the official opening of their new changing facilities and pitch, with Lord Caledon present for the occasion. This Thursday, July 21, they will take on the County Tyrone Premiership outfit at the new Tanyard Park. The work began

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  • Loughgall FC plans for massive sporting development set to be approved

    on Jul 5, 16 • in Featured, Football, In Your Area, News, Portadown, Sports • with No Comments

    Loughgall FC plans for massive sporting development set to be approved

    Loughgall Football Club’s plans for a massive sporting development at its Lakeview Park ground has been given planning approval. The work – which includes a new clubhouse pavilion and TWO new stands – can now proceed a year-and-a-half after proposals were first submitted. The ambitious application was brought forward by the villagers’ youth set-up. Armagh I first reported on the scheme – understood to be in the region of £1.2 million – back in January 2015. Having been considered in depth by officials, the scheme was presented to Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s

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  • Watch: Man Utd legend Eric Cantona praises Irish fans and belts out Will Grigg anthem

    on Jun 25, 16 • in Football, Football Videos, Sports, Video • with No Comments

    Watch: Man Utd legend Eric Cantona praises Irish fans and belts out Will Grigg anthem

    Manchester United legend Eric Cantona has praised the Irish fans and sang the now cult anthem ‘Will Grigg’s on fire’ in a promo video shot for Eurosport. Northern Ireland play Wales in Paris today at 5pm – the first time both sides have ever made the knockout stages of the tournament. Michael O’Neill will have to prepare his men to face the in-form Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale. “We’ll be ready to deal with Gareth Bale,” said O’Neill. “We know his running power, his pace and his goal threat but we know how to deal

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  • A football pioneer: Armagh man who played for Man Utd, AC Milan and Arsenal

    on Jun 22, 16 • in Armagh, Featured, Football, In Your Area, Lurgan, News, Sports • with No Comments

    A football pioneer: Armagh man who played for Man Utd, AC Milan and Arsenal

    As the first Irish players to ply his trade in Italy, Armagh’s Paddy Sloan was a football pioneer. When one thinks of Lurgan and professional players, Neil Lennon’s name comes to mind. Yet fifty years before Lennon left his local Irish League side Glenavon for the blue side of Manchester, a young seventeen-year-old would beat a path for not only the former Glasgow Celtic player and manager to follow, but also Liam Brady in plying his trade in lo stivale, the boot of Europe. Paddy Sloan led a pioneering career for British and Irish players in Europe. Born Joshua

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  • Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger praises Northern Ireland fans

    on Jun 22, 16 • in Football, Sports • with No Comments

    Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger praises Northern Ireland fans

    Northern Ireland fans are really making a name for themselves out in France and they will be for a while yet. Michael O’Neill’s side qualified for the last 16 of the tournament despite a 1-0 defeat to world champions Germany in Paris yesterday afternoon. However, the Green and White Army made the cut thanks to the fact they are one of the best third place teams from the six groups. Northern Ireland will now play either hosts France or Wales in the Round of 16. Their fate will be confirmed tonight. Should either Republic of

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