Banter from the Bann

FIXTURES - Banbridge Rangers Reserves will take on Markethill Swifts Reserves this Friday night at Cheney Park with kick off at 8pm in a league encounter.

Banbridge Rangers will take on Carrick Rangers in the quarter finals of the WKD Core Intermediate Cup with kick off at 1.30pm at Taylor’s Avenue.

There are several supporters buses arranged by match sponsor Downshire Coaches and will leave the Imperial Inn car park at 11.30am and return to Banbridge in the early evening.

The Swifts have no fixture and the Under 17s have been allocated an earlier kick off time off 9.30am at the Tech as they face Markethill Swifts. The Under 12s will take on Donegal Celtic at Gordon Playing Fields this Saturday with kick off at 12.30pm.

SATURDAY MORNING FOOTBALL - Saturday Morning Football has made its return for all children of Primary School age. Boys and girls born between 1999 and 2006 are encouraged to join in the hour long activities starting at 10am.

The coaching and skills development centre is supported by Banbridge District Council and CIS in partnership with Banbridge Rangers Football Club. The mini soccer programme has been running since 2009 and has continued to grow on Monday nights with Saturday mornings intermittent with pitch and weather restrictions.

The winter chill is still in the air and the club would advise that all children wear adequate clothing and the cost is only £2 per session.

This is a great way for young boys and girls to make friends, boost their confidence and learn new skills from as young as P1 and will continue until right through to the summer months. For any other information on the Mini Soccer please contact Stephen Magill on 07832222658 or visit our website for more details

LADIES PRE-SEASON - Banbridge Rangers Ladies are actively recruiting new members to be part of their squad for the incoming league season which kicks off in the middle of April.

Although this is a new team the coaching and preparations will be second to none with George McCallister (Uefa B Coaching Certificate) overseeing proceedings. Training takes place twice a week at Cheney Park on Mondays from 6pm to 7pm and then on Thursday evenings from 9pm to 10pm.

This is a perfect opportunity to start with a new team and develop with a club that currently has three successful senior mens teams and is growing by the season. For further information please visit our website at