This week’s Touchline Talk

MILESTONE FOR RATHFRILAND FC! - Rathfriland FC are delighted to announce a new association and main sponsor in a two year deal with The Milestone Service Station, Rathfriland. The committee sincerely thank owner Tom McAvoy for his generosity and support from the Newry Street business and look forward to a partnership in sport and business. Exciting times are ahead on the pitch with this sponsorship adding to what hopefully will be a positive time for both club and business. Rathfriland FC and The Milestone Service Station – THE PERFECT MATCH!

CLUB SHOP - Anyone wishing to purchase their Rathfriland FC regalia please contact David Davenport on 07840860308

RATHFRILAND FC YOUTH NOTICE - Could all parents of the youngest age group of Rathfriland Youth (4–7 year olds) please be reminded that over the months of Janaury and February that this group will not be meeting for coaching. The club will keep you informed on a recommencement date in March. Watch this space! NIGHT AT THE RACES - Rathfriland FC are holding a Night at the Races on Saturday February 26 at the clubrooms. Horses will soon be on sale and anyone looking to sponsor a race please see any member of the committee. YOUTH FOOTBALL - Youth football continues at Rathfriland FC. All age groups are welcome from 5 years to 15 years and for new registrations players will need two passport size photographs and a copy of the birth certificate. Membership for the season is £20 with a £2 charge per training night. It is an exciting time at Rathfriland FC – if you want your child to be part of it please contact David Davenport on 07840860308 or Mark Bickerstaff on 07525214733.

CONGRATULATIONS! - Congratulations to Rangers` player Ryan Evans and- his wife Carla on the birth of their baby daughter Lexie last week. Keep her lit Evo! COMMITTEE MEETING - The February committee meeting will take place on Tuesday February 15 at 7.30pm at the clubrooms.

SENTRY DUTY! – Saturday February 5 – Gary W, Des D, Davie W; Saturday February 12 - Mark B, John A, Mark I. MATCHDAY SPONSORS - Anyone wishing to sponsor the club on matchday please contact Commercial Manager Dessie Davenport or any member of the committee.

SPONSOR BOARDS - It is the intention of Rathfriland FC to continue to surround the main Iveagh Park pitch with Sponsorship boards over the coming months. Any person or business wishing to take the opportunity to have their business displayed 24/7 at the Wembley of the Mournes please contact our Commercial Manager Mr Dessie Davenport on 07767817703. There will be an initial fee for the set up of the board and also a sponsorship subscription, which would be renewed annually. WHAT`S MY LINE? - Brian Todd (President) 028 406 23023; Junior Murray (Chairman) 028 406 71464 / 07850656579; Mark Ingram (Vice-Chairman) 07798733361; Trevor Weir (Secretary) 07980853720; John Annett (Treasurer) 07713511373; Eric Annett (P.R.O.) 07715046132; Dessie Davenport (Commercial Manager) 07767817703; Brian Adair (Rangers Manager) 07789373242; Eric Annett (Swifts Manager) 07715046132; Bobby McDowell (Swifts Assistant Manager) 07796614982; Alex Scott (Colts Manager) 07889220476; David Davenport (Youth Development Officer) 07840860308; Mark Bickerstaff (Youth Coach Co-Ordinator) 07525214733. RFC ROLL OF HONOUR: 1962 – Rathfriland FC formed; 1965 – Iveagh Park opened; 1975 – Newcastle League Champions, Mid Ulster Shield Winners; 1976 – Mid Ulster Shield Winners, John Magee Cup Winners, Mid Ulster League Champions (Div 4); 1977 – Mid Ulster League Champions (Div 3); 1978 – Mid Ulster Shield Winners, attained 1st Division Mid Ulster League; 1979 – Mid Ulster Shield finalists; 1980 – Pavilion opened; 1982 – Irish Junior Cup finalists, Ingram Park opened; 1996 – Bobby Dalzell Cup finalists; 1997 – Winners NAFL Division 1B; 1998 – Winners NAFL Division 1A; 2005 – John Magee Cup Winners; 2006 – New pavilion opened; 2007 – Bignian Cup Finalists; 2008 – Mid Ulster League Champions (Div 3); 2009 – Foster Cup Finalists.

TRAINING - Rathfriland FC training will take place at Cheney Park on a Monday evening from 8–10pm and on a Thursday night at Havelock Park from 9–10pm (Seconds and Thirds only – Firsts still at Iveagh Park). A £2 charge will be required for the Banbridge venues). All new and existing players welcome.

RANGERS GO TO HOSPITAL! - Rangers this Saturday travel to Belfast side Donard Hospital for a league fixture at the Billy Neill Centre. Hospital are below Rangers in the league with more games played which will probably make Rathfriland favoutites – another three points would be welcome in Rangers’ unbeaten run in 2011. Kick off 2pm. SWIFTS AWAY TO AMBASSADORS - Rathfriland Swifts this Saturday travel to Portadown side Ambassadors at Kernan Playing Fields. Ambassadors are a real decent footballing side and will probably prove as tough a test for Rathfriland as anyone. The Swifts will be keen to get the three points but they will need all their ability and desire to see them over the line in this one. Kick off 2.15pm. COLTS HOME TO DROMARA IN LOCAL DERBY - Rathfriland Colts this Saturday are the only senior team on home soil, locking heads in a derby fixture with Dromara. The Colts had a creditable draw against league leaders Killough last weekend and will be looking to collect the three points against a team lower than them in the league. Kick off 2pm.