Touchline Talk from around Rathfriland FC

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 informed that this group will now recommence their coaching on Wednesday 2nd March at 7pm at Iveagh Park. All new members are welcome. NIGHT AT THE RACES - Rathfriland FC are holding a Night at the Races on Saturday February 26 at the clubrooms. Horses are on sale at £10 each and anyone looking to sponsor a race please see any member of the committee. A big crowd is expected for this so if you want to get a seat get there early! There will be a few nibbles as well to round of the evening. A big thankyou to Paul Gibbons for the organisation of the event. DATES FOR YOUR DIARY- Saturday February 26 – Night at the Races; Saturday June 11 – Annual awards and dinner dance – Balmoral Hotel, Warrenpoint. RATHFRILAND FC WEBSITE - You can check out the latest news on club’s website on CONGRATULATIONS! - Congratulations to Rathfriland FC player Adrian Megaw and his wife Alison on the birth of their baby son Will. NEWINGTON GAME - A great night for Rathfriland FC on Tuesday last when they travelled to Seaview to take on Premier League champions Newington YC. Despite losing the game 3–0, a packed 55 seater coach attended the game on a wet and windy evening at Crusaders’ ground. A big thank-you to Dessie Davenport, Gary Wilson and Chub McCabe for organising the transport arrangements. Chub lost his balance on the return journey – he says it was the Chinese slapping about in him!

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.

COMMITTEE MEETING - The March committee meeting will take place on Tuesday March 15 at 7.30pm at the clubrooms.

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 AWAY TO SIROCCO - Rathfriland Rangers this Saturday travel to third placed team Sirocco at Wilgar Park, Belfast. Sirocco have been going well recently and will prove a tough test for the Whites – Brian Adair and his team will be looking for the three points in what promises to be a decent game. Kick off 2pm. SWIFTS HOME TO AMBASSADORS - Rathfriland Swifts host Ambassadors in a league fixture at Iveagh Park. The vistors will prove a very tough test for Rathfriland – they are a very good footballing side and it will take a top performance to get the three points. Kick off 2.15pm. COLTS HOME TO CASTLEWELLAN - Rathfriland Colts this Saturday host Castlewellan in a league fixture at Ingram Park. The two teams are sitting second and fourth in the league and hopefully home advantage will see the Colts through. Kick off 2pm.