Touchline Talk from around Rathfriland Football Club

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. DATES FOR YOUR DIARY: Friday May 13 – Rathfriland FC Golf Classic, Banbridge Golf Club. 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 BEST WISHES ALEX - Best wishes to Rathfriland U8 player Alex McKee who sustained a collarbone injury on Wednesday evening last. Alex is a real competitive player and a real star for the future with Rathfriland FC. Best wishes Alex! 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 HOME TO DONARD HOSPITAL - Rathfriland Rangers this Saturday are at Iveagh Park with a home league fixture against Donard Hospital. Rangers had a brilliant 2–0 win against Dunmurry YM last weekend and will be looking for the same again from ‘the Whites’ this Saturday. Kick off 2pm. DERBY DAY FOR SWIFTS - Rathfriland Swifts this Saturday make the shortest of journeys for the local derby fixture against Moneyslane. Rathfriland had no fixture last week but will be looking to get back in to the swing of things with a big result at the High School this week. Kick off 2.15pm. COLTS HOME TO NEWCASTLE - Rathfriland Colts this Saturday host Newcastle in a league fixture at Ingram Park. Newcastle are going well this season and will prove a tough test for the Colts who will be looking to get back to winning ways after a blip of late. Kick off 2pm.