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: Saturday April 16 (8pm) – Rathfriland FC Juniors Parents Quiz; Friday May 13 – Rathfriland FC Golf Classic, Banbridge Golf Club. Saturday June 4 – John Ingram Memorial Funday; Saturday June 11 – Annual awards and dinner dance – Balmoral Hotel, Warrenpoint.

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CONGRATULATIONS! Congratulations to Rathfriland FC player James Lawson and his wife Aileen on the birth of their baby son Rory Charles Lawson!!

STRIKER PUTS THE BOOT IN! - What about the Rathfriland Rangers striker who put the boot in on Saturday afternoon in more ways than one! Ally Wilson not only scored on the pitch but he scored a second on the return journey to Rathfriland when he booted poor Finlay Donaldson into the boot of the seven seater! Fin tried in vain to get the comfort of the normal seating but Wilson was having none of it and left Finlay sprawling into the boot – Fin was like a caged cat in the back but who would mess with someone the size of Wilson!!

WELL DONE! - Well done to Moneyslane FC on securing funding to commence work on pitch development out at Moneyslane. All the best from Rathfriland FC.

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 19th April at 7.30pm at the clubrooms.

SENTRY DUTY! Saturday April 9 – Davie Walker, Junior Murray, Dessie Davenport.

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.

MASSIVE GAME FOR RANGERS - Rathfriland Rangers this Saturday play host to Ardglass in their biggest league game of the season so far. Ardglass have been flying high this season and with games in hand are certainly in the mix for promotion - Brian Adair’s men are on a great run at the moment and will be looking to continue that this Saturday. A large crowd is expected for this one. Kick off 2pm. SWIFTS HOME TO TULLYVALLEN - Rathfriland Swifts this Saturday host Tullyvalen in a league fixture at Ingram Park. Tullyvallen defeated the Swifts in the quarter final of the Foster Cup and have went on to get themselves into the final. The visitors will provea tough test for the Swifts with two completely different styles of play - this could come down to who wants it most. Kick off 2.15pm.

COLTS AWAY TO MAGHERA IN LEAGUE - Rathfriland Colts this Saturday travel to Maghera in a league fixture. It’s third versus fourth in a top of the table clash three points in this game for the Colts would make it an interesting end to the season. Kick off 2pm.