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McLaughlin would ‘probably’ support switch to summer football

CLIFTONVILLE manager Paddy McLaughlin admitted that he would probably be in support of summer football if the Northern Ireland Football League decide to press ahead with the idea. The Reds’ boss has experienced summer football in the League of a Ireland with both Derry City and Finn Harps and enjoyed playing on the warm, bright […]

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Belfast Celtic boss urges caution ahead of new season

NEWLY-appointed Belfast Celtic boss Stephen McAlorum admits management wasn’t on his radar when he was first approached about the gig last month. Following a protracted name-change saga, Sport and Leisure Swifts became Belfast Celtic at the end of last season, with the West Belfast outfit beginning their rebirth in the Ballymena and Provincial Intermediate League […]

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Reds boss McLaughlin pleased with Europa League draw

CLIFTONVILLE have been pitted against Barry Town United in the preliminary round of the Europa League Qualifying following Tuesday’s draw at UEFA headquarters in Nyon. The Reds will travel to Cardiff for the first leg at the Leckwith Stadium on Thursday, June 27 before hosting the return leg at Solitude on Thursday, July 4. Barry […]

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O’Neill’s men set for Euro double header

NORTHERN Ireland manager Michael O’Neill has stressed the importance of securing six points from this week’s double header of Euro 2020 qualifiers. O’Neill’s men travel to Estonia on Saturday (kick-off, 5pm) before another away game against Belarus on Tuesday night (kick-off, 7.45pm). Northern Ireland are top of Group C after triumphs of both their upcoming […]

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McAllister sets out Swift vision

JUST days after being appointed manager of St James’ Swifts, Pat McAllister has already set his team their main target for the forthcoming season – gain promotion to the Irish League. McAllister stepped down as manager of Sport and Leisure Swifts, who are set to become Belfast Celtic for the 2019/20 campaign, following the conclusion […]

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Mallon called up to Ireland U21 team

AFTER a successful loan spell in Australia’s A League, Poleglass lad Stephen Mallon has been called up to the Republic of Ireland U21 squad for the Toulon Tournament next week. The Sheffield United player, who spent three months down under, returned to the UK to scenes of jubilation after his club had won automatic promotion […]

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