Tragically, one of our former players, Kyle McDonald, has passed away, unexpectedly, in his sleep.
Kyle played for the Club in the early 2000’s and was a member of the Queen’s Colts fresher team which won their division of the Amateur League in 2002/03. He played for our Collingwood Cup team in Cork in 2002 and made 5 appearances for our Saturday First team.
He later went on to become a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, most recently at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.
Paul Leonard, his former Colts team manager, recalls that “Kyle was quick and very tough in the tackle and very committed to the club whenever he played. Most of all he was a great guy and very popular with all his colleagues.”
Those of us who knew him are shocked and saddened at this news and we send our deepest sympathy and best wishes to his family and friends.
Congratulations to Queen’s Peter Thompson, who recently reached 250 games as manager of the first team. Peter played for the team and managed the Seconds before taking over as manager in December 2012.
Highlights of his reign include leading the side to the semi-final of the Irish Cup in 2014, winning the Intermediate Cup in 2018 and gaining promotion to the NIFL Championship in 2019.
The picture shows Club Captain Declan Brown presenting Peter with a memento of his achievement.
Queen’s Seconds only ever victory in the Amateur League’s Cochrane Corry Cup came in 1968 when we defeated Iveagh United by 3 goals to two. Tom McGrath (2) and Ashley Thompson were the scorers.
The team which played in the final against Iveagh United was:-
Les Spence, Danny Rooney, Brendan Fulton, Brian Dean, Trevor Walker, Jimmy Whalley, Alan Hingston, Tom McGrath, Denis Maguire, Danny Quinn
Danny Rooney, who was Captain of that team, has lived for many years in Melbourne, Australia. Another member of that team, Brendan Fulton, took advantage of Danny’s recent trip home to arrange a get together in the Wellington Park hotel, for some of the people who played at that time. Also present was Club President Bishop Tony Farquhar. It was a most enjoyable evening in which many great victories, glorious defeats and might have beens were recalled.
A picture of Queen’s Olympic 1966-67 has come to light. See if you can spot the familiar face!
R. Adams D. Clarke N. Connor D. Rooney W. Hodgkinson J. McArdle
J. Lenaghan C. Richardson C. McAteer E. Hamill J. Mooney
Training for our Second team will begin on Thursday 12th September 2019
- Training takes place at the Queen’s playing fields (the DUB) on the Upper Malone Road.
- Training is on pitch 6 which is a 3G pitch.
Training times will be:-
||8pm – 9:30 pm
||6pm – 7:15pm
!!!!! Keep watching our website for details of trial matches and assessment days for new players. !!!!
Queen’s Sport has appointed the Soccer Club’s first ever Development Officer. From a very large number of applicants, the successful candidate is Ruairí Taylor who has been working closely in support of the Club for the past 3 or 4 years.
We congratulate Ruairí on his appointment and we look forward to his input in the coming months and years.