We are greatly saddened to learn of the recent death of Brian Halliday, a former manager of Queen’s University Football Club. Brian was our first team manager for two seasons, 1972/3 and 1973/4. At that time we played in the Irish League “B” division and in his two years at the club he did great work helping to bring about a much more organised and professional attitude to the club, which flourishes to this day in the Northern Ireland Football League (NIFL) Championship Division. He was a larger than life character with boundless energy who didn’t suffer fools gladly, much loved and appreciated by those who played under him. After leaving Queen’s, Brian managed Irish League sides Cliftonville FC and Larne FC and his brothers, Stanley and David later managed Queen’s for eight years from 1976 to 1984.
In the late 1970’s Brian emigrated to California where he set up a very successful insurance business. In America he was heavily involved in promoting football. He, along with Northern Irishman Brian Quinn, also hosted a weekly football phone in program in which, on one occasion, Brian interviewed me about how university football was progressing in Ireland.
We send our thoughts and best wishes to Brian’s wife Catherine and his family circle at this sad time.
Queen’s University Belfast Football Club
It was not a match for the Jose Mourinho fans as defending took a back seat as the Firsts Lost 5-3 “away” to tenants PSNI. The Seconds didn’t have a match but they did win 1-0 away to St. Teresa’s last week.
The Harding Cup is the Irish Universities tournament for first year students. Queen’s will host the eight team competition this season at the Dub for the first time since 2007. The dates are Monday 18th – Wednesday 20th November. The Harding was first played in 1970 and has taken place every year since so this will be the 50th Harding Cup. Queen’s only victory came in 1986.
Harding players must be in their first undergraduate year in third level football. Players who are repeating first year or who have been at another third level college are not eligible to take part.
The Harding Cup quarter final draw:-
- UCC v NUI Galway
- DCU v UCD
- Trinity v QUB
- Maynooth v UL
Within the next few weeks we will commence our annual Last Man Standing (LMS) competition. The LMS is always our most important fundraising event of the season and a successful LMS is vital to the Club’s financial wellbeing.
Robbie Budden has agreed to be the lead organiser of the LMS. He will need a good deal of assistance from a number of people so please help him make this our best ever LMS.
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.