Harding Cup

Galway  Friday 5th – Sunday 7th February 2016

The Harding Cup is an annual all Ireland competition organised by the Irish Universities Football Union (IUFU), for students in their first year in higher education.

The Harding was first played for in 1970. For various reasons, Queen’s have not played in the Harding in the last 4 years. We would like to compete in the Harding in 2016. Entries for the Harding will have to be made by early December when the draw will also be made. There will be approximately 8 teams in the competition which is played on a knockout basis.

Important points:

  • The squad will leave Belfast on the afternoon of Thursday 4th Feb to travel to Galway (approx. 5 hours) and return on Sunday 7th Feb. Players need to be aware that they will miss their classes on the Thursday afternoon and all day Friday.
  • The club will subsidise the cost of the trip. The amount payable by each player will be approx. £80/£90.

We need a squad of 15 or 16 players if we are to enter.

If you are a first year student at Queen’s (even if you play at the moment for another club) and would be interested in going to the Harding please contact us as soon as possible. Let us know who you are playing for and your best playing position by contacting: d.clarke@qub.ac.uk or ian.mcarthur12@ntlworld.com

Christmas Dinner

The club Christmas dinner details:

Location – Queens Students Union
Date – Saturday 12th December
Menu – Standard Christmas Dinner 3x Courses

Cost – £17 per player
Dress Code – Christmas Jumpers

Confirmation of numbers + money collected by – Saturday 5th December
Confirming Numbers + Collecting money for 1st Team – Robbie Budden
Confirming Numbers + Collecting money for 2nd Team – Anto Abladey
Confirming Numbers + Collecting money for Fresher’s – Glen Andrews

Anto Abladey is collecting all the money come Saturday 5th / Monday 7th December.

Colts win to extend unbeaten start, Seconds through to next round – 21/11/2015

With the Colts unbeaten league record to be defended again, Ian McArthur’s charges did not disappoint as they defeated Finaghy F.C. IIs 5-3 away from home. The Seconds showed great resilience to come back in extra time to reach the next round of the Cochrane Corry Cup defeating Finaghy F.C. 4-3.

Pitch side banners – can you help?

Ivor McGucken has agreed to continue his role seeking out sponsors who wish to purchase pitch side advertising banners at the Dub.

Ivor needs us to provide him with information on businesses which might like to advertise their company via banners. Typically these would be businesses owned by former members of our club or those which get a lot of custom from Queen’s students.

Please send your suggestions to Ivor McGucken, ivor.mcgucken@gmail.com or Denis Clarke d.clarke@qub.ac.uk and we will follow them up.

Still time to join the club

All three of our teams are now well under way in their respective Saturday leagues but new players who could improve our standards are always welcome. Perhaps you couldn’t make it to the trials or perhaps you would now like to consider moving to Queen’s from another club?  If you have played competitive, outdoor, eleven a side football and would like to show us your ability, or if you want to know more about the Club, contact Ian McArthur ian.mcarthur12@ntlworld.com who will advise you about training times etc.

Last Man Standing Fundraiser

The last man standing competition has started! Details of the competition are here. Thanks for all your support!

Queen’s to host the 2016 Crowley Cup!

The Irish Universities Football Union (IUFU) has granted the hosting of the Crowley cup to Queen’s.

This will be the first time we have had the honour of hosting the Crowley since 2003. The first Crowley was competed for in 1970.

Undoubtedly our visiting teams will be delighted with our facilities and we will aim, with the help of volunteers from within our club, to run a first class event.

The Crowley will be on the weekend of 12th March. We expect 8 teams to take part and the competition will last for 3 days. A decision still has to be made as to whether it will start on Friday 11th or Thursday 10th March.

To take part in the Crowley, players must be current students and must not have played in the Collingwood Cup in the same season.

Winter training schedule in place

Training is adapting to the conditions and the updated schedule is here.

Lavery’s to renew sponsorship for 2015/16 season


We are delighted to confirm that, following recent meetings, Lavery’s Bars, Bradbury Place will again be our club’s main sponsor next season.

Similarly to last year we will have a number of club social occasions in Lavery’s throughout the season, details later.