NI Colleges League Champions 2016!

Congratulations to Ruairí Taylor and his charges on winning the NI Colleges League Final with a comprehensive 6-1 win against UUC.

Pictured below is Tom Stark presenting QUB captain Jack McCrea with the trophy and the winning team photograph.

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Firsts and Colts continue fine form, Seconds lose – 06/02/2016

With the seconds going down 4-1 away to Newtownbreda F.C. it was left to the Firsts and the Colts to brighten the weekend and they didn’t disappoint. The Firsts recorded a 3-1 win at home to Wakehurst and the Colts had a great 3-1 away win at Holywood IIs.

Collingwood Cup draw

The Collingwood Cup was first played for in 1914 and the draw for the 2016 Collingwood was made in Cork on Tuesday 8th December.

Again this year there will 11 teams in the competition which will kick off at UCC’s grounds at the Farm in Cork, with 3 preliminary round games on Tuesday 23rd February. One of these will see Queen’s taking on NUI Galway, beaten in the semi-final last year by the eventual winners, UCC. If Queen’s come through this game they will play UCD or Royal College of Surgeons in the quarter-final.

Queen’s team manager, Ruairi Taylor, will soon contact the players to confirm their availability for the competition.

For the full draw click here.

Pictured at the draw and launch at UCC The Mardyke of the Irish Universities Collingwood cup to be held in Cork from February 23rd to 26th 2016 were from left, Denis Clarke, executive committte Irish universities; Liam McCarthy, registar IUFU; Terry, McAuley, chairman Irish universities football union; John McCarthy, chairman UCC AFC and Declan Kidney, director of sport UCC

Pictured at the draw and launch at UCC The Mardyke of the Irish Universities Collingwood cup to be held in Cork from February 23rd to 26th 2016 were from left, Denis Clarke, executive committte Irish universities; Liam McCarthy, registar IUFU; Terry, McAuley, chairman Irish universities football union; John McCarthy, chairman UCC AFC and Declan Kidney, director of sport UCC

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.

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

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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.