Queen’s Colts – NAFL 3F Champions 2015-16!

Manager gives his thoughts.

Following the decision of the Amateur League to award The Colts full points from the drawn home game with Donaghadee, manager Ian McArthur spoke to the website.

“Firstly this is not the ideal way to win a league title by any means but at the end of the day these rules are there for a reason. What amazed me was the need for Donaghadee to field the ringer when they had fourteen men not nine or ten. I feel sorry for Ravenhill who have also been badly let down by this rule breech. We took four points off them but they have had a wonderful season and the consolation for them is their promotion. I have sent my congratulations to them via text and look forward to seeing them next season in 3E. I also tip my cap to Ballysillan Swifts who led the league for most of the season. They should be promoted too.

However, all that said my lads fully deserve this title. We played the best football all season long. We had no red cards and only five yellows! We are an Under 20s team playing in an open division. We are a student team and people outside of the club do not appreciate the difficulties of running a student football team – the late start, holidays, exams, trips back to England. The two games we lost were against teams who put out their firsts – one of the vagaries of amateur football. We also had two serious injuries this season and I want to dedicate the success particularly to Connor Campbell who was sustained an horrific injury at Whitehead and missed the rest of the season. That is a game I am sure we would also have won had it not been abandoned by the way. We played six away matches after Easter winning five and drawing one which is magnificent.

I am so pleased for the boys and our small group of fans who had the pleasure of watching quality football week in week out this season. I owe so much to the abilities of my fine assistant Glen Andrews who can now put a league title on his coaching CV. I know Glen is as thrilled as me to come out on top. I have been very lucky over the years in terms of winning things with my school and club teams at home and in the US but this success is right at the top.

I want to thank the lads for believing what Glen and I told them early on in the campaign when it was obvious that we had come upon a very special group. We are massively proud of them and everyone in the squad who made a contribution this season.”

The coaches plan to organise a team photograph and present medals to the boys before they go off for the summer. Jonny Boyd will receive the top scorer award. Arrangements to follow.

Ian and Jim Shaw