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Seamy Henry has decided not to sit on the executive committee for the forthcoming year. It is a blow to the committee to lose someone with such experience and knowledge but it is a decision he has not taken lightly. Seamy has served on the committee for the last 20 years and put copious amounts of time into running the club as Chairman for many years and in a lesser role of assistant treasurer for the last year. Seamus is expected, however, to still take an active part in the club including his role as under 16 mentor and continuing his hard work driving the club forward. The club would like to thank Seamus for his dedication and hard work he has put into the club, without him the club would not be in such a prominent position in both footballing terms and within the community.



The Annual General Meeting was held in the clubrooms on Sunday 12th of November and its all change this year.  After quite a lengthy meeting in which many matters were discussed after a pretty unsuccessful year for the club on the field members present got down to voting (eventually). The newly elected committee is as follows:

Chairman-            Gerry McDonald

Vice Chairman-   Stephen Graham

Secretary-             Eamon Morris

Ass. Secretary-     Kevin McConnell

Treasurer-             Aiden O’Callaghan

Ass. Treasurer-     Liam Taggart

PROs-                     Joseph Donnelly

Gary McGeady

Registrar-              Darren O’Neill

Congratulations to all those elected and it is hoped that you all can help to drive the club in a forward direction.



The senior team had a mixed bag this season, winning 8, losing 7 and drawing 1 game finishing in a respectable if not spectacular fourth place in the league. A valiant effort in the intermediate championship against 2nd division side Davitts reaped no rewards, which the hard work put in probably deserved. O’ Cahan cup defeat to Division 1 side Creggan by the minimum meant that it was another trophy-less year for the seniors. However, it is clear to see that progress has been made under Joe ‘big guy’ Henry and hopes are high for the 2007 season with promotion to Division 2 a realistic goal. Final league tables are available online at



Aldergrove’s senior reserves have earned a place in the McCormick cup final thanks to a hard fought victory over Portglenone. The 1-8 to 1-7 scoreline was a fair reflection on the match and the reds shaded their counterparts by the minimum. Led by old stalwart James Brazier, Aldergrove impressed throughout, with some slick passing moves epitomised by minor star Cormac Doherty’s major at the start of the second half.  Best performances of the day were had by Gavin Graham, who showed a touch of class at centre half forward and Gareth Corey, steady at number 6.  The boys now await the winners of Rasharkin v Cargin in the other semi. The final is due to be played on Sunday the 10th December (not confirmed). A bus travelling to the match is being organised by Stephen Graham (contact 07841353782 for details). This result made up for the disappointment at losing out in the quarter final stage of the all-county reserve football championship to Rasharkin last week.  That defeat was a bitter pill to swallow after not playing a match for over a month due to a poor fixture schedule. This showed as the team slumped to defeat against a strong side. I’m pretty sure that the boys would like another crack at Rasharkin in the final to make amends for their championship exit. In the league all was going well until a couple of unlucky defeats to Ballymena and Creggan left them out of the race. An interview with a buoyant Grumpo leads me to the conclusion that the final day will be something special win, lose or draw. Good luck to the boys in that match and hopefully with the support of all members we can bring home the cup.



The minor squad are still in line for some silverware this season after their disappointment at being knocked out of the minor championship by Lamh Dhearg.  The lads will host Moneyglass in the semi-final on Saturday 2nd of December at 2pm. This should be a tough game for the minors who are under the caretaker management of Anto and Dan Feeney. A trophy-less year would be a major underachievement for a squad of such quality. Let’s hope that the stars will shine come the match and hopefully the final as well.



A development committee has been established within the club to develop not only the clubhouse and its surroundings but also develop the coaching and footballing standards of all our players. The aim of the committee is to create a development plan which the sporting council can evaluate and hopefully supply the funding necessary for these advances to be made. The committee is as follows:


Kevin McConnell

Gary McGeady

Ciaran Hannah

John Jones

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Registrar Darren O’Neill is running a registration day on Saturday the 2nd of December in the clubrooms between 10.30 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. Membership is 20 per person for adults and 5 per person for under 16s and minors. Membership forms must be filled in and returned with the fee before 1st February for insurance purposes and to be eligible to play.



Congratulations are due to veteran Dairmuid Brown representing Antrim over the last year at over 40s. ‘D-Lo’ made another giant step when he went on to play for Ulster against Australia in the recent compromise rules series. Called in as a late replacement to the panel he came off the bench in the first quarter. A hopefull ball was pumped into the box and Dairmuid took the mark and coolly slotted it over the bar. Dairmuid will again be representing Antrim at this level in the coming year and we would like to wish him the best of luck. Congratulations are also due to Ryan Maguire who has earned a place in the training panel of the Antrim senior squad. Also representing the club at county level are minors Daniel Trowlen, Kevin McBride, Marc Meleady and Chris McVeigh. Well done and good luck to all our county representatives. The top class coaching they receive can only benefit the club.


  • The lotto is still unclaimed and the jackpot is now up to 2400 so pick up your lotto tickets now available at Stevies Shop and Liam Taggart.
  • Coaching courses will be ongoing throughout December for players and coaches alike. Details can be found online at
  • There will be a presentation day in the clubrooms for the under 8s and 10s on Dec 2 at 10.30 a.m. Derry legend Joe Brolly will be presenting awards and medals to the kids
  • Special thanks are extended to the referees from last season; John Moran, Stephen Graham and Joe Hendron. Any qualified referees who would like to ref for the club or any budding referees who would like to attend a refereeing course please let the club know.
  • A special congratulation goes out to the ladies team, who reached the final of the junior championship only to lose out to St. Brigids. These girls have made great progress this year and hopefully can go one step further next year
  • Team mentors will be selected at the next committee and a complete list of all team mentors and training sessions for all age groups will be printed in January’s edition of the newsletter.

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