Build it and they will come – the story of the St Paul’s minor tournament


For four decades, the cream of minor club football spent the Christmas period jostling for top spot in the St Paul’s tournament. Michael McMullan takes a look at its beginning and lasting legacy. BRIAN Coyle always loved minor football. The entertainment on view always appealed to him. The open and free style pushed his buttons. […]


Conlan appointed as new Ballinderry manager


By Michael McMullan BALLINDERRY Shamrocks have appointed Killian Conlan as their new senior football manager ahead of the 2023 season. Conlan, who has yet to finalaise his management team, takes over from Kieran O’Kane who stepped down after a year in the post. The Shamrocks saw off Coleraine, thanks to a late Daniel McKinless winner, […]


Feature: Ulster Club Kingpins


WITH the Ulster Club Senior Football Championship heating up, Shaun Casey casts his eye over past glories… Crossmaglen: 11 IN 1996, led by Cross and Armagh legend Joe Kernan, the Rangers picked up their first of 11 Ulster titles. They secured their last provincial crown in 2015 with an extra-time win over Scotstown and three […]


Provincial plaudits


The counties who have fared best in the Ulster Senior Club Football Championship. Armagh clubs (15 titles) THE Orchard County is level with Derry in terms of Ulster Senior Club titles. One big reason for their success in the provincial arena is Crossmaglen, who have won a record-breaking 11 titles. But that’s not all – […]


Brian McGuckin looks at what makes up his perfect player


WE asked former Tyrone player Brian McGuckin what made up his perfect player… INTELLIGENCE Brian McGuigan (Tyrone) / Malachy McGlinchey (Edendork) I would find it hard to pick one of them. MOTIVATOR Ronan McGuckin (Ballinderry) My cousin Ronan could definitely get you up for a game. STRENGTH Niall McCusker (Ballinderry) / John Mallon (Edendork) Neither […]


“The man was on fire that day”


THIS week we look back at some of the memorable games from former Tyrone forward Brian McGuckin. Teams played for: Edendork St Malachy, Ballinderry Shamrocks, Tyrone and UUJ. Current involvement: Advertisement Co manager/coach, alongside Damian Barton, with Magherafelt O’Donovan Rossa. Which club game, that you played in, will you never forget and why? The 2010 […]


The championship Kings of Derry


THE Derry Senior Football Championship kicks into action for another season and Niall Gartland look at the top teams on the roll of honour… Bellaghy – 21 titles EVEN though they haven’t won the Derry Championship since 2005, Bellaghy sit comfortably at the top of the tree with 21 titles to their name. They’ve also […]


Ballinderry under new management for 2022


By Michael McMullan BALLINDERRY Shamrocks will be under new management for the 2022 season. Michael Conlan stepped down at the end of last season and he has been replaced by Kieran O’Kane. The former Foreglen player managed Drum to promotion from junior football. Advertisement He managed Lissan last season and was involved in Derrylaughan during […]