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Club News


Saturday 29th December 2018

Sbyl Supplementary Cup Final
22nd Old Boys U17's 1-1 St James Swifts B U17's 

Well the day had come for the young 2's. A lot of hard work had went on at the training ground. Grupenfurher Larkin along with his trusty coaches had picked the team and they were as prepared as they could be. They faced league leaders St James Swifts who have already beaten us twice this year comfortably so it was a big ask today. 

The boys kicked off and settled the nerves quickly and looked the better side in the opening exchanges. Cole and Marcus looked solid at the back. While Duracell Jake was everywhere winning tackle after tackle and settling the bench mark for work rate and effort. Young Nathan up top linked up superbly with the midfield and big Crouchie Craig. It was down the left after some good work by Aaron that Nathan slipped the ball to Craig only to see his shot flash narrowly wide. On the other side Jamie linked up well with Daryl and showed some nice touches going forward. St James saw a free kick fly just over the bar and another straight at Lackey in nets. But the 2's kept pressing and another opening fell to Nathan only for him to be superbly tackled as he was about to pull the trigger. A moment pile(Lewis) will want to forget, as he bombed out from left back to meet the ball, he swung his foot at it and completely missed the ball. Seconds later he done it again and even his Mother in the stand was coaching him to watch the ball. But he settled down and done his job well in sniffing out the St James attacks. As the half wore on it became quite even with both teams going at it but young Jake was the difference in midfield his energy allowed Dougie to get forward and open up the opposition who were defending superbly to keep out the 2's. A succession of 22nd corners were just slightly to high for big Craig to get his head on. Just before the half Jamie wiggled free in the box and struck a good effort towards the near corner but the St James keeper stretched out a leg to keep out the effort. Closest either team had come to scoring in the first half. 0-0 Half time.

The boys were prepared and sent out for the second half with more of the same being the message. The second half started of as first had ended, quite even but with the 2's just edging it. Then 5 minutes of madness. Daryl caught dwelling on the ball was robbed of it and the wee striker ran through and chipped the on rushing Leckey superbly to put St James 1 up. Within minutes arguably 22nds best play Jake kicked out at a St James player in frustration and was shown a straight red. So 1 down and down to 10 men. A shuffle in formation and the boys dug in and battled on. St James now smelling victory pressed the 22nd looking for a second goal to kill the game. But the 22nd defence were superb and defended everything they threw at them. With time ticking on the 2's knew they were going to have to gamble and throw caution to the wind in order to try and salvage the game. Grupenfurher Larkin subbed Jamie adding Jason to the back line and pushing Marcus into centre midfield. They also pushed Daryl to the wing, went to 3 at back and pushed Nathan up top to try and get the equaliser. The 2's stopped the St James attacks and looked to get some of their own going. A couple of corners saw the boys come close but no joy. Pile was replaced by Arbuthnot on the left as he was hurt and punctured. Time was ticking on and the 22nd started to look a beaten team. But then that one moment the boys needed came Nathan on the right decided he was going to do a De Bruyne and he fired in a cross come shot which flew over the keeper into the far corner, 1-1 and the place erupted. The boys were rejigged (from 342 to 441) again as we knew St James would cone at us hard for a winner. That they did they pinned us in and got a couple of corners which the boys defended superbly. To be fair Leckey wasn't troubled for all the St James pressure. The boys seen out the remaining minutes and settled for penalties. A superb result considering they were playing the team top of the league and most of the second half with 10 men. 

So to dreaded penalties 
Jamie scores, Daryl scores, Cole misses, Marcus scores and Nathan scores
St James 
Scored 2, missed 1 and scored 2.
Sudden death up stepped Jason to smash in the penalty. Down to St James! Up stepped their player Leckey dives to his left saves and we WIN THE CUP !!

A big thank you to all our players and especially those who didn't feature in the final. You have developed and been part of this success as a group and will play a big part of the future of this team and our club.
Also big thank you to parents for bringing our young players to games and training and in putting your children in our care. 
Lastly to all coaches who have worked tirelessly with the boys..

C.Leckey L.Mclernan D.Cully M.McAllister C.Annesley J.Meikle A.Dougan A.McCamley J.Close N.Kidd C.Moore

J.Smith C.Pursley L.Arbuthnot L.Haddock J.Gill

Girls Kick Off

Thursday 22nd November 2018 saw another milestone reached by our budding girls team when they played a friendly v Greenisland at Clarendon. 

The Girls loved the game and worked extremely hard through out. For their first game together they gave a great account of themselves and I'm sure there is a really bright future ahead for them all. 

22nd Remembers

Remembrance Weekend 2018

Kitted Out

The club would like to thank Chrissy Jarvis for his generous sponsorship of our U17s new kit. The boys look superb in their new kit and the club are very grateful to Chrissy.

 Without local businesses helping us like this we simply couldn't survive.

Little Ladies

22nd Ladies have made a huge step in expanding our ladies/girls section by introducing a 22nd Youth U13 girls team. Tonight is a date to remember 15th October was their first ever training session and the girls enjoyed it. 

Well done to Olivia and her coaches in bringing these young ladies together to enjoy football. We hope this is the start of something big at the 22nd and providing a pathway for these young ladies to progress to our senior ladies team. 

Girls Night Out

Sarturday, 29th september  saw the second 22nd Ladies End of Season awards dinner in the Ramada Encore in Belfast City Centre.

Below are a list of all the winners on the evening

Player of year 

Natash Baird/Lauren Smyth 

Players player of the year 
Ashley Mawhinney 

Top Goal scorer 
Lauren Smyth 

Young Player of the year 
Olivia McKee

Best Trainer 
Vicky Thompson 

Most improved player 
Jade Spence 

2017 Futsal player of tournament 
Billi-jo Kitson 

Poser of the year 
Tanya Bonner 

Auld Doll of the year 
Natalie Truesdale 

Whinger of the year 
Courtney Hughes 

Moat injured player of the year 
Olivia Mckee

Images can be viewed in the photos section

ClubMark #2

Today the club recieved it's Club Mark reaccrediation Certificate from Declan Steel at Sport NI at the House of Sport. 

We as a club are very pleased to be moving into our 4th year as a Club Mark Accredited Club and a big thank you to Andy Waterworth of the IFA who helped us through the new online process. Also a big well done to everyone at the club who has worked tirelessly and bought into this process to move our club forward

Ground Improvements 2018

During the summer months the club working with Woodvale FC undertook a series of projects to enhance the facilities at Clarendon. 

First up was fencing and gates to enclose both pitches but allow access when required for players, supporters and machinery. This involved sinking fence posts, attaching fence panelling, fitting single and double gates. 

Drainage was improved around the Dugouts as they could become very soggy through the winter months. 

Steps were made down the hill to our pitch by digging out the hill, making shuttering, fitting steals, fitting handrails and pouring the concrete.

Lastly signs were erected and work done on dressing rooms to add those finishing touches for the new season starting. 

A big Thank you to everyone who helped out and it's great when two clubs can come together and work hard to achieve mutually beneficial goals.

Girls Teach Futsal

22nd Ladies double act Vicky Thompson and Natalie passed their IFA Futsal Level 1 in the Shankill leisure centre. The girls continue on with their coaching education journey. 

This will be put to good use with the 22nd Ladies senior team and the junior teams at Albert Foundry that the ladies coach.

The Return of Fry's Old Boys II

Friday 11th May 2018
Donald Fry Memorial plate 
22nd Old Old Boys 3-6 22nd Old Boys lll 

That time of the year again were the Auld lads dusted off the boots to kick I mean play our 3rds in the Donald Fry Memorial plate for charity. 

The game kicked off in brilliant sunshine after it lashed all day. The Legends team got down to business and an early opportunity when a cross was tipped onto the bar by Simpson, Kirker was lurking for what looked a tap in. But unfortunately with it being early in the game his hips hadn't been lubricated enough and he spurned the chance. At the other end Eddie was rolling around every time someone looked at him. Terrible acting and diving. Then it happened, the unthinkable! The Silverback was released and as he pounded into the box he unleashed a shot straight at Cheung which he managed to dive over. 1-0 and something wasn't adding up (more on this dodgy business later). Within minutes they had double their lead when a cross from Steko drifted some how into the top corner,2-0. The boys kept battling and Big Graham up top found himself through at a tight angle. With glory beckoning and the spectre of the Between cup about to be banished. He fluffed his lines and hit the side net. At the other end a miskick from Eddie released young Sam who took the ball in his stride and lifted it over the advancing Cheung, 3-0. Eventually big Matt was hooked (not before time). The Legends began to play better. With Les and Marty pulling the strings in midfield and the ever young Darren Clarke rampaging down the wing it only looked a matter of time before the legends scored. Kirker was next for the hook and was met by a sigh of relief. He was replaced by CSP Gavin who wouod now surely be known as 22nd Gavin. Just before the half Doughie came rampsging gorward only to be met and emptied by Baffer to great cheers from the line. But by luck and dodgy referring the lucky 3rds went in at the break 3-0 up. 

With the Legends ringing the changes at half time they were condmfident in getting back in the game. They started strong and started to test the 3rds defence. Pasty was doingbhis usual routine of boiting all round him. But the dodgy goal keeping raised its ugly head again when Cheung managed to hit himself on the back with a feeble shot and it trickled over the line while he was trying to work out what day it was ( the plot thickens ). Cheung was axed from nets after his to mistakes or did he take a bung from the unscrupulous Silverback ? Big Matt went into goal and with in minutes Cheung appeared in a 3rds strip! Playing on the wing. Unbelievable was he a mole all along ? Would put nothing by the devious Silverback. Then to rub salt in the wound from a corner big Matt was to busy talking and a Cheung cross looped in the air, the wind caught it and it dropped over Matt's head and in. Matt was hooked again and Clin put in goal (dodgy keepers were killing the legends). Duff continued the Duff turn sending a few boys to the shop and the oldest player in the world Billy Gordon led the line. Within minutes the legends got a quick fire double to make the score 5-2 and back in the game you would think ? But no Clin then frightened to dive in the muck conceeded a 6th. Mind you the ref G.Irvine hadn't s clue what day it was as he accused the legends of having 12 players on the pitch ( he can't even count to 10). At the other end a lifeline when one of the cheating 3rds near caught the ball in the box...... penalty! He actually gave us something. Up stepped Baffer, assured and confident he strutted up the the ball... Terrible penalty the lurcher fell to his left and saved it. Baffer got the wee legs going to finish the rebound from 3 yards with the keeper on the floor and the net at his mercy! But no he decided to clear the ball out of play. Possibly the worse miss in history much to the amusement of both teams and lines. Enter the fray the Silverback. At the end he was sent down the left as he thundered through he was chased by Kirker who timed his tackle to perfection much to the yelpsof the cheating Silverback who howled for a penalty. Right at the death in a packed 3rds penalty area Doughie frightened of Kirkers strength hawledGibb to the ground and the ref had no choice but to awatdca penalty. With Baffer banished it was left to CSP Gavin to take on Cheung who decided he was doing nets for the 3rds now. But the big ref made no mistake and send Cheung packing to make it 6-3. 

Today was about remembering our Glourious leader Donald Fry who would be proud of the club and were we are today. All was left was to present the trophy to the devious Silverback. Karma struck and as he lifted the trophy his shirts fell down much to the merriment of all concerned.

Player of the Year

Saturday, 5th May 2018 so the 22nd Old Boys and Youth descend upon the Ramada Encore for our annual Player of the Year awards evening, but this time without our leader, Brian Kirker who missed the event due to personal issues. 

Instead Neil Herron, took on the role of Master of Ceremonies.

1st team 
Player of the Year: W.Cheung
Players' Player of the Year: S.Vance
Top scorer: Clarke Bacon 

2nd team 
Player of the Year: A.McCrea
Players' Player of the Year:A.McCrea
Top scorer: L.Boobyer

3rd team 
Player of the Year: D.McCrudden 
Players' Player of the Year: J.Thompson
Top scorer: J. Burrows

Player of the Year: G. Carson
Players' Player of the Year: G.Carson 
Top scorer :Clarke Bacon 
Beat trainer: M.Irvine 
Most improved: G.Carson 

Poseur of the Year: S.Vance 
Most Injured: G.Irvine 
Auld Git: G. Larkin
Whinger of the Year: B.McClean 

Most Injured: J.McKimm 
Poseur of the Year: J.Thompson 
Whinger of the Year: A.Crooks 

Chairman's cup Winner
R. Douglas
Photos from the evening can be viewed from the photo album section of the website

From Boys to Men

22nd Youth started as a U17 team in 2015/16 season with a bunch of young local lads in Woodvale park. That year, they came together and went on to win the Supplementary Cup beating Donegal Celtic in the final 1-0. Unfortunately league form was erratic and they finished mid table.

The following year they lost in penalties in the Semi final of the same cup at U19 level. Again league form was not as it should be for the quality within the squad.

Their last season was a tough year in Sbyl but they stuck together while up against it in to high a division.

W.Simpson, W.Cheung, G.Larkin, R.Douglas and the rest of the coaching team stuck together through ups and downs. The bond between the coaches and players is there for all to see.

The club sees this as a great success with most of the young lads playing 1st, 2nd and 3rd team senior football. They we hope and expect will be the future of our club. We aim to work hard to bring in further youth teams for the coming 2018/19 season.

Girls go into Season 2

Thursday 19th April saw the launch of NIWFA 2018 at Stormont. The 22nd Ladies will be competing in North 2 in their second season.

The ladies are very excited about the new season. This year we have a good squad of 24 players and we hope to have a successful and enjoyable second season.

Last season we finished with 2 wins and 6 points do we will look to better that and see where it takes us. Our opening fixture is away to St Oliver Plunkett Ladies on Friday 4th May. The season fixtures for North 2 are as follows:

Friday 4th May
St Oliver Plunkett Ladies v 22nd Ladies (A)

Wednesday 9th May
Larne Ladies v 22nd Ladies (A)

Thursday 31st May
22nd Ladies v Carnmoney Athletic Ladies (H)

Thursday 14th June
22nd Ladies v Shamrock Ladies (H)

Wednesday 27th June
Chimney Corner Ladies v 22nd Ladies (A)

Thursday 5th July
Shamrock Ladies v 22nd Ladies (A)

Thursday 19th July
22nd Ladies v Chimney Corner Ladies (H)

Friday 3rd August
Carnmoney Athletic Ladies v 22nd Ladies (A)

Thursday 9th August
22nd Ladies v Larne ladies (H)

Thursday 23rd August
22nd Ladies v St Oliver Plunkett Ladies (H)

Come along and support the ladies

First Team on the Right Avenue

22nd Old Boys are already looking forward to the new season, as we are proud to unveil our now home jersey. 

All at 22nd Old Boys would like to thank Avenue Recycling for their very generous and valuable sponsorship of our new kit for our senior team.

We look forward to proudly representing your company throughout the 2018/19 season.

Door Wide Open

A big thank you to The Open Door Hot food and sandwich bar for their generous sponsorship of a new home kit for our 3rd team for the up coming season. It's great to have local companies from our community supporting us and we full intend to support them. Especially the Saturday morning fry ups !

Mukey Strikes Again

William Devlin scored this great volley in a cup game for 22nd Old Boys a year ago. It was subsequently sent into Soccer AM. They kindly flew him over to London to do a volley challenge v Jimmy Bullard.

Olivia Learns to Lead

The 2018 class of the Female Football Leadership Programme graduated last week at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park.

The nine graduates were presented with their certificates by Irish FA President David Martin at the event hosted by Denise Watson.

22nd Ladies player Olivia McKee graduated and we are all very proud of her at our club.

The keynote speaker at the event was Manchester City TV presenter Nicola McCarthy who outlined her journey within the media and provided insights on how to lead within the industry.

22nd give Racism the Red Card

Friday 21st February 2018 saw the 22nd Old Boys/Ladies FC complete Show Racism The Red Card workshop. This was facilitated by the IFA at the National Stadium at Windsor Park.

Diarmuid McAneece delivered a very interesting and valuable course. All attending learnt a lot about Racism and how to tackle this complicated subject.

Ladies Scrub Up Well for Awards Evening

Saturrday, 7th October 2017 saw 22nd Old Boys & Ladies celebrating the first competitive season for the Ladies team. 

It was a hard season with a steep learning curve for our girls, but one where a lot of positives were taken and improvements, both collectively and individually, were made.

A number of awards were presented:

22nd Ladies Player of the Year


22nd Ladies Young Player of the Year


22nd Ladies Players' Player of the Year


22nd Ladies Top Goalscorer


22nd Ladies Most Improved Player


22nd Ladies Best Trainer


22nd Ladies Whinger of the Year


22nd Ladies Posser of the Year


22nd Ladies Auld Doll of the Year


As well as these, word filtered through later on in the evening the the NIWFA North 2 Player of the Year had been announced with the recipient being non-other than our very own KATRINA MONTGOMERY. 

This award was a major coup for our club. Receiving an award like this in our inaugural season was a special achievement for both player and her clubmates.

Bring on Year 2!!!

The 22nd's Bench Mark 

Today the club finished the installation of a bench at Clarendon in memory of our late Secretary Donald Fry BEM. 

Those who knew Donald know he used to find a quiet corner of the pitch to watch the 22nd play every week, come rain, hail or sunshine. 

We think Donald would have appreciated this spot, as it is quiet part of the ground and as you can see from the photos has a great view over our pitch.

The Best Club in Belfast

August 2017 saw the 22nd Old Boys/Ladies win the McDonald's IFA regional Accredited Club of The Year award for Belfast. This is a great honour for the whole club and was presented to the club by the legendary Northern Ireland International goalkeeper Pat Jennings at Woodvale Cricket club. The club are delighted to have received this award and believe it will help inspire the club to progress further both on and off the field of play.

One of the our great passions is mental awareness and Pat Jennings posed along with Malcolm Roberts of the IFA and ourselves with our #itsoktotalk banner. Raising awareness of mental health. Big Pat says #itsoktotalk!!

22nd Against Homophobia

Sunday, 30th August 2017
22nd Ladies F.C took part in the Homophobia v Football 6 aside tournament today, held at Seaview. 
Playing against some quality opposition the ladies finished a creditable 3rd in the tournament and really enjoyed their day. A big well done to the organisers of a good event for a great cause. 

Those taking part were V.Thompson K.Stewart J.Spence T.Bonner C.Hughes K.Montgomery L.Keatings.
Saturday 22nd July 2017
Ian Boyd Memorial cup
Netherley Woodlane Legion 4-2 22nd/Ballykeel

The Ian Boyd Memorial cup came round again being hosted in Liverpool to raise Suicide and mental health awareness. Unfortunately Wigtown & Bladnoch could not travel and due to unforseen circumstances both 22nd  and Ballykeel came together to form a joint team.

The game kicked of in brilliant sun shine and with 2's and Keelers up against a very strong Netherley team. The Liverpool boys moved the ball very well but were finding it difficult to break down the parked bus of 22nd/Ballykeel. In fact within minutes Stevie hit the underside of Netherley bar, but unfortunately the ball bounced to safety. Our hosts continued to pass the ball well but still found it difficult to break through and when they did squandered their chances. Eventually the pressure told and some good football saw Netherley grab 2 goals in quick succession to take a deserved 2-0 lead. Credit to the boys with Watson playing through a minor heart attack and Jono turning a deep shad of red they battled on. A marauding run from left back by Jono found him completely busted but he managed to free up our loanie for the day whole was brought down in box. After much crying, whinging and demanding Ian was giving the responsibility of the spot kick. Up he stepped and hit possibly the worst penalty in history.... amazingly it crept in (stewards inquiry as keeper looked to have been bribed). 2-1 and so it remained to half time.

With a bit of a reshuffle and Richie being knighted an honoury 2 for the day the second half began. Unfortunately for the 22nd/Ballykeel Netherley started very quick and grabbed 2 quick goals to make it 4-2 (again was keeper bribed ?). The 22nd battled on with Jono, Ian and Watson removed (bit of a theme) Stevie and Cheung worked hard to try and get us back into it. Big Younger and the experienced Kirker closed up shop at the back. A lifeline for the boys came when a good cross picked out sheepy who nodded home from close range to make it 4-2. Our honoury keeper came quickly off his line to foil any further Netherley chances and the game flowed end to end. Young Reece worked hard at full back and Ross put a great shift in at centre midfield.
The 22nd/Ballykeel Got a free kick in a dangerous position. Up stepped Stevie I'll take the free kick Wilson.... A 5 year old could have saved it terrible effort. The boys missed chance after chance with glory beckoning. In fact the closest the boys came to a third goal was when the experienced Kirker near broke the post from 20 yards. The last kick feel to Kirker who shot from some 30 yards with the ball just dipping over. The ref deciding that hospitality was calling much to the relief of the older players.

Well done to Netherley Woodlane Legion on winning the Ian Boyd Memorial cup. Fully deserved with the game played in a great spirit and their hospitality was second to none.

R.Stichcomb(Hry 2) R.Millar B.Kirker J.Young J.Hamilton R.Douglas S.Wilson W.Cheung S.Watson I.Thompson
Building a Club

22nd Old Boys over the last few weeks have completed the building of their home and away dug outs at their Clarendon pitch. With reinforced concrete floor and roof we hope these will serve the club well over many years to come.

Projects like this we believe help bond a club together and we certainly had our laughs and tears when building these. A lot of credit goes to the club in general but in particular Ross Douglas for his building skills and William Simpson for digging the founds. I could go on as quite a few played significant rolls in this project and they all have the club's thanks.

Unto the next project Ross !!

Amateur League, Here We Come!

It is with great pleasure that the 22nd Old Boys FC can announce that they have been invited to enter the Northern Amateur Football League. This is something as a club we have worked tirelessly towards.

The help and backing we have received by so many people was unbelievable. There are just to many to mention, but you all know who you are. From letters of recommendation, to a simple piece of advice here and there our club are very grateful to all.

As we move forward to a new challenge we will not forget the help and support over the last few years we have received from the Belfast and District League. Jim Jess and his committee work tirelessly for all their clubs and we wish them all the best in their future endeavours.

Finally anyone wishing to join our progressive club please feel free to contact any member of our club

New Santos Tournament Winners

Saturday 27th May 2016
New Santos Tournament
Valley 4G

Group games

22nd 0-0 New Santos
Our first game saw us up against the hosts. Both teams worked very hard but very little was created as defences were very much on top. The first chance of note fell to big Stevie who headed over from close range. The next saw the New Santos keeper caught of his line but Braiden from 40 yards curled his shit narrowly wide. Both twins were causing alsorts of problems for New Santos defence but unfortunately time ran out 0-0.

22nd 0-0 Rockathletic
Thus game from the off was dominated by the 22nd. Again both twins running amoke. After a good run  Clarke was brought down in the box....penalty. Up stepped Cheung who decided to try and be clever but saw his feeble chip saved. Reece growing into game with Braiden looked dangerous and Stevie with goal at his mercy fell over it. Dylan and Matic solid at back with Jordy and Willie. Allowed 2's to push on and twin hitting the post with keeper beaten. Unfortunately time ran out and again 0-0. 

22nd 0-0 New Santos ll
Again 22nd dominated play but could they find the net Stevie again missing a sitter was immediately hooked. Boys at back solid as they continued to mop up any New Santos attack. Both twins worked their socks off with Carter torturing the full back beating the keeper but his effort striking the post. 22nd management were in disbelief of how we weren't well in front but yet again time ran out 0-0.

22nd 1-0 Rockathletic ll
This was a must win game to be in with a chance of the final. The boys worked very hard creating chances but couldn't find a break through a change in formation saw young Clarke released and at last a goal. He composed himself and fired into the far corner. 1-0 22nd. Moments later he would have been through again if someone had told him to turn but no communication and game finished 1-0.

A situation unfolded with New Santos 1st team in final both their 2nds and 22nd finishing on 6 points. New Santos ll very sportingly decided 5 penalties each would decide the other finalist. The 22nd were immaculate from the spot scoring 4 and Cheung as per usual saved 2 to see us through to final.

22nd 0-0 New Santos
The final was dominated by both teams defences with neither really troubled. New Santos lookeddangerous from set plays and 22nd best chances falling to twins who both tiring fired at keeper and wide. So to dreaded penalties again.
22nd winning with Cheung stepping up and saving 3 with both twins missing for 22nd. We will stay nothing about the referees ability to count next time Gavin may take his socks and shoes off to count properly.

A great day, good laugh and played in a great spirit by all teams involved. Well done to New Santos for a great day

Donald Fry Memorial Game

Saturday 20th May 2017

Donald Fry BEM Memorial Plate

22nd Old Old Boys 1-1 22nd C
22nd Old Old Boys win 4-3 on penalties.

It was decided by ex players and 22nd committee that an annual charity game be held between more mature players and current C.team to honour and remember Donald Fry, our long serving secretary and legend of junior football. This year's proceeds will go to Cancer Research.

The game kicked off at sunny Mallusk (Yes really) will the Old Boys dominating early play. The ever young Herron marshalling midfield with Auld git of the year Ross. The athletic G.Reid led the line with Luke and forced an early corner. Signal for kirker to break his neck to get in box. Herron steadied himself looked at his options in the box and decided just to place it into the top corner. What a hit Neil boom Old Boys 1-0 up. 
A shaken C.team tried in vain to break down the Old Boys back line but pasty, kirker, Kane and Glen found it pretty handy. Then the moment I personally had waited on, the Duffy turn. Result! C.team play to shop and Duffy away. This was to be a recurring theme, and in his trainers too. Jordy looked to escape the Old Boys back line with an over head kick, Cheung diving to his right with an impressive save. The C.team pressed hard but enter young Billy at 67 to lead the Old Boys line and relieve the pressure along with big spanker. The C.team pressed but offside Andy made life very easy for pasty an co. Enter the field Baffer to shore up old boys back line and help them see it through to half time 1-0 up.

Second half started with the Old Boys dominating play and a flowing move saw big Guz near break the bar with an unstoppable shot. Calls for a goal were waved away by Gavin the ref. Again old boys back line was solid with Lee pasty kirker and Baffer moping up anything threw at them. Another flowing move saw a great Baffer cross find big Guz at the back post.... he rose like a salmon but put it well wide. Still the Old Boys pressed this time a great cross to back post saw Gregg leap like a dying salmon to clear rather than finish with net at his mercy. Next was like honoury auld lad for the day through on goal but burger saved. Then a lucky break for the C.team saw McCrea bearing down on goal and unfortunately his miskick threw Cheung and he found the net 1-1
Neil Herron unfortunately left the field with a nasty injury after a dodgy challenge from Martin. With time ticking away the unscrupulous C.team tried to have Kirker sent of for a great challenge on that well known diver Eddie white. The ref flashing a harsh yellow. Willy Adams, introduced after Herron's injury, twisted, turned and embarrassed a number of C team players with his close control, sending White, Nesbitt and co. to the shop on a number of occassions. Duffys turn to try his luck from 30 yards unfortunately the bar to the rescue again. For all the Old Boys pressure the game finished 1-1. The dreaded penalties.

Baffer taking charge picked his takers for the Auld boys
Up stepped C.team to score 1-0. Kirker stepped up and stroked it into top corner 1-1. C.team scored again 2-1. Up stepped Duffy no mistake 2-2. Up stepped Curtis looking nervous and Cheung saved well. Next up was Scott Kane dink down middle keeper away to shop 3-2 Auld boys infront.  C.team scored to level 3-3. Next up Gregg again top bag 4-3. Jordy looking shaky hit his penalty.... Cheung saved and Old Old Boys win.

What a day and all for a great cause in Cancer Research and in Memory of Donald who is truly missed.

22nd Old Old Boys FC
W.Cheung G.Irvine B.Kirker D.Passmore S.Kane N.Herron R.Douglas I.Greer A.Weir G.Reid L.Murdough
J.Duff G.Clarke D.Smith B.Gordon G.Larkin L.McKay

 22nd Old Boys C
N.Hills J.Young C.Nesbitt S.Graham F.Robinson C.Lindores N.Martin W.Devlin J.Adams A.McCrea K.Sheehan
B.Elwood T.McComish E.White

And The Winner Is...

This past Saturday evening, 13th May, 22nd Old Boys and Youth held their annual End of Season Awards dinner in the Ramada Encore Hotel in Belfast City Centre. As always, this was an enjoyable evening with some surprise recipients. Below are a list of the awards winners.

Further photographs of the evening can be found here: 2016/17 Presentation Evening

Chairman's cup: William Simpson
Best Trainer: William Cheung

22nd A
Player of year: Jacky Burrows/ Gary Gillespie
Player's player of year: William Cheung
Top goal scorer: Ryan McFarland

22nd U19’s
Player of year: Clarke Bacon/Jordan McKimm
Player's player of year: Clarke Bacon
Top goal scorer: Clarke Bacon
Most improved: Kane Sheehan
Best Trainer: Cody McBride
Posser of the year: Reece Gregg
Whinger of year: Carter Bacon
Most injured: Jordan Carrigan

22nd B
Player of year: Ross Douglas/Jonathan Hamilton
Player's player of year: Ross Douglas
Top goal scorer: Ross Douglas

22nd C
Player of year: David Simpson
players player of year: Andy McCrea
Too goal scorer: William Devlin

Posser of year: Stevie Wilson
Whinger of year: Andy McCrea
Most injured:  Andy McCann
Old git of year: Ross Douglas

Prior to the clubs Annual General Meeting on the 21st April, Reserve Team manager Neil Herron stepped down as head coach after 5 years at the helm. As a result, 22nd members decided to replace him with current Third Team manager William Adams. Following this, the club overwhelmingly supported the idea that Neil move up to assist with the First Team for the new season. 
Neil later released the following statement:

I would just like to thank all the players for their support over the last five seasons when I was coach of the B-team and I was very grateful for the opportunity Brian Kirker and Donald Fry gave me to coach the side. Big thanks also to Gary Larkin for his help as my assistant the past two seasons.

All the best for next season lads

Everyone within the club thanks Neil for his service as Reserve Team manager and eagerly awaits to see the impact and tactical knowledge that he will no doubt bring with him to the First Team. 
As a result of the AGM vote, William Adams takes charge of the Reserve Team where he will be assisted by the former B team captain Matt Shaw in a move aimed at providing fresh ideas and renewed stability within this group.
The vacated C team hot seat has been filled by current assistant manager Thomas McComish where he will be assisted by the experienced 22nd coach Gary Larkin.
Saving Lives

22nd Old Boys/ Ladies FC received their new Defibrillator thanks to Sport NI.

This live saving piece of equipment will be installed at our home pitch at Clarendon. We hope never to need it but it is there if required for the benefit of all teams using the Clarendon complex.

Futsal Finished

The 22nd Ladies finished their first ever Futsol Tournament hosted by IFA in 5th place in the Lisburn group. The ladies won their first every competitive game against Carrick Ladies in a very close contest. The ladies also took some of the other teams very close and have throughly enjoyed their experience. The tournament was very useful as it helped improve fitness and technical ability having to use a heavier ball. We look forward to coming back next year to hopefully improving out position.

Girls Kitted Out

22nd Ladies filled a match card. With local businesses buying a square for £20 each and the winner to sponsor the Ladies new Adidas Condivo tracksuits. The winner was Heather Rose Photography who is pictured presenting the Ladies with their tracksuits at the IFA Futsol competition at the Shankill Leisure centre. We would like to that all the local businesses who very generosity purchased squares on the card. This went a long way to paying for the Ladies tracksuits which I'm sure we all agree they look very smart in.

Simpson over Maitland AGAIN...

22nd host their 2nd FIFA tournament on Sunday, 20th November 2016 with 22nd players and friends taking part. 

The final once again, saw Chrissy Maitland battle Dee Simpson, where unfortunately for Big Yaya, history repeated itself with Simpson coming out on top 2-1 and taking the cash prize home.

Well done Dee on defending your title!

Lest We Forget

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Fully Qualified

Today is a special moment in our club with Samantha Lloyd and Maggie Evitt being the very first 22nd Ladies to achieve their IFA Level 1 qualification. This is a great achievement for both ladies and will help our ladies team move forward in the future and help in their player/Coach development.

This would not have been possible without the training provided by the IFA. In particular Gail Redmond who's advice and help over the past months has been invaluable.

We hope to enter the 22nd Ladies into competitive football next year. We are constantly on the look out for new players or simply someone who wishes to come along and help out in any way. If you wish to join simply contact any player, Facebook page, twitter account or come along to a training night.

B Team Change To The Wright Style

The 22nd Old Boys FC would like to thank Thomas Wright of Wrights Barbers on the Woodvale road for their sponsorship of a new red kit for our second team. 

The club can not thank Thomas enough for his continued support and is much appreciated by our club. 

Without local companies such as Wrights helping teams like ourselves we could not do what we continue to do within our community

Match Day for the Ladies

After two months of training, the girls finally pulled on the royal blue shirt of the 22nd Old Boys.

Tuesday, 2nd August 2016 is a date that goes down in the history books as the two's finally fielded a girls XI.

Manager Samantha Lloyd picked her team as the girls took on a St. Oliver Plunkett select side who had a number of years experience playing together. 

Although the 8-0 result didn't go our way, the positives to be taken from the evening, greatly outnumbered the negatives.

Now, onto the next one!

Back Row: Brian Kirker (Coach), Olivia McKee, Danielle Wynne, Jade Spence, Billi-Jo Kitson, Kirsty Wynne, Samantha Lloyd, Carly Payne, Philip McWilliams (Coach)

Front Row: Katelyn Stewart, Chelsea Smith, Daniella, Maggie Evitt, Annie Chapman, Morgan Kelly, Vicki Thompson

James Donald Fry B.E.M. 1938-2016

It is with a heavy heart we learnt of the passing of Donald Fry BEM on Saturday 16th July 2016. 

The footballing world is all the poorer for his passing. He devoted his life to his family and his 2nd family, the 22nd Old Boys. He sat on the County Antrim FA, served as Old Boys league secretary and Secretary of the 22nd Old Boys for over 50 years. 

He worked tirelessly to further junior football in N.Ireland especially, the Old Boys League. His goal, he once told me, was to have every man in NI playing football. 

He always championed the underdog and was respected by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Whether it was chasing cows of the pitch at our former stomping ground at Budore before games, or giving a chance to the youth that would become the present coaches at our club, Donald always left his mark. He mentored our current club secretary from a young age, and proudly watched the club bloom in recent years to heights previously thought unthinkable.

Donald was a real legend in junior football and will be sorely missed. His memory, principles and values will live on in the 22nd Old Boys.

Donald's funeral service will take place at Woodvale Presbyterian Church at 11am on Thursday 21st July and his committal at 1.30pm at Roselawn Cemetery.


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What an Honour!

Donald Fry was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) in June 2016 in the Queens birthday honours for his services to amateur football.

This prestigious honour could not have gone to a more deserving man. 

Donald in his 78th year has worked tirelessly for junior football at the County Antrim FA, BBOB League and of course with 22nd Old Boys, whom he has been with from 1952 (secretary over 50 years). 

Donald has always championed the underdog and is always willing to help any team and player he can. 

A true legend of junior football and we'll deserved award

Probe Pops the Question

Saturday 28th May was 22nd's presentation night at the Ramada Encore Hotel, Belfast. As usual this was a great night and was well attended.

Right at the end of the presentation, Stuart Baillie got up and proceeded to bring his girlfriend, Emma up, got down on one knee and popped the question..... to Stuart's and everyone else's delight, she accepted. This is a first at a 22nd social occasion, so the club presented the couple a bottle of champagne.

Well done to the future Mr & Mrs Baillie from everyone at the club we hope you have a long and happy future together.

Only One Darren Passmore, One Darren Paaaaaaaaaasmore

22nd Old Boys 'C' played their final game of the season this past weekend at Mallusk, but it wasn't just the end of the footballing season, it was also the end of an era with defensive stalwart and 22nd Legend Darren Passmore announcing his retirement.

In true Pasty style, he released this statement:

Well boys, that's me finally hanging up the boots. I've decided to finally listen to the body and call it quits. 

Its been an absolute pleasure playing for the 2's over the years, played alongside some smashing players and how the club has progressed from when I started, when we struggled to get 11 players, to what its become now is unbelievable. 

Its all credit to Brian, the coaches and committee on what the club has achieved and will continue to achieve, it just takes everyone to buy into what they are trying to do. 

For myself, I'm not cut out for managing or coaching but will speak to the committee in the near future about what I could offer the club.

Having played for all three teams over the years, I.ve been thinking about my favourite games for each team and thought, for a laugh, I'd share them with you's. 

So for the firsts, there's been a couple of stand out matches,a few years back now, beating a very experienced and intimidating West kirk team in the semi final with a team full of kids, the cup finals at seaview (thanks Chism) but our one and only time beating Ballysillan ym 4-3 in the junior shield was a brilliant game.

For the seconds, it has to be winning the bunting cup which was a fantastic experience, but also the semi-final against berlin which was a great comeback win.

For the thirds the famous semi final against the 10th when we kicked them of the park was proper football and was great to be part of.

So speech over, good luck for the future and I'll see yous all at pre-season lol
No I'm retired...seriously!!


Truly, the end of an era. 
Everyone at the 22nd wishes Pasty all the best in his retirement and hope he doesn't become one of those 'Oul lads that end up spending their Saturdays out with the wife!

All the best!


Wednesday 13th April saw the 22nd Old Boys FC invited to the Merchant Hotel as guests of the IFA. 

There, we were presented with their Sport NI Club Mark Accreditation by Michael O'Neill, the Northern Ireland Manager. 

This was a result of nearly a years hard work by our committee to achieve the required standards and hope this will push us on to better things.

This was a great evening especially the question and answer session done by M.O'Neill, very witty. 

We as a club hope to build on this and achieve in the future a 2nd star to our club mark.

And the Winners Are.....

The 22nd Old Boys FC U17's got a new kit thanks to the generosity of the local businesses on the Shankill, Woodvale and Ballygomartin who all purchased squares on our match card. 

The winning company was RC Trading on the Shankill Road. They now have their name on our new kit and will be our Under 17's official sponsor for next season. 

A big thank you to all within our community who took part.


Paul "Wee Cub" McCullough was a true gentleman and character of the Belfast & District Football League. 

He was a cracking footballer and a wee gentleman. His tragic suicide has hit his family, team mates at BCYM and friends at CSP very hard along with all his opponents who knew him in the BDFL. 

His funeral was a great symbol of hope and togetherness, bring together everyone in the league and from beyond. 

Cub will be sorely missed by all who knew him. 

The Lord is my Shepherd

The 2's ans CSP show there respects to Paul McCullough

Cool Down at the 2's

The 22nd Old Boys FC have teamed up with Better Body Hub to provide our players with quality recovery process and sports massages. 

This will prove invaluable for our club in helping players recover from those knocks and bruises which hamper them, not only on the sports field, but with their day to day jobs.

Jack was a member of the Coronation Cup and League double winners in 1956/57

Jack Storey

It is with great regret that the club has learnt of the passing of Jack Storey on Friday 12th February 2016. 

Jack was one of life's true gentlemen, an imposing centre back and an excellent cricket player. 

Jack was one of 22nd Old Boys founder members and a former club secretary. 

He will be missed by all who had the great pleasure to know this gentleman. The world will be all the poorer for his loss. 

The Lord is my Shepherd.

Jack Storey was a keen and talented cricketer and is pictured as part of Woodvale Cricket Club's Junior Cup winners

Coach Education

22nd Old Boy's F.C come together with Westland YM, 2nd Old Boy's, Hope for Youth and the IFA to deliver a grassroots coaching course at the Girls Model. This will provide qualified coaches for each of these organisations and enable these men and women to deliver suitable coaching for their communities.

22nd August 2015 - Keep The Date Free

The 2's Make A New Signing

22nd Old Boys FC would like to welcome Click Oil as official first team shirt sponsor for the incoming 2015/16 season. Brian Kirker's men will proudly wear our new partners name on the front of the new first team strip during incoming year and beyond. 

Lets hope its a successful partnership, both on and off the field and one that will last for a long time. 

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Thanks To Salon Support NI, C Team Gain New Kit

C Team manager William Adams and Club Treasurer Brian Kirker have unvailed the new shirt for the incoming league campaign. The Third team will be sponsored by Salon Support NI Ltd. 

The club would like to thank Salon Support NI Ltd for their generosity and contined support. 

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Ian Boyd Memorial Cup

Photographs from the trip can be found in the "Albums" section of our site. Thanks to Edward Flannighan Photography at   www.efphotos.co.uk for the official tournament pictures

22nd 1-1 Wigtown

22nd 1-0 Ballykeel

Wigotwn and Bladnoch Football Club started this season the same way they finished last season - winning trophies.

They retained the Ian Boyd Memorial Trophy recently at Trammondford Park in the season opener, against opposition from Northern Ireland, 22nd Old Boys from Belfast and Ballykeel from Ballymena.

The tournament was played in a round-robin format with each team playing against each other in a match consisting of two 30 minute halves.

The first match was Wigtown & Bladnoch versus 22nd Old Boys. Last year’s top two teams fought it out hard and for the majority of the first half Wigtown were the better side, attacking well and holding far more possession, but the spectators had to wait until the second half for the opening goal, and it was the hosts that drew first blood with Roddy Cooksley heading home with his first touch of the ball after just having come on for Reece Agnew a couple of minutes previously.

The lead only lasted eighht minutes as the side from Belfast equalized through an exceptional effort from Gary Gillespie. Gillespie found a gap in the Wigtown defence and belted one home from about 25 yards. Both sides fought hard for the remainder of the match but there were to be no more goals.

Full time: Wigtown 1 - 1 22nd Old Boys

The second match was an all-Northern Irish affair as 22nd Old Boys faced Ballykeel. This match was dominated by the Ballymena boys and 22nd Old Boys somehow managed to keep the ball out of the net and have to thank their ‘keeper Curtis Lindores for that as he made a string of saves. The only goal of the game came with five minutes as the Ballykeel centre backs could not keep up with the 22nd Old Boys striker Graeme Irvine and he was let through one-on-one with the keeper to slot home.

Full time: 22nd Old Boys 1 - 0 Ballykeel

The final match saw Wigtown play Ballykeel.

Wigtown went into the game knowing that they had to win by two or more goals to take the cup for a record fourth consecutive time. Despite this, it was the Northern Irish side that started the game on the upper hand with Wigtown keeper Wullie White having to make a couple of key saves to keep Scots in the game, and the competition. But Wigtown saw themselves take the lead as Tyler Rennie headed home a Rab Joe Paisley cross to offside calls, but referee Scott Sheppard waved them away to give the goal! As Wigtown celebrated, the Ballykeel players protested to no avail and one of their midfielders, Jordan Kenny, became the first player in the competition’s eight-year history to be shown a red card.

Things soon went from bad to worse for ‘the Keelers’ as Wigtown’s scorer became the provider as Tyler Rennie broke free and played the ball across in front of the Ballykeel keeper, Steven Watson, to Reece Agnew, who calmly slotted the ball into the empty net.

In the second half, Wigtown’s luck changed as Wullie White was forced off due to an elbow injury. With no substitute keeper, manager Mickey Dougan pulled on the gloves and helped his team see out the match.

Full time: Wigtown 2 - 0 Ballykeel

This result meant Wigtown were the winners of the Ian Boyd Memorial Cup by one goal.

The Ian Boyd Memorial Cup, was set up after a Ian Boyd (a lad from Ballymena) tragically took his own life in November 2006 aged just 19. The tournament’s purpose is not only to serve as a memorial to Ian but also to serve as a means of highlighting the increasingly rising numbers of people taking their own lives especially those of young adults.

The competition started as a five-a-side midnight football tournament but changed to its current format in 2008 when Stranraer Reserves won the competition. Since 2008, Wigtown and Bladnoch have won the cup four times with Stranraer Reserves winning twice and Ballymoney United winning once

Article from the Galloway Gazette
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Take 5 for Wellbeing Cup 2015

22nd Old Boys will host the inaugural Take 5 for wellbeing cup on Saturday, 22nd August 2015.

Competing in the tournament, will be sides from Westland, Bootle Street, Rock Athletic, New Santos, Belfast Deaf United and Ballykeel. As well as two 22nd OB XI's.

FASA will also be taking part in the days proceedings by setting up a workshop on mental health as well as other activities.

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