Remembrance Weekend 2018
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.
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.
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
Girls Teach Futsal
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.
From Boys to Men
Girls go into Season 2
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
KATRINA MONTGOMERY and TANYA BONNER
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
Amateur League, Here We Come!
Donald Fry Memorial Game
Saturday 20th May 2017
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
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
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.
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.
The Lord is my Shepherd
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
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
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.
Ian Boyd Memorial Cup
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
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.