22nd Old Boys & Ladies FC   

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Take 5 For Wellbeing Cup


Another successful Take 5 for Wellbeing campaign has finished and we at 22nd Old Boys FC are delighted to offer our final evaluation. 

A copy of this is available from the link below

Take 5 Cup Final Evaluation

Saturday 6th August 2022

Woodvale park 

We hosted our annual Take 5 for Wellbeing day. Football wise wasn't a bad day for us with Ladies winning their game and 2nds winning the mens competition. The real winners were the 1000s of people through the park who had fun on the bouncy castles, facepainters, health checks, alternative therapies and access to mental health agencies. Plus many more activities. 

The weather was superb, the football was played in a good spirit and a big thank you go's out to everyone who took part in the event and who made it possible. 

The National Lottery Community Fund Northern Ireland 

Belfast City Council, Mark and Darren

Extern Charity, Safe group and Cali 

Zoƫ Dilworth Photography

Plus many many more for making this a huge success.


Another successful Take 5 for Wellbeing campaign has finished and we at 22nd Old Boys FC are delighted to offer our final evaluation. 

A copy of this is available from the link below

Take 5 Cup Final Evaluation

Saturday 21st August 2021

We had our annual Take 5 for Wellbeing Tournament in Woodvale park. After a week of diaster after diaster leading up to the event including some dodgy weather on the day we got it running. 
Our Youth coaches ran a great fun tournament for kids on the moga which every enjoyed and loads of photos to come.
Bouncy castles were a great success as always and thank goodness for the marquees were all the mental awareness groups were set up. 
22nd Ladies beat a very young Shamrock side to win their tournament continuing our long standing friendship and continue to build community relations.  
The senior tournament was won deservedly by Sandy Row and results were as follows.

Group A
22nd Old Boys 1-2 Sandy Row
Bootle St 1-1 Woodvale lll
22nd Old Boys 4-1 Bootle St 
Sandy Row 1-0 Woodvale lll
22nd Old Boys 0-0 Woodvale lll
Sandy Row 1-2 Bootle St 

Group B
22nd Old Boys ll 3-0 St Malachys 
Ballyclare NE 1-1 Corrymeela 
22nd Old Boys ll 0-0 Ballyclare NE 
Corrymeela 2-0 St Malachys 
22nd Old Boys ll 0-2 Corrymeela 
St Malachys 1-1 Ballyclare NE 

Sandy Row 2-1 22nd Old Boys ll
Corrymeela 0-0 22nd Old Boys 
22nd eon 6-5 on penalties 

Sandy Row 2-0 22nd Old Boys 

A big thank you to Belfast City Council (especially Mark & Jenny) for their help in facilitating us and for big lottery fund for funding this great event to promote positive mental wellbeing. Also thanks to Ben and Safe project for looking after the marquee. Tamhi for their ongoing support and inspiration. 
Thank you to all the groups who supported us and the teams for making the tournaments competitive and enjoyable.

More images from the day are available in the Photo Albums


Saturday 22nd August 

Unfortunately due to Covid restrictions we were unable to host our usual Take 5 Tournament in Woodvale park. But we ran a 4 team tournament, 40 minute straight games at Clarendon to raise Mental Awareness through Football.

Rockathletic 0-2 22nd Old Boys 

22nd got of to a good start, but Jay taking advantage of confusion at a corner to slam the ball home, 1-0. Clarke missed a couple of good opportunities before Boobs blasted home from close range to make it 2-0. We continued to work hard but couldnt find a third. 

Warren YM 2-0 Bootle Street 

Rockathletic 0-5 Warren YM 

22nd 3-0 Bootle Street 
Both sides had penalty appeals waved away in the early exchanges before Stein weaved his way past 3 or 4 players to finish, 1-0. Cheung thinking he was a sweeper got caught outta his box but Jay was on hand to tidy up. Craig in Bootle nets made a good save from Clarke. But Clarke got his goal when he volleyed home a pinpoint cross from Boobs, 2-0. There was time for Bootle Street to score an own goal to make it 3-0.

Warren YM 1-3 22nd Old Boys 
This game was a must win for 2's as a draw would result in Warren winning the cup. We started well when big Jay rise at the back post to head home, 1-0. The crowd on the hill got a bit vocal handing out a bitta stick but were silenced when Warren equalised. A managerial master class from Kirker and Dougie saw a change to 3 at the back with an extra striker. Right away Clarke fed Boobs who done his best to miss from a yard out, 2-1. Warren pushed for the equaliser and the crowd got more boisterous. Clarke alive to a shirt back pass rounded the keeper and scored in off the post, 3-1. Boys held out to retain the cup !

Bootle Street 2-1 Rockathletic 

A massive thank you to Gavin Morgan for soldiering through terrible conditions and his usual high refereeing standards.



Final Evaluation. Click on title to download

Player of Match 
Samantha Lloyd (22nd Ladies)

Take 5 moment of match 
Rachel Ireland (Belfast Ravens)

Player of Tournament
Denver Brown (22nd Old Boys)

Take 5 award 
Dillon (Warren YM)

External Moment of Tournament 
William Cheung (22nd Old Boys)

Top Goal Scorer 
Gerard McWilliams (Willowbank U23's)

Mens Tournament Winners 
22nd Old Boys 

Ladies Tournament Winners 
22nd Ladies

U13 Girls Cup Winners
Belfast Swifts 

U11 Girls Cup Winners 
Belfast Swifts 

U11 Girls Plate Winners 
Albert Foundry 

The Men's Tournament

Group A
22nd Old Boys 1-1 Warren YM 
New Santos 1-0 Bootle st 
22nd Old Boys 2-1 New Santos 
Warren YM 1-0 Bootle st 
22nd Old Boys 1-0 Bootle St 
Warren YM 1-1 New Santos 

Group B
22nd Old Boys ll 1-0 Kashmir 
Willowbank U23's 4-0 Rock Athletic 
22nd Old Boys ll 1-0 Rock Athletic 
Kashmir 0-3 Willowbank U23's 
22nd Old Boys ll 1-2 Willowbank U23's 
Rock Athletic 1-0 Kashmir 

Warren YM 1-0 Willowbank U23's 
22nd Old Boys 2-1 22nd Old Boys ll

22nd Old Boys 4-1 Warren YM

22nd Old Boys 1-1 Warren YM

Boys started of well dominating play and an early chance was put wide by Graeme. Warren took the lead through some poor defending at the back post. But a stroke of managerial genius saw Smooch moved up top. He slammed home the equaliser from a good Matty cross. 

22nd Old Boys 2-1 New Santos 
Boys were poor this game and some terrible defending again saw us go a goal down. But this seemed to make us click and work rate upped we won a penalty which Gary dispatched. We needed a winner and eventually it came when Denver found the net. That was enough to seal a valuable 3 points 

22nd Old Boys 1-0 Bootle St 
We had to win this one to be sure of progressing to semi final as group winners. It was a tough game against a hard working Bootle street but we eventually got our goal when Jacky scored from close range to help us top the group. 

22nd Old Boys v 22nd Old Boys ll
Here it was the game we didnt want v our second as it was always gonna be tasty. After a few tackles flying in Cheung kicked the ball from his own box, it bounced under Joe and with McCrea floundering like a dieing whale the ball nestled in the net, 1-0 1st team. The 2nds equalised very quickly when a long Brownlee throw was headed home by Beattie, 1-1.  A foul some 30 yards from 2nds goal saw Hary strike a viscous free kick which Joe saved well but Denver was on hand to finish to pit us through to the final after a very tricky game. 

22nd Old Boys 4-1 Warren YM
We hot off to a flyer when Gary was sandwiched in the box and Jacky converted the penalty, 1-0. Minutes later it was 2 after a scramble in the box Crooksy fired home from  lose range. Boys made it 3 when Crooksy crossed for Denver to volley home. Warren got a goal back with a neat finish to make it 3-1 but the game was wrapped up when the Warren defender try to stop Crooksy from scoring put the ball by his own keeper, 4-1

Ladies final

22nd Ladies 8-3 Belfast Ravens 

Both teams started well but dead lock was broken when Sam ran through to finish by the keeper, 1-0. Minutes later Sam shot and saw her shot rebound of both posts and away. Tanya showed some nice feet to beat 2 players to slide Kaitlyn in, who fired home, 2-0. Sam then played a lovely square ball for Tanya to finish to make it 3-0. Just before the half Caitlin played in Sam who chipped home to make it 4-0 in a dominant first half display. 
Second half started with Ssm playing in Kaitlyn who cut in from the left to find the far corner, 5-0. Minutes later Kaitlyn scored a cracker from corner of box into far corner to make it 6-0 and complete her hatrick. But credit to Ravens they never let their heads drop and pulled one back from a nice finish. The Ravens kept it going by hitting the post before scoring a second when then broke through. Again the Ravens came and made it 6-3 with a nice finish. The 22nd responded when Ashley chipped the keeper from distance to make it 7-3. The 22nd wrapped it up in style when Ashley turned on the half way, carried the ball and some 30 yards out smashed a great shot into the far top corner to make it 8-3 and round of a great display for the Ladies. 
Before the day, 22nd Old Boys spoke to NTV


Another successful Take 5 for Wellbeing campaign has finished and we at 22nd Old Boys FC are delighted to offer our final evaluation. 

A copy of this is available from the link below

Take 5 Cup Final Evaluation

Saturday 18th August 2018

Take 5 For Wellbeing Cup 
Woodvale park 

Group A
22nd Old Boys 0-1 Warren YM 
Belfast Deaf Utd 0-0 22nd Old Boys lll
22nd Old Boys 5-0 Belfast Deaf Utd 
Warren YM 2-1 22nd Old Boys lll 
22nd Old Boys 0-1 22nd Old Boys lll
Belfast Deaf Utd 0-5 Warren YM 

Group B 
New Santos 0-0 Ballykeel 
Rockathletic 2-1 Bootle St 
Ballykeel 5-0 Bootle St 
New Santos 0-0 Rockathletic 
Ballykeel 0-0 Rockathletic 
Bootle St 0-2 New Santos 

Warren YM 2-1 New Santos 
Ballykeel 1-0 22nd Old Boys lll 

Warren YM 0-0 Ballykeel 
Ballykeel win 5-4 on pens

22nd Old Boys 0-1 Warren YM 

The boys started the defence of the Take 5 tournament against Warren. We started quite well and were on the front foot for the opening exchanges but without creating much. Jerry playing up top for Warren always looked dangerous on the counter. It was his pace that led to a reckless challenge and the award of a penalty. He dusted himself down to finish, 1-0 Warren. Minutes later they could have made it 2 only for the dodgy pitch rescuing the 22nd. The 22nd nearly rescued a point at the end with a couple of scrambles in the box but couldn't force the ball home. FT 1-0

22nd Old Boys 5-0 Belfast Deaf Utd 
They boys given a bit of a roasting came out and done the business. With young Matty scoring 2 on his first team debut. Beattie added a much needed 2 goals which we hope will help his confidence and Graeme rounded of the performance with a nice finish to put the boys in pole position to qualify for the semi finals. 

22nd Old Boys 0-1 22nd Old Boys lll 
Well here was the game everyone was waiting on. The 1st team needing a point and the 3rds needing a win to go through as Warren were already through as group winners. Right from the out set the 1st team looked nervous and the passing just wasn't crisp enough. Big Younger lucky to be on the pitch after thing he was playing basketball got away with 1. Some tasty tackles going in and the 3rds looking dangerous on the break. The deadlock was broken when young Sam ran 40 yards without a tackle and fed Ross who fired past the helpless Cheung, 1-0 22nd lll much to the delight of the crowd. Try as the would the 1st team just couldn't get that break through and this result will long live in the memory of everyone at the 22nd


Saturday 18th August 2018

Woodvale park 
Take 5 for Wellbeing Cup Final 
22nd Ladies 2-8 Ballynahinch Ladies 

The games kicked off and for the first 20 minutes was quite an even contest. The break through came when a good through ball released Lauren who chipped the ball in for a nice finish to put the 2's 1-0 up. This seemed to wake up Ballynahinch and a great save from Nicole who flicked the ball onto the post, caught the rebound kept the 22nd in front. This didn't last as the Ballynahinch no8 took the game by the scruff of the neck and fired home 2 great long range finishes, 2-1 Ballynahinch. Angry Vicky decided to have a debate with 22nd Gavin to which she received a yellow card for her troubles. Ballynahinch fired in 2 more goals before the half to go onto the break 4-1 up. 

The second half saw Ballynahinch come out and put more pressure on the 22nd grabbing a 5th goal. Katrina being moved to centre midfield saw her do a great nutmeg. But with the extra running she was as red as her jersey. Nicole making a good save hurt her back in goal and was replaced by angry Vicky. Ballynahinch ran in 2 more goals by the diving Vicky, 7-1. A free kick on the right was crossed in and Katrina met it to head home, 7-2. Ballynahinch scored an 8th late on to put the icing on the cake. The game was played in great spirits with Ballynahinch deserved winners.

Moment of tournament N.Moore 22nd Ladies 

Player of Tournament Caoimhe Ballynahinch



Another successful Take 5 for Wellbeing campaign haws finished and we at 22nd Old Boys FC are delighted to offer our final evaluation. 

A copy of this is available from the link below

Take 5 Cup Final Evaluation


Saturday 12th August 2017
22nd Ladies Take 5 Tournament
Woodvale park

Group games

22nd Ladies 2-0 Newtown Ladies

The 22nd started the first ever Ladies tournament against a good Newtown Ladies. The games started a pretty even a fair with both teams probing for an opening. A good save from Bill-jo in the 22nd goal saw the ball cleared down field. This resulted in Kaitlyn being sent clear on goal and she calmly finished to make it 1-0 22nd. Newtown pushed hard for an equaliser but some good defending from 22nd back 4 kept them at bay. As Newtown pushed Katrina caught them on the break racing through on goal and with a lovely finish made it 2-0.

CSP 1-1 Newtown Ladies

CSP struggling for a team still looked formidable and took a 1-0 lead. CSP got a few players in and looked comfortable but Newtown broke away and a good finish made it 1-1.

22nd Ladies 0-2 CSP Ladies

CSP simply took this game by the scruff of the neck dominating from start to finish. Good save from Bill-jo kept tgem at bay and some good football played by 22nd but without cutting edge. CSP eventually scored 2 good goals to win the game comfortably and set up a rematch in the final.

22nd Ladies 1-2 CSP Ladies

An early goal seemed to settle the CSP team who again looked comfortable against the 22nd. But the 2's battled on never giving up. Tanya (happy feet) tried to keep procession in midfield and Katrina dropping back to help them battle away. Sam and Kaitlyn looked to break when they could and less said about scuttle the better. Unfortunately for 2's CSP broke through and scored the second to give them a safety net, 2-0. Just when it seemed over Katrina caught out the CSP defence to make it 2-1 and sweeky bum time. But to be fair CSP held out and ran out deserved winners.

Player of the tournament: Debbie Boyd (CSP).
Top Goal scorer : Katrina Montgomery (22nd) & Debbie Boyd (CSP).
Extern Moment of the Tournament : Vicky Thompson (22nd).
Take 5 award of Tournament: Corra Burns (CSP).

22nd team
BJ.Kitson K.Stewart V.Thompson A.Mawhinney L.Keatings S.Lloyd C.Hughes K.Montgomery T.Bonner C.Smith N.Mclaughlin K.McCoubrey

Take 5 for Wellbeing Men's Tournament

Saturday 12th August 2017
Take 5 for well being tournament
Woodvale park

Group A

22nd Old Boys 1-0 Glencairn
The 2's started their defence with an eagerly awaited derby verse Glencairn. GC started well having lots of procession without really troubling the 22nd defence. The first opportunity fell to Boobyer who headed wide. The 22nd started to apply some pressure with crosses from both wings. From a corner N.Blair stooped to head the ball only to get a boot to the head. The referee pointed to the spot. Up stepped Cheung to sweep the resulting penalty into the top corner 1-0 22nd. GC almost hit back straight away with a long ball releasing their forward only for Cheung to save. 22nd looked dangerous with young Carter running GC back line ragged. 22nd nearly doubled their lead when Simpson released, showed his pace only to see his shot saved. Late on GC had a penalty appeal.... while GC support called for a pen the rest held up boards scoring 7.5 for the dive. Game finished 1-0 22nd.

22nd Old Boys 3-0 Rockathletic
Our second game pitted us against Rock and from the outset the 22nd dominated play. Moving the ball well through midfield and creating opportunities. A long kick by Cheung caught the Rock back four out and Harvey raced through to open the scoring 1-0. Rock pressed to try and get back in the game but a long pass by Ryan again released Harvey who rounded the keeper who brought him down for a penalty. Up stepped Cheung who saw his penalty saved. A long throw from Willie resulted in a scramble in the Rock box which Harvey took advantage of to fire home for 2-0. The game was rounded off with a superb goal. A great cross from Jordy on the right invited the diving header from Harvey who obliged thumping the ball into the roof of the net for his 3rd and 22nds. 3-0 FT.

22nd 5-0 Bootle St
Our last game saw us in another derby game. The 22nd again dominated play passing the ball neatly. It wasn't long before Graeme released on goal calmly finished 1-0. Bill then fired in a low shot to make it 2-0. Jordy brought down in the box gave Cheung a chance to redeem himself. This he did to make it 3-0 from the spot. Bill then picked the ball up on the left and curled a cross over the keeper into the roof of the net to make it 4-0. The 22nd moved the ball through midfield crisply and it wasn't long before they added a fifth through Graeme who finished well to put the 22nd through as group winners into the semi-final.

Group A results
22nd 1-0 Glencairn
Rock Athletic 3-2 Bootle St
22nd 3-0 Rock Athletic
Glencairn 1-0 Bootle St
22nd 5-0 Bootle St
Glencairn 3-0 Rock Athletic
Group B

22nd Old Boys ll 0-0 Warren YM
From the outset tournament favourites Warren dominated play but the 22nd ll' s were always gonna battle hard. Some last ditch tackling by McCrea saved the day more than once. A brilliant point blank reaction save by Reece kept the favourites at bay. The midfield worked tirelessly battling for every scrap with back four standing firm. Warren will be disappointed in their finishing but some great 22nd spirit kept them out. FT 0-0.

22nd Old Boys ll 0-2 New Santos
Last year's beaten finalists were our 2nds next game in a tough group. An early chance falling for probe who saw his shot blocked. Both sides created half chances without any success. Eventually the break through came when 22nd went to sleep at a set piece which allowed New Santos to scramble the ball home 1-0. 22nd pressed for an equaliser with Macca seeing a long range effort saved. The New Santos keeper made a good diving save from Probe before New Santos broke away with their striker finishing into far corner 2-0. The 2's battled on creating a few half chances but it was New Santos from a corner who should have scored. FT 2-0.

22nd Old Boys ll 1-1 Belfast Deaf Utd
Both teams knew a win could see them through if result went right way in the other game. This was an end to end afair and quite tasty with some meaty challenges going in from both teams. BDU forced a great save from Reece when a free kick looked destined for the top corner. Unfortunately from the resulting corner a BDU shot went through a crowd of players and found the far corner 1-0 BDU. The 2's fought to get back in the game and a quickly taken free kick found Brownlee wee arms free on the left. He cut inside and fired a great shot into the far corner 1-1. With the other group game sitting at the same score both teams knew 1 goal would see them to the semi final. Both teams pressed McCrea through on goal saw the keeper save well and down the other end young Reece to rescue of 22nd. FT 1-1 Good hearty game, hands shook afterwards and unfortunately both teams out.

Group B Results
22nd Old Boys ll 0-0 Warren YM
New Santos 3-1 Belfast Deaf Utd
22nd Old Boys ll 0-2 New Santos
Belfast Deaf Utd 1-1 Warren YM
22nd Old Boys ll 1-1 Belfast Deaf Utd
Warren YM 1-1 New Santos

22nd Old Boys 1-1 Warren YM
22nd win 4-3 on penalties
The game started with both teams feeling each other out. Warren were first to look to break the deadlock when their striker broke through and lofted the ball over the onrushing Cheung.... but Gary never gave up the chase and cleared the ball of the goal line. Warren appealed for a goal but the ref waved away their appeals. The 2's started to come into the game with their midfield starting to assert itself. Though Warren hot the break through when a free kick was met majestically by Lurcher who scored a thumping header into his own net ( touch of the Curtis's). This transformed the game as Warren looked to sit in and play 22nd on the break. The 2's went to 3 at the back in search of an equaliser. They got their reward for their perseverance when Ryan bundled the ball into the Warren net for the equaliser. Onto the dreaded penalties. Blair, Cheung, Harvey & Jacky all scored with Boobs penalty saved. Warren put 1 wide and Cheung saved the other. 22nd to the final

Semi final
New Santos 2-2 Glencairn
New Santos win 5-4 on penalties


22nd Old Boys 2-1 New Santos
A repeat of last year's final kicked off in brilliant sunshine with the 22nd moving the ball well and controlling the early stages of the game. Early shots from Boobs and Maitland flew over or were blocked. The break through came when a Boobyer corner was met by Maitland who headed home to put the 2's 1 up. Ryan was turning it in in midfield driving through at will and playing some lovely football. Graeme had a shot pushed onto the post by New Santos keeper to keep them in touch. Eventually the pressure told with Harvey breaking down the right. He found Ryan who showed some lovely foot work before firing into the corner to put the 22nd 2-0 up. New Santos continued to battle on but 22nd were playing very well and another diagonal ball saw Jacky race clear, as he bore down on goal the New Santos keeper made a good save to keep his team in the game. New Santos got a lifeline when a diagonal ball was played to their striker who played a lovely one two before a nice finish to make it 2-1 (very well worked goal). The 2's pressed again but no joy. New Santos started to apply the pressure and looked very dangerous with their long throws and corners. In fact right at the end they had a half chance that was snuffed out by a combination of 22nd defence and keeper. The 2's held on to win the tournament for the second year running.

22nd Team
W.Cheung J.Burrows J.McKimm D.Hunter N.Blair D.Bell G.Gillespie C.Maitland S.Vance R.Mcfarland B.Waite G.Irvine Carter Bacon M.Harvey J.Adams W.Simpson L.Boobyer

Tournament winners: 22nd Old Boys
Player of the tournament: Lee Boobyer (22nd Old Boys).
Top goal scorer: Ciaran Caldwell (New Santos).
Take 5 award: Jacky Burrows (22nd Old Boys).
Extern Moment of the Tournament: Brian Cassidy (Glencairn)


Again, for the second time, 22nd Old Boys have presented another successful Take 5 for Wellbeing Cup.
Attached below, is the evaluation for the 2016 edition

Take 5 for Wellbeing Cup 2016

Trophy Presentation

Final 22nd A 2-0 New Santos

New Santos 1-0 Belfast Deaf Utd

Glencairn 1-1 22nd A

Semi-Final 22nd A 2-2 Rock Athletic

New Santos 4-2 Bootle St

22nd A 0-0 Ballykeel

New Santos 0-4 Rock Athletic

Thanks to Tommy Phillips for the videos

Saturday 20th August 2016 

Woodvale Park 

Take 5 for Wellbeing Cup

This past Saturday saw the 22nd Old Boys host the Take 5 for Wellbeing Tournament for the second time. We run this tournament to raise awareness in the community through Sport for mental health. 

A lot of help from Paula Irvine (Belfast City Council), Roberta Coates (Extern), SAFE project, Dame Mary Peters, Lord Mayor Brian Kingston, Councillor Julie-Anne Corr, IFA Ladies, Carl Morrison (photographer), Tommy Philips (Video), Woodvale Cricket Club and the many other agencies who came along or helped in the background to make this a successful day.

There were free health checks, therapy sessions, bouncy castles, photo booth, face painting, balloon modeling and many other fun activities. Afterwards, Colin Storey and Hugh Carol's Home Cooking provided Burgers, Hot Dogs and other hot foods in Woodvale Cricket Club which was gladly received by all.

On the footballing side we had the IFA Ladies there providing coaching taster sessions for the ladies. 

The tournament was, itself, a great success with 22ndA, 22ndC, Ballykeel, Belfast Deaf Utd, New Santos, Rock Athletic, Glencairn and last year's winners 2ndB. The 22ndA won a very tight tournament beating New Santos in the final 2-0 and winning the trophy for the first time.

Player of the tournament Stein Vance, 22nd Old Boys 

Top Goal Scorer David Dougan, New Santos with Chris Delaney Rock Athletic. 

Extern moment of tournament Stevie Smith, New Santos 

Take 5 award Chris Delaney Rock Athletic

A great day was enjoyed by all, even the rain didn't put people off and we now aim to next year to grow the event further.

Activities include:

Starting at 12:00PM

8 team football tournament

Starting at 1:00PM

Bouncy Castles

Face Painting

Balloon Modelling

Health Checks

Crafts Exhibition

Women's Zumba Class

IFA Ladies Footballing Exhibition

Photo Booth


Olympus Dance Exhibition

Group A

Belfast Deaf United

Rock Athletic

2nd B (Bootle St.)

New Santos

Group B

22nd A


22nd C




Take 5 is a Huge Success

Saturday, 22nd August,  Woodvale Park

Take 5 For Wellbeing Cup 

This past Saturday saw the 22nd Old Boy's hold the inaugural Take 5 For Wellbeing Cup tournament at Woodvale Park. This cross community tournament was created to raise awareness of mental health through football. With help from FASA, TAMHI, IFA, Belfast City Council, Coca Cola, Hope For Youth, Shankill Womens Centre, Carl Morrison photography and Woodvale Cricket Club, the 22nd Old Boy's put together a family fun day and football tournament. There were bouncy castles and face painting for the kiddies. 

It was great to see Dame Mary Peters CH, DBE up at the event mucking in helping the agencies set up and giving the boys a bit of craic.

Roberta from FASA, doing hourly walks for depression round the park, was great for engaging those not involved with football. 

Thankfully the weather was kind to us and a great and successful day was had by all involved. 

On the football side of things 8 teams competed. 22ndA, 22ndB, 2ndB, Westland, Ballykeel, Rockathletic, New Santos & Belfast Deaf Utd. The football ran really well with all teams competing very hard to emerge from the groups.

Shock winners of group A were 2ndB with runners up Rock Athletic. Group B winners Ballykeel with runners up New Santos. 

In the Semi-finals another shock. 2ndB won 1-0 v New Santos, the under dogs were in the final. In the other Semi-final no such story as the impressive Ballykeel ran out 4-0 winners over a tiring Rock Athletic. Then the final. A story of 2 saves. The Ballykeel centre forward headed the ball towards the top corner only for 2ndB keeper to pull of a world class save. At the other end the young 22nd U17's keeper helping out the keelers as their keeper got called to work, making a great save to deny 2ndB a winner. 

To penalties. 2 each then saw Ballykeel blaze a penalty wide and up stepped a 2ndB player to win the under dogs the cup. 2ndB (wee Bootle st) never conceded a goal throughout the entire tournament and were very worthy winners. 

 Player of the tournament Stephen Telford ( 2ndB) 

 Fasa moment of the tournament Darren Cummings ( Ballykeel ) 

 Top goal scorer Daniel Arbuthnot (2ndB) 

After the presentations were made, everyone retired to Woodvale CC for some food and refreshments. This ended what was a very good day both on and off the field of play hopefully with people taking away some knowledge arround mental health services in the Shankill area. 

We hope this to be an annual tournament ran every year around the end of August.