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20 Mar 2002SHOWGROUND FANS SPONSOR MATCH BALL

Newry seem determined to end the season on a high note after defeating Coleraine away 2-1. Jonny Topley scored the forst for Newry and Ward go tthe second. Coleraine replied with a penalty after 33 minutes but were unable to take any points. Newry's final match of the season is against Crusaders at the Showgrounds on Saturday.
Newry Fans through this website sponsored Saturdays match ball which will now be raffled in May's 'Relay' fundraiser.
Newry bounced back from their embarrassing defeat by Portadown to claim three points from Cliftonville. In their last meeting Newry won 2-0 at Solitude but both teams struggled to break the deadlock at the Showgrounds. Cliftonville had few chances and only troubled Davy O'Hare on a few occasions most notably a shot by former Town player Gerard Lyttle.
In the end the difference in the sides was only confirmed by the award of a penalty by referee Alan Snoddy. The ball was cleared as far as John Joe Maguire on the corner of the box after a goal-mouth scramble and Maguire was taken down. Town captain Robbie Casey converted the penalty. Johnny Topley was unlucky not to score when his shot was tipped to the crossbar by Reds keeper David Wells and Gavin Dykes was as usual solid in defence. 
There has been some speculation about Alfie Wylie's presence at the club next season and I have  heard that the name Newry Town is to go and be replaced with Newry FC, without any reference to town or city. Suppose that keeps both sides of the debate happy - Good Luck Newry FC !
 

20 Mar 2002NEWRY CITY

Darren Armours goal in the first minute was enough to give Glentoran the points at Saturdays meeting at the Showgrounds. 
Dundalk hawk Dessie Gorman has become a father for the first time. Dessie gave Newry great service for several years, and helped the club to promotion to the Premier Division. Newry face Glentoran today at the Showgrounds.
The debate has begun - Is Newry Town FC to change it's name to Newry City FC after the award of city status to Newry ? Have your say in the Social Club
The Irish League has been issuing suspensions to players with poor disciplinary records. Influential defender Gavin Dykes is to be suspended for two games. 
Linfield kept their title hopes alive with a win at the Showgrounds on Saturday. Stuart King and Justin McBride were on the scoresheet for the blues
The odds would certainly have been on a draw for the match away to Glenavon today, but the Lurgan Blues performance was a blow-out much like the stormy weather. It was Newry's Gareth Fulton who scored to send Newry further up the table setting us up for a mid-table finish to the season.

20 Feb 2002TOWN TROT TO MID-TABLE

The odds would certainly have been on a draw for the match away to Glenavon today, but the Lurgan Blues performance was a blow-out much like the stormy weather. It was Newry's Gareth Fulton who scored to send Newry further up the table setting us up for a mid-table finish to the season.
Glenavon 0 Newry 1 match report
by Sean
Friday night at St Julians Road was the re-arranged fixture between Omagh and Newry and Newry grabbed three points through a Barry Meehan goal in the second half. It was no easy ride though and Davy O'Hare pulled off some excellent saves to keep Newry ahead.  

Omagh 0 Newry 1 match report
by jimmy

9 Feb 2002CRUSADERS GET THE BETTER OF NEWRY

In their last few meetings Crusaders and Newry came away with draws and at times it was looking that way today but McPherson grabbed the three points for Crusaders in the 82nd minute. Ironically Newry started the scoring through a Graham Arthur penalty but the Crus fought back with goals from Magill and Baxter. The Town grabbed another through Arthur and an equaliser from Raymond Byrne but it was McPherson's strike that did the damage. 
Crusaders 4 Newry 3

Roy Coyle has been spotted at The Showgrounds according to Sean McKevitt ... and he has the photograph to prove it. Sean reckons that Coyle might have been eyeing up David Ward with the view to a big transfer !

2 Feb 2002COLERAINE AIM FOR TOP

While much of Newry Town was continuing the clean-up after Friday's floods the match with Coleraine went ahead at 'the marshes'. The visitors went into an early lead after 14mins with a goal from Jody Tolan. Further goals from Sean Armstrong, Ian McCoosh and a penalty by Stephen Beatty ensured the points went to Coleraine. Newry had one consolation goal from new man Graeme Arthur.
Anyone who goes to watch the Town will know them. They're the people you meet after the match who want to know how Newry did. Always interested in the score, how the game was. Of course they'd never even think of going along to see their local team. Why would they ... match report by jimmy

22 Jan 2002WYLIE LETS PLAYERS GO

After their defeat on Saturday in the Irish Cup Newry boss Alfie Wylie has indicated that with nothing left to play for this season it would be better to let some players go rather than pay their wages. The gaps are to be filled by Reserve team players who have been showing much promise this season. While Newry have been operating on a tight budget some fans are asking if Wylie's announcement is going to dissuade fans from coming down to The Showgrounds. David Ward was on target twice for Newry last week in their 2-0 win over Cliftonville at Solitude.

19 Jan 2002TOWN OUT OF IRISH CUP - FANS ATTACKED

Newry went out of the Irish Cup today to Glentoran at the Oval. The Glens were lucky in the dying stages of the game when Darren Lockhart scrapped the ball past Davy O'Hare from a free-kick and flick-on. The Town had been unlucky in the early stages of the game when Paul Evans had a shot stopped but were lucky later not to have conceded a penalty when Davy O'Hare took down Tim McCann in the box. 
I have also heard that a group of Newry fans had their bus stoned when leaving the Oval after the match.

12 Jan 2002ARMSTRONG SIGNED * SCORES IN FIRST MINUTE

Gareth Armstrong, who was only signed this week on loan from Scottish side Hamilton, made a huge impact at the Showgrounds in tonights match with Portadown managing his first goal in the first minute. The goal was equalised when  top scorer Vinny Arkins headed in after 30 minutes to leave Newry Town with a large tally of draws danagerously close to relegation battlers Ards and Crusaders.
Pressure is again mounting at the foot of the Premiership table with Newry Town now only four points ahead of bottom club Crusaders, who themselves are reviving survival hopes. To help fill the gap left by last seasons hero Gary McPhee, Alfie Wylie has signed 22 year-old striker Gareth Armstrong from Scottish second division side Hamilton on loan until the end of the season. Armstrong scored against Portadown in his forst few minutes playing with Newry.

1 Jan 2002MATCHES POSTPONED

The recent inclement weather has taken its toll on Irish League matches with the fixture between Omagh and Newry being postponed.
On a bitterly cold evening at the Showgrounds the two teams on the verge of relegation battled it out in a 1-1 draw. Newry now have the most draws in the league and still only three wins this season. In the first half, Paul Evans crossed and recent signing David Ward scored for Newry. Ards had much more of the play in the second half and threatened The Town goal repeatedly. The Ard's pressure finally paid off when Gary Sliney scored for the visitors with some blame apportioned to keeper Davy O'Hare. 
The Drum Fund started on The Showground website last week by Paul Farrell of McIvor Farrell Solicitors  has now purchased the drum pictured here on behalf of the fans.Pledges from  McIvor Farrell Solicitors  enabled the purchase of the drum handed over to the fans at todays match against Ards.
On Saturday Linfield romped at home with a 4-0 thrashing of Newry. Chris Morgan scored two for the Blues with Justin McBride and Tony Gorman scoring the others.

21 Dec 2001LITTLE DRUMMER BHOUYS

Click here for details about McIvor Farrell SolicitorsThe Drum Fund started on The Showground website last week by Paul Farrell of McIvor Farrell Solicitors  has now purchased the drum pictured here on behalf of the fans. Pledges from  McIvor Farrell Solicitors  enabled the purchase of the drum due to be unveiled at Wednesdays match against Ards.

8 Dec 2001PLAYERS HAND BACK WAGES * DRUM FUND

Andy Morrow, signed by Newry from Northampton at the start of the season, is the latest casualty of the cost-cutting exercise at the Showgrounds. Morrow has left for Ards who with Rice and Anderson at the helm seem to be picking up a lot of ex-Newry players. 
In their Friday night fixture with Glenavon Newry lost out on a first half lead  when Leslie Irvine awarded a penalty against Seamus Kane. Glenavon captain McMahon converted the penalty. The Town went one up in the 34th minute when David Irwin scored from a Paul Evans corner.

Last week several key Town players handed their wages back to the club amid a deepening cash crisis at the club. The loyal players rumoured to have taken the unprecedented action are Robbie Casey, Seamus Kane, Lee Anderson, Raymond Byrne and Gavin Dykes (pictured here), who is not even a local of the Town. Words of appreciation have been flooding in to the Social Club
Click here for details about McIvor Farrell SolicitorsIn an ironic twist Paul Farrell of McIvor Farrell Solicitors in Belfast has started a drum fund with a 20 donation for a drum to keep spirits high at Newry matches. Newry Democrat have also pledged 20. More details to follow.

So this is why they have that cliche about a game of two halves. If you'd asked me (and probably most others) at half-time on Saturday why we turn up to watch the Town I'd have had to think about it. I'm a masochist, I like embarrassing situations, I really should get another past-time? Forty five minutes later I had a different answer.
NEWRY 2 CRUS 2 by Jimmy ::more  

10 Nov 2001TOWN SNATCH DEFEAT AGAIN

The league leaders came to the Showgrounds on a high. With six consecutive wins under their belt, mainly by 3 and 4 goal margins, they would surely have expected an easy enough ride against a Newry team that was struggling at the wrong end of the table. Add to this the fact that 'cash-strapped' Newry, already down to the bare bones having offloaded 3 first team players, lost both captain and key player Robbie Casey and John Martin through injury... more

3 Nov 2001DRAW WITH OMAGH

Newry threw away two points today at The Showgrounds after drawing with Omagh Town. Newry took the lead with a goal from Andy Morrow after 17 minutes and dominated for most of the first half. However, Omagh picked up in the second half and were unlucky not to have equalised sooner. Read Jimmy's Match Report

30 Oct 2001 CIS QUARTER FINAL BLUES

Newry have exited the CIS Insurance Cup to Linfield in the Quarter-Finals. The Town went down 3-1 at Windsor Park. Read Sean's Match Report
The Town have leap-frogged Ards in the table after a magnificent 4-1 win over Ards today. Robbie Casey was the Newry star walking away with a hat-trick and answering the rude gestures Trevor Anderson directed towards Newry fans at The Showgrounds in September.Read 2 Sept News Casey now has 8 league goals in second place from Portadown's Vinny Arkins who now has 11. The other Newry scorer was John Martin.

20 Oct 2001 LEAGUE BLUES FOR THE TOWN

Newry Town have topped the CIS Southern Region table with a win over Dungannon last night. Paul Evans and Robbie Casey were on target in this 2-1 win which sees The Town proceed to the quarter-finals of the competition.
In a dismal display at The Showgrounds, Newry lost 2-0 to Linfield. 
It has been rumoured that several players are to be released. The list includes McMullan, Lyttle and Sliney but not David McGeough who has failed to impress Newry fans since his arrival at The Showgrounds.
Newry face a Linfield side at The Showgrounds today who have been improving in form but are without influential new signing Mark Picking.

13 Oct 2001 CIS CUP PROGRESSION & ANOTHER LEAGUE DRAW

Check out the Southern region table in the CIS cup following Tuesdays match between Glenavon and Portadown. Glenavon's win sees Newry into second spot but the Town only trail the leaders by one point and have a game in hand. Newry are sure to reach the quarter finals but will be hopeful of securing the top spot in the Southern region table.
Newry Town today clawed back a point in the 83rd minute of this Irish League fixture with Lurgan Blues - Glenavon. Robbie Casey, Newry captain, equalised from the spot to give The Town a point after Gerard McMahon scored for Glenavon after 52 minutes. Todays point should help the Town in their struggle to stay above the relegation zone and represents a significant psychological boost to the club who after a bad start to the season have been unbeaten in their last six competitive matches. However, The Town have still registered only one win in the Irish League table
Newry Town Reserves are topping the Reserves League table clear of Glentoran Reserves by four points but with two games more played.

10 Oct 2001 TOWN FALL TO MAN UNITED

Picture courtesy of Davidf Kennedy www.cocknhens.net

Despite a recent improvement in form The Town failed to pull off the crowd pleaser of beating Man Utd for a second time in this friendly Select XI, on the night when the new 'home' stand was opened. The recent good run for Newry included the weekend draw with Crusaders but Newry went down 5-0 tonight to the Red Devils at the Showgrounds. The goal scorers were Nardiello, Davis, Wallwork and Blomqvist with two Read Jimmys Match Report
In the CIS League Cup matches Dungannon drew with Armagh leaving Newry two points clear at the top of the table.
8 Oct 2001NEWRY TOP CIS CUP TABLE

Newry came from behind at The Showgrounds tonight in the CIS Cup clash with Glenavon. The Lurgan Blues were leading after a 9th minute goal from Rodney McAree but Wylie's men rallied to produce a fighting display. David Irwin scored his second for Newry in less than a week to levels things for the Town just before half- time. In the second half Mark Dickson's saved shot in the 68th minute provided the perfect opportunity for Topley to give Newry the lead. In the dying moments of the match John Joe Maguire made it 3-1 for the Town who now top the Southern Region table.

29 Sept 2001 FIRST LEAGUE WIN FOR TOWN

Coleraine today lost their fourth game in succession to a Newry side that hadn't won a league match this season. That is until today. 
Robbie Casey set up the first just before half-time and Andy Morrow struck to put the home side in front. It was Casey again who set up the second for John Martin early in the second half, however Coleraine quickly grabbed one back through Gaston. It was a Newry substitute and former Portadown player David Irwin who scored the third for Newry on 86 minutes. Casey was again involved with Gerard Lyttle who supplied Irwin for the finish. Todays result is sure to silence some of Alfie Wylies critics in the Social Club.

25 Sept 2001MAN UNITED TO PLAY NEWRY AT SHOWGROUNDS

Newry Town are to host a Man Utd Select-11 at The Showgrounds on 9 October 2001. It has been made clear that first team players will not make the visit due to Champions League commitments. Man Utd last visited the Newry in August 1998 and played out a thriller to a packed Showgrounds. In that match Newry won 4-3 with goals from Dessie Gorman, Alan Hall and Andy Myler. United goals came from Paul Teather, Eric Nevland and Chris Casper. Phil Mulryne and Wes Brown also played that day.

22 Sept 2001TOWN DRAW AT SOLITUDE

Newry Town went into their meeting with Cliftonville at Solitude still looking for their forst win of the season. They twice took the lead but still failed in gaining the three points.
Andy Morrow took the lead for Newry after 30 minutes but an equaliser from Chris Scannell seconds later levelled terms. The Town again took the lead through Robbie Casey, who is leading The Showground Player of the Year poll, after 36 minutes. Newry retained the lead going into the second half but after 62 minutes Cliftonvilles Mickey Donnelly headed The Reds back into the game. If things couldn't get any worse Trevor McMullan was sent off at the end of the match for receiving two bookings.
Newry Town are now firmly rooted second from bottom in the table.

15 Sept 2001CASEY DENIES PORTS AGAIN

Newry met Portadown for the second time this week after beating them 3-1 on Tuesday in the CIS Cup. On Tuesday Robbie Casey was the hat-trick hero and he started the scoring again for Newry with a penalty after Paul Evans was taken down in the box. Portadown replied after 24 minutes with a Peter McCann free kick. In the 7oth minute Topley gave Newry the lead again, but Rogers levelled it for the Ports again after 76 minutes. Newry denied the leaders all three points but more importantly earned a point while still waiting for their first league win.

11 Sept 2001CASEY HAT TRICK

Armagh Robbie Despite the devastation and loss of life in the events in New York and Washington today - the CIS cup matches were not postponed. Our thoughts are with our people in America.
Casey was the Newry hero against former club Portadown at the Showgrounds on Tuesday. Casey scored the first after only four minutes, a second after 45 mins and his third after 50 minutes. Portadown were surely off form but grabbed a consolation goal five minutes from time through Gary Hamilton. Newry are now second in their divisional table.
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8 Sept 2001GLENS WIN

Newry Town were comprehensively beaten by a well organised Glentoran side who have sprung into third spot in the Irish League. Newry on the other hand, having failed to win a single match from their five fixtures have slumped to ninth spot. Darren Lockhart scored the first two for the Glens on 17 mins and 61 mins.Their third came at the end from Nixon. Newry's only chance came near the end of the first half from Robbie Casey.

2 Sept 2001 ANDERSONS ACTIONS OUTRAGEOUS

While most of us watched Ireland miraculously defeat Holland in the World Cup qualifiers, only a few managed it down to the Showgrounds on Saturday to the match which Ards refused to have played on Friday night. In any event the match was unsavoury and the actions afterwards worse. Ards managed to beat Newry 1-0 on their own turf, but it is reported that former 'Red Devil' and former Director of Football at Newry, Trevor Anderson gestured toward the Newry fans on his exit from the pitch. Remarks were also traded between Newry fans and the referee. Read Jimmy's excellent account of the events here.

Trevor Anderson
29 Aug 2001ARMAGH GIANT KILLERS AGAIN

Armagh City have foiled Newry Town hopes in the first round of the new-look League Cup. Armagh who defeated Newry last season in the final of the Mid-Ulster Cup beat Newry 2-0 in this first CIS Cup match.
Newry's influential mid-fielder Robbie Casey has resumed matches following an injury which originally had him ruled out until Christmas. Robbie has now played in the Reserves matches and for a short spell against Armagh.

26 Aug 2001COMPREHENSIVELY BEATEN BY LEADERS AT ST JULIANS ROAD

League leaders Omagh Town maintained their top spot in the Premier defeating Newry 4-2 at St Julians Road. All the goals came in the second half. A Gavin Dykes defensive error allowed Omagh's Andy Crawford through for the first after 64 minutes. Crawford struck again to extend the lead to 2-0 before Newry's Mark Dickson gave Newry some hope of a result. Those hopes were dashed when Colin McCullough extended Omaghs lead to 3-1 and for good measure Barry Patton made it 4-1 after 82 minutes. Paul Evans scored Newry's consolation on the stroke of time.  The Town now look forward to meeting Armagh on Tuesday.

20 Aug 2001LEAGUE CUP FIXTURES / GLENAVON DRAW

The new-look CIS Insurance League Cup fixtures kick off next Tuesday with Newry playing away to Armagh, who defeated Newry in the final of the Mid-Ulster Cup last season. Click here for the full list of fixtures.
In their first home match of the season Newry Town could only manage to hold Glenavon. The Lurgan Blues took the lead after only 10 minutes when Marc McCann lobbed keeper Davy O'Hare. It wasn't until the second half that Paul Evans headed the equaliser for the home side after 54 minutes. The Town will surely be glad to have taken a share of the points from last season's runners-up.

Alfie Wylie is reportedly pleased with his sides performance and has indicated that a more attacking style of play is on the cards this season. Newry Town made an excellent start to the season holding champions Linfield to a draw at Windsor Park.

11 Aug 2001 TOWN HOLD CHAMPIONS

Newry have made an excellent start to the season holding champions Linfield to a draw at Windsor Park. Newry were lucky in the first half and a fine fingertip save from Davy O'Hare prevented Linfield from taking the lead. Only 3 minutes into the second half Linfield new boy Mark Picking scored from a Ferguson lay-off. Irwin was unlucky not to level it for Newry but with 15 minutes to go new man John Martin got hold of a high ball in the box and levelled the score. Both sides then had chances to wrap the match up but Topley was unlucky for Newry and Larmour hit the post for Linfield. 
Alfie Wylie is reportedly pleased with his sides performance and has indicated that a more attacking style of play is on the cards this season.

10 Aug 2001 LAST MINUTE SIGNINGS

Alfie Wylie has made some last minute signings before the first match clash with Linfield tomorrow at Windsor Park. The signings include midfielders Gary Sliney and Gerard Lyttle. It is reported that Linfield sweeper Noel Bailie will not be risked for the game due to the upcoming fixture with a Man Utd Select. 

23 July 2001SCOTTISH FRIENDLY MATCHES

Newry 'bussed it' with Treanor Travel to Scotland and managed to defeat Stranraer 2-1, on 20th July, with goals from Mark Dickson and new signing John Topley. The following day the Town played Largs Thistle and again won 2-1 with goals from Dickson.
Meanwhile back in Newry work is well underway on the new stand which is due for completion for the start of the new season. The stand will seat 600 and includes changing and boardroom facilities.
The new all-weather pitch is also completed and is available for hire. Anyone interested should contact Oliver Donnelly on 028 3083 3882.

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23 June 2001SUMMER SIGNINGS & FRIENDLY FIXTURES

The fixtures for the new season have been released and Newry face a challenge, taking on last season's champions Linfield at Windsor Park in their first game.
The usual summer rush for signings has begun and Alfie Wylie has been battling to keep players at Newry while attracting new blood. Wylie has signed 23 year old Castlewellan Full-Back Aidan Kelly from Drumaness. Raymond Byrne has also been signed for his third stint with Newry Town. John Martin has been signed from Distillery and many players have re-signed for this coming season including Robbie Casey, Davy O'Hare, Mark Dickson, Gavin Dykes and Gareth Fulton. However, Paul Stranney - a favourite with the fans has left for Cliftonville as he wanted regular premiership football. 
Friendlies have also been organised for 20 and 21st of July with Stranraer and Greenock Morton respectively. The games in Scotland will then be followed by by an away friendly with Dundalk at Oriel Park on the night of Friday 3rd August. The following night, Saturday 4th August, Newry will meet Bohemians at the Showgrounds, where Mark Rutherford will come up against his old team for the first time.
Only weeks after emailing this website to thank fans for voting him Player of the Year, Gary McPhee has fallen prey to a horrific accident. more 
In other news Newry and Portadown are anxious to sign Bangor defender Jeff Spiers, who is reportedly keen to play in the premiership.

10 Jun 2001McPHEE BADLY INJURED

Only weeks after emailing this website to thank fans for voting him Player of the Year, Gary McPhee has fallen prey to a horrific accident. McPhee has been badly injured after falling from the balcony of his home in Coventry. The twenty year old Scottish striker, who scored 24 goals while at Newry, has reportedly suffered life threatening internal injuries. Newry boss Alfie Wylie, who arranged for Gary to come to Newry, has stated that during what will probably be a long recovery Gary will always be welcome at Newry Town FC. Newry Town fans have been leaving messages in the Social Club area of this website more...
Read Gary McPhee's message to the fans here.
In other news Newry and Portadown are anxious to sign Bangor defender Jeff Spiers, who is reportedly keen to play in the premiership.
 

28 Apr 2001LAST MATCH LOST

In the final match of the season that witnessed the building of a new team by Alfie Wylie Newry lost to Coleraine by 5 goals to 2. Coleraine started early on with a goals from Michael Smyth and Kevin Keegan.  The Town struck back with a goal from a quickly taken free kick by  Graham Doyle to leave it 2-1 at the interval.However in the second half Jody Tolan added another two for the home side before Gavin Dykes made it 4-2 with a header. Sub Dessie Loughery wrapped it up for Coleraine with their fifth.  

25 Apr 2001FIFTH SPOT CAPTURED WITH SCORELESS DRAW

Newry perked up midweek after a blasting by Alfie Wylie at the weekend. He stated that players must prove themselves in the remaining games before being offered new contracts. Wylie explained that he has sold the club to the players and now they must sell themselves to the club to attain new contracts. As a result The Town have come out of the re-scheduled fixture with Linfield with a scoreless draw. The point gained sees Newry enter fifth spot in the table but still three points adrift of Coleraine and an Intertoto spot.
Newry struggled against Ballymena at the weekend without top scorer Gary McPhee and injured captain Robbie Casey Read Jimmys Match Report 
Gary McPhee, who gave wonderful service to Newry while on loan from Coventry, has now signed for Stoke City. Gary is leading our player of the year poll and will be sorely missed. Much of Newry's success and avoidance of relegation this season could be attributed to his goal-scoring prowess. 

14 Apr 2001INTERTOTO DREAM

With four matches remaining and four points adrift of Coleraine and a possible place in the InterToto Cup Newry travel to Solitude on Tuesday to play downwardly-spiraling Cliftonville. Newry Town today drew with Portadown at the Showgrounds in a dull match with few chances.  Graham Doyle, John-Joe Maguire and Tom Morgan troubled Ports-keeper Mickey Keenan but failed to find the net.

4 April 2001 WYLIE MANAGER OF THE MONTH

Alfie Wylie has been rewarded for all his hard work in stabilizing the position of Newry Town in the premier league.  Wylie has been named 'Manager of the Month' for March by the Football Writers. Alfie has made excellent progress at the club since replacing big name flop Mal Donaghy, and has made influential signings including Gary McPhee and Gavin Dykes.
New signing Lee Anderson scored his first goal for Newry against Omagh at the Showgrounds in this league encounter tonight giving Newry another three points. Newry were without skipper Robbie Casey who has just signed a new two-year contract and the usually inspirational Gary McPhee, who had a trial this week with Notts County (I think?), had a quiet game. New signing Gavin Dykes proved again his worth as one of Alfie Wylie's top signings this season. Read Seanbon's Match Report.
The Town this week consolidated sixth spot in the league and are looking threatening for fifth spot. In a dull game at the oval both Newry and Glentoran took a share of the points with a scoreless draw. New-boy Gavin Dykes continued to impress and Paul Stranney back in the Newry goal made some fine saves.

Alfie Wylie - Picture Coutesy of Newry DemocratAlfie Wylie is presented with the Manager of the Month award for March by Janine Caughy of Guinness - Picture Courtesy of © Newry Democrat

 
20 Feb 2001 TOWN LOSE TO GLENAVON

Newry lost this week one nil to Glenavon and during the week drew one all with Portadown  in the Cup.They have the prospect of meeting either Omagh or Distillery in the quarter finals of the Irish Cup on 10th March. But first the must defeat Portadown in the replay at Mourneview.Match Report
Newry Town failed to hold on to the Mid-Ulster Cup this year after losing out to First Division Armagh City 3 goals to one. Pat O'Toole grabbed a consolation goal at the end for Newry but by then it was too late.
Match with Crusaders was postponed due to the effect of the recent bad weather on the pitch.

7 Feb 2001 TOWN SNATCH WIN WITH PENALTIES

Newry Town were lucky last night in the first round of the Coca-Cola league Cup. Institute took the lead early on but Trevor McMullan grabbed the equaliser for Newry to bring the match to extra time. Again Institute went ahead but Gary McPhee grabbed a late goal for the Town to force a penalty shoot-out. In the end Newry came out 3-1 on top in the shoot-out to guarantee a place in the second round.
In other cup competitions Newry will play Portadown at home in the Irish Cup and will play Armagh in the final of the Mid-Ulster Cup.

16  Jan 2001 Rutherford to join Bohemians

One of Newry Town's better players Mark Rutherford is set to leave the Showgrounds for Bohemians in a cost cutting exercise at Newry. It leaves the Town with little of the experience which graced the Showgrounds over the past few seasons. Mark was the winner of last years Showground Fans Player of the Year, despite suffering injury midway through the season. Down at the Showgrounds the committee were stepping up their campaign to attract families to the games. There is a new family enclosure and children's events before and during the games. On the pitch it was Cliftonville who threatened in the first half with several chances by the brilliant Tommy McCallion, however he failed to capitalise leaving it scoreless at half time. In the second half Newry new boy Gareth Fulton scored Newry's first with Dean Fitzgerald adding the second. Tommy McCallion converted a penalty on 73 minutes to save face for the Reds.
Jimmys Match Report Newry 2-1 Cliftonville

10  Dec 2000 Town Lose out to Coleraine

Despite beating Coleraine at home in October Newry failed to impress against a Coleraine side which are now unbeaten in 12 matches. Coleraine's top scorer Jody Tolan scored twice for the home side. The first a header on 36 minutes and the second on 60 minutes from a fine Kevin Keegan run and cross. Dean Fitzgerald managed to pull one back for the visitors with his fifth goal in five games and seventh of the season.Newry remain in seventh spot in the tableRead the Match Report by Jimmy.
In other news this week work has begun in the car park at the showgrounds on three five-a-side all-weather pitches. Newry have also received a grant of 238,000 for ground improvements and a new grandstand. Alfie Wylie is also hoping to kick start his school of excellence for local talent in the new year.

2  Dec 2000 McPhee stikes again against Ballymena

Newry had an awesome win today at the Showgrounds defeating Ballymena 5-2. The goals came from Gary McPhee, Mark Rutherford and Dean Fitzgerald. Read the Match Report by Jimmy. Playing in his debut match up front with Gary McPhee was Derek Delaney on loan from Dundalk for three months.

26  Nov 2000 TOWN DRAW WITH REDS

Newry maintained their good record against Cliftonville this week with a draw at Solitude. Despite the visitors having McCrystal sent off, goals from Dean Fitzgerald and Gary McPhee cancelled the two goals from Chris Scannell. The Reds were the better team on the day but were lucky to get the equaliser towards the end. The point sees Newry rise another position in the table as Portadown lost to Glentoran but The Town remain precariously close to the relegation play-off spot.

19  Nov 2000 TOWN DEFEAT PORTS

Newry travel to Solitude on Saturday to meet Cliftonville who they have managed to defeat in four out of their last five meetings. The Town must overcome the disappointment of losing out to Glentoran in the semi-final of the Gold Cup. It is hoped that Gary McPhee can continue his fine form and build on his eight goals from ten appearances.
Gary McPhee again showed his worth scoring the first two of Newry's four goals at the Showgrounds last Friday night. He is now Newry's top scorer with seven goals this season. The final score in this thriller was 4-3 and The Town rise one position in the table. Newry were leading by two goals to one after Vinny Arkins pulled one back to Gary McPhees early goal and penalty. Portadown then found the net with Clarke and McCutcheon to lead the game 3-2 but it was Dean Fitzgerald grabbed the equaliser and eventually headed the winner late in the game.

22  Nov 2000 TOWN OUT OF GOLD CUP

Despite only needing a draw Newry Town failed to make it through to the final of the Gold Cup. Gary McPhee made it eight goals from ten appearances for the Town but even the 2 goal aggregate buffer failed to stop in form Glentoran. The final score in the match was 3-1 putting Newry out by 3-2 on aggregate.

28  Oct 2000 McPHEE TO STAY FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR

Newry Town dropped a position in the table this week to Omagh Town who defeated them at the Showgrounds on Saturday. Despite the galant efforts of Davy O'Hare in goals for The Town Omagh's Barry Patton struck once in each half for the visitors.
In other news this week Gary McPhee who is on loan from Coventry will be staying at the club for the rest of the year provided his services are not required by Coventry. Alfie Wylie is said to be delighted with the 22 year-old Scots performances.

18  Oct 2000 McPHEE LENDS A HAND

The Town have now made it three wins in a row thanks to the services of on-loan striker Gary McPhee, who scored again against Glenavon to give Newry another three points. The Town have now moved up to sixth position in the table. Glenavon were below par after losing Gary Haylock to injury in the early stages of the match, and their only reply to Gary McPhee's goal was a Gerard McMahon close range shot that went well over.

10  Oct 2000 FIRST WIN IN SEVEN MATCHES

Newry Man of the Match Gary McPhee, who is on-loan from Coventry set the ball rolling for Newry Town in the second half of their encounter with Coleraine on Tuesday night. After 51 minutes striker McPhee pounced on a loose ball and fired home. Last years Showground Player of the Year Mark Rutherford made it two for the Town on 78 minutes following a defensive error. 

30  Sept 2000 TOWN DRUMMOND INTO BOTTOM SPOT

Newry Town are now three points clear at the bottom of the premiership table. Despite being the better team in the first half of their encounter with Ballymena, Newry failed to capitalise and were punished when Ballymena scored against the run of play five minutes before the interval. Scott Drummond fired home from a Kieran Loughran corner. Newry had a chance to come away with a draw in the second half but captain Shane Reddish failed to convert the penalty.

29  Sept 2000 Town determined to get out of mire 

Newry Town who tomorrow face Ballymena at the Ballymena Showgrounds have made yet another signing. This time Wylies target was 17 year old Stockport County midfielder Lee Mudd. Gary McPhee who was signed on loan from Coventry should also make his Newry debut tomorrow. In the last four meetings between the clubs Newry have won once, the other matches being drawn.

27  Sept 2000 Gold Cup win saves face

The Town have been struggling in the league and didn't have it easy in the Nationwide Gold Cup against Armagh City. Robbie Casey who has been in the news all week took the lead after six minutes but the lead was cancelled after 15 minutes by Gary McKinstry. Dean Fitzgerald then put Newry ahead only for Armagh to grab another back. Seamus Kane who has only recently returned to full fitness bagged the third but Armagh forced extra-time when Alan Gough equalised again for the visitors. In extra time Pat O'Toole relieved a battle weary Newry side who were glad to save face with a 4-3 win. Shane Maguire added Newry's fifth.

26  Sept 2000 McFEE SIGNED ON LOAN

Alfie Wylie has signed Coventry City striker Gary McPhee on loan for one month, in a bid to stem the striker crisis at the Showgrounds.Gary is a first team player with the premiership side. Although he won't play in tonights Nationwide game at home to Armagh City he should be eligible by Saturday for the Ballymena game.
Wylie has been under pressure as many dissenting voices were heard from the fans after Saturdays defeat by Cliftonville. Robbie Casey also revealed today that he has considered calling it quits in the Irish League and lost his temper shouting at fans on Saturday.Newry remain joint bottom of the table.

22  Sept 2000TOWN JOINT BOTTOM

Things could hardly be worse at The Showgrounds. The Town have a striker shortage and are joint bottom of the table. This resulted after a resounding victory by championship contenders Cliftonville. The Town squandered their chances in the first half including a penalty miss by Robbie Casey after 27 minutes. A minute later Clitonville punished Newry's missed opportunities when Chris Scannell collected a high ball to fire past Davy O'Hare. On 50 minutes Clitonvilles star player Tommy McCallion added the second. Newry Town continued to miss chances and Cliftonvilles Eamonn Clarke scored in the final minute to leave Newry comprehensively beaten 0-3.

16  Sept 2000PORTS WIN - STRIKER CRISIS

Newry are losing their away matches in addition to losing all three of their home matches this season. The Town went down to Portadown on Friday night by two goals to nil. Portadown's Michael Mahoney-Johnson headed the first home after 18 minutes. The second was a penalty awarded after Vinny Arkins was brought down in the box by Jonathan Cowan. Arkins converted the penalty. Mahoney and Evans had chances in the second half but the victory was secured comfortably for the Ports.Newry remain eighth in the table.
Newry will face Cliftonville at the Showgrounds on Saturday but the lack of good strikers at the club is giving Alfie Wylie a headache. It is rumoured that he is considering playing Robbie Casey or John Joe Maguire up front in a bid to get Newry on the scoresheet. John Joe scored a hat-trick in the reserves match last week.

9  Sept 2000TOWN LOSE AGAIN AT HOME

The Town started the season well but Wylie must be wondering what went wrong. Newry have now been defeated in all three of their home games. 
The Town had a 1-0 advantage at half time after O'Toole scored for the Town in the first minute from an Adrian Larkin cross but the Glens managed a terrific comeback.  Robbie Casey also came close for Newry on several occasions but after the interval Glentoran stepped up a gear with Sean Armstrong grabbing the equaliser. Armstrong was then fouled in the box and Scott Young converted the penalty. Tim McCann added Glentoran's third. Newry have now dropped to eighth in the table.

5  Sept 2000BLUES RESUME NORMAL SERVICE

At the Showgrounds tonight Linfield resumed normal service beating the Town 2-0. The goals came from Larmour and Marks. Davy Larmour scored after 23 minutes when his shot deflected off Robbie Casey and past Davy O'Hare. O'Hare's galant performance though was not enough as in the 53rd minute a cross-come-shot from Jamie Marks was helped into the corner by O'Hare who had slipped. There were a few good Newry attempts but this team still has a way to go ! Todays result leaves Newry sixth in the table.

26  Aug 2000TOWN DROP LEAD TO OMAGH

Away to Omagh this week Wylies Wanderers were lucky to snatch a draw, losing as they were 2-0 until the 85th minute. That is until Newry striker Mark Dickson struck with an overhead kick of the woodwork and intothe Omagh goal. Wylie then took off defender Darren Maguire and brought on David Nesbitt to increase the attack. The tactics were good and a minute later Thomas Morgan struck to level the sides. Todays results leave Newry joint third in the table.

19 Aug 2000TOWN LOSE TO GLENS

The Town today never looked liked the 'Wylie Winners' of last week. After only 25 minutes Jonny Cowan was dismissed for a professional foul but despite this and against the run of play Newry took the lead after 41 minutes when Robbie Casey converted a Newry penalty. In the second half Glenavon, showing no signs of the recent stresses at Mourneview, levelled through David Hutchinson. It looked as though Newry could snatch a draw after a Glenavon player was also dismissed, but it was not to be. Gerard McMahon shot home from 20 yards to take the winner after 85 minutes leaving the score 2-1 to the visitors. Todays results leave Newry second in the table as all other teams drew.

12 Aug 2000WYLIE'S WINNERS TOP TABLE

Newry In the first game of the season Newry Town have defeated Crusaders. New manager Alfie Wylie's summer signings did the business, taking the lead on the stroke of half-time with a goal from centre-half Jonny Cowan. The Town made it two when new-boy Mark Dickson scored from only two yards out, slotting it past ex-Town keeper Alex Spackman. Crusaders got one back through a Stephen Baxter header, but the change in formation to a three-man back line proved fatal. Newry dealt a final blow in the 72nd minute with a goal from O'Connor.

9 Aug 2000NEW LINE-UP FOR NEW SEASON

Newy Town's first fixture of the 2000/01 season is away to Portadown on the 12 August, however there has been quite a few personnel changes over the close season, most notably new Manager Alfie Wylie. Among those who have left the showgrounds are veteran defender and one time player manager with Newry John McDonnell who has returned to Dublin to play with Home Farm. Stuart McLean has joined Joe Rice and Trevor Anderson at Ards and Pat Walls has left for Cliftonville. Peter Withnell has also been released.
Among the new signings are Newry man David O'Hare who left crisis-ridden Crusaders to fill the goalkeeping position left vacant by Josh Connolly and Paul Stranney. Experienced defender Trevor McMullan has been signed from Linfield and promising young striker Mark Dickson from Northampton Town. Stephane Jauney previously with Dundalk has also signed up. Other players to have signed include Thomas Morgan, Bobby Byrne, Darren McGovern and David Nesbitt.
All in all Alfie Wylie is expected to aim for a top four placing at the end of the season, in this his first season in senior football management. This with a strengthened defence and the services of Mark Rutherford and Robbie Casey back from injury.

6 June 2000WYLIE APPOINTED MANAGER

After a fairly miserable season at the Showgrounds Mal Donaghy has left to manage the N.Ireland under 18's. When he took over at Newry Town just eight months the club where close to top of the league but only finished sixth at the end of the season. Was this all Mal's fault? Doubtful, since the wolf has been at the door for some time. Many fans will however remember Mal for the opportunities he has given to many young local hopefuls such as John Joe Maguire and Seamus Kane.
Former Loughgall manager Alfie Wylie has been appointed as Mal Donaghys successor this week. News on the grapevine also suggests that out-of-contract keeper John Connolly could be moving to another Irish League club, while Dean Fitzgerald has signed a new contract. It is believed that Stuart McLean should remain at the Showgrounds next season after a deal with Ards fell through. Robbie Casey and Mark Rutherford are making good progress with their injuries and are back in training next week.

16 April 2000TOWN STUFFED

Newry Town lost this weekend by five goals to nil at Portadown. Vinny Arkins opened the scoring with a 20th minute penalty and scored again in the 72nd minute. Sheridan, Hill and former Newry Town player Adrian Larkin scored the others.
In mid-week the Town also lost to league winners Linfield by three goals to two at Windsor Park. The Newry scorers were John Joe Maguire and Niall King.
 

26 Mar  2000TOWN SECURE SIXTH SPOT

Newry Town have secured sixth spot in the table and eased relegation worries with a 2-0 win over Crusaders. John McDonnell opened the scoring after 14 minutes with a header from a John Hooks corner and John Joe Maguire sealed the 2-0 win after 37 minutes with his fifth goal of the season.

18 Mar  2000BACKS TO THE WALL

Newry Town can now aim for a respectable finishing spot in the league, presently lying in sixth spot on level points with Crusaders. The Town managed to pick up three points from struggling Distillery at Ballyskeagh. Peter Withnell opened the scoring after a goalkeeping error by Henry. After half-time Bates managed to pull one back for Lisburn after 55 minutes but Newry took the lead again after 82 minutes with a Dean Fitzgerald header. Dean is really starting to find his form after a shaky start at the Showgrounds. Substitute Wall put Newry 3-1 in front but Darren Armour pulled one back for Distillery in injury time.  

9 Mar 2000DRAKE WINS DAMAGES 

Former Newry Town defender Jonathan Drake, who gave great service to the club while there was taking action against his former club in the courts this week. The legal action has arisen out of misrepresentations on club contracts while at Newry Town. He successfully defeated the club and has been awarded almost 5,000 damages. Former Newry Chairman Joe Rice has pointed the finger at Secretary Eamonn Cole who has denied any wrongdoing.
It has transpired that Directors Trevor Anderson and Joe Rice handed Drake a blank contract to sign after agreeing terms but the terms were subsequently changed when put on the contract. Joe Rice speaking in court blamed Eamonn Cole stating that he must have misheard the contract terms as they were relayed to him, however Cole insists that he has nothing to do with the financial side of the club and merely drew up contracts according to instruction. Judge Randal McKay sided with Drake whose version of events was by far the more sound of the two. Drake has missed a seasons football due to the wranglings but has now been compensated leaving the already cash-straped club closer to bankruptcy. Joe Rice admitted that he left the club during a time of increasing financial difficulties. Drake is only one of a series of players who have suffered wage difficulties with the club. Mark Rutherford, Dessie Gorman and Kevin McKeown are but a few of those affected in the past.



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