20/3/99SHOCK RESIGNATION Today saw, not only a dismal match for Newry against Linfield(2-1) but also the shock resignation of the two Newry managers, Ollie Ralph and Harry Fay. They broke the news just minutes after the match ended. In an interview, Ollie Ralph commented, "..we were just totally worn out". He also added (in relation to Joe Rice and Trevor Anderson's feelings), "Those boys are totally appreciative of our position and they know where we are coming from, they know our feelings. There is no animosity what so ever." When asked of the possibility of Trevor Anderson taking over he replied, "He has been more of a help to our staff, but I think Trevor's managerial days are over, to be honest!" Now the search is on to find a new manager for Newry Town.
20/3/99Town Slip At this crutial stage of the season, Newry have so-far failed to proove themselves with their mid-week draw with Omagh Town and today's defeat by second placed Linfield. Two goal from Linfield's Furguson overpowered the Newry defence as the team could only salvage one goal back after a great through ball from Larkin to Rutherford was crossed into the box and chested into the net by Trevor Smith who was subsequently shown the red card for talking back to the referee. Final score, Newry 1-2 Linfield.
13/2/99Major blow leaves Newry with an upHill struggle
Portadown proved themselves a premiership outfit this week despite transfer listing three of their top players. The opening goal for the Ports came after 35 minutes from Philip Major and the second, a 25 yard lob, only nine minutes later from Dwyer Hill.
9/2/99Mid Ulster Exit The Town exited the mid-ulster cup in a disappointing 2-0 defeat by Glenavon.
6/2/99 Super strike from Deadly Des Dessie Gorman once again proved his worth as he clinched the winning goal in today's match against Cliftonville. With Stranney injured Kevin McKeown had to step in, and step in he did in style. After a scoreless first half, the 'Hawk' was given an inch perfect pass by fellow player Gary Peebles and then side-stepped a Cliftonville defender before letting fly a gem of a shot from 25 yards into the top corner leaving the Cliftonville keeper no chance. Final result Newry 1-0 Cliftonville.
6/2/99 Suspension Alan Byrne today was given a four match suspension due to an abundance of yellow cards.
6/2/99 Minutes Silence At today's match against Cliftonville, a minutes silence was observed as a mark of respect for John Kenny's father who passed away last night. To the Kenny family we offer our deepest sympathy.
30/1/99 No score draw Newry played Ballymena today in a scrappy fairly uneventful match. Despite a few good Newry runs, nothing could be salvaged. Both teams share the points as the end result was nil-nil.
23/1/99 Draw with Crusaders In a Newry dominant Bass Irish Cup game today, a draw seemed a very unlucky result. The 30th minute goal by Crawford McCray only made Newry more determined. After many excellent John Kenny runs and shots, one of the set ups followed through as the ball landed at Sammy Shiels who rounded two Crus men to strike home in the 49th minute. The replay will be on Tuesday night.
16/1/99 Victory The Town today came out of the sleet and snow with three points today after a one nil win over Coleraine. In freezing temperatures Coleraine battled but to no avail, creating many chances they failed to get onto the score-sheet. But Newry the hunt in the 32nd minute when Newry's Mark Rutherford supplied a powerful cross which was met by the Hawk who pounced on goalkeeper Lamont with a terrific header. Final result Newry Town 1-0 Coleraine.
16/1/99 Good Luck Chris Newry midfielder Chris Coffey moved to Larne on Friday. He is on a two month loan.
9/1/99On Transfer List It has been revealed that Town players Barry Tumilty and Paul Evans have been put on the transfer list.
9/1/99 Aston Villa interested There is a possibility that English Premiership club Aston Villa are interested in buying Newry goalkeeper Paul Stranney. Senior Villa officials were present at the Glenavon (2-1-99) to watch him play, unfortunately Stranney was playing on that occasion.
9/1/99 Cruising Ahead Crusaders were victors in todays match with a 3-2 win over Newry.
2/1/99 Draw with Glenavon Newry travelled to Lurgan to face Glenavon in the second game of the New Year. With a match of equal skill by both teams a draw seemed the only fair result. A Gavin Arthur goal in the 32nd minute took Newry by surprise. But after the break Newry was much stronger and so dominated the second half. In the 75th minute substitute Sammy Shiels equalised with a classic shot which baffled keeper O'Neill. Final result, Newry 1-1 Glenavon.
1/1/99New Year's Revolution Newry Town today commenced their New Year's revolution with a win over second placed Linfield. With a goal from Scott - Gary Peebles- in the 44th second, Linfield were knocked down repeatedly by a strong Newry squad. A goal by Linfield's Chris Morgan did not deter the team who battled on to pick up three points with a goal in the closing minutes by Sammy Shiels. The match was not only a success for the team but also for the club as there was an outstanding support and also a great atmosphere. Final result, Newry 2-1 Linfield.
26/12/98 Omagh Match Postponed Due to today's storm the pitch at Omagh has lost electricity and was also water logged therefore today's Newry match has been postponed until such time as the pitch it playable.
12/12/98 Newry Slip Newry lost today at the Showgrounds to a strong Portadown side. Newry took the lead early in the first half with a goal from Adrian Larkin, but this was against the run of play and Portadown equalised at the end of the first half from Miller. Early in the second half Miller again hit the target. Newry struggled throughout the second half and couldn't manage to recover the game. The Town now slip to fourth in the league and could slip further if they don't beat Linfield at the Showground on New Years Day.
5/12/98 Back On Track Facing tight odds due to the absence of key figures Paul Stranney, Dessie Gorman, Stuart McClean and John Kenny Newry today refocused themselves on their European goal today when they put up a brave fight at the Showgrounds against Glenavon. The match was delayed for eight minutes when Newry players were instructed to change into their away strip due to a colour clash. The fist half was filled with opportunities for both Newry and Glenavon but none could be exploited. Kevin McKeown was standing in for the injured Paul Stranney and the mid-week three month loan Stephen Mills from Larne. Despite his recent groin injury, McKeown pulled off two excellent saves in the first half: the first from Gavin Arthur who curled the ball around the Newry wall. McKeown raced across the goal line but the gentlest of touches was all that was required to save the shot. Again McKeown threw himself along the goal line to stop an almost certain goal from Alan Ewing. The second half showed pure skill by Newry who were determined to regain their third place spot. Arguably the best goal of the season was hit in the 57th minute by Paul Evans. Racing up the wing from the Glenavon half he struck a magnificent left footer which baffled keeper Dermott O'Neill and shattered the top corner netting. The rest of the game showed great determination but reaped no further rewards. The final scoreline being Newry 1-0 Glenavon.
2/12/98On Loan Today Newry signed Stephen Mills on a three month loan from Larne to fill the gap created by the injured Paul Stranney and Kevin McKeown.
28/11/98Unlucky defeat Newry today lost their lifeline when Paul Stranney's injury from the mid-week Glentoran match flared up disabling him from playing. Kevin Mc Keown could not be called into the squad as he has not yet recovered from his groin strain. Kilkeel reserve John Sloan was called in on short notice to fill the post. During the game he pulled off some excellent saves including an excellent drive from Crawford McCrae. Unfortunately Sloan was unable to stop two of his shots which lead to a two nil defeat for Newry.
28/11/98Robbie Casey Robbie Casey (Portadown)could be coming to Newry at the end of the season for an undisclosed sum to strengthen the midfield.
28/11/98Watford looking Stranney Watford are keeping an eye out for the currently injured goalkeeper Paul Stranney. It is not yet known how Stranney has reacted to the news.
28/11/98Super League A new twelve club super league could become the next thing in Irish football. Hopefully this should attract the crowds and the cash to Newry Town.
21/11/98Newry draw BallymenaBallymena played in Newry in a very windy and cold Showgrounds today. Throughout the first half Ballymena kept the most possession and almost all of the attempts at goal. Newry had Paul Stranney to thank for keeping Newry level although in the 18th minute Ballymena were presented with an open goal but Glen Hunter could not keep their cool and blasted it well over the bar. There is no doubt that the best player on the day was Banbridge man Tony Scappaticci. He had his head shaved on the previous night and raised £700 for Children in Need. His spectacular performance foiled the desperate attempts of Ballymena who would be one place behind Newry if they had won. Newry dominated the second half but unfortunately they were unable to create the opportunities they needed to slip into second place in the league. Final result at the showgrounds, Newry Town 0-0 Ballymena United.
21/9/98Robbie CaseyThere is a strong possibility that Portadown's Robbie Casey will be coming to Newry when his contract expires at the end of the season.
21/9/98Night @ the racesIt is expected that Newry Town Supporter's Club will be running a night at the races in late January 1999. It will be held in the Town Bar.
14/11/98Newry shatter Glentoran (3-1)Newry Town fans were ecstatic after tearing apart the league leaders Glentoran. With the Glentoran opening goal by Justin McBride at 37 seconds the Town squad were shaken but not stirred. 19 year old Adrian Larkin battled past 3 Glen men to supply a wonderful through ball to the Dundalk Hawk who knocked a right footer into the arms of Glentoran keeper Wayne Russell. He could not hold it. Fate landed at the Hawk's left foot which did not fail him, Newry were back on level terms. A draw would not satisfy the Town who have never lost an away match this season and who also have not lost a match in the last eight games. Despite the rally of the Glens in the first half, none of them could better Newry keeper Paul Stranney who saved some rocket shots from Justin McBride. In the 52nd minute, Newry demonstrated their undaunted competence when Larkin crossed a ball to the Hawk who finished the performance with a deadly accurate header, Dessie's 17th of the season. Glentoran fans where silenced in the 60th minute as Newry decided to stop toying with Glentoran and give them a demonstration of their mastery: a long ball from Larkin met the Hawk who fed it through to the Sligo man John Kenny who controlled the ball, observed the situation and then clobbered an 18 yard shot which curled round the keeper to put the icing on the cake for Newry Town. Kenny had to come off at the 74th minute because of his asthma. After the match Alan Byrne revealed the secret of the historic win, "We simply were not scared of them". The final result Newry 3-1Glentoran.
14/11/98Table Quiz in Town BarThe Newry Town Supporter's Club have organised a fund raising table quiz which will be held in the Town Bar on the 4th of December at 9pm. Everyone is welcome and for more information contact the Showgrounds at the number given on the committee page.
12/11/98Gold Cup fixture The draw for the Nationwide Gold Cup quarter finals took place today. It has been announced that Newry Town will face Glentoran at the Showgrounds on Tuesday 24 November at 7:30 pm.
7/11/98Draw with Coleraine A mediocre first half saw Newry dominating over a beleaguered Coleraine defence. The windy conditions caused havoc, however Newry managed a few shots on goal. All the play was with John Kenny racing down the wing to supply balls to the box. This paid dividends in the 24th minute when Dessie Gorman got on the end of a superb Kenny cross heading past the keeper and leaving him with no chance of a save. The second half saw an improved performance from Coleraine however Newry still dominated the run of play. With ten minutes remaining English scrambled home a poor goal for the visitors leaving the game 1-1.
7/11/98Condemnation of Abusive language Chairman, Joe Rice, has issued his condemnation of recent abusive singing and slogans at matches. Writing in the club programme he also revealed that two local families have stopped attending matches for this reason.
7/11/98Gold Cup fixture Should Newry win the mid-week Gold Cup fixture with Limavady on Tuesday they should enter the quarter finals of the competition.
6/11/98McKeown Injured Scottish-based Newry Goalkeeper Kevin McKeown suffered a groin strain during a recent reserve match. It is not known how long he will be out for, but this injury leaves Paul Stranney with no competition for the keepers spot.
31/10/98Superb Match All RoundToday, one of the most skilful games Newry has been engaged in ever was played. With all due credit to Portadown they played an excellent match with two excellent goals, but they couldn't compete with Newry who displayed some absolutely marvellous shooting skill. The game was opened when Arkins headed in a corner at the 38th minute. Newry were not disheartened and in the 65th minute The Dundalk Hawk Dessie Gorman finished a superb Adrian Larkin through ball. German's 14th goal of the season. Arkins did not like that and so headed in another. With 4 minutes to go Barry Tumilty equalised with a superb dipping long range shot. With 45 seconds to go Gorman's corner was headed in by Alan Byrne. A stunning match all round and full credit to both teams. Final score 3-2.
28/10/98Newry 4-2 DungannonIn the Gold Cup at a wet and windy Strangmore Park Newry outclassed the division 1 team with their competent skill and strength.
It started off to be a very exciting match but died down midway into the first half. It was the Hawk who started the rout by finishing an excellent Adrian Larkin cross. By half time the score was 2-0 and the provider for the first goal did not disappoint for a spectacular second. In the second half Kenny finished a cross from Gorman to make it 3-0. Dungannon retrieved a goal through an O.G. from Gary Peebles and Newry conceded a second when goal keeper dropped the wet ball. Newry busted a fourth through with an Andy Myler penalty to finish the game in a well deserved victory for the Town.
24/10/98Debutant Sheils Shines Newry rampaged Cliftonville today with a 4-1 win in miserable conditions. The football was much less miserable than the weather and temperatures reached boiling point towards the end of the game. Despite going a goal down in the second minute Newry held strong to go into half time at 1-3. The Newry goals came from Trevor Smith, John Kenny and new boy Sammy Shiels. Kenny rounded the game up again with a 73rd minute goal. The Cliftonville players got hot under the collar and several yellow cards were produced in the dying minutes. Best Performances (Author's Choice): John Kenny, Sammy Shiels, John McDonnell.
23/10/98Mc Parland on loan Newry today gave Kieran Mc Parland to Larne on loan until the end of the season.
23/10/98New Signing Newry today signed 32 year old striker Sammy Shiels from Coleraine on a years free contract. He will make his debut for the Town tomorrow against Cliftonville.
2/10/98Supporters Club lose chairman Vincent Johnston today stepped down from his position as Newry Town supporters club chairman. His position has been filled by Patrick Sloane.
18/10/98Town Bar Dart Team The Town Bar has now assembled a dart team which has already shown signs that it will be as successful as its football team. Some key members of the dart team are; Sandy Martin, Joe Fitzpatrick, Tom Fletcher, Jim Martin.
3/10/98Glenavon at mercy to Deadly DesDessie Gorman didn't disappoint the Newry fans at Mourneview today when he fired home a 27th minute penalty after young Adrian Larkin had been brought down in the box. Larkin then committed 2 bookable offences in the second half with a red card displayed. But despite this, a ten man Newry raced into a 2-0 lead when Deadly Des flicked one home at close range in the 64th minute after a free kick, but poor Newry defending allowed Michael Cashe to knock one past Paul Stranney, who earlier demonstrated his skill with a superior double save from Stephen Baxter and then Tony Grant. The final score, 2-1 to Newry.
26/9/98 Draw with Crusaders A disappointing match which failed to live up to expectations. Newry failed to sustain recent form and a re-shuffle of the team, after the 3-0 defeat by Linfield, failed to pay dividends. Both teams struck the woodwork in the first half, and Crusaders again in the second half. Frantic attacks by Newry nearly paid off but in the final minute Chris Coffey headed wide a sitter, disappointing the home crowd. The match ended scoreless.
26/9/98 New signing Adrian Larkin signed from Banbridge. Aiden set up one of the few decent attacks in his debut game against Crusaders.
21/9/98Town Bar up and running Newry Town have bought a premises in Hill Street which will aid finance in the club. It has already proven to be a worth while investment.
19/9/98Newry Res TriumphantNewry Town Reserves 4-1 Mountnorris. This was an excellent win over a tremendous team.
12/9/98Newry 2-2 ColeraineNewry today picked up another point when they played away to Coleraine, the final score was two a piece with the final goal scored was six minutes from time and scored by Newry.
7/9/98Death of Charles Mc DonaldShortly before 21:30 tonight Charles Mc Donald and his wife Florence died in a tragic car crash on the Newry by-pass. Charlie was a dedicated and life-long member of Newry Town and will be remembered fondly by all who knew him. To all concerned especially the Mc Donald and Martin families the Newry Town supporters and members express our deepest sympathies.
9/9/98New SigningThe Town today signed a new striker by the name of Adrian Larkin, the local 19 year old player is set to make a strong impression when he gets started.
8/9/98Gold Cup Nationwide Gold Cup holders Glenavon went down at the Showgrounds by 3 goals to 2. Newry started off well with a well struck goal by John White. Newry with another good home support took a two goal lead through Dessie Gorman who clipped a superb free kick from 25 yards at the 31st minute and celebrated by the home terraces with the local support. Glenavon's Stephen Baxter gave them a goal back but Newry's inform striker Dessie Gorman discharged a well targeted inoculation scorching the back of the Glenavon net. The second half saw Glenavon retrieve a goal due to Tony Grant but nothing could overcome a strong Newry side. As the Town team came off at the final whistle they were given an outstanding novation by the local and loyal Newry supporters.
5/9/98Quality match puts end to Newry roll Newry looked threatening in the first half of todays match and were rewarded when Dessie Gorman was brought down in the box. Peebles converted the penalty and minutes later the Glens were reduced to 10 men following verbal abuse by John Devine to John Kenny. Being reduced to ten men only made the Glens more determined and they stormed into the second half with a scrambled own goal by Campbell and a late penalty by McBride to leave the score at 2-1 . The Newry fans were not disheartened and continued to chant and sing after the final whistle.
2/9/98Newry on three match rollShamrock Park was the venue for Newry and Portadown's first meeting of the new season and on a night where the weather was atrocious, Newry came out winners by 3 goals to 2. As the home side took the lead it looked as if Newry's three points were gone but a brilliant second half display by the Town turned it into a memorable win and another three points in the Premier League. Vanny Arlerns scored a goal for the Ports after 10 minutes but after half time the game turned when Portadown centre midfielder Robert Casey got sent off for a disgraceful tackle on Newry's Trevor Smith. This resulted in a free kick for Newry which was taken by Anthony Mitchell, it dumbfounded the goalkeeper as it hit the back of the net like a flash of lightning. Not long after the equaliser, Johnny Kenny ran up the wing and crossed the ball to Newry's in-form striker Dessie Gorman and another goal rattled past the keeper to make the sides level with one goal a piece. Newry got their third goal through the Portadown defence with Andy Myler as the fans chanted "EASY!". Portadown managed to pull a goal back through by Paul Miller who scored in injury time but it wasn't enough to stop Newry getting a deserved three points.
28/8/98Transfer News David Campbell was signed today on a months loan from Shelbourne, and will have his first game agianst Cliftonville at the Showgrounds. Also Bangor have secured the services of 27 year old Lurgan man Michael Crowe. Anthony Mitchell has been signed for two years and scored a wonderful goal at Portadown on Tuesday.
28/8/98Reds get the Blues Like Linfield Champions Cliftonville came to Newry expecting a fairly easy match from the newcomers, but suffered a rude awakening from the Frontier Town. Newrys pre-season fitness training is starting to pay off as Newry clinch victory once agian in the dying moments. Three minutes from the end John Kenny scored the winner for Newry to leave the match at 2-1 for the home side.
26/8/98New Stand Fund As a result of the record gates at the Linfield and Man Utd matches the fund for the building of the new stand is now in excess of £30,000.
24/8/98Newry overcome MAN UTDTonight Newry Town overcame a Man Utd select in an enthralling and titanic struggle to the finish. Newry opened the scoring after 3 minutes with a scrambled goal from Dessie 'The Hawk' Gorman. After another goal from Gorman, Man Utd were left reeling but were lucky to claw back a goal from Paul Teather shortly before the interval. A minute into the second half Eric Nevland was fouled in the box and Phil Mulryne converted the penalty. This left the match on a knife edge. Alan Hall then finished a terrific Newry move initiated by Alan Byrne who scuttled past three defenders in the 59th minute. Six minutes later the Showgrounds was in turmoil once again when Chris Casper equalised for United with a header from a Terry Cooke corner. After clearing from a Man Utd attack substitute Andy Myler battled his way to the fore to hammer home Newry's winning goal in the 74th minute, to leave the United squad devastated at a 4-3 loss. Other substitutes for Newry included Chris Coffey and Rossa Martin.
22/8/98Omagh match postponed Due to the terrible tragedy in Omagh last week the scheduled Omagh Town v Newry Town match will be postponed until the 15th of September.
14/8/98Historic Win Over Linfield In the first game of the new season Newry came out victors over hot favourites for the premiership, Linfield. Newry as the underdogs knew they would have a battle on their hands but ex-Linfield striker Dessie Gorman had other things in mind. The 7,000 plus crowd witnessed a long and arduous first half. Gorman was brought down in the box but the referee ignored it. After 59 minutes justice was done when Paul Evans was hacked down in the Linfield box. Gorman converted the penalty and with glorious celebration set the Newry fans wild. Linfield had an equalising penalty after a dive by Davy Larmour. Beatty converted the penalty to leave the sides level. It looked as if Newry were to earn a credible draw, but 'The Hawk' swooped again after 84 minutes to snatch a win and hush the chants of the Linfield supporters. After the match David Jeffrey, like his supporters, looked distraught and close to tears.
10/8/98Stranney Signs It has been announced that Newry have signed on-loan Glenavon Goalkeeper Paul Stranney on a two year contract. This provides tough competition for the goalkeeping spot as Newry have also signed Kevin McKeown from Ayr United. Other signings include Barry Tumelty from Glenavon, Alan Byrne from Linfield and Stuart McLean from Linfield.
6/8/98Pre-season Friendlies In this years pre-season friendlies Newry lost all four matches. The results were Newry 1, Tranmere 2; Newry 0, Dundalk 1; Newry 1, Shelbourne 2; Newry 0, Monaghan 3.
18/4/98Newry Promoted On the day that Cliftonville won the Premiership for the first time in 88 years, Newry found themselves contemplating life in the Premiership and possibly Europe should Joe Rice's prediction of Europe in three seasons come true. Newry found a draw with Distillery was enough to secure promotion. A twenty-fourth minute goal from Stuart McClean was equalised after 67 minutes by Dykes to give Distillery a well deserved draw. Afterwards Newry Town Director of Football Trevor Anderson said he was looking forward to getting into the Premier again, but that the team would need to strengthen indicating that two or three new signings were on the way. He didn't indicate whether Todays goalscorer McClean (on loan) would be included.
Celebrations as the cup is presented to Tony Scappaticci
15/4/98Newry Stuff Larne The Town last night stuffed Larne 6-0 at Inver Park to go 9 points clear of Bangor at the top of Division One.Bangor still have three games remaining, just one more than Newry, which means that promotion for Newry is merely a formality. The Town could be stopped but only if Bangor were to overcome a 21 goal difference one point clear of Newry at the top. Newry however still have one game in hand against Limavady.
4/2/98Smith signs from PortadownIt was revealed today that Portadown striker / sweeper Trevor Smith will become a Newry Town player in the next few days. It is no shock that Trevor is leaving Portadown. It was obvious from the deplorable treatment he received from the Portadown management that he did not fit in to the picture at Shamrock Park. Time and time again, despite excellent performances while on the field, Trevor was confined to the subs bench. In the Belfast Telegraph tonight (Wed 4th February) manager Ronnie McFall described Trevor as a "quality player" when asked about the yet undecided transfer fee.
31/1/98Newry Stay Top after Tony Jones, a midweek signing from Dundela, scored late on for Ballyclare to make it Ballyclare 2 Newry 2. However Newry remain two points clear of Bangor, with a game in hand! The Newry scorers were Michael Crowe and Andy Milner <
Newry Win NTFC win 3-0 at Larne with goals from Paul Evans,Neil Watson and Dessie Gorman
Newry Top tableNewry Town this week topped the Irish League Division One table and are on the road to promotion.
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