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Buy some players. a striker. 2 midfielders. 2 defenders. and get a keeper on loan until Stranney gets back B.F. (skinney) - Newry

Last time I visited this site I rated it 1st Division,but having seen Chelsea's website ,I now admit it is 20 times better. I'm still over here pestering the English about how the Town is going to Europe and were unlucky not to get to a U.E.F.A. spot. YET I probably won't be home in time for the Intertoto,so the club will just have to go further if I am to see them.Ah well,at least the Gaelic season has started......fair play to youse,boys. slan go foill. J.McA.-Oxford

As a local person from Warrenpoint, it is good to see that Newry Towns arrival into the Irish premier league was met with success. Hopefully in the near future some silverware can be got, best wishes. B. S. - Manchester

What a great first season in the Premier League for the Town. Finishing 4th was a good acheivement.I am concerned with the strikers. Shiels and Gorman are great but getting on a bit. Town should go for Vinnie Arkins of Portadown and while they're there , get Casey as well. The reason why I voted for Larkin is because as a young player he looks good for the future and has had a great first season in senior football. He is strong and quick and has a great desire for the game. Here's hoping he and the rest if the Town team can build on this year's success. P. McC.

What a change this site has endured since the last times I entered it. Was down at Solitude on Saturday, and to be honest I was hoping for a victory for the Reds. The reason being that, thanks to the Newry teams egotistical ideology, the Reds are now almost certain to go down. If that scenario is confirmed, Newry will be the only Nationalist outfit represented in the League. Well we can only hope that they hold their nerve and get stuck into the Newtownards scum. I was glad to see the amount of tricolours and Nationalist related flags and emblems on show at Solitude. Why, Mr Campbell - with your great big illuminous yellow waistcoat (sic), did you not attempt to bring down the tricolour at Solitude. Becasue you are a falsifer, a part-time Nationalist who was afraid some Cliftonville fan would beat your ballix off. No concessions to Rice - JOE MUST GO. It is good to see we have a Cork visitor to the site. Tiocfaidh Ar La mo chara. Hyly-Newry

Just a note to congradulate the lads on getting into europe. i hope all the true fans are off getting the old passport out, ready for the trip to croatia. and good luck to big john mac on getting the job full time. i think he'l do the business. i would also like to agree with the guys who slated that old bastard campbell for not letting the lads bring the tricolours into the ground. next time he trys to stop you hit him a slap in the mouth. i know for a fact that all the other stewards hate him too.but lads on the other hand ntfc is not a nationalist club nor a unionist club. first and foremost it is a football club.whether people want to hang flags of ireland, britain or ethnic albanians its their own choice, and as a steward i wouldnt stop anyone flying any flag no matter what colour it was.this is the guzzler signing off for summer. see you in croatia.p.s. dont forget the tricolours! the guzzler-Warrenpoint

Leave J Rice alone. I've been going to see Newry as a child with my Grandad when they were in the B Division. Now they have finally achieved something he should be congradulated. ???-Bangor

As a Celtic fan from Glasgow, I understand how fans of Newry Town must feel about having their identitiy trod on by those in charge of the club. We have just got rid of the "anti-bigotry man" Fergus McCann, who's greatest achievement was to ignore sectarian attacks on Celtic fans by the huns in Bridgeton. So much for anti-bigotry. Celtic supporters are fortunate at games, in that we have security in numbers, and it would be increadibly difficult for stewards to remove every tricolour from the crowd at a game (although I'm sure they'd like to). Anyway, Keep The Faith, and give the scum a good going over (in football terms!), next time you play them.....TAL Pat Bhoy Tim-Glasgow

Newry is a nationalist town. Its population is exclusively nationalist. Then why (unlike just about any other club in the league) can't express our culture at matches ? No matter what Joe Rice wants, Newry Town FC is always going to be a nationalist club, just as Glentoran or Linfield will always be a unionist club. There will always be evidence of sectarianism at these matches If you watch a Glentoran or Linfield home match, you will see Union Jacks, you will hear sectarian songs being sung. It's part of N.Ireland culture, and Joe Rice can't change this. What Rice is enforcing is cencorship, and it's about time people realise this. ???-???

I would just like to make a comment to j from s.armagh... you are right when you say that we have to hated to be successful I can just remember the day in the social club and the riot broke out against Portadown, and I also remember the riots that broke out against Linfield on the Mall, inNewry. I just wonder where all of the lads are now? it is such a shame that we cannot get a good following together, then again is it any wonder with when you have a look around the showgrounds today and you see the amount of Joe Rice cling-ons that wear the Newry Town coats and tracksuits. Im not rediculing Mr. Rice for having such people around but if you asked those certain individuals to pay the 5 admission or buy a club lotto ticket or even attend an away game they would probably have a heart attack. I followed Newry Town everywhere, now with being at University in England i am restricted to attending matches only when I am at home for holidays and am absolutely disgusted when I see the teamsheetand see the likes of Trevor Smith, Sammy Shiels, Kevin McKeown (wanker) etc on the it. Next season I do hope that John McDonnell gets the job full-time, if the board dont fancy that idea I think that they should go for Roy McCreadie who would take no shit from these footballing mercenaries whoever gets the job should get rid of bad players like the above mentioned and the likes of Chris Coffey, Alan Hall and Anthony Mitchell and replace them with NEWRY players - LOCAL players who will give 100% in a blue and white shirt i.e. Robbie Casey, Raymie Byrne, GavinTreanor, Davy O'Hare (as Stranney with be out for a long while) and also find out if Jab Feehan is coming home from Australia - he would be the perfect partner for the "hawk", and also give the youth a chance too, players like Seamus Kane, Aonghus Martin, Rossa Martin they wont do much rotting in the reserves and therefore there would be no impressions made to any of the clubs across the water - so no big transfer deals would be done. what do we reckon about playing Adrian Larkin in goals on Saturday against Cliftonville - he was my man of the match last week. I WILL SEE OF THE RICE CLING-ON'S AT SOLITUDE ON SATURDAY - NOT!
Keeno - Bolton

Newry is a nationalist town. Its population is exclusively nationalist. Then why (unlike just about any other club in the league) can't express our culture at matches ? No matter what Joe Rice wants, Newry Town FC is always going to be a nationalist club, just as Glentoran or Linfield will always be a unionist club. There will always be evidence of sectarianism at these matches If you watch a Glentoran or Linfield home match, you will see Union Jacks, you will hear sectarian songs being sung. It's part of N.Ireland culture, and Joe Rice can't change this. What Rice is enforcing is cencorship, and it's about time people realise this.
???-Newry

I was at the match today with Ballymena and all I can say is that Paul Stranney is a tribute to the Newry Town team. I hope his leg heals soon and he gets back to football. I didn't feel much like watching the match after that but if he was suffering then so was I. It's only a pity that we don't have a few more Paul Stranneys. I've cast my vote ! Get well soon Paul !
J.M. An tIur

Congratulations on going to Europe, great to see the turn around in the town's fortunes, and well done on the victory on Saturday. Was in the area in March, visiting a mate in Warrenpoint and thought it was great, sorry to have missed the 20.03.99 match hopefully next visit will be able to attend the Showground and catch the 'da town in action.
J.M. Boulder, Colorado U.S.A.

Greetings to all in Republican Newry from Rebel Cork. Great to hear that you boys are flying the tricolour. Keep it up. For a long time I was under the impression that Cliftonville were the only nationalist side in the Irish League. Great to see the Orange scum turned over by the Germans.F**k the huns and the dubs
Slan go foill Barns, Cork

Newry have always been and this season has proved no different to be a boring team to support. There is no atmosphere at the matches, apart from a few big games like against Linfield or the Glens. Unless they start winning things, they will be just another number in the league. And they will not do that until they get a good support behind them. Whatever happened the Mudja behind the nets. The club needs a bit of character to put fear into their opponents. So next season Sing Up.... Who are we .... GF, Newry/Dublin

Well, well, well. Another defeat at the House of Hu***ry today (Sat 20 Mar) and another display by the Chief of Staff of the NTFC Stewards Association, Mr J Campbell, on refusing us "permission" to proudly fly our tri-colour. This man is obviously an anti-republican, narrow-minded mooncalf. Who the f**k (I'll do the editing for you) does he think he is. John, or whatever, your name is, f**k away off and support an non-catholic team like the Ports or the Glens if you have any problem with the national flag. Also, it was with deep saddness that I learned of the decision by Mr Ralph and Mr Fray to resign. But it goes to show that the baldly wee fart Rice is doomed to failure - no managers, rapidlty loosing support and an increasingly sh**e team. The S Armagh 'rebel' (if you may) has hit the hammer on the head with his comments. Why should we take any sh**e from aggressors from Portadown and Linfiled. "We will never be defeated". TAL Hyly - Newry

Well boys, the form looks pretty good. Some of you may remember me, the lad who visited from Australia in 1997. The black Feehan!! Miss you all, miss the craic most of all. See ou all next year, and as I read in the comments....Hold you Tri-Colour High boys! Sing it Newry!! P.F.-Sydney, Australia

Sorry to use 'your' page to send this message -- but is there anyone out there that can help me ?. My late father in Law 'Dillwyn Gavenchy Jones'played for Newry Town back in the late 1930's. I am researching the family history -- Is there a historian or someone at the club, or does anyone know anyone that can give me 'any' information on football at Newry Town around this period, any contact name, address, anything that may help me in my search on 'Dillwyn Gavenchy Jones'will be gratefully received. Thank You all for putting up with me on 'your'site. andy.thomas@owenscorning.com A.T.-Buckley, North Wales

I would like to say first of all that I echo the comments of R.mcgrath, and I also like to put forward a proposition: Any fans wearing or carrying politically offensive material should be banned from the Irish League. And i would also like to say that we do not want the so called supporters who stone the police and visitng supporters buses down at the town games because they drag the name of our club through the dirt. P.S. any Glentoran fans reading this see you on Tuesday Night! Skills-Newry

I was going to the newry town match against glentoran in the showgrounds today(saturday) and I would not liked to have been the glentoran fans who had traveled down to Newry and at the last minute the match was called off. Mark-Newry

I'M GOING TO GO TO THE GLENTORAN GAME ON SATURDAY, AND WAS JUST WONDERING WHY THE F**K YOU'RE NOT ALLOWED TRICOLOURS TO THE MATCHES. I'M SURE GLENTORAN WILL HAVE THEIR UNION JACKS AND THE RED HAND OF ULSTER WITH THEM AT THE GAME AS USUAL. IT JUST ISN'T FAIR. IT MAKES THE RIVALLRY BETWEEN THE TWO CLUBS WORSE BUT IT HELPS TO BUILD UP A BETTER ATMOSPHERE. SO, IF YOU'RE GOING TO THE NEWRY GAME AGAINST GLENTORAN THIS SATURDAY, BRING YOUR TRICOLOURS TO HAVE A GOOD TIME. IT'S TIME WE WERE ALLOWED TO BRING OUR NATIONAL FLAG TO THESE FOOTBALL MATCHES LIKE MOST OTHER CLUBS IN THE IRISH LEAGUE!!!!!! Paul H.-Newry

Just a quick reply to Baker,...I dont know whether or not you have noticed on away games ,but the opposition fans have always tried to attack Newry town fans ,cliftonville fans, Derry city fans, are you starting to get the picture Baker. If NEWRY are going to become successful then they are going to have to become hated, success brings hatred from opposing fans, success means more fans at the turnstyles, more fans means a higher chance of aggrivation,Baker if you cant stand the heat get out of the kitchen. Dont blame the young lads for creating a bit of fear to the opposing fans, it will make them take notice and keep them at the other side of the ground where they belong. Rem Dundalk a few years ago when Linfield destroyed the place and seriously injured people, well this was because they knew that they could take liberties. To the wanderer, melbourne, yes I remember boxing day in the social club when the portadown dungaree casuals took over the bar, we were shitting ourselves in our own bar in our own town and fair play to the IVF Inter Village Firm who ran them out for them never to return to terrorise us again. MON THE Brook oopsTOWN J - S.Armagh

HAVING FOLLOWED THE TOWN SINCE I WAS A KID I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A FEW POINTS.WHY IS JOHN KENNY, ONE OF THE MOST TALENTED PLAYERS IN IRELAND ON LOAN AT LARNE? WHO PICKS THE TEAM AND WHOS IN CHARGE OF BUYING PLAYERS AND TRAINING,IS IT TREVOR, OLLIE OR HARRY? DONT GET ME WRONG, IM NOT BEING A PAIN IN THE ARSE BY CRITISISING EVERYTHING, I JUST DONT THINK WE NEED THREE MANAGERS. CONGRATS TO THE LADS AFTER BEATING THE GLENS 1-0. WE WERE BRILLIANT. AS SOMEONE WHO FOLLOWED THE TOWN WHEN WE WERE SHITE, (I WAS THERE AT ARDS WHEN WE LOST 9-0 AND AT HOME TO BALLYMENA WHEN WE LOST 8-0) TO SEE THE TOWN CONSISTANTLY BEATING THE BIG TEAMS AND CHALLANGING FOR HONOURS IS SOMETHING I NEVER THOUGHT I'D SEE. TO ALL THE REGULAR SUPPORTERS, KEEP THE SINGING GOING, GET BEHIND THE TEAM, AND KEEP THE FAITH. WE'LL WIN THE LEAGUE NEXT YEAR IF WE STICK TOGETHER. PS. WILL THE WASTERS WHO KEEP THROWING STONES AT THE AWAY SUPPORTERS BUSES PLEASE STAY AWAY. WE DONT WANT YOU AT THE SHOWGROUNDS. THE GUZZLER - Warrenpoint

It is great that Newry Town have this wonderful little web site now where real fans like me get a chance to have their say. What I have to say is positive I would never criticise the men in the blue and white unlike some of Newry Town's so-called supporters. I was saddened recently whilst standing beside a young man and anything like the abusive language he was directing at his own team. It almost made me sick. In future Newry Town "fans"(if that's what you can be called) try encouragement not discouragement .Thank you. L.McG.-Newry
I would just like to remind those so called Newry Town supporters who stonned the Crusaders Supporters Buses as they left the town on Monday night and who continue to bring the good name of our club down despite calls from our chairman and board that Newry Town Football Club is and always has been a MIXED club.I would call on our club chairman and his board of directors to act promptley before the situation gets out of hand.And to the louts who continue to shout and chant secterian and offencive abuse at matches EMPTY VESSELS MAKE MOST NOISE !!!!!! R McGrath

Just to say that the RUC are going a bit over the top when it comes to protection! 5 armoured vehivles for a dozen non- secterian fans. But when a couple hundred Newry fans go away where are the RUC? Safely tucked away in the Ardmore station. Well done lads!!! I would also like to let all those tight supporters who stoned the bus know that will you be there when we are playing away those teams who you stoned will try for revenge but will you be there? I doubt it. So if you think of stoning any buses again think of us who have to go away. Thank you. Baker - Newry

I've just discovered the site so and it's great to be able to read about Newry Town and what their supporters say. Let me be brief so you know where Wanderer is coming from. The greatest day in Newry Town's history was new years day 1990 when a small group of Newry Town fans walked into the Social club at Newry and took on the Portadown "casuals". This is our club and our town. This game belongs to the people and supporters should be allowed to sing and chant whatever they want. Come on. Lets hear some replies or are you all sitting at home watching Man U T.V on Sky. Wanderer - Melbourne

I would like to take this oppurtunity to acknowledge your superb web-site as it keeps me up to date with whats happening at the town.Keep up the good work and keep banging in the goals. Stoke-on Trent, England

JOE RICE, A LITTLE THING HERE ABOUT THE TRI-COLOURS... WE CLASS IT AS OUR FLAG AND I SEE IT IF ALL THE OTHER CLUBS CAN TAKE THEIR UNION JACKS TO HOME AND AWAY MATCHES THEN I DONT SEE WHY WE CANT TAKE OU FLAGS TO OUR HOME OR AWAY MATCHES. Andy-Newry

As someone who has supported NTFC for a lifetime I am disappointed at the number of local players who currently wear the NT jersey It appears to be a team of Linfield ex players and they are always picked even when the team plays crap Paul Straney the best keeper in the league was dropped after the Crusaders game. Ian Walker had a similar shot to save from McManaman and the result was the same How does this justify being dropped? There WERE 5 players from Newry on the squad Coffey has gone to Larne Mc Parland was with Larne before Xmas and hasnt figured since then Larkin after a good start now resides on the bench Trainor now does the business with Carrick and Mulholland is now a key player with Cliftonville. I would hope that NTFC could field some locals to make it a NTFC CLUB and not a team of imports. Heart &Soul supporter

In reply to the last commemts reguarding so called Newry fans stoning the Crusaders bus, I think that this section of fans mainly come along just to chant sectarian songs and give abuse. I don't think they are that bothered about the results. It pretty sad to think that they have nothing better to do on Saturday afternoons. However I don't agree that Newry Town F.C. are a mixed club. Maybe the board and players but the supporters are from a very strong Catholic/ Nationalist town and area covering South Armagh/Down and East Down. P Johnston-Manchester/ Newcastle Co.Down

To Mr McGrath below me, I am in agreement with you that these attacks on visiting fans should be stopped but do you think that you could use the site to condemn the actions of Linfield and Glentoran fans when we travel to their Lions Dens as well, I mean you wouldn't want to be seen as one sided would you. As concerned your ideaology of sectarianism, I don't exactly oppose it as fiercly and as narrow-minded as you do - in fact I would be a hypocrite to condemn it, but these things happen in our sport. You can't have normal sport in an abnormal society and sectarianism, like it or not, is a major, and of course, unwanted part of the society which we live in. Baker, where are you. Are you computer illiterate or something. If the librarian denies you the access to the internet - take her hostage Hyly-Newry

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