Darren Murray’s future at Warrenpoint Town remains the subject of Irish League transfer speculation but his current manager, Matthew Tipton, has nothing but praise for the prized forward. Warrenpoint rejected a transfer request by the striker late last week amid continued interest from high-flying Danske Bank Premiership clubs Crusaders and Coleraine. The former Portadown and Cliftonville front man stepped out to face Ballinamallard United at Milltown on Saturday at the centre of January rumours - and with his focus on family matters. “He played today for 90 minutes and all credit to him because his girlfriend was due to have their baby on Tuesday and he’s been in and out of the hospital all week with her,” said Tipton. “My phone was on, expecting a call from her. “He’s come down and played and that shows me that Darren Murray wants to play for this football club because it would have been easy for him to stay at home. “It shows to me … [Read more...] about IRISH LEAGUE: Tipton’s praise for attitude by transfer target Murray as Warrenpoint Town beat Ballinamallard United
IN PICTURES: Irish League action (Jan 20) It was another pulsating day of action in the Irish League as Coleraine and Crusaders shared the spoils and Glenavon defeated Linfield in their own back yard. Danske Bank Premiership results (Jan 20)Ards 1-0 Ballymena UnitedColeraine 3-3 CrusadersCliftonville 3-0 Dungannon SwiftsWarrenpoint Town 1-0 Ballinamallard UnitedLinfield 2-3 Glenavon Danske Bank Premiership table … [Read more...] about IN PICTURES: Action from Saturday’s Irish League matches
LINFIELD manager David Jeffrey wants to see Derry City return to the Irish League. Coleraine Football Club will also back a return of the Brandywell club to the north, secretary Freddie Monaghan sa[...] You have reached your limit of free articles Registered users get 5 regular articles and 1 free Premium article per week. … [Read more...] about On this day: Linfield manager David Jeffrey wants to see Derry City return to the Irish League.
SIX foot three inches tall, a mop of blond hair and tattoos which, in the words of former team-mate Martin Murray “left you in no doubt as to his political affiliation”, Kirk Hunter was impossible to miss. Back straight, chest out, arms held wide, he moved with purpose and, when the red mist descended, oozed menace and aggression. However, this son of the Shankill Road often strayed well beyond the realms of pantomime villain. At Crusaders, where he played for 13 highly-decorated years, Hunter retains legendary status. But ask supporters away from Seaview and suddenly the superlatives are exchanged for terms of a much less flattering nature. After their first ever meeting on the pitch, and one which continued off it with ugly consequences, Joey Cunningham is not exactly chairman of the Kirk Hunter fan club. It was the opening round of the Irish Cup when Newry Town welcomed Crusaders to the Showgrounds on February 20, 1988. By the middle of the second half, Cunningham was … [Read more...] about ‘If it was nowadays I would have no problem walking off the pitch but back then the Irish League didn’t care. They didn’t give a damn’
Glenavon manager Gary Hamilton has dismissed speculation over a deal for Linfield’s Aaron Burns. Burns recently confirmed Linfield’s decision not to offer him a fresh contract beyond this season - leading to links with a range of rival Irish League clubs, including Glenavon. However, Hamilton is keen to address the rumours and rule out the Mourneview Park club from opening talks. “We have not been speaking to Aaron and will not be getting in contact,” said Hamilton. “Aaron is a very good player and we did discuss a move maybe two years back but his demands at the time proved beyond our budget. “With that in mind, it would put us off going back as we do not waste time chasing unrealistic targets. “We were nowhere near want Aaron wanted in the past so, unless he made contact with us looking a reduced deal, that situation will remain the same. “Players have short careers so are entitled to demand whatever financial deal they can get but, … [Read more...] about IRISH LEAGUE: Glenavon boss rules out move for Linfield’s Burns