Annagh United F.C.

Annagh United Football Club (The name 'Annagh' from Irish Eanach 'Marsh') is a semi-professional, Northern Irish football club playing in the NIFL Championship. The club is close neighbour to Portadown in the NIFL Premiership.The club, founded in 1963, hails from Portadown and plays its home matches at Tandragee Road. The club home colours have are all red and away all white.

Annagh United
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Full nameAnnagh United Football Club
Founded1963
GroundTandragee Road, Portadown
Capacity1,250 (100 seated)
ChairmanBrian McGurgan
ManagerCiaran McGurgan
LeagueNIFL Championship
2019–20NIFL Premier Intermediate League, 1st (promoted)

HistoryEdit

Tandragee Road has been the club's home since 1983. Indeed when the club opened its new pitch a Northern Irish star player of the time, the great George Best turned out in an Annagh United select side.

In the 2009–10 season however, the team finished near the bottom of the league and manager Wilkinson parted company with the club. In late July David Johnstone ex Loughgall caretaker manager was appointed manager. Johnstone played for Ards, Carrick Rangers, Larne and Loughgall. Recent seasons have brought some notable cup runs, none less than 2006–07 under the reign of Niall Currie, now boss at fellow Championship club Dundela, when they reached the Mid-Ulster Cup final against local senior club Newry City and the Irish Intermediate Cup Semi-final against Coagh United. Annagh lost out to the latter in the Bob Radcliffe Cup semi-final earlier in that season.

Johnstone has since departed the club and the temporary management team of players Dean Smith, Darragh Peden and Alan Murphy took over. Dean Smith was confirmed as manager for the 2013–14 season with Alan Murphy assistant and Darragh Peden coach. The club were promoted to the NIFL Championship 1 in the 2014–15 season and managed to survive for the 2016–17 season. The club suffered greatly in their second season in NIFL Championship 1 suffering very heavy defeats to Institute, Dergview, Knockbreda and Warrenpoint Town with the club sitting rock bottom of Championship 1. They did, however, pull of a massive shock in the League Cup when they took on Glentoran and beat them 3-2 with Nacho Novo scoring his first goal for the East Belfast side in what was Alan Kernaghan's last game in charge of Glentoran.

2018-2019 season under the leadership of Manager Ciaran McGurgan assisted with Simon Haffey as Assistant Manager and Coaches Paul Matchett and Alan Murphy started well with the club sitting well in the League having been unbeaten from August 2018 to January 2019. The Bluefin Sport Premier Intermediate League finished with the club 2nd in the league and competed with the PSNI from NIFL Championship 1 in a two legged play off losing 5-3 on aggregate.

2019-2020 Annagh started off well with 14 games played the club was top of the league on 33 points having recorded 10 wins and 3 draws but March 2020 brought the Coronavirus Pandemic leading to all football being suspended. At the NIFL’s Board meeting on Monday 22 June, the Board determined that following the conclusion of the consultation process with all member clubs via Management Committees, and the appraisal of all season-end options, the current (2019/20) league season would be curtailed immediately. It was also determined that the NIFL would engage an independent football data consultancy to recommend and apply a mathematical model in order to determine final standings in each division. In June 2020 Annagh United where successfully crowned NIFL Premier Intermediate League Champions and promoted to the NIFL Championship. The team in April 2021 played away to Linfield in the Irish Cup performing valiantly well in a 2-0 defeat.

Current squadEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   NIR Eoin Hughes
GK   NIR James McCullins
GK   NIR Matthew Shortt
DF   NIR Lee Upton
DF   NIR Gerard Kerr
DF   NIR Stephen Acheson
DF   NIR Aaron Rogers
DF   NIR Christian Stewart
DF   NIR Jordan Campbell
DF   NIR Owen McConville
DF   NIR Shane McKinney
DF   NIR Ryan Woods
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   NIR Niall Henderson (capt)
MF   NIR Jackson Holmes
MF   NIR Robbie Norton (On loan from Glenavon)
FW   NIR Ruari McDonald
DF   NIR Jake Richardson
MF   NIR Ryan Harpur
MF   NIR Ben Eagle
FW   NIR James McCormack
FW   NIR Stephen Murray
FW   NIR Peter Duffin
FW   NIR Craig Taylor

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Coordinates: 54°24′34.4″N 6°26′17.9″W / 54.409556°N 6.438306°W / 54.409556; -6.438306