Knockbreda F.C.

Knockbreda Football Club (formerly Knockbreda Parish) is a semi-professional, Northern Irish football club playing in the NIFL Championship. They hail from Belfast and play their home matches at Breda Park, on the Upper Braniel Road located in the east of the city. The club was formed after the Second World War, c. 1948.[1] and played in the Irish Churches' League before joining the Northern Amateur Football League in 1989.[1] Intermediate status was achieved on promotion to Division 1B in 1997.[1] In 2009, the club was admitted to the IFA Championship

Knockbreda
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Full nameKnockbreda Football Club
Nickname(s)Breda
Founded1948
GroundBreda Park
ChairmanDavid Cain
ManagerColin McIlwrath
LeagueNIFL Championship
2018–19NIFL Championship, 10th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

HistoryEdit

Knockbreda Football Club was formed in 1947. Originally Knockbreda Parish, they played their football for 42 years in the Irish Churches' League, before joining the Northern Amateur Football League in 1989. Starting in Division 2C, ‘Breda won promotion of 2A in the first three seasons.

Off the field, the committee realised they would have to make some major changes in order to become an Intermediate Club. In 1996, they acquired the current facilities at Upper Braniel, and after winning 2A, were promoted to 1B that same season. Promotion to 1A soon followed, and the club enjoyed a three-year stint at that level, before joining the Premier Division in 2000. After relegation in 2007, the club spent a year in 1A before promotion to the re-vamped IFA Championship 2 in 2009. During the spell in the NIAL, the club won the Clarence Cup twice, the Border Cup once, but by far the greatest success was the WKD Irish Intermediate Cup in 2009. The early driving force behind the club was one of its founders, Fred Duke who died in 2010. For the last two decades the club's main driving force, beginning in the Churches' League right up the IFA Championship, has been one of the current directors and Secretary, Colin Russell.

After four years in Championship 2, in 2012–13 the club won promotion to Championship 1 for the first time.

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 Lewis "Deanesy" Deane
DF   NIR Lee "Leeroy" McGreevy
DF   NIR Ross "McCaughers" McCaughan
DF   NIR Kyle "Kyler" McAuley
DF   NIR Karl "Nathan Lutton" Hamill
DF   NIR Craig "Landscape" Gardner
DF   NIR Conor "Curransy" Curran
MF   NIR Josh Connery
MF   NIR Peter "Pete" McDermott
MF   NIR Francis "Egg fried" Rice (Captain)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   NIR Sean "Hope I don't score an Óg" Gallagher
MF   NIR Luke "at that" Harrison
MF   NIR Ryan Jackson
MF   NIR Lea "Sting" Rea
FW   NIR Anto "Late" Burns
FW   NIR Stephen "Hank" Garrett
FW   NIR Ethan "Simply" Devine
FW   NIR Cillin "Happy" Gilmour
FW   NIR Dylan "Crocodile pockets" Whiteway

HonoursEdit

Intermediate honoursEdit

Coordinates: 54°34′01″N 5°51′13″W / 54.566858°N 5.853529°W / 54.566858; -5.853529

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c H. Johnstone & G. Hamilton (n.d.) A Memorable Milestone: 75 Years of the Northern Amateur Football League, p. 205

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