Larne Football Club is a professional Northern Irish football club based in Larne, County Antrim that play in the NIFL Premiership.

Larne
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Full nameLarne Football Club
Founded1889
GroundInver Park, Larne
County Antrim
Capacity3250
OwnerKenny Bruce[1]
ChairmanGareth Clements
ManagerTiernan Lynch
LeagueNIFL Premiership
2020–214th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

HistoryEdit

The club was founded in 1889 and plays its home matches at Inver Park. The club's colours are red and white, and the club's greatest rivals are Ballyclare Comrades and Carrick Rangers; their matches are known as "The East Antrim Derby". From 1972 until 2008, the club had senior status, but reverted to intermediate status when it failed to gain a place in the new IFA Premiership. The club regained senior status in 2016, when the NIFL Championship became the second tier of senior football for the 2016–17 season.

Larne have notably been runners-up of the Irish Cup on six occasions (1928, 1935, 1987, 1989, 2005 and 2021) and runners-up of the League Cup twice (1991–92 and 2003–04) without ever winning either Cup - a record in both respective competitions for the most final appearances without ever winning.[2][3]

After being taken over by Purplebricks co-founder Kenny Bruce in October 2018,[4] the club lifted the 2018–19 NIFL Championship title. This was the club's first ever senior tier league title, their first league title since an intermediate title win in 1972, and the first senior honour since lifting the Ulster Cup in 1988. This secured a return to the top flight for the first time since suffering relegation to the second tier in the 2007–08 season after failing to meet the criteria for the new IFA Premiership.

They also field a women's team, whose colours are red & white (home) and purple & black (away). Formed by a small committee of parents and friends of the Larne Colts in November 2004, they made history by being the first ladies' team to play at Windsor Park as part of the half-time entertainment during the Irish Cup final in May 2005. The ladies also have a junior team for ages 8–14. The Senior Ladies' team has recently been reincorporated back into the club. In their inaugural season (2018), they finished the season as the unbeaten North 2 League Champions, and also as beaten finalists in the North 2 League Cup.

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
1 GK   NIR Conor Devlin
2 DF   NIR Kofi Balmer
3 DF   IRL Graham Kelly
4 DF   NIR Albert Watson (vice-captain)
5 MF   IRL Fuad Sule
6 MF   SCO John Herron
7 MF   IRN Navid Nasseri
8 MF   ENG Mark Randall
9 FW   IRL Ronan Hale
10 FW   IRL David McDaid
11 MF   NIR Ben Doherty
13 GK   CAN Michael Argyrides
14 FW   NIR Andrew Scott
16 MF   IRL Lee Lynch
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 MF   NIR Andrew Mitchell
18 DF   IRL Cian Bolger
22 FW   NIR Lee Bonis
23 DF   NIR Tomás Cosgrove
24 MF   NIR Jeff Hughes (captain)
26 DF   NIR Dean Jarvis
31 DF   NIR Elliott Wood
33 MF   NIR Harry Adair
34 GK   SCO Rohan Ferguson
36 DF   AUS Nicholas Aretzis
37 DF   AUS Ryley D'Sena
38 MF   NIR Caolan Donnelly

On loanEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
30 FW   NIR Matthew Lusty (On loan at Portadown until 1st July 2022)
32 DF   NIR Max Greer (On loan at Knockbreda until 1st July 2022)
35 MF   NIR Dylan Sloan (On loan at Knockbreda until 1st July 2022)

Non-playing staffEdit

Position Staff
Manager Tiernan Lynch
Assistant Manager Seamus Lynch
First Team Coach Tim McCann
Goalkeeping Coach Alan Blayney
Fitness Coach/Physiotherapist Michael O'Boyle
Opposition Analyst Shane Taaffe
Physiotherapist Joe Crawford
Kit Manager Martin Bird
Club Doctor Adam McClintock
Entertainment Manager Lewis Perry McAdam
Performance Analyst Shane Taaffe
General Manager Niall Curneen
Marketing Manager Christopher Liddle

European recordEdit

As of match played 12 August 2021

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Agg.
2021–22 UEFA Europa Conference League 1QR   Bala Town 1–0 1–0 2–0
2QR   AGF Aarhus 2–1 1–1 3–2
3QR   Paços de Ferreira 1–0 0–4 1−4
Notes
  • QR: Qualifying round

HonoursEdit

Senior honoursEdit

Intermediate honoursEdit

† Won by Larne Olympic (reserve team)

Junior honoursEdit

  • Irish Junior Cup: 1
    • 1900–01

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Larne FC owner Kenny Bruce lobbied Stormont parties to back embattled Mid and East Antrim council boss after NI Protocol letter row". Belfast Live. Retrieved 1 January 2022.
  2. ^ "Northern Ireland - List of League Cup Finals". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. rsssf.com. Retrieved 24 December 2012.
  3. ^ "Northern Ireland Cup Finals". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. rsssf.com. Retrieved 24 December 2012.
  4. ^ Purplebricks co-founder wants to bring 'Champions League music' to Larne BBC Sport. 23 October 2018. Retrieved 22 August 2019.
  5. ^ Brodie, Malcolm. Belfast Telegraph Northern Ireland Soccer Yearbook 1999/2000. p. 11

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