This seasons Presidents is Philip McCammon
Message from the President
It is indeed an honour to be President of Dungannon FC for the 2019/20 season. Stewart McKinney was due to take up the position this year, and unfortunately was unable to do so on health grounds. I know I speak for everyone at the club in wishing Stewart a speedy recovery to full health in the not too distant future.
To those visiting Stevenson Park whether as a player, official, supporter or guest, we would like to extend you a warm welcome, and trust that you will enjoy your time with us both on and off the field of play.
It is a particular honour this year for the President of the Ulster branch to have come from our ranks. Gary Leslie has brought much energy to this club, representing both Dungannon and Ulster with distinction and serving as a volunteer and club President following his playing days. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Gary on his election, and also wish him a successful year at the helm.
In April of this year Andy Crawford was awarded an MBE at Buckingham Palace for services to rugby union. Andy’s contribution to rugby both as a player and an administrator has been exemplary, having firstly excelled on the field for Dungannon and then Ulster for 7 seasons. Following his playing days he went on to coach and manage at various levels in youth and senior rugby and served as President of Dungannon, the Ulster Branch and finally the IRFU. We congratulate Andy on his achievements and it is indeed fitting that his contribution to the game has been honoured in this way.
We are fortunate to have a loyal and committed group of members and volunteers who work hard throughout the season on all aspects of the club. Your time and talents are appreciated and without all your efforts the club simply could not function as it does … thank-you all and I look forward to supporting you in your roles during the season.
As we all know rugby clubs require significant funding, and we would like to express gratitude to our sponsors, whose continued generosity enables us to grow the game at all levels, season after season. If I could encourage you to support our sponsors with your custom, as they continue to support us. To this end, if I could also encourage members, players and fans to support the efforts of our events committee. The revenue from our clubhouse contributes towards our extensive rugby playing costs and in supporting our fundraising efforts you are facilitating the growth of youth and senior rugby in our town.
To all our coaches, managers and players … men’s, ladies, the Blue Bulls, the Stevenson Sharks and minis, we would like to wish you a successful and injury free season. This great game of ours is all about camaraderie, community and above all enjoyment, and to that end I hope you all enjoy the games that lie ahead, regardless of whether they end in victory or defeat.
Finally, it would be remiss not to mention that our clubhouse manager and bar steward will be retiring at the end of the 2019/20 season. Harold has been a permanent fixture at Dungannon FC for 30 years and I think it is fair to say that what he doesn’t know about the Club, probably isn’t worth knowing. On behalf of the members and players I would like to extend our gratitude to Harold for all he has done over the years, and wish him a healthy and happy retirement.
Once again it is a privilege to be Dungannon FC President and I look forward to seeing you during the course of the season.