This seasons Presidents is Arthur Dixon
Message from the President
Dungannon Football Club is a founder member of the IRFU. It is a club steeped in history and tradition. Former Dungannon players are to be found playing, coaching, supporting and commentating on rugby throughout the world. Witness the Ranfurly Shield, the premier rugby trophy in New Zealand was presented to the New Zealand RFU by the then patron of Dungannon, Lord Ranfurly. Former Dungannon player Angus Ta’avao recently became All Black No 1175 when he played against Argentina on 29th September 2018, having already represented New Zealand at U20 level. Our current No12, Lucca Avelli, was coached in Chile by former Dungannon player Jim Cowan.
When Stewart McKinney resigned as President in late August due to illness I was happy to step up from Vice President and hopefully allow Stewart to recover in time to be President next year. We all hope and pray for Stewart’s full recovery.It is a great honour to serve as President of this great club for the 2018-2019 season. This is an office which my late father, Cecil, and my late uncle John (Scott) held before me.
Last year Dungannon had a very successful season on the field. Many trophies were won at many levels throughout the club: Lady’s and men’s adult XVs, youth XVs and women’s and men’s sevens, and Dungannon Under 13’s won the Terenure RFC European Championship. The bar is set high for this season.
We are very proud of the family values that exist in Dungannon Rugby Club. Many family names appear in generation after generation. I was about 5 when I started going to rugby matches with my father and grandfather in Dungannon Park. I regret that I only managed to play for the club for 3 seasons before recurrent injury forced me to retire. How I envy the Minis and Youth of today being able to play the sport we love at such an early age.
A Club like ours could not exist without sponsorship. I encourage you to read the adverts on this website, note who they are from and support them whenever you can.
Finally, I wish our head coach, Andy Hughes his backroom staff and our senior squad every success in the All Ireland League. I wish good luck and an injury free season to all the men, women, boys and girls, who pull on the famous blue and white hoops of Dungannon. Remember our Code of Conduct and may you have many occasions to “sing the good old shanty”