This seasons Presidents is Peter Buchanan.
Message from the President
To be President of any Rugby Football Club is an honour, when that club is Dungannon Football Club and to follow in the footsteps of nearly a century and a half of dedicated Dungannon men, it is indeed an honour that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Like many club members, it has been my family’s club for many, many decades and from my boyhood days at the Royal School, I really only ever wanted to be a Dungannon player.
It was disappointing but necessary that last season was cut short by COVID 19 in March, this coming season will be equally challenging, but hopefully we will get the slightly unusual fixture list completed. As there is no promotion or relegation this coming season, some would say there is nothing to play for. In my mind far from it. It is an opportunity for our teams to play rugby and to work on our game freed from the fear of the dreaded drop. May I wish head coach Andrew Hughes, all the other dedicated volunteer coaches, medics, team organisers and all helpers throughout the club a successful, enjoyable and injury free season. The amount of effort that is put in by volunteers across the club, from committee to ball boys never ceases to amaze me, we owe them all a big thank you. As to the players, there is nothing like winning a game of rugby, but winning doesn’t come easily or by chance and requires total commitment both in training and on the field of play. We can ask no more if you do that.
To our Past President, Philip McCammon, a huge thanks also for navigating the club through a difficult season, both in his role as President and through his fund raising abilities. The Go Fund me initiative is generating a considerable amount of much needed revenue which is going towards our ongoing Clubhouse refurbishment, and if you haven’t already given please donate whatever you can. As ever, club finances are always stretched and with no bar income since lockdown in March, this coming season will be financially challenging. However, one encouraging spin off from COVID 19 has been the resurgence in club and community spirit around the clubhouse this summer, and this can be seen in the excellent work done to the inside and especially the outside of the clubhouse, all carried out by a bunch of enthusiastic young, and indeed not so young willing hands. Our thanks to all who have put in a huge effort so that we can be proud of our club building.
And like all clubs, we remain indebted to our sponsors and advertisers, without whose valuable regular support we would have difficulty running an all inclusive rugby club for the benefit and enjoyment of all players and members of our community, no matter what their ability, age or back round maybe. We look forward to welcoming our sponsors in the clubhouse during the season. And in return I encourage all club members to support our sponsors and repay their investment in us.
As we gear ourselves up for our 150th anniversary in 2023/2024 we can look back on many great times over the years, both on and off the pitch. But as ever we must look to the future. The recent change in General Committee structure, long talked about has finally fallen into place. While Dungannon Football Club has always been one of the best run clubs in Ireland, this new Committee structure will prepare and guide the club to meet and succeed in what will surely be difficult and trying times ahead.
That is not the only big change around the club. Our long serving bar manager, Harold Walker is finally hanging up his ….well whatever bar men hang up. We wish him well for the future and hope he appreciates the view from the other side of the shutter.
May I wish everyone, parent, player, volunteer or alickadoo an enjoyable season in Dungannon. Rugby is the greatest game on earth, a game that we play on the pitch just for the fun and excitement and, when all the sound and fury is over, the camaraderie off it. Long may it continue.