Dungannon RFC

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Dungannon RFC
Full name Dungannon Rugby Football Club
Union IRFU
Ulster
Nickname(s) Gannon
Founded 1873
Ground(s) Stevenson Park, Dungannon
Chairman Arthur Dixon
President Derek Clements
Coach(es) Nigel Brady
Team kit
Official website
www.dungannonrugby.co.uk

Dungannon RFC (Dungannon Rugby Football Club) is a rugby union club from Dungannon, Northern Ireland, playing in Division 2B of the All-Ireland League.

History[edit]

The 5th Earl of Ranfurly, who was President of Dungannon Football Club for 24 years and Patron for a further 37 years, was Governor of New Zealand from 1897 to 1904. He brought his love of rugby to New Zealand and gave his name to the most prestigious rugby trophy in the Southern Hemisphere, The Ranfurly Shield. The Club played junior rugby for most of the first half of the 20th century before returning to the senior ranks in 1954 under the captaincy of Roy Saunders the Club's first Honorary Life Member.

As a result of winning the AIB All Ireland League play offs in 2000-2001 Dungannon has now won every available domestic competition. The AIB League, The All Ireland Floodlit Cup, The Stevenson Shield (Ulster Senior League), The Ulster Senior Cup (a record five times in the 1990s), The Ulster Towns Cup ( a record eighteen times), The Ulster Junior Cup and The Forster Cup.

In 1995 the Club took a bold step in appointing Willie Anderson as its Director of Rugby. It was one of the first Clubs in Ireland to make such a move in a desire to further develop and promote rugby football in the area. The Club has supported the All Ireland League since its inception, although they had to fight their way into it by way of the play offs after year one. Since then Dungannon have always played in either division One or Division Two. After demotion in 1998 the Club immediateloy regrouped and bounced back to Division One as winners of Division Two in 1999. Dungannon Rugby Club achieved its most historic victory in May 2001 by winning the AIB All Ireland League Final.

Stevenson Park was purchased in 1969 and has been gradually improved into one of the finest arenas for playing and viewing rugby in Ireland. In 1999/2000 the Club completed the first phase of the development of its facilities by totally renovating and extending the changing facilities. Incorporating new administration offices, new heating and building a new car park. The new development which cost £500,000 was funded by a National Lottery Grant and by the generous donation of members.

Honours[edit]

  • All-Ireland League: 1
    • 2000-01
  • Ulster Senior Cup: 10
    • 1963-64, 1967-68, 1975-76, 1992-93, 1993-94, 1994-95, 1997-98, 2001-02, 2006-07, 2010-11
  • Ulster Senior League: 5 (1 shared)
    • 1960-61, 1964-65, 1967-68, 1990-91, 2005-06 (shared)
  • Ulster Towns Cup: 20 (1 shared)
    • 1883-84, 1885-86 (shared), 1893-94, 1894-95, 1895-96, 1898-99, 1901-02, 1902-03, 1904-05, 1906-07, 1911-12, 1947-48, 1948-49, 1949-50, †1959-60, †1960-61, †1964-65, †1965-66, †1995-96, †1998-99
  • Ulster Junior Cup: 9
    • 1895-96, †1896-97, 1898-99, †1899-1900, 1911-12, †1995-96, †1996-97, †1998-99, †2002-03

† Won by 2nd XV

Notable players[edit]

The Club has developed many great players who have represented Ulster rugby, Ireland, Barbarians and the British Lions. In recent years Jimmy Davidson, Stewart McKinney, Willie Anderson, Jimmy McCoy, Paddy Johns, Ronnie Carey, Jeremy Davidson, Allen Clarke, David Humphreys, Jonathan Bell, Mark McCall, Justin Fitzpatrick, Tyrone Howe, Stephen Ferris and Kieran Campbell have represented Ireland. Additionally Gary Leslie, Ashley Blair, Stephen Bell, Tony McWhirter, Jan Cunningham and Bryn Cunningham have played for Ireland A.

2009/10 Squad[edit]

  • Full-backs: Bryn Cunningham, Conor Gaston, John McGuckin, Simon Potter
  • Wings: Chris Cochrane, Craig Gilroy, Matthew Maguire, Neil Patterson (captain), Darren Simpson, Anas Smaali
  • Centres: Ethan Allen, Andrew Holmes, Paul Magee, Glen Telford
  • Out-halves: Scott Browne, James Shiells
  • Scrum-halves: Jason Bloomfield, Melvin Ferry, Gareth McGonigle, David Spence
  • Front-rows: Richard Carleton, Liam Currie, Declan Fitzpatrick, Justin Fitzpatrick, Gareth Maxwell, Michael Reid, Glen Sinnamon, Steven Sinnamon
  • Hookers: Nigel Brady, Colm Heaney, Christopher Knipe, Stuart Philpott, Timothy Potter
  • Second-rows: Ryan Caldwell, Richard Holmes, Neville Magee, Michael Rainey, James Sandford, Curtis Stewart
  • Wing-forwards: T.J. Anderson, Ali Birch, Stephen Ferris, Derek Hall, Rowan Halsall, Paul Heaney, David Pollock, Jeremy Turkington
  • Number 8s: Stuart McKenzie

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