Dungannon Swifts F.C.
|Full name||Dungannon Swifts Football Club|
|Capacity||5,000 (300 seated)|
Dungannon Swifts F.C. is a lawd, Northern Irish football club playing in the NIFL Premiership. The club, founded in 1949, has risen from the Mid-Ulster league to the top tier in Northern Ireland since its election to the Irish League First Division in 1997. Dungannon earned promotion from Irish League First Division to the Premier Division in the 2002/03 season.
Dungannon have a mentality of developing future players from their youth system and deploying them into the first team at a relatively young age. The most recent young talent to be developed by Dungannon Swifts was local Niall McGinn who signed for full-time Derry City, in the League of Ireland, on 29 January 2008. Niall later joined Celtic as a result of his progress. The clubs' current manager is Rodney McAree, after the resignation of Dixie Robinson on 13 December 2011.
- 1 Club history
- 2 Honours
- 3 Current squad
- 4 Club staff
- 5 Notable former players
- 6 Managers
- 7 References
- 8 External links
The history of Dungannon Swifts Football Club began in 1949 with the formation of the club. The names of the founder committee members include Thomas Neill, Jimmy Sands, Maurice Graham, Alfred Burnett, Albert Kelly, George Richards, Albert Watt, Joe Meldrum, Jack Fowler, John Martin and Ben Clarke.
The early years
In the 1949–50 season, the Swifts won the Mid Ulster Shield on their first attempt. The following season, the Swifts made their entry into the Mid Ulster League. In the same season they made it through to the Alexander Cup, Foster Cup and Mid Ulster Shield where they landed runners up in each.
Promotion to B Division
After twenty years in the Mid Ulster League, in 1972 the Swifts were promoted to the Irish League B Division where they managed a comfortable 4th spot in their first season.
1975 saw Stangmore Park become the official home of the Dungannon Swifts Football Club when they bought the land from Courtaulds Ltd and erected a temporary wooden Social Club. The stadium holds around 3,000 people
In the 1980–81 season the team had one of their most successful years ever and were crowned runners up in the B Division championship. The Swifts continued to show their dominance in the Bob Radcliffe Cup over the years but the 1987–88 season showed their skills in the senior Mid-Ulster Cup when they defeated Glenavon 2–1 to bring the trophy to Stangmore Park.
In August 1982, Dungannon Swifts officially unveiled their brand new club house. The purpose built construction replaced the old wooden club house and would provide an ideal environment for club and social affairs such as bingo, dances and dinners.
The club qualified for its first European games by finishing 4th in the Irish Premier League. They played Icelandic club Keflavík in the Intertoto Cup. However, they lost 4–1 to Keflavík and could not make up in the home game, leading to elimination in the very first stage of the Intertoto tournament.
Dungannon Swifts qualified for the Setanta Cup by finishing 4th in the Irish Premier League during the 2004/05 season. In the Setanta Cup following, Dungannon was playing in a group with Cork City, Drogheda United and Portadown and failed to qualify for the semi-finals as Cork and Drogheda grabbed the top two places. Drogheda United would later win the tournament, beating Cork City in the final.
- Ulster Cup: 1
- Irish League First Division: 1
- Mid-Ulster Cup: 8
- 1970/71, 1975/76, 1987/88, 1996/97, 2005/06, 2008/09, 2012/13, 2013/14
- IFA Reserve League: 1
- Irish Intermediate Cup: 2
- 1977/78, 1991/92
- B Division Knock-out Cup: 1
- George Wilson Cup: 3
- 1973/74, 2003/04†, 2005/06†
- Louis Moore Cup: 1
- Bob Radcliffe Cup: 9
- 1981/82, 1985/86, 1986/87, 1989/90, 1992/93, 1993/94, 1994/95, 1995/96, 2005/06†
† Won by reserve team
- Mid-Ulster Shield: 1
- Mid-Ulster League: 2
- 1970/71, 1971/72
- Alexander Cup: 4
- 1967/68, 1969/70, 1970/71, 1971/72
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
13 April 2012: In agreement with Rodney McAree, player-coach Darren Murphy won admirers for a remarkable act of sportsmanship, as he deliberately missed a controversial penalty in a crucial match against Ballymena United that they went on to lose 4–2. As it had been awarded in erroneous circumstances. It was widely praised during a time when money and winning has taken over the game.
|Bar manager||Michelle Hegarty|
|Youth development officer||Rodney McAree|
|General manager||Joe McAree|
- Manager: Darren Murphy
- First team coach: Rodney McAree
- Physio: Steven Symington
- Reserve team manager: Dixie Robinson
- Reserve team assistant manager: David Magee
- Reserve team attendant Darren Boyd
- Under 18's manager
- Kit manager: John Smyton
- Team attendant: Adrian Whittle/Bobby Dobbin
Notable former players
- Joe McAree (2001–06)
- Harry Fay (2006–08)
- John Cunningham (2008–09)
- Dixie Robinson (2009–11)
- Rodney McAree (Dec 15, 2011–12)
- Darren Murphy (Dec 2011–)
- Dungannon Swifts FC Website
- Dungannon Swifts Statistics and Results at the Irish Football Club Project
- Irish League Supporters