Limavady United F.C.

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Limavady United
Full name Limavady United Football & Athletic Club
Nickname(s) "The Roesiders"'/'"The Lims"
Founded 1884
Ground The Showgrounds, Limavady
County Londonderry
Ground Capacity 1,500
Manager Paul Owens
League NIFL Championship
2016-17 NIFL Premier Intermediate League, 1st (Promoted)
Website Club home page

Limavady United Football Club is a semi-professional, Northern Irish football club playing in the NIFL Championship. The club comes from Limavady, County Londonderry, and plays home matches at the Showgrounds. Club colours are royal blue shirts with white trim, blue socks and white shorts. The current manager is Paul Owens, who took over from Neil Mullan in January 2015


The club was formed in 1884 when Alexander (formed in 1880 by the Alexander Cricket Club, which itself was formed in 1878) amalgamated with another local club Wanderers. Alexander had been a founder member of the Irish Football Association in 1880, contributing to the purchase of the original Irish Cup.[1]

Nicknamed "The Roesiders" or "The Lims", in 1885 and 1886 the club reached consecutive Irish Cup Finals, losing both to Distillery - the first 3–0 and the second 1–0. After a protest by Limavady in 1886 the result was confirmed, but medals were withheld from both teams in spite of a challenge in the High Court by a Distillery player. Between 1882 and 1888, the club provided seven internationals to the Irish national football team. The club also famously travelled to Liverpool in 1886, and defeated Everton 1–0- the first team from outside Great Britain to do so.

After a long time as a junior team, the club joined the senior Irish Football League in 1997–98, and reached its first Irish Cup semi-final in over a century in 2003–04. In 2008, the club lost its senior status when it failed to gain admission to the new IFA Premiership. Since then, the club has played in the IFA Championship.

In April 2013, three players received suspensions after being found guilty of breaching IFA betting rules on one of the club's league matches.[2]

The club won the NIFL Championship 2 in the 2015-2016 season but were denied promotion to Championship 1 as they were unsuccessful in applying for a licence. However they were promoted as winners of the Premier Intermediate League in 2016-2017

Carlos Tevez loan[edit]

In September 2011, the club vice chairman David Brewster issued a fax to Manchester City, offering to take Argentinian International Carlos Tevez on loan after the player had refused to go on as a substitute in a UEFA Champions League fixture. The club offer suggested that they would ensure Tevez stayed match fit and would avoid being cup tied, but asked that City continued to pay his reported £200,000 per week wages, a figure higher than Limavady's entire turnover for a year.

The offer, although meant as tongue in cheek became global headline news with some news agencies believing the offer to be a serious one. The story gained the club brief worldwide recognition although Manchester City themselves did not respond.[3]

Former Crest


Senior honours[edit]

Intermediate honours[edit]

Junior honours[edit]

  • Irish Junior Cup: 1
    • 1963–64
  • North West City Cup: 3
    • 1923–24, 1960–61, 1966–67
  • North West Junior League: 1
    • 1968–69

Current squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Northern Ireland GK Paul Wells
Northern Ireland GK Ray Kelly
Northern Ireland DF Marcus O'Kane
Northern Ireland DF Graham Crown
Northern Ireland DF Bryan McClelland
Northern Ireland DF Lee Harkin
Northern Ireland DF Johnny Watt
Northern Ireland DF Declan McKeever
Northern Ireland MF Gary McFadden
No. Position Player
Northern Ireland MF Paul Owens
Republic of Ireland MF Hugh Carlin
Northern Ireland MF Blain Morrison
Northern Ireland FW Joe McCready
Northern Ireland FW Connor Harkin
Northern Ireland MF Connor McCloskey
Northern Ireland MF Colin Murray
Northern Ireland FW Robbie Hume
Northern Ireland FW Conor Logue
Northern Ireland FW Sean McCarron

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Northern Whig, 8 December 1884; Belfast Newsletter, 12 October 1880
  2. ^ "Three Limavady United players banned over betting scandal". BBC Sport. 18 April 2013. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Limavady United's loan offer to Manchester City's Carlos Tevez". BBC News. 28 September 2011. Retrieved 19 April 2013.