Armagh City Football Club can look forward to the year 2013 with real optimism!
Despite their overall success to date, the local high-flyers will be keeping their feet firmly on the ground.
The senior side – led by manager Marty Rice and his dedicated management team – are currently sitting second in the Belfast Telegraph Championship Two and will be pushing for promotion in the New Year.
Everyone associated with the city outfit are fully aware that to achieve this prize they will have to work and play hard for another four months.
The achievements so far this season have been built on hard work and dedication from all – players, coaches at all levels, the committee and club officers.
Armagh City FC has come a long way in the past three seasons and have consolidated and strengthened at all levals.
Financially the club is better off and, with the promise of a new 3G pitch being developed during April at Holm Park, exciting times are ahead in Armagh.
The Youth Secion is buoyant and it looks certain that several underage teams will again bring silverware to the clubrooms come the end of the season.
City were given a real boost at the end of last year when their Under 18s won the coveted Harry Cavan Memorial Cup – the major youth trophy in the province! On route to the final the local lads defeated Glenavon and then polished off Cliftonville to ensure victory. Despite many changes to their squad this year, the boys still managed to reach the last-16 of the tournament in November before bowing out to a strong Linfield outfit. Their success has filtered down through the younger ranks, with successes, to date, from the Under 10s upwards!
Many of last years Under 18s now turn out for City each week at both Reserve and Senior level – showing a real progression from the most junior sides, right through to Championship Two football! City’s second string was formed just a couple of seasons back and they have performed with great aplomb. A natural breeding ground for potential first-team players, the Reserves are now fulfilling a much-needed niche within the club set-up.
The progression of Armagh City’s senior side over the last three years has been nothing short of sensational. For, initially, the club literally re-organised themselves from the bottom up and appointed Marty Rice as manager – before even one player was signed! Since then, a loyal first-team squad, led by club captain Liam Cullen, has come on leaps and bounds and put themselves in a position to challenge for honours in 2013.
The progression within Armagh City Football Club was this week summed up by delighted chairman Mr Philip Johnston, who said, “Overall, everything within the club is fairly rosy at the moment. But we will certainly not be resting on our laurels. Everyone is putting in a tremendous amount of effort to bring us success but we cannot take it for granted. The officers and committee have been striving hard to take the pressure off the players and they, in turn, have been magnificent in the field of play. However, it will take a continued, committed and collective effort from everyone to ensure a successful future at Holm Park and no stone will be left unturned to achieve this,” he added.
Philip concluded, “We especially want to thank all our sponsors and providers for their current and, hopefully, continued support in 2013, and wish everyone associated with Armagh City Football Club a very Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year”.