This week’s Touchline Talk

RANGERS TRAVEL IN JJB IRISH CUP - Rathfriland Rangers this Saturday hope to travel to Newry City for their Bob Radcliffe Cup tie.

Newry though have a High Court Winding Up Order against them on Thursday by former manager Gerry Flynn so who knows where this one will end up.

This is a massive fixture for Rathfriland and hopefully it will go ahead allowing “The Whites” to pit their wits in the Bob Radcliffe Cup against the Championship contenders. Kick off 2.30pm.

SWIFTS NO FIXTURE - Rathfriland Swifts this Saturday have no fixture.

SWIFTS RESERVES V LURGAN UTD - Rathfriland Swifts Reserves this Saturday will host Lurgan Utd in a league fixture at Iveagh Park. After a slight blip with their 2 – 2 draw last week, they will be looking to get back to winning ways. Kick off 2.15pm.

COLTS RUN AWAY - Rathfriland Colts will travel to Strangford in a league fixture. Kick off 2pm.

COMMITTEE MEETING - The September committee meeting will take place at the clubrooms tonight Tuesday September 18 at 7pm. Please note the new earlier start time.

RATHFRILAND FC YOUTH - Rathfriland FC Youth section of the club is back in full swing after the summer recess with training continuing on Wednesday evenings at Iveagh Park from 7–8pm.

Annual membership fees for the 2012/13 season is one child £25, two children £40, three or more £50 U8s £5. All existing and new players welcome.

BROTHERHOOD! - Three brothers played on the one team for Rathfriland on Saturday against Desertmartin. Brothers Ryan, Paul and Ally Evans all starred in “The Whites” 4–0 Irish Cup win at Desertmartin. Previous sets of brothers to play for Rathfriland were The Murrays, The Bennetts and The Annetts. The Annetts were the paciest of them all!

NOT TALKING RUBBISH! - The Desertmartin / Rathfriland JJB Irish Cup clash was interesting in more ways than one. Rathfriland`s home ground Iveagh Park all started on a dump but it was interesting to learn that the Desertmartin ground started on a bog. Just one of those little interesting facts when you go to places like these in one off cup games.

A WHOLE LOT OF THRASHING GOING ON! - In the middle of the rolling countryside at the foothills of the Sperrin mountains, while Rangers were going head to head with Desertmartin in the JJB Irish Cup, a number of local farmers were thrashing in the nearby field! With the manual hay stacks, pitch forks and thrasher all in action it was like a scene from by gone days!

MEDALLING IN IT! - Congratulations to Rathfriland FC man Chub McCabe and the rest of the local lads in the Rathfriland Fire Brigade on their 20 years service. They will get their medals this Saturday – well done lads!

JUST WILLIAM! - Well done to 18 year old William Martin who scored the winner for Rathfriland Colts in their 1–0 at the weekend. Nice one!

CLUB BBQ - There will be a club BBQ at Rathfriland FC on Saturday 29th September at the clubrooms. More details to follow next week.