Chairman’s statement in response to today’s NIFL confirmation of final league placings

Posted : 26th June 2020

“I was delighted to receive confirmation today from NIFL of the final league placings for this season and also the award of a 54th League title to this club. The circumstances are very far from the normal end of season title celebrations and it is regrettable that we were unable to conclude the season on the field of play. It is a matter of record, however, that we headed the league table after 31 games played and the award of the Gibson Cup is based on merit.”

“Our manager, players and staff deserve enormous credit for their achievements this season. We were playing catch-up in the League after our incredible European run at the start of the season but we had put ourselves in an excellent position to retain the title before the pandemic struck to halt sport and many aspects of our normal lives. We had established a four point lead over our closest rivals Coleraine but were also ten points ahead of Crusaders in third place so I don’t think anyone can question our title credentials.”

“I would pay tribute to Coleraine who pushed us so hard this season and unfortunately we were all denied what could have been a very exciting climax to the season. I am sure that they and other clubs will come back stronger to challenge us next season and we look forward to getting back to football, with our loyal fans in attendance, in the not too distant future.”

Roy McGivern
Chairman



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