Larne F.C.

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Larne
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Full nameLarne Football Club
Founded1889
Ground Inver Park, Larne
County Antrim
Capacity2,500
OwnerKenny Bruce
ChairmanGareth Clements
ManagerTiernan Lynch
League NIFL Premiership
2020–21 4th
Website Club website
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Larne Football Club is a professional Northern Irish football club based in Larne, County Antrim that play in the NIFL Premiership.

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History

The club was founded in 1889 and plays its home matches at Inver Park. The club's colours are red and white, and the club's greatest rivals are Ballyclare Comrades and Carrick Rangers; their matches are known as "The East Antrim Derby". From 1972 until 2008, the club had senior status, but reverted to intermediate status when it failed to gain a place in the new IFA Premiership. The club regained senior status in 2016, when the NIFL Championship became the second tier of senior football for the 2016–17 season.

Larne have notably been runners-up of the Irish Cup on six occasions (1928, 1935, 1987, 1989, 2005 and 2021) and runners-up of the League Cup twice (1991–92 and 2003–04) without ever winning either Cup - a record in both respective competitions for the most final appearances without ever winning. [1] [2]

After being taken over by Purplebricks co-founder Kenny Bruce in October 2018, [3] the club lifted the 2018–19 NIFL Championship title. This was the club's first ever senior tier league title, their first league title since an intermediate title win in 1972, and the first senior honour since lifting the Ulster Cup in 1988. This secured a return to the top flight for the first time since suffering relegation to the second tier in the 2007–08 season after failing to meet the criteria for the new IFA Premiership.

They also field a women's team, whose colours are red & white (home) and purple & black (away). Formed by a small committee of parents and friends of the Larne Colts in November 2004, they made history by being the first ladies' team to play at Windsor Park as part of the half-time entertainment during the Irish Cup final in May 2005. The ladies also have a junior team for ages 8–14. The Senior Ladies' team has recently been reincorporated back into the club. In their inaugural season (2018), they finished the season as the unbeaten North 2 League Champions, and also as beaten finalists in the North 2 League Cup.

Current squad

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
1 GK Ulster Banner.svg  NIR Conor Devlin
2 DF Ulster Banner.svg  NIR Kofi Balmer
3 DF Flag of Ireland.svg  IRL Graham Kelly
4 DF Ulster Banner.svg  NIR Albert Watson (vice-captain)
5 MF Flag of Ireland.svg  IRL Fuad Sule
6 MF Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO John Herron
7 MF Flag of Iran.svg  IRN Navid Nasseri
8 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Mark Randall
9 FW Flag of Ireland.svg  IRL Ronan Hale
10 FW Flag of Ireland.svg  IRL David McDaid
11 MF Ulster Banner.svg  NIR Ben Doherty
12 FW Flag of Ireland.svg  IRL Thomas Oluwa
13 GK Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  CAN Michael Argyrides
14 FW Ulster Banner.svg  NIR Andrew Scott
16 MF Flag of Ireland.svg  IRL Lee Lynch
No.Pos.NationPlayer
17 MF Ulster Banner.svg  NIR Andrew Mitchell
18 DF Flag of Ireland.svg  IRL Cian Bolger
23 DF Ulster Banner.svg  NIR Tomás Cosgrove
24 MF Ulster Banner.svg  NIR Jeff Hughes (captain)
26 DF Ulster Banner.svg  NIR Dean Jarvis
30 FW Ulster Banner.svg  NIR Matthew Lusty
31 DF Ulster Banner.svg  NIR Elliott Wood
32 DF Ulster Banner.svg  NIR Max Greer
33 MF Ulster Banner.svg  NIR Harry Adair
34 GK Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Rohan Ferguson
35 MF Ulster Banner.svg  NIR Dylan Sloan
36 DF Flag of Australia (converted).svg  AUS Nicholas Aretzis
37 DF Flag of Australia (converted).svg  AUS Ryley D'Sena
38 MF Ulster Banner.svg  NIR Caolan Donnelly

Non-playing staff

PositionStaff
ManagerTiernan Lynch
Assistant ManagerSeamus Lynch
First Team CoachTim McCann
Goalkeeping Coach Alan Blayney
Fitness Coach/PhysiotherapistMichael O'Boyle
PhysiotherapistJoe Crawford
Kit ManagerMartin Bird
Club DoctorAdam McClintock
Entertainment ManagerLewis Perry McAdam
Performance AnalystAndrew Whiteside
General ManagerNiall Curneen
Marketing ManagerChristopher Liddle

European record

As of match played 12 August 2021

SeasonCompetitionRoundClubHomeAway Agg.
2021–22 UEFA Europa Conference League 1QR Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Bala Town 1–01–02–0
2QR Flag of Denmark.svg AGF Aarhus 2–11–13–2
3QR Flag of Portugal.svg Paços de Ferreira 1–00–41−4
Notes

Honours

Senior honours

Intermediate honours

† Won by Larne Olympic (reserve team)

Junior honours

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