Limavady United F.C.

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Limavady United
Full nameLimavady United Football & Athletic Club
Nickname(s)"The Roesiders"', '"The Lims"
Founded1884
Ground The Showgrounds, Limavady
County Londonderry
Capacity1,500 (274 seated)
Manager Lee Guy
League NIFL Premier Intermediate League
2019–20 NIFL Premier Intermediate League, 10th
Website Club website

Limavady United Football Club is an intermediate, Northern Irish football club playing in the NIFL Premier Intermediate League. 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 royal blue shorts. Away colours are all yellow. The current manager is Lee Guy, who took over from Mark Clyde in 2020.

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History

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 played in the IFA Championship until relegation in May 2019.

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 NIFL 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

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]

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
GK Ulster Banner.svg  NIR Ray Kelly
GK Ulster Banner.svg  NIR Connor Brown
DF Ulster Banner.svg  NIR Marcus O'Kane
DF Ulster Banner.svg  NIR Gareth McFadden
DF Ulster Banner.svg  NIR Ben Moore
DF Ulster Banner.svg  NIR Tiarnan Boorman
DF Ulster Banner.svg  NIR Jack Mullan
MF Ulster Banner.svg  NIR Gary McFadden
No.Pos.NationPlayer
MF Ulster Banner.svg  NIR Ryan Devine
MF Ulster Banner.svg  NIR Ryan Doherty
MF Flag of Ireland.svg  IRL Hugh Carlin
MF Ulster Banner.svg  NIR Dean Burke
FW Ulster Banner.svg  NIR Dean Brown
FW Ulster Banner.svg  NIR Matty Doherty
FW Ulster Banner.svg  NIR Matt Brown
FW Ulster Banner.svg  NIR Jack Devenney

Honours

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Former crest

Senior honours

Intermediate honours

Junior honours

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References

  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.