Lisburn Distillery F.C.

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Lisburn Distillery
Full nameLisburn Distillery Football Club
Nickname(s)The Whites
Founded1880 (as Distillery)
Ground New Grosvenor Stadium
Capacity8000 (790 seated)
ChairmanNigel Coates
ManagerJohnny Clapham
League NIFL Premier Intermediate League
2019-20 NIFL Premier Intermediate League, 8th
Website Club website
Soccerball current event.svg Current season

Lisburn Distillery Football Club is a Northern Irish, intermediate football club who are based in Ballyskeagh, County Down. They play in the NIFL Premier Intermediate League, the third tier of the Northern Ireland Football League.



The club, founded in 1880, originated in west Belfast, where it was based at Grosvenor Park at Distillery Street off the Grosvenor Road until 1971. After sharing Skegoneill Avenue (Brantwood) and Seaview (Crusaders) for some years, the club moved in 1980 to a permanent new home at New Grosvenor Stadium, Ballyskeagh, County Antrim, on the southern outskirts of Belfast.

The club was known simply as Distillery from its foundation until 1999, when it changed its official name to 'Lisburn Distillery' to associate itself more closely with its adopted borough (now city) of Lisburn. However, the club is still colloquially referred to as "Distillery". The club colour is white. A founder member of the Irish League in 1890, the club was relegated from the Premiership in May 2013.

European record


European Cup
UEFA Europa League
European Cup Winners' Cup
UEFA Intertoto Cup


SeasonCompetitionRoundOpponentHomeAway Aggregate
1963–64 European Cup PR Flag of Portugal.svg Benfica 3–30–53–8
1971–72 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R Flag of Spain (1945-1977).svg Barcelona 1–30–41–7
2005 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Flag of Lithuania.svg Žalgiris Vilnius 0–10–10–2
2008 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Flag of Finland.svg TPS Turku 2–31–33–6
2009–10 UEFA Europa League 1QR Flag of Georgia.svg Zestaponi 1–50–61–11

Current squad

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

GK Ulster Banner.svg  NIR Jonah Nicholl
DF Ulster Banner.svg  NIR Stephen Curley
DF Ulster Banner.svg  NIR Chris Getty
MF Ulster Banner.svg  NIR James Wright
MF Ulster Banner.svg  NIR Matthew Rooney
DF Ulster Banner.svg  NIR Mark Stewart
DF Ulster Banner.svg  NIR Alan McMurtry
MF Ulster Banner.svg  NIR Aaron Harris
MF Ulster Banner.svg  NIR Andrew Simpson
DF Ulster Banner.svg  NIR Andy Long
DF Ulster Banner.svg  NIR Barry Moore
MF Ulster Banner.svg  NIR Gerard McAlea
FW Ulster Banner.svg  NIR Paul Young
FW Ulster Banner.svg  NIR Daire Rooney
MF Ulster Banner.svg  NIR Michael O'Hanlon
GK Ulster Banner.svg  NIR Sean McElhone
DF Ulster Banner.svg  NIR Timothy Clarke
MF Ulster Banner.svg  NIR Mikey Withers

Managerial history

Lisburn Distillery playing in August 2009. Drumbo Park - Pavilion - geograph-1445555.jpg
Lisburn Distillery playing in August 2009.

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Senior honours

Intermediate honours

† Won by Distillery Rovers (reserve team)

‡ Won by Distillery II (reserve team)

ƒ Won by Distillery West End (reserve team)

Junior honours

‡ Won by Distillery II (reserve team)

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