Moyola Park F.C.

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Moyola Park
Full nameMoyola Park Association Football Club
Nickname(s)The Park
GroundFortwilliam Park
Capacity2,000 (200 seated)
ManagerKenny Shiels
LeagueNIFL Premier Intermediate League
2022–23NIFL Premier Intermediate League, 5th

Moyola Park Association Football Club is an intermediate, Northern Irish football club playing in the NIFL Premier Intermediate League. The club, founded in 1880, hails from Castledawson, near Magherafelt, County Londonderry, and plays its home matches at Fortwilliam Park with the club groundsharing with Tobermore United following the closure of Mill Meadow. Club colours are royal blue and yellow. The club won the inaugural Irish Cup in 1881. The club is managed by Kenny Shiels.


Moyola Park was formed during season 1879–80 under the patronage of Lord Spencer Chichester, the landlord of the Moyola Park estate. The first recorded game was a friendly at home against Cliftonville, on 14 February 1880, in which the visitors recorded a 3-0 victory. Lord Spencer Chichester was the inaugural president of the Irish Football Association, which was formed in November 1880. On 9 April 1881, Moyola Park became the first winners of the Irish Cup, defeating Cliftonville 1–0 in the final.[1]

After those prestigious early days the club became less prominent and did not become a senior club, playing as a junior club outside the Irish League. In the early years of the twentieth century, the club played in a local league in south Londonderry and it continued to do so until the Second World War, with the exception of the 1929–30 season during which the club participated in the Belfast-based Minor League. After the war, Moyola Park was a founding member of the Ballymena and District Junior League in 1948–49, where it played until season 1977–78 (with the exception of 1950–51, when it participated in the Irish Football Alliance). During this time, the club won the league championship outright on five occasions: 1948–49, 1949–50, 1973–74, 1976–77, 1977–78, and shared the championship in 1959–60 with Ballymoney United. The club also won the Irish Junior Cup in 1972–73 and 1973–74 and was also runner-up the following year.[1] During the 1970s the club was managed by a local ex footballer Billy Lennox with another local ex footballer Johnston Mawhinney Jnr. as his assistant when the aforementioned 3 league titles and 2 Irish Junior Cups were achieved representing notable success in that period of the Club's history.

In 1978, the club was elevated to intermediate status upon joining the newly established Northern Ireland Intermediate League. In 1991, Moyola Park gained admission to the Irish League B Division. A successful spell under manager Kenny Shiels saw the club win the Smirnoff Cup (1999–2000) and the Craig Memorial Cup (2000–01), and finished as runners-up in the (renamed) Second Division (2000–01) and Irish Intermediate Cup. The club’s greatest modern success followed in 2001–02 when, under new manager Eric Halliday, Moyola Park won the Second Division title (as well as retaining the Craig Memorial Cup.[1]

Until the 2008–09 season, its home was the eponymous Moyola Park, but at the start of 2009–10 it used Coagh United's Hagan Park while its then current ground was under construction.[2][3] The first match at the new ground was on 16 January 2010 against Lurgan Celtic.[4]

Current squad[edit]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK Northern Ireland NIR Morgan Moore
DF Northern Ireland NIR Aaron Harris
DF Northern Ireland NIR Elliott McKimm
DF Northern Ireland NIR Kavan Keenan - on loan from Ballymena United
DF Northern Ireland NIR Harry Wylie
DF Northern Ireland NIR Robert McLean
DF Northern Ireland NIR Shea McSorley
DF Northern Ireland NIR Stuart Forrest
MF Northern Ireland NIR Samuel McIlveen
GK Northern Ireland NIR Darren Harbinson
MF Northern Ireland NIR Jake McNeill
MF Northern Ireland NIR Ciaran McKeever
MF Northern Ireland NIR Daniel McIlhatton
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Northern Ireland NIR Fearghal McGarrity
MF Northern Ireland NIR Michael Tolan
MF Northern Ireland NIR Jamie Willighan
MF Northern Ireland NIR Rhys O'Mullan
MF Northern Ireland NIR Tom Patchett
FW Northern Ireland NIR Daniel Barfoot
FW Northern Ireland NIR Jayden Withers
MF Northern Ireland NIR Eamonog McAlister


Senior honours[edit]

Intermediate honours[edit]

Junior honours[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Moyola Park Association Football Club - A Potted History Archived 2010-04-07 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Sport Northern Ireland, £1.9m facility for Moyola Association Football Club[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Strabane Chronicle, 15-10-2009, Impressive Dergview move up to third slot[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Moyola Park open Mill Meadow[dead link]
  5. ^ "Moyola Park. Club history". Moyola Park FC. Retrieved 26 June 2022.

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