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06-07 News Archive
080808 - Linfield game off

Today's JJB Sports Premiership game against Linfield has been postponed, as has the rest of the Premiership and IFA Championship games after IFA talks with the Referees Association failed to bring about a conclusion that would have enabled the new Premiership season to start tomorrow. We will confirm details of the re-arrangement once it is confirmed by the clubs.

The following official IFA statment has been released;



"LENGTHY deliberations between the Irish FA and the Referees’ Association took place at Windsor Avenue throughout the day.

A package, in line with the referees’ wishes was guaranteed, however negotiations broke down and consultation from the referees’ representatives with their members determined that referees would not be available for IFA Premiership and IFA Championship matches scheduled for Saturday 9 August.

The referees’ representatives indicated that their absolute deadline for negotiations was 8pm yesterday (Thursday) and unfortunately the members of the Referees’ Association felt that they should maintain this stance.

There has been no decision with regards to rescheduling tomorrow’s fixtures which have been postponed.

The IFA President Raymond Kennedy said: “This is a sad day for football. I felt that the Irish FA had provided a viable solution for matches to go ahead in the IFA Premiership and IFA Championship tomorrow and I extend my sincere apologies to all those affected by this late postponement of the league programme.” "

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050808 McConnell and Youle released

Lisburn Distillery manager Paul Kirk today confirmed that as part of a squad-trimming exercise that he had released Nathan McConnell and Dean Youle.

Both players have now signed for Bangor and we thank them for their contributions at New Grosvenor last season and wish them all the best for the future

050808 Bus to Ballymena - 16th August 2008

The Lisburn Whites and Grosvenor Whites Supporters Clubs are planning to arrange buses to the away games for outside the greater Belfast area for the forthcoming season.

The first awayday is Saturday week at Ballymena Showgrounds with the bus departing Lisburn Train Station @ 1.15pm, New Grosvenor @ 1.30pm and also South Belfast Northern Ireland Supporters Club (Shaftesbury Square, Belfast) @ 1.45pm.

Prices have also been revised for this season to - £5 for adults, £4 for senior concessions and £3 for Under 16s.

For more info speak to Ryan McQuillan or Ashley Wragg.

Whites fans of all ages are very welcome. and are encouraged to leave their cars at home and make a day of it!

050808 Junior Whites Update

The Junior Whites would like to welcome all their members back for the new season, the first full season following their relaunch during last season (click here for information)

Those who filled out a membership form last season do not need to do so again, but new members are more than welcome.
Membership is free and to join all you need to do is to fill in a short application form. You can get this in the club shop on matchdays throughout the season.

Membership cards and details of plans for this season will be posted in September and we hope to offer more 'Kids for a Quid' games,
events such as a training session, a "meet and greet" with the players and other events which are being organised at present.
Junior Whites are more than welcome to travel on the supporters buses and to bring their friends along.

040808 Match scoreline - Drumaness Mills v Lisburn Distillery
Goals from xxxx xxxx xxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxx helped a Lisburn Distillery XI defeat Drumaness Mills 6-2
050808 Stewards' course

The club have once again arranged a stewarding course in conjunction with the Sports Council and this will take place on Sunday 31st August 2008.

We always have a need for match stewards and if you would like to be involved and help the club further information can be obtained from Bobby Hanna (director and health & safety officer)

040808 Match scoreline - Downpatrick Rec 0 Lisburn Distillery 2

Goals from Curtis Allen and Darren Armour saw the Whites home at the foot of the Mournes.

The match was played at Donard Park in Newcastle and is the last full first team squad game prior to the opening league against Linifeld this Saturday. Whites' boss Paul Kirk was pleased that a clean sheet was also kept.

020808 Match Report - Shankill United 2 Lisburn Distillery 3

"Toughest pre-season game of the season, no doubts" was the verdict of Whites boss Paul Kirk after this one. "They played good football and were well organised and they will do very well in their league next season on the back of this performance" added the gaffer. Johnny Magge, Darren Armour and Chris Kingsberry were all on target, Chris's strike coming in the 89th minute.

Match Report to follow

020808 Match report - Saintfield United 0 Lisburn Distillery 10

Match report (reproduced with permission and thanks) Copyright Lisburn Distillery.net and Don Newrhode

Match Report from Don Newrhode

(Curtis Allen 4, Nathan McConnell 2, Mark Cooling, Paul McKnight, Stuart Thompson, and an own goal)

This was another one-sided work out for the Whites, who included two youngsters, Andy Doyle and Mark Whitford at fullbacks. Keeper Philip Matthews had nothing to do the entire game. From the start the team were in complete command and took the lead early on when Curtis Allen netted. After a nasty downpour, Mark Cooling scored the second and on the half-hour Allen tapped in another. He completed his hat-trick three minutes later with a fine header and before half-time two defensive errors by Saintfield gifted the Whites two more goals. Nathan McConnell and Allen being the beneficiaries.

HT Saintfield United 0 Lisburn Distillery 6

The second half saw three youngsters getting a run out --- Sean Price, Marcus McPhillips and Michael Denvir. Curtis Allen had a couple of good chances to add to his tally, but his luck was out. Midway through the half a cross from Sean Price was diverted into his own goal by a Saintfield defender for number seven. In the 53rd minute Nathan McConnell scored from a McPhillips cross and three minute later Paul McKnight scored with a classy chip after good work by McPhillips and McConnell. On the final whistle Stuart Thompson put the score into double figures with a towering header from a McPhilips corner.
There were solid performances all round with Kilmartin, McKnight and Shaw running the midfield and Marcus McPhillips catching the eye in the second half.

Lisburn Distillery
1 Philip Matthews
2 Andy Doyle
3 Mark Whitford
4 Nathan McConnell
5 Wayne Buchanan
6 Stuart Thompson
7 Andy Kilmartin
8 Paul McKnight
9 Curtis Allen
10 Stephen Shaw
11 Mark Cooling

15 Sean Price for Kilmartin (57 mins)
14 Marcus McPhillips for Cooling (67 mins)
12 Michael Denvir for Allen (78 mins)

020808 - Milk Cup success

Congratulations to Lisburn Distillery goalkeeper Chris McCluskey (pictured below) who helped Northern Ireland to their first win in the Elite Section of the Milk Cup in 11 years.

In Friday night's final, Northern Ireland defeated Chile 2-1 with goals from Adam Chapman and Andy Little. Congratulations to Chris and the team on their achievement.

Chris McCluskey Copyright  David Hunter


Elsewhere Lisburn Distillery first team fitness coach Donald Malomo-Paris (pictured below), guided the Co Down side to the BT Trophy title in his first Milk Cup managerial campaign. The Co Down side defeated Mexican side Cruz Azul 3-2.

Copyright David Hunter


310708 - Youth team sign Doyle

Youth team manager Andy Stevenson and the Lisburn Distillery Youth team got a big boost ahead of the new season with the capture of former Glentoran Colts captain Andrew Doyle. A defender, Andrew (left) is pictured below with Youth team boss Andy Stevenson.

"I am delighted that we have been able to sign Andrew" said the Youth Team manager, adding ; "We are delighted that he has chosen to join us to progress his promising career and we look forward to working with him this season."

Image Copyright Jonathan Irwin

300708 - Additional game - Shankill United

There are two friendlies this Saturday. In addition to game against Saintfield United, manager Paul Kirk has also arranged an additional game against Amateur League side Shankill United. This game is to fill the gap after the original Banbridge Town game was postponed (see earlier posts).

The Shankill game will be played at the Hammer Complex on the Shankill Road, Belfast-kick-off 3.00 pm.

290708 - Match report - Bangor Amateurs 2 Lisburn Distillery 8

Match report (reproduced with permission and thanks) Copyright Lisburn Distillery.net and Iain Pertray

Match Report from Iain Pertray

Lisburn Distillery took the lead through Curtis Allen after ten minutes, he finished from a Ben Browne pass into the box.Bangor Amateurs equalised a minute later when the number eleven went through unmarked on the right and riffled a well struck drive past keeper Matthews left.

The Whites regained the lead again on thirteen minutes with Nathan McConnell looping a header over the home keeper into the back of the net. Lisburn Distillery created chance after chance for the rest of the half but were unable to finish them.

H/T 1 - 2

Lisburn Distillery's third goal arrived on the hour mark when Allen notched his second of the game slamming home a Pat McShane cross.Nathan McConnell then snatched his second goal three minutes later running through the middle and firing home a shot past the keeper.

Bangor Amateurs pulled a goal back on seventy minutes after Philip Matthews was caught out by a cross which he was unable to hold with a home player knocking the ball home. The Whites scored their fifth on seventy-three minutes when Stuart Thompson lashed a shot home from the edge of the box. The sixth goal arrived ten minutes later when a good interchange of passing between Gary Browne and Ryan McCann led Browne to finish and shoot home. Curtis Allen produced a quality goal on eighty- six minutes when he bent the ball round past the keeper from eighteen yards.

The Whites eighth and final goal arrived right on the whistle with a Ben Browne tap in from three yards out.

Lisburn Distillery team

19. Philip Matthews
14. Dean Youle
10. Pat McShane
4. Stephen Shaw
5. Wayne Buchanan (Capt)
6. Paul Muir
16. Ben Browne
11. Chris Kingsberry
13. Curtis Allen
9. Nathan McConnell
15. Mark Patton

7. Andrew Kilmartin for Ben Browne 60mins
8. Ryan McCann for Stephen Shaw 60mins
24. Stuart Thompson for Pat McShane 60mins
19. Greg Hall for Dean Youle 60mins
18. Gary Browne for Chris Kingsberry 60mins
Darren Armour unused
Ben Browne then came back on to replace Mark Patton on 80mins

280708 - Match report - Moyola Park 0 Lisburn Distillery 8

Match report (reproduced with permission and thanks) Copyright Lisburn Distillery.net and Iain Pertray

Match Report from Iain Pertray

Lisburn Distillery literally went for a stroll in the park this evening in their latest pre-season fixture. They thumped junior team Moyola Park eight goals to nil, when at various stages they should and could have scored more.

As has been the case in all of the Whites' fixtures against junior sides, they have went at the opposition straight from the kick off. This evening was no different with the Whites' opening goal arriving after only three minutes. Mark Patton ran down nearly the full length of the pitch before putting a cross into the goalmouth from the left
side. The home defence under pressure from Armour and Browne, buckled, with a home player putting the ball into his own net. On nine minutes right back Stuart Thompson swept a pass into Gary Browne whose shot on target was cleared off the line. Five minutes later Ryan McCann put through a great defence splitting pass to Chris Kingsberry whose right foot shot struck the bottom of the post, unfortunately Darren Armour hit the rebound straight at the goalkeeper.

Two minutes later Kingsberry wasn't to be denied when he received the ball from Mark Patton to calmly slot home from ten yards for Lisburn Distillery's second goal. The Whites were totally dominating Moyola Park and third goal arrived after thirty-one minutes. Paul Muir had a effort on goal blocked by the keeper, but Darren Armour raced in to force the ball home at his second attempt. The Whites thought they had increased their lead further on thirty five minutes, only for Gary Browne's
finish to be ruled out for hand-ball. Further efforts from Armour and Kilmartin up to break were unsucessful, with Lisburn Distillery leading comfortably by three goals to nil at half time

The second half was only a minute old when substitute Greg Hall put in a perfectly weighted pass, with his first touch of the ball, to Darren Armour who converted yet another goal from just inside the penalty box. Mark Patton was unlucky on fifty-five minutes when he hit the ball just over after Chris Kingsberry had seen his intial shot saved. Saying that, it wasn't long before the next goal arrived. On fifty-eight minutes Ryan McCann threaded another pass through to the livewire Kingsberry who again made no mistake by shooting home. After missing several efforts during the course of the game, Gary Browne finally got on the scoresheet after seventy-five minutes when he shot past the keeper from the edge of the box for the Whites' sixth goal. Five minutes later Stuart Thompson ran down the left side before crossing
deep into the box for Curtis Allen to convert for goal number seven. Lisburn Distillery weren't finished though and the best was saved till the last. Andy Kilmartin produced an absolute gem when he chipped the ball over the keeper from twenty yards out for the Whites eighth and final strike of the game.

This evening Lisburn Distillery tore the home side apart straight from the off with their pace, passing and movement. The ironic feature of the game was that the Whites played probably better football in the first half, yet scored more goals in the second period when the home team tried to stiffle them more by their tactics.

Lisburn Distillery
19. Alex Spackman
13. Stuart Thompson (Yellow Card 54mins)
24. Johnny Magee
5. Wayne Buchanan (Capt)
6. Paul Muir
7. Andrew Kilmartin
8. Ryan McCann
9. Darren Armour
10. Gary Browne
15. Mark Patton
18. Chris Kingsberry

3. Greg Hall for Johnny Magee 46mins
4. Mark Cooling for Ryan McCann 61 mins (Cooling replaced by
Kilmartin 76mins because of injury)
16. Ben Browne for Mark Patton 61mins
19. Curtis Allen for Andy Kilmartin 61mins

260708 - McCluskey gets call-up

Congratulations to Lisburn Distillery goal-keeper Chris McCluskey (pictured below) who has been called up to Northern Ireland Elite squad for this week's Milk Cup tournament

Chris McCluskey Copyright  David Hunter

Northern Ireland will take on the USA at the Coleraine Showgrounds (Monday 28 July - 7pm), before playing Belguim at Ballymena Showgrounds (Weds 30 July - 8pm).Dependent on results they will also contest a play-off game or the final itself on Friday (01 August).

You can keep up to date with all the Milk Cup information on the official Milk Cup website, local media and BBC Northern Ireland which will carry highlights.

Good luck to Chris, the other Irish League players and Northern Ireland in the Elite Group.

Also involved in the Milk Cup next week will be first team fitness coach Donald Malomo-Paris who is manager of the County Down Milk Cup Premier side, and David Taylor, Lisburn Distillery Seconds manager who will be a team attendeant with the County Down Junior Squad. We wish them well with their respective squads.

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260708 - Shaw on comeback trail

Stephen Shaw (pictured below) continued his comeback after his recent hernia operation at Wilgar Park.Out since early this year, he followed a brief appearance against Dromara Village with an eighteen minute appearance today.

The midfielder is taking things easy and hopes to be back to fill fitness in September

Stephen Shaw Copyright David Hunter


260708 - Match Report - Dundela 1 Lisburn Distillery 4

Match report and images (reproduced with permission and thanks) Copyright Lisburn Distillery.net, Iain Pertray and David Hunter

Match Report from Iain Pertray

Lisburn Distillery continued their excellent pre-season campaign against Dundela this afternoon. The warm sunny conditions, coupled with a high tempo game allowed the manager to give a run out to all seventeen players in the panel and they all played their part in yet another impressive victory for the Whites.

After plenty of early possession, Ryan McCann tested the home keeper with a long range effort on seven minutes. Three minutes later Curtis Allen ran through the centre of the field onto a Mark Patton pass, unfortunately Allen was crowded out by the home defence in the box and this prevented him from him getting a shot on goal. The Whites were playing some good flowing football at this stage and on the quarter hour mark, left back Paul Muir crossed into the box for Gary Browne who had his first
time shot palmed away by the keeper and unfortunately Curtis Allen was just unable to connect with the loose ball before the home defence eventually scrambled the ball clear.

Lisburn Distillery's first goal arrived on eighteen minutes when winger Chris Kingsberry crossed from the right to Gary Browne who headed the ball goalwards, the keeper fumbled the ball and Curtis Allen was on hand to scramble the ball over the line. The Whites were totally dominating proceeding at this stage with the trio of Browne, Patton and Kingsberry running the show. On twenty-two minutes Curtis Allen just failed to double the lead when he headed a Browne left side cross wide when well placed. However the Whites did eventually double their lead on forty minutes when Gary Browne shot home from eighteen yards after the ball was laid off to him by Kingsberry. Just on the stroke of half time Stuart Thompson crossed from the right touchline to Curtis Allen who headed the ball onto Gary Browne who just headed the ball over the bar.

Half-time 0 - 2

The second half was only minutes old when Gary Browne crossed the ball in from the left for subsitute Darren Armour to stab the ball home for goal number three. A minute later the same combination had yet another effort on goal only for the Dundela keeper to pull off a fine save on this occasion.The Whites were still dominating the game
playing up the slope with Armour, Browne and Ryan McCann all having efforts on goal. On fifty-eight minutes the fourth goal arrived when Ben Browne passed to Mark Cooling who ran on from midfield to power the ball home. After the Whites fourth goal, Dundela started to eventually come into the game more. They were rewarded for their endeavours on seventy minutes when midfielder Tommy Parker powered an excellent header past Matthews to reduce the deficit. The Browne brothers showed
some good interplay on seventy two minutes, only for Ben's deep cross from the left to elude the Lisburn Distillery forward line. Darren Armour missed two further scoring chances on seventy- five and eighty-five minutes, with Gary Browne also just firing wide a minute from time.

The last half hour of the game proved a tough workout for the Whites with Dundela finally exerting some pressure on the visitors who held out well to record a fine four goal to one victory.

Lisburn Distillery team

20. Alex Spackman
13. Stuart Thompson
5. Wayne Buchanan (Capt)
6. Paul Muir
24. Johnny Magee
4. Mark Cooling
8. Ryan McCann
7. Chris Kingsberry
9. Curtis Allen
10. Gary Browne
11. Mark Patton

12. Ben Browne for Mark Patton 46mins
15. Stephen Shaw for Mark Cooling 72mins
16. Darren Armour for Curtis Allen 46mins
18. Greg Hall for Stuart Thompson 61mins
19. Nathan McConnell for Chris Kingsberry 56mins
19. Philip Matthew for Alex Spackman 46mins

Curtis Allen (l) and Gary Browne who got the opening goals Copyright David Hunter a Darren Armour got number three  Copyright David Hunter Mark Cooling wheels away after netting number four Copyright David Hunter


260708 - Club charity 2008-2009/Lisburn Distillery Ladies presentations

Lisburn Distillery's nominated charity for the 2008-2009 is Soroptimist International and the club will work specifically with the Lisburn and District club here in Northern Ireland.

You can find out further information about Soroptimist International on their official website - click here.

Soroptimists will ensure that women and girls:

Enjoy equity and equality
Live in safe and healthy environments
Have access to education
Have leadership and practical skills

The Lisburn and District Club presented two player of the season awards at New Grosvenor last week. Melanie McGrory, President of the Soroptimist International of Lisburn & District club presented Rebecca McCann (Lisburn Distillery Ladies U15 team) and Danielle Bingham (Lisburn Distillery Ladies U11 team) with their awards with a number of other Lisburn and District club members in attendance.

The Lisburn and District Club of Soroptmist International is the only charity permitted to undertake matchday collections at New Grosvenor during the 2008-2009 season.

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260708 - Greyhound racing back

Greyhound racing is about to re-commence at the ground this coming week.

Racing re-commences this Thursday (31st July 2008) and the club wishes Drumbo Park and the greyhound consortium every success in their new venture after all their hard work and investment in the new facilities.

More information about Dumbo Park and racing can be found in the local press, or via their website.

Lisburn Distillery is not responsible for the content of, or services/products supplied/advertised on, external websites or supplied by third parties

260708 - Ground information

Planning permission was recently granted for a number of projects earmarked for the clubhouse side of the ground.These include; a new outside toilet block, new changing facilities, new turnstiles, a drugs testing room and cctv control room.

Whilst planning permission has been granted, work is dependent on funding grants being made available to the club..

250708 - Youth team finish third in Foyle Cup

Lisburn Distillery Youth Team finished in a well earned third place in the Foyle Cup following a 4-0 win over Finn Harps tonight.

Sponsor of the Lisburn Distillery Youth Team

240708 - Match Report - Dromara Village 1 Lisburn Distillery 4

Match report (reproduced with permission and thanks) Copyright Lisburn Distillery.net and Iain Pertray

Lisburn Distillery were one again back in action this evening at Dromara Village's picturesque Bell's Bridge ground. Dromara's side contained three former Distillery players in player/manager Phil McDonagh, his brother James and midfielder John Douglas.

The game was only five minutes old when the Whites opened the scoring, Mark Patton ran down the right wing before putting in a deep cross that was met by the head of Darren Armour who made no mistake from five yards out. Wayne Buchanan then had to be alert to clear a dangerous cross from the home side two minutes later. On eleven minutes the Whites increased their lead with a superb goal by midfield general Andrew Kilmartin. He received the ball on the left side of the box
before neatly chipping the ball over the keeper into the top right corner of the net. Dromara responded three minutes later by pulling back a goal. Keeper Matthews under pressure from two home players dropped a cross from the right with a home player on hand to smash the loose ball home.

Lisburn Distillery were unfortunate on sixteen minutes when a fine sweeping movement involving Browne, Patton and Armour just failed to produce a goal with Armour heading wide. Again Browne was just wide with a volley a minute later before Matthews had to pull off two saves on twenty five and thirty minutes. Right winger Mark Patton was proving increasingly dangerous as the half wore on, with further efforts on goal by Johnny Magee and Gary Browne failing to increase the Whites lead

Half-time 1- 2

Stuart Thompson opened the second half with a cheeky back heel on goal from a Patton cross which was comfortably saved by the home keeper. On fifty-six minutes Lisburn Distillery scored their third goal of the evening. Paul Muir put in a useful cross from the left which was met by Mark Patton unmarked in the box and he comfortably shot home. A minute later Patton was in the thick of the action again when Armour took the ball round the keeper and crossed from the byline only for the youngster to head wide when well placed. Again a minute later Patton reciprocated by putting in a cross from the right for Armour this time to head wide when a definite goal was on. The Whites fourth goal of the evening arrived on sixty five minutes. Young substitute Ben Browne showed some nifty footwork in the box before teeing up Darren Armour who made no mistake, shooting home from ten yards. Unfortunately the Whites failed to increase their lead after Armour's strike with
noteable efforts coming from headers by Kilmartin and Wayne Buchanan on seventy minutes.

Lisburn Distillery team
19. Philip Matthews
24. Stuart Thompson
16. Greg Hall
3. Paul Muir
5. Wayne Buchanan(Capt)
23. Johnny Magee
7. Andrew Kilmartin
8. Ryan McCann
9. Gary Browne
10. Darren Armour
11. Mark Patton

14. Stephen Shaw for Ryan McCann 74mins
18. Ben Browne for Stuart Thompson 55mins

240708 - Seconds win at Knockbreda

The Seconds defeated Knockbreda by five goals to nil tonight - on target were Curtis Allen (2), Mark Cooling, Nathan McConnell and M. McPhillips.

240708 - Youth team edged out in Foyle Cup semi-final

Lisburn Distillery Youth lost 2-3 in tonight's Foyle Cup semi-final against the Maiden City Academy.

They will now meet Finn Harps on Friday night in the third/fourth place play-off (Lisnagelvin 1 - 7.00 pm)

On a more sombre note, the Youth team management and squad, along with the club extend their sympathy to David Hume and his family after the passing of his grandfather earlier this week whilst David was with the squad.Our thoughts are with him and his family.

230708 - Youth team Foyle Cup semi-final

A three-one victory over Letterkenny Rovers U18 tonight means Lisburn Distillery Youth are one step away from the Foyle Cup Final.

Goals from Dean Moore, Conor Sullivan and Nyal Walsh mean that the Whites now take on Maiden City Academy in their semi-final at the Brandywell Showgrounds tomorrow night (Thurs) - kick-off is 7.00 pm.

Good luck to Andy and the team.

Sponsor of the Lisburn Distillery Youth Team




Images Copyright Jonathan Irwin (reproduced with permission and thanks)


220708 - Youth team win in Foyle Cup

Lisburn Distillery Youth got their Foyle Cup campaign off to a winning start with a 2-1 victory over Derry City U18s at The Brandywell tonight.Dean Moore and Greg Dixon were the goal-scorers.

They play Letterkenny Rovers U18 tomorrow night (Weds) at Templemore Swilly.

Sponsor of the Lisburn Distillery Youth Team


210708 - Town game on again

Banbridge Town and Lisburn Distillery have been able to re-schedule their pre-season friendly for tomorrow night - Tuesday 22nd July 2008.

The game will be played on the UEFA 3G (plastic) pitch at Cheyney Park, Banbridge. The new pitch is beside Crystal Park and admission will be through the Crystal Park turnstiles.

Kick-off is planned for 7.00pm.

190708 - Match Report - Dergview 0 Lisburn Distillery 3

Match report (reproduced with permission and thanks) Copyright Lisburn Distillery.net and Iain Pertray

Match Report from Iain Pertray

Lisburn Distillery made the long journey to the west of the province for their first ever visit to Castlederg and new IFA Championship team Dergview this afternoon. The excellent Darragh Park pitch lent itself to the Whites style of play and the small band of supporters who made the trip were rewarded with a comfortable victory.

Straight from the off the Whites were on the attack, Curtis Allen firing wide from a Darren Armour pass in the first minute. Ryan McCann then tested the home keeper with a free kick directed straight at him on four minutes. Five minutes later Paul Muir struck another free kick against the defensive wall, the ball deflected out to Chris Kingsberry who crossed in, with Muir's header forcing the home keeper to tip the ball onto the underside of the bar with the ball then being cleared by the home defence.

Neil Gawley and Pat McShane were combining effectively on the left hand side of the field. Infact on nineteen minutes McShane was involved in the thick of the action when his cross eluded Armour's head but Curtis Allen followed up by meeting the ball, but unfortunately he shot wide coming in at the backpost. Lisburn Distillery's backline were easily snuffing out any goal threat from Dergview with Philip Matthews rarely tested. The Whites created further chances with Ryan McCann forcing the keeper into another save from a free kick on twenty five minutes with Kingsberry firing high and wide when well positioned a minute later. The breakthrough finally arrived on thirty two minutes and what a special goal it was. Paul Muir fed the ball from defence to Darren Armour running on from the middle of the park, Armour then passed to Kingsberry on the right wing who ran on before crossing to Curtis Allen's feet who then slotted the ball home from close range. A brilliantly worked goal, that underlined the Whites total football approach. The visitors continued to dominate possession for the remainder of the first period with Matthews only called into action a minute before the break when he pulled off a first class stop when an equaliser seemed certain.

Half-time 0 - 1

The second half was only three minutes old when the ball found Darren Armour in the box who used his strength to fend off the keeper and tuck the ball home to double the Whites advantage. After their second goal Lisburn Distillery seemed to up their tempo with Allen, Browne and Armour each having efforts on goal soon afterwards. The Whites third goal arrived on eighty minutes. The tricky Kingsberry crossed from the right and young debutant Gareth Corey confidently tucked the ball away past the keeper. Indeed the eighteen year old trialist looked more than useful during his brief run out. He had further chances on goal
during the last five minutes, unfortunately to no effect, but his pace especially looks to be a major asset.

The Whites looked more than comfortable in this game and can hopefully keep up this good form leading into their busy run of friendly fixtures next week.

Lisburn Distillery

20. Philip Matthews
2. Peter McCann
3. Pat McShane
4. Ryan McCann
5. Wayne Buchanan (Capt)
23. Paul Muir
7. Andrew Kilmartin
9. Curtis Allen
10. Darren Armour
11. Chris Kingsberry
12. Neil Gawley

13. Gareth Corey for Curtis Allen 75 mins
14. Stephen Shaw for Chris Kingsberry 80 mins
16. Mark Patton for Darren Armour 63 mins
18. Gary Browne for Neil Gawley 53 mins


190708 - Match Report - Ballynahinch United 0 Lisburn Distillery Seconds 3

Match report and images (reproduced with permission and thanks) Copyright Lisburn Distillery.net and David Taylor


Match report from David Taylor

The first pre-season friendly, away to Ballynahinch United, resulted in a three nil win for the seconds. It took them a while to settle but they created a number of good chances before taking the lead from a McKnight corner, first Thompson had a go at heading it, but the last player to touch it over the line was Hamilton. More chances went begging and the first half ended with a single goal lead to the visitors.

The second half was dominated by the visitors who increased their lead further, through two well-constructed and well-finished goals by half time substitute Moore.

Manager's Comments

A good work out which should help several first team players achieve their match fitness, as some have only played bit parts for the first team. What an asset McKnight should be when he achieves match fitness, although he only played the first half you can see the class of the player, and we can only hope he gets back to full fitness shortly.

David Taylor.



D. Youle, P. Hamilton, G. Hall, S. Thompson

M. Neill, M. Cooling, J. Magee, M. Whitford

N.McConnell, P. McKnight

Subs: P. Esler, D. Moore, N. Jones.

Scorers: D. Moore 2, P. Hamilton.


190708 - Banbridge Town game cancelled

Lisburn Distillery's prer-season friendly against Banbridge Town, scheduled for Saturday 02nd August 2008 has been cancelled.

This is due to the IFA Championship kicking off on that date with Town now playing Limavady United on the opening day of the CHampionship season.

The Whites still have a friendly game arranged on that date against Saintfield United.

190708 - Trio move on

Defenders Jim McMenamin and Ryan Blaney, along with goal-keeper David Wilton have been released by Lisburn Distillery.

We wish all three players all the best in their furture careers.

170708 - Pre-season Match report - Lisburn Distillery 1 Macclesfield Town 2

Match report and images (reproduced with permission and thanks) Copyright Lisburn Distillery.net and Edward White

Match Report from Edward White

Two well taken goals from Macclesfield’s pacey winger, Danny Thomas, proved to be decisive in this pre-season encounter at New Grosvenor although the Whites will have drawn heart from another gutsy performance which saw them match their more senior opponents for the majority of the game.

Lisburn Distillery had got off to bad start with a deft flick from Lee Bell setting Thomas in for his first of the night on only eleven minutes as he calmly lobbed over the advancing home keeper Philip Matthews. The “Silkmen” continued to look the more composed side for the opening period of play but gradually as the half wore on the Whites got back into the game and came close to levelling the match on a number of occasions through Kingsberry and Brown and more notably Magee whose effort cannoned up onto the Macclesfield crossbar before being cleared. An equaliser did look to be coming and this indeed turned out to be the case when, on 41 minutes, Whites skipper Wayne Buchanan rose, unmarked, to head home from a Gary Browne corner past stand in keeper David Wilton who had been loaned as a stand- in to Macclesfield following injury to their usual keeper Jon Brain.

All square then at half time but it was only 10 minutes into the second half when the visitors regained the lead when once again Thomas used his pace and quality, his finish leaving Matthews stranded in the home goal. As is the norm for pre-season games, lots of substitutions took place with Lisburn Distillery making no less than nine changes during the second period of play, this including a debut for defender Paul Hamilton. The substitutions impacted on the Whites rhythm of play and although they created a few half openings they didn’t really threaten in any great numbers.

A final score then of 2-1 to the visitors and a decent pre-season warm up for Lisburn Distillery.

Edward White

150708 - Youth Team in Foyle Cup

Manager Andy Stevenson and the Lisburn Distillery Youth Team are off to the Foyle Cup next week.

The Whites, participating in the U18 category, have been drawn in the same group as Letterkenny Rovers and Derry City.

The competition runs from the 22nd -26th July.

You can find more information on the official Foyle Cup website - click here.

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130708 - Hamilton joins Whites

Lisburn Distillery manager Paul Kirk has confirmed that Paul Hamilton has agreed a two year contract with the club.

The Whites boss is delighted to land the former Larne player (pictured below), adding; " He's a versatile young player, strong in the tackle and competitive.He can play in a variety of positions, we believe that he is one for us and the future and we are pleased to have got him at this stage in his career."

The manager also confirmed that Aaron Johnston, James Wright and Chris Murdock have all been released.

Paul Hamilton Copyright David Hunter


100708 - Clean up at New Grosvenor

It's time to prepare New Grosvenor for the new season ahead and there is a clean-up planned for Tuesday 15th July at 7.00 pm.

Work will involve cleaning the seats in the stand so if you can attend, please bring a bucket, sponge and cloth with you.

There may be additional work required on Wednesday 16th July but this will be confirmed on Tuesday night.

090708 - Pre-season friendly update

Some more games have been added (see blue entries below) to the pre-season programme.

There are often changes to pre-season games, venues and timings, so please check the site home page for the latest information

Thursday 17th July 2008

Lisburn Distillery 1 Macclesfield Town 2

Saturday 19th July 2008
Dergview 0 Lisburn Distillery 3
Thursday 24th July 2008
Dromara Village v Lisburn Distillery
Saturday 26th July 2008
Dundela v Lisburn Distillery
Saturday 26th July 2008
USA U19 v Lisburn Distillery (TBC)
Monday 28th July 2008
Moyola Park v Lisburn Distillery
Tuesday 29th July 2008
Bangor Amateurs v Lisburn Distillery
Saturday 02nd August 2008
Saintfield v Lisburn Distillery
Monday 04th August 2008
Downpatrick Rec v Lisburn Distillery


050708 - Lisburn Distillery Ladies lift title

Congratulations to Lisburn Distillery Ladies and manager William McCann.

The U11 team won the Dale Farm Girls U11 Belfast League, and the U15 team were runners-up in the Dale Farm Girls U15 Belfast League Division 1.

(post corrected 090708)

050708 - Whites to play USA

A Lisburn Distillery XI will take on the USA National U19 team later this month.

Details to follow.

010708 - TPS TV invite

Our friends at TPS Turku have provided us with a link where you can catch up with the post-match press conference and match action.

The service is free - simply click on the TPS logo below and select from the right-hand column.

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010708 - Youth Academy seek players

The Lisburn Distillery Youth Academy has been restructured and is now looking for potential new players for the forthcoming season.

Trials will be held at Belvoir Playing Fields on Wednesday 16th July and Wednesday 23rd July 2008 from 7pm to 8.30pm - we extend a warm invite to all prospective players.

The Academy aims to build on last season’s success, under the coaching and guidance of Lisburn Distillery manager and coach Paul Kirk along with Stuart Gallagher and some of the club's first team players including Chris Kingsberry.

Players born in 1997, 1998 and 1999 are welcome to get in touch for this seasons Under 12s, Under 11s and Under 10 sides who will compete in the South Belfast League.

If your child would like to consider becoming part of Lisburn Distillery's progressive Academy set-up and have an opporturnity to work with experienced, qualified coaches then please contact Stevie Nutt (Under 12 Manager) via email at stevie-n@hotmail.co.uk or via phone on 07709132986.

All players attending the trials need to wear a football kit, shinpads and football boots (not trainers).They also need to bring a soft (non-fizzy) drink for breaks during the trials.

280608 - Turku Images

Friday 28 June 2008

Whites team and fans are safely in Finland following long journey

Some Whites fans already enjoying the sights of Turku Copyright David Hunter

Saturday 28 June - preparations going well


Paul Kirk works with the players at the Veritas Stadion. Copyright David Hunter


Vice chairman Tommy Anderson and supporters fly a supporter's flag at the official  training session Copyright David Hunter


250608 - Safe journey

The team and our supporters will be heading off to Finland on Friday and we wish them well for both the journey and the game.

At 2-3 there is still everything to play for and we wish Paul Kirk and the team good luck in Turku on Sunday.

250608 - Castlederg on 19th July 2008

Manager Paul Kirk confirmed an extra pre-season friendly today - this will against Castlederg on Saturday 19th July 2008.

We'll update the pre-season programme over the next few weeks.


240608 - Young Whites win Hillsborough Mini-soccer tournament

Tournament report Copyright Lisburn Distillery.net and Ian Titterington

Tournament Report from Ian Titterington

Hillsborough Mini-soccer Tournament - 210608
Lisburn Distillery 2 Lagmore 0
Dylan Cummins, Sam Titterington
Lisburn Distillery 1 Linfield Youth Academy Tigers 0
Brandon Falconer
Lisburn Distillery 1 Linfield Youth Academy Lions 5
Thomas Ryan
Lisburn Distillery 4 Hillsborough Boys 0
Dylan Cummins 2, Brandon Falconer 2
Tournament Final
Lisburn Distillery 3 Linfield Youth Academy Lions 2
Brandon Falconer, Colin Wilson 2


The young Whites started well with a deserved 2 0 win over Lagmore - two great strikes from outside the box by Dylan Cummins and Sam Titterington sealed the victory.

Their next match pitched them against one of the two Linfield academy teams, the match was very entertaining with both sides playing some excellent football, however Brandon Falconer was able to give the Whites the win with his first goal in a superb individual display which saw him score 5 goals in the competition.

Lisburn Distillery's third game was with Linfield's other academy team.This time we came up against a Blues outfit that simply gave our lads a lesson in fine finishing and excellent passing and all we had to show for our efforts was a single Thomas Ryan goal.
Following the heavy defeat by the Linfield, the only way the boys could make the Final would be via a large win against Hillsborough Boys. Knowing this the Whites really went for the victory right from the start and played some magnificent football. Dylan Cummins was man of the match scoring two goals as did Brandon to earn a 4 0 victory and a place in the final.

In the final Lisburn Distillery were to face the Linfield Academy team that had given them such a heavy 5 1 defeat two games earlier. The boys were asked to put that defeat behind them and as usual, just as they have done on numerous occasions this season, they responded with great character and resilience.
Colin Wilson started the game by shooting direct from the kick off and his effort narrowly missed the post. Halfway through the first half Brandon gave the Whites their first goal and a lead that they were to hold until half time.

After half time Linfield came out with the determination you expect from a Linfield side and scored two goals in quick succession to take the lead. At this stage it looked like there could only be one winner.However straight from the kick-off Brandon passed the ball to Colin Wilson, who took one touch and lashed the ball into the Linfield net from just inside their half, to do what he has done so often this season, haul the Whites back into the game.Lisburn Distillery lifted their game once again now and started to play good football. Following a passing move Brandon turned and laid the ball of for Colin Wilson to drive into the net what was the eventual winner.

Team : Joshua Fisher, Ben Wightman, Luke Adamson, Aaron Lyons, Sam Titterington, Dylan Cummins, Colin Wilson, Thomas Ryan, Brandon Falconer

230608 - Chris Uganda bound

Whilst Paul Kirk and the team set off to Finland this weekend, Youth team goalkeeper Chris McCluskey heads even further in the opposite direction.

Chris, his brothers and father Leslie head off to Africa for a few weeks where they will work with Dwelling Places an organisation that works with street children in Kampala, Uganda. Whilst there Chris and his brothers are hoping to run a football school for the children as well as being involved in other projects run by Dwelling Places.

The club have supplied some gear to assist on the football side of things and we wish Chris and his family a safe journey as they prepare to undertake work out in Kampala.


200608 - Welcome TPS

The officials, players and supporters of TPS Turku have now arrived here safely and Lisburn Distillery welcomes them to Northern Ireland.

We sincerely hope that they enjoy their time here in our country.

Club officials, managers, and Alderman David Archer of Lisburn City Council, met at an informal and enjoyable pre-match reception on Friday night and a presentation was made to our vistiors.

Today's game at Ballymena Showgrounds, kicks off at 3.00 pm - all ticket, ticket arrangements are below.

Lisburn Distillery chairman Jim McGrory (second right) presents Hanna Korpimäki with a gift from the club to TPS Turku.Also pictured are Head Coach Martti Kuusela (r), Team Manager Kim Lehtonen (l) and Coach John Allen (centre back). Copyright David Hunter


200608 - Welcome Dr Campbell

Dr Nigel Campbell was recently appointed as the club doctor and we welcome him to the club.

Nigel (pictured below) has been working with the players in the last few weeks to ensure that all the UEFA medical regulations are met.


Club Doctor - Dr Nigel Campbell


200608 - Allen and Patton sign new contracts

Curtis Allen and Mark Patton have signed two year deals at Lisburn Distillery.

Manager Paul Kirk is delighted that both young players see their future at New Grosvenor where Mark Cooling and Johnny Magee have already broken through to the first team.

Curtis AllenMark Patton Copyright David Taylor



170608 - Whites v Champions on Day 1 of new season

The new IFA Premiership was officially launched today and in their opening game Lisburn Distilllery will meet last season's champions, Linfield, at New Grosvenor on 09th August.

We will have the full fixture list on the site nearer the start of the new season.

Full details on the IFA Premiership can be found here

The 2008-2009 fixture list can be found here.

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160608 - 2008-2009 Season Tickets

Season ticket prices will remain unaltered for the 2008-2009 season. The pricing remains as follows

  • Adult Season ticket £95
  • Concession Season ticket (Senior Citizens/ Child<15) £50
  • Family Season ticket (1 Adult + 2 children <15) £125
  • Vice-presidents Lounge* - Adult £200
  • Vice-presidents Lounge* - Concession (Seniors) £125

Season tickets are valid for all home IFA Premiership games.

Please note that the format of the CIS Insurance Cup is unknown at this stage, once this has been determined, further information will follow.

(* - Vice-presidents Lounge tickets only allow the registered ticket holder access)

Tickets will be available shortly - we would encourage our supporters to purchase season tickets.


160608 -Eddie Mulholland

The club regret to learn of the death yesterday of our friend and supporter Edward (Eddie) Mulholland.

Eddie, father of Jim, died after a short illness. A member of the Grosvenor Whites, as well as football he enjoyed watching cricket and was a regular at Muckamore's games.

We extend our deepest sympathy to Jim at this very sad time and our thoughts are with him in the days ahead.

Eddie Mulholland's funeral took place on Wednesday 18th June. (DH)

140608 - Club AGM

The shareholders annual general meeting will once again be held in the first week in August.

This year's meeting will take place on Monday 04th August 2008 at 7.30 pm.

As usual, all shareholders will be sent written notification of the event shortly.

140608 - UEFA & Domestic Licence
The Irish Football Association awarded Lisburn Distillery its' UEFA club licensing certificate and Domestic Club Licences last Tuesday (10th June 2008).

Lisburn Distillery chairman Jim McGrory (pictured below) was presented with the licenses by Northern Ireland International Manager Nigel Worthington at a presentation ceremony at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast.

In recognition of obtaining a UEFA Club Licence, the successful clubs each received a cheque for £3,000; whilst clubs who were presented with a Domestic Club Licence received a cheque for £1,000. This was to assist with the financial demands of obtaining the licences.

The clubs were assessed in five key areas namely; Sporting, Infrastructure, Personnel and Administration, Legal and Financial.

This is the fourth successive season that the club has been successful with it's UEFA Licence application.

David McVeigh, IFA Club licensing and Facilities Manager said: “The club licensing scheme, both for UEFA and Domestic competition, continues to play an integral part of our future plans for club development. A number of the licensing principles have formed the basis of our work in the establishment of the new league structure within Northern Ireland and this shows the relevance of these principles to the improvement of all the aspects of club football”.

This is the fifth year the Irish Football Association has awarded Club Licences. The Club Licences are valid for one season, namely 2008/2009.

Additional material from IFA Press Release

120608 - Abbey Villa v Lisburn Distillery

Match report and images (reproduced with permission and thanks) Copyright Lisburn Distillery.net, Edward White and David Hunter

Match Report from Edward White

Abbey Villa 2 Lisburn Distillery 2 (HT 1-1) 14th June 2008 at Adams Park, Millisle

Mention a Villa team playing in claret and blue and you might just find Lisburn Distillery supporters dreaming of a possible Intertoto cup game against the mighty Aston Villa and yet this game against the juniors in claret and blue, Abbey Villa, turned out to be a disappointing final warm up before the Whites' big European encounter next weekend.

On the day the Whites just didn't get going at all, falling behind as early as the fifth minute when a Villa corner wasn't cleared and David McMaster was able to drive the ball home. The Whites were struggling to get going and it was relief when a great ball in from recent signing Paul McKnight was headed home by the in-form Curtis Allen.

One each then at the break but the Whites were soon in the lead when a great cross in from Pat McShane found Chris Kingsberry in space and he was able to turn the ball into the home net. Hopes that Villa would maybe collapse at that point were not to be however and a complete mix up at the back allowed Stephen McCormick in to tie the game.

Put simply then a poor final warm up performance from the Whites and certainly a much better showing will be required next Saturday if they are to get anything out of the game against Finland's TPS Turku.

Team : Spackman (Wilton 61), Thompson (Muir 46), Magee (Thompson 51), McShane (Evans 77), P.McCann (Ward 61), Kingsberry (Patton 61), R.McCann, Evans (Cooling 46), Kilmartin (Johnston 61), McKnight (Armour 46), Allen (McConnell 61)

Abbey Villa - Moore, Strain, Rutherford, Kennedy, Magee, Mellon, McMaster, Canavan, Marsh, Wilson, Nixon


Curtis Allen, on target again, breaks clear Copyright David Hunter
Chris Kingsberry  takes on Johnny Nixon Copyright David Hunter


110608 - Intertoto Cup Ticket arrangements revised 120608

Tickets for the UEFA Intertoto Cup game between Lisburn Distillery and TPS Turku on 21st June 2008 (Ballymena Showgrounds - 3.00 pm) are now available from the following locations;

Lisburn - Ulster Star, 12a Bow Street, Lisburn, BT281BN - Telephone : (028) 92 679111

Belfast - Podium 4 Sport, 40 Montgomery Road, Castlereagh Road, Belfast - Telephone (028)90 701333

*new* Ballymena - The Tourist Information Centre, The Braid, 1-29 Bridge Street, Ballymena - Telephone (028) 25 635900

*new* Hillsborough - Lagan Valley Steels, 10 Aughnatrisk Road, Culcavy, Hillsborough - Telephone (028) 92 680900

Tickets and the Intertoto 2008 replica top (pictured below) will be available at the club on the following dates;

Friday 13th June - 19.30-20.30

Saturday 14th June - available at the Abbey Villa match (Millisle 3.00 pm)

Tues 17th June - 19.30-20.30

Thurs 19th June - 19.30-20.30

Fri 20th June - 19.30-20.30

Tickets cost: Adults £10, Concessions £6.00.

The match is all ticket, but please note that tickets will be available at the ground prior to kick-off.





110608 - Intertoto Bus arrangements

The Lisburn Whites Supporters' Club have arranged a supporters' bus to Ballymena Showgrounds for the home leg of the Intertoto Cup First Round game against TPS Turku on Saturday 21st of June.

We would encourage as many Whites' supporters as possible to use this service and remind them this is an all ticket match (please see separate post on ticket arrangements).

Bus departs Lisburn Train Station at 1.15pm
Bus departs New Grosvenor, Ballyskeagh at 1.30pm
Bus departs South Belfast Northern Ireland Supporters Club (Shaftesbury Square) at 1.45pm

Adults: £7
Under 16s/OAPs: £4


110608 - Lisburn Distillery v PSNI District Team

Match report and images (reproduced with permission and thanks) Copyright Lisburn Distillery.net and Edward White

Match Report from Edward White

PSNI District Team 1 v Lisburn Distillery 7 (HT 0-4) 10th June 2008 at Newforge, Belfast

Lisburn Distillery comfortably won their second Intertoto Cup warm-up match by easily disposing of a PSNI District team by seven goals to one at Newforge.

Straight from the kick off the Whites dominated proceedings and they soon took the lead on six minutes when Ryan McCann curled home an exquisite free kick following a shirt tug on Curtis Allen on the edge of the penalty box. Soon afterwards a nice knockdown by McCann once again enabled Armour to hammer the ball home from 18 yards.

Allen was causing all sorts of problems for the PSNI defence and it was no surprise when he added his name to the score sheet when, on 31 minutes, he played the role of poacher turning in a goal-bound effort from Mark Cooling from all of three yards out. Goal number four arrived on forty three minutes when Allen had no less than three efforts cleared by the home defence only for the ball to fall kindly to Nathan McConnell who drilled it home from ten yards out.

PSNI almost did pull a goal back on 47 minutes when a bad bounce caught Spackman out in the Lisburn Distillery goal but from the resulting opening the ball was placed just over the top of the bar and the Whites clean sheet was kept intact. Six minutes later Allen scored his second, tapping the ball home from six yards out but on the hour the home side pulled a goal back as the Lisburn Distillery defence failed to clear a corner and the ball was hammered home.

The Whites had to take to wait until the 76th minute before restoring their five goal cushion when once again Allen was on hand to notch up his hat-trick and then only four minutes later he added his fourth and the Whites' seventh following some good wing play by debutant Miguel Chines.
A comfortable victory then for the men from New Grosvenor and with his four goal showing this was a match that will have done striker Curtis Allen's chances of a European start no harm at all.

Team : Spackman, P.McCann, Buchanan, Magee, McShane, Cooling, R.McCann, McConnell, Kilmartin, Armour, Allen
Subs: Thompson for P.McCann, Patton for Cooling, Ward for McConnell, Chines for R.McCann, Evans for Kilmartin, Johnston for Armour

Curtis Allen hits four goals




090608 - Intertoto away kit 2008 <revised 120608>

Here is the first exclusive picture of this season's Intertoto away kit.

Because of the colour clash between the TPS Turku home kit and two current Lisburn Distillery kits, the club has gone for a one-off Intertoto kit.

Defender Stuart Thompson is pictured in the kit which will officially be worn in Turku on 29th June.

Once again, we would like to thank our club sponsors Lagan Valley Steels for sponsoring the new kit.

Replica shirts will be available from Ged Irwin at the two forthcoming friendlies and they will also be available when match tickets go on sale - see arrangements above. The shirts cost £35 each.

Could it be a case of "just like watching Brazil" in the two games?


Image Copyright David Hunter



080608 - Match Report - Lisburn Distillery v Rhyl

Match report and images (reproduced with permission and thanks) Copyright Lisburn Distillery.net, Edward White and David Hunter

Match Report from Edward White

Lisburn Distillery 0 v Rhyl, (HT 0-1, 7th June 2008 at the Ashfield Arena, Ashfield Boys High School, Belfast

Lisburn Distillery lost this opening Intertoto cup warm up game to Welsh side Rhyl FC but truth be told they will have been scratching their heads as to how they didn't win the game such was their domination of proceedings.

Rhyl, who were also using this game as an Intertoto warm up for their forthcoming match against Bohemians, started the game brightly although their early goal on seven minutes from Mike Roose turned out to be only one of two chances during the entire first half as the home side went on to dominate the proceedings.

Chances came and went by the bagful with Ryan McCann going close from a free-kick and Mark Cooling heading narrowly over before he then saw another effort deflected over the visitors' crossbar. Darren Armour then had a good strike on target but it was blocked by Lee Kendall in the visitors' goal and then Nathan McConell also had a shot blocked. Armour then saw an effort go narrowly wide and the only last ditch defending on 42 minutes prevented new signing Ryan Evans from delivering a pin point cross to an on running forward following a pacey run which had left the visitors defence static.

Second half as is the norm in pre-season games saw several changes for the Whites but despite this they continued to dominate and were unlucky again not to score when skipper Wayne Buchanan had an effort cleared off the line and Andy Kilmartin's effort just cleared the top of the crossbar. Rhyl had another clear chance towards the end when a breakaway saw substitute goalkeeper David Wilton make a fine stop to keep the score at 0-1.

The final scoreline then certainly didn't reflect the play on this occasion but on the positive side of things, debuts were given to Alex Spackman, Pat McShane, Ryan Evans and Paul McKnight and all four players produced decent performances with McShane being the pick of the bunch.

Team line-ups

Lisburn Distillery - Spackman (Wilton), P. McCann (Thompson), Magee (McMenamin), Buchanan, McShane, Evans (Johnston), R.McCann, Kilmartin, Cooling (Ward), Armour (McKnight), McConnell (Allen) (all substitutions in second-half)

Rhyl - Kendall, Holt, Roberts,Connolly,O'Neill, Brewerton, Jones, Knight, Powell, Roose, Ahern. Subs used Roberts, Wright Stazicker

Alex Spackman in action early in the game
Andy Kilmartin heads forward Darren Armour  leading the line
Curtis Allen (r) and Stuart Thompson go forward




060608 - McKnight agrees terms

Lisburn Distillery boss Paul Kirk has confirmed that the club has agreed terms with former Rangers and Linfield forward Paul McKnight.

The gaffer sees the former U21 Northern Ireland international who was with Glenavon and Newry in recent seasons as a good acquisition adding: "We have added a smashing piece to the quality of the squad in terms of footballing ability. What we need to do now is to get him fit now and he has a target to work to. It's another nice piece of business and Paul is absolute quality. I think that our supporters will be pleasantly surprised by real quality that this lad has, he is a great player."

McKnight is the third player to arrive at New Grosvenor during the close season with Ryan Evans and Pat McShane already on board for the new campaign

050608 - Banbridge Town friendly

Manager Paul Kirk today confirmed that Lisburn Distillery would be playing one additional pre-season friendly before the new season commences on 09th August 2008.

We will play Banbridge Town at Crystal Park, Banbridge on Saturday 02nd August.

040608 - Macclesfield Town friendly

The Whites will take on the Silkmen at New Grosvenor on Thursday 17th July 2008 (ko 7.45 pm).

This is part of a three match tour of Northern Ireland by the Coca Cola League 2 side and we look forward to the visit of manager Keith Alexander and his side next month.

010608 - Intertoto game - all ticket at Ballymena Showgrounds

Lisburn Distillery's forthcoming Intertoto game against TPS Turku on Saturday 21 June 2008 will now be played at Ballymena Showgrounds (kick-off 3.00 pm).

Ballymena Showgrounds will host Lisburn Distillery's tie against TPS Turku

Negotiations between the club and Ballymena Borough Council were concluded last week.

The match will be all ticket with tickets costing: Adults £10, Concessions £6.00.

Details on ticket outlets will be available shortly, but tickets will be available at the ground on the day of the match.

010608 - Youth Academy Update

The club extends an invite to all Academy players, parents and coaches to attend a prize giving event that will be held at the New Grosvenor Social Club on Tuesday, 17th June 2008, at 7.30 pm.

Light refreshments will be served and this will be followed by a prize giving event. All children will receive a trophy as a mark of appreciation from the club for their efforts last season and there will also be awards for "Player of the Year" and "Top Goal Scorer". Paul Kirk will also give a short presentation to parents on the 'Way Forward' for the Academy and will field some questions and queries as to what has been happening at the Academy this season (including changes in the management structure).

010608 - Child Protection Course reminder

Jim Grattan from the Irish Football Association will be running another Child Protection Course at the club on Monday 02nd June 2008 - the course will commence at 6.30 pm.

This course is to cater for anyone who missed the first course or those who now need to complete the course because of the work they do at the club..

Lisburn Distillery continues to recognise the important role that the club has to protect children and the need to ensure that everyone is properly trained, and it is fully committed to child protection.

280508 - McShane agrees terms

Lisburn Distillery boss Paul Kirk confirmed tonight that former Linfield left-back, Pat McShane (pictured below) had agreed terms with the club for next season.

Pat joined Linfield in 1993 and has played over 400 games in a successful career at Windsor Park. The Whites boss said; It's great news for us, he brings experience to us, he's a quality player and he wants to continue winning things"

The player has agreed a two year deal with an option of one year extension.

280508 - Spackman on board

Paul Kirk also confirmed today that goalkeeper Alex Spackman (pictured below) will sign for the club to play in the two Intertoto ties against TPS Turku.

Alex played for both Larne and Carrick Rangers earlier in the season but is clear to play in the two forthcoming games. Manager Paul Kirk will also consider a longer term deal with the keeper.

"I know Alex well from his days in youth football, I am pleased that we have been able to sign him for these games, he's an experienced keeper and it's good that our goalkeeping problem for Europe has been solved."


270508 - Armour signs two year deal

Lisburn Distillery ace Darren Armour (pictured below) signed a new two year deal with the club on Friday past.

Manager Paul Kirk was delighted at the outcome and said; "Darren had a frustrating season last year for a variety of reasons but he's a quality player.It was an easy deal to conclude,we wanted him to stay and he wanted to stay with us.He's been nothing short of fabulous for this club, he's a legend.I am delighted that he is staying with us and I want him to walk away with that post-war goal-scoring record."

Darren has scored 150 goals for the club and we will be acknowledging his deserved place in the history of the club in a website feature here on Lisburn Distillery.net ahead of the 2008-2009 season.



270508 - Pre-season progamme

Manager Paul Kirk has confirmed details of the 2008 pre-season programme, this is;

Thursday 24th July 2008 - Dromara Village

Saturday 26th July 2008 - Dundela

Monday 28th July 2008 - Moyola Park

Tuesday 29th July 2008 - Bangor Amateurs

All games will be played away, timings etc will be confirmed nearer the dates of the games, so please check back for further information.

(Details of pre-Intertoto programme can be found here)

210508 - Youth Academy update

The Lisburn Distillery Under 10, Under 11 and Under 12 teams will all play in the South Belfast League next season.

Paul Kirk's role at the club has been extended to include Director of Football which will mean that he will oversee the Youth Academy next season.

Further information on next season's Youth Academy will follow shortly.

200508 - Whites to play Rhyl FC

Lisburn Distillery have arranged a friendly with Rhyl FC on Saturday 07 June 2008 - the game will be played here in Northern Ireland

The Welsh Premier League side will play Bohemians in Dublin on 21st June in the first round of the UEFA Intertoto Cup.

Ground arrangements will be finalised shortly.


200508 - Deals signed

Manager Paul Kirk has confirmed that Mark Cooling, Johnny Magee, Stuart Thompson and Neal Gawley have all signed new professional deals.New signing Ryan Evans also put pen to paper today, the Whites boss adding; "I am glad that we have been able to tie up the existing squad and I am particularly pleased that Mark and Johnny see their future with us.They both made the breakthrough last season and are excellent prospects which augurs well for us a club."


Mark CoolingJohnny MageeStuart ThompsonNeal Gawley


180508 - Charity update

Lisburn Distillery's chosen charity for the 2007-2008 season was the Lisburn Branch of "Northern Ireland Hospice Care".

During last season, they held three collections at games at New Grosvenor raising a total of £641 and the Lisburn branch has written to the club to thank everyone who contributed.

The club would like to thank all those supporters (both home and away) at the three games who supported this very worthy cause.

The club will announce details of its' chosen charity for the 2008-2009 season shortly.

160508 - Pre- European programme

Whites' boss Paul Kirk has confirmed details of the following warm-up games ahead of the first round of the UEFA Intertoto Cup.

update - Saturday - 07/06/08 - Lisburn Distillery v Rhyl FC - Ashfield Boys High School, Holywood Road, Belfast (time to be confirmed)

Tuesday - 10/06/08 - PSNI District Team v Lisburn Distillery - Newforge - 7.15 pm

Saturday - 14/06/08 - Abbey Villa v Lisburn Distillery - Millisle - 3.00 pm


140508 - Whites to play in IFA Premiership

Lisburn Distillery will play in the new IFA Premiership after making the top twelve ranking requirement.

Already awarded the mandatory domestic licence, (the club of course also holding a UEFA European licence), Lisburn Distillery was placed nineth in the final rankings and will now be invited to participate in the IFA Premiership which will commence in August 2008.

Everyone at the club is delighted with this latest achievement and congratulations are due to everyone involved in ensuring that the club met the necessary requirements - we now look forward to continuing our progress of recent seasons in the IFA Premiership in 2008-2009.


090508 - Evans agrees terms

Lisburn Distillery manager Paul Kirk has confirmed that Banbridge Town frontman Ryan Evans has agreed terms with the club and will be playing his football with the Whites next season.

"I think that he is an excellent signing for us" said the gaffer. " He's got pace, he's quick, he's direct and can play in a variety of positions across the front line.Jackie Delaney reccommended him to me and we have followed that up and I am pleased that Ryan has agreed terms with us."

Ryan Evans


090508 - Lisburn Distillery Ladies

One league season finishes, but for Lisburn Distillery Ladies the league season has just kicked off.

In their opening fixtures, there was a 7-1 victory for the U11 girls, whist the U15s were edged out by a solitary goal in their game.

The IFA was also delighted to announce a sponsor for the Girls League - Dale Farm. In addition to becoming association’s Official Partner for Girls’ and Women’s football, its’ sponsorship will cover various IFA initiatives at grassroots levels, including the First Kicks Soccer Academy, Soccer Roles, the Girls Junior Leagues, Schools Leagues and Indoor Competitions.

Sara Booth, the IFA’s Women's Football Coordinator said: “Within the last six years the number of girls and women’s playing football has increased dramatically in Northern Ireland. The most significant development has been within post primary schools, with almost 127 schools now providing opportunities for girls to play the sport. The acquisition of the Dale Farm sponsorship is an exciting development for the game and it is fantastic to have a nutritious product associated with the healthy lifestyles that the IFA are currently promoting through girls and women’s football.”

070508 - Kirk ban reduced


AN Appeals Board met last night (6 May) to consider appeals by Paul Kirk and Tommy Wright against the sanctions imposed by the IFA Disciplinary Committee following the match Ballymena United v Lisburn Distillery on 22 March.

Both managers were suspended for six matches with a stadium ban. Following the Appeals hearing which considered presentations from both managers, their clubs and representatives of the Disciplinary Committee, it was decided that the sanctions should be reduced to a four match touchline/Dressing Rooms ban under the normal conditions of such suspensions. The Appeals Board accepted assurances from the two managers that there would be no repetition of such inappropriate behaviour

Source - IFA press release - Click here for full details

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070508 - Beattie wins Groundsman of the Year award

Congratulations to Lisburn Distillery groundsman Beattie Arlow on winning both the Premier League Groundsman and Groundsman of the Year Awards.

The competition is now in its' third year and Beattie was presented with his award (see picture below) at last Saturday’s JJB Sports Irish Cup final at Windsor Park.

Lisburn Distillery groundsman  Beattie Arlow (r)  receives his Groundsman of the Year  award from IFA President Raymond Kennedy (l) Copyright David Hunter


Linfield Goalkeeper and Ulster Footballer of the Year Alan Mannus said, “Groundsmen are to be praised for their tireless efforts in all weathers and conditions in maintaining the pitches to the highest possible standards. Being a goalkeeper, there is the need to inspect the goalmouth areas more intensely to ensure accurate ball movement and ensure player safety. I would like to thank all ground staff involved throughout the league for the vital role they play in maintaining and improving the standard of football in Northern Ireland”.

IFA spokesman Craig Stanfield added: “The Groundsman of the Year competition is a great acknowledgement of the outstanding efforts made by club groundsmen who put in a considerable amount of work – in all weathers - to ensure that the pitches are kept in a good condition all year round. I would also like to extend my gratitude to the sponsors for their continued involvement, and generosity, towards such a worthy competition”.

Established since 1934, the Institute of Groundsmanship’s primary purpose is to offer support and advice to all those working in the grounds care industry; to develop and raise the profile of the profession and to give a voice to our membership on important industry issues.

John McFarlane, Chairman of the Northern Ireland branch of the IOG, said “We’ve are again delighted with the interest shown this year by all clubs large and small in this the competition’s third season. Grounds staff work tirelessly on pitches with little thanks, so again this competition has put them centre stage and gives them the recognition they deserve”.

The pitches are initially assessed by the referees on a week by week report through-out the season. These are added to the team manager’s nominations for the best 2 pitches they have visited, in their respective leagues during the season, to compile a final shortlist.

The short listed clubs in the Carnegie Premier and First and Second Divisions are visited with the Groundsman being questioned on maintenance regime, number of games/training, equipment/resources available etc.

The IOG in partnership with the Irish Football Association are proud to announce the continued support from the following sponsors :

Barenbrug UK in association with local supplier JA Humphrey.

Clive Richardson LTD in association with Horta Soils.

The individual Groundsman receives a trophy from the IOG with the winning club receiving products and services from the competitions sponsors.

Each of the Divisional winners will receive premier quality ryegrass seed from Barenbrug UK, to help maintain their high standard of results throughout next season.

In addition to the seed prize, the divisional winners will have the seed applied to their pitch mechanically by Clive Richardson Ltd.

In addition to the divisional prize, the overall winner will have their pitch aerated, carried out again by Clive Richardson Ltd, in the closed season, promoting root growth and drainage to help achieve an even higher level of excellence for next season.

Representatives from both companies expressed their delight in again being involved in the promotion of Groundsmen and their skills.

Elizabeth Wilson of JA Humphrey - “we are delighted to continue our involvement with the IOG and the IFA in promoting such a worthy competition and look forward to providing products and support with the aim to promote quality surfaces for all clubs in the leagues involved”

Nick Gill of Horta Soils – “ its great to be associated with the Institute Of Groundsmanship and the Irish Football Association. We look forward in providing continued support for both clubs and Groundsmen in their efforts to provide the best quality playing surfaces possible”

Source IFA Media release


290408 - Information for Whites' fans intending to travel to Finland (updated 010508)

There will be a meeting at the New Grosvenor Social Club this coming Sunday ( 04th May) for all Lisburn Distillery supporters wishing to travel to Finland for our Intertoto Cup game against TPS Turku.

Some supporters have already booked flights - the meeting will also discuss transfer arrangements in Finland

The meeting will commence at 2.00 pm - this meeting is being organised by Lisburn Distillery supporters.

260408 - Information for Whites' fans intending to travel to Finland

The club is currently planning its' travel arrangements which are intended to include arrangements for Lisburn Distillery supporters.If you intend to travel to Turku and have not already given Ged Irwin your name and other information, please email him as soon as possible.

240408 - Whites get European and domestic licences

Great news today - in that the club was successful with both its' UEFA and Domestic Club Licence applications.

This is the fourth year in a row that the club have got a UEFA licence.This year because of the revised infrastructure criteria the club have nominated Mourneview Park, Lurgan as the ground for their UEFA games.

Details of the arrangements for the forthcoming Intertoto Cup game will be confirmed as soon as possible.

Congratulatons to all those involved in helping the club to get these licences, with particular thanks to club chairman Jim McGrory.It's been a long road, but a successful one.

The following extract from the Irish Football Association gives further information on licences for the 2008/2009 season.


AS PART of the Irish FA’s continuing implementation of Club Licensing policies, the Club Licensing Committee met on Wednesday 23 April 2008 to consider applications for the award of both UEFA and Domestic Club Licences for season 2008/09.

Nineteen clubs started the process in May 2007 and in line with the current UEFA and Domestic Club Licensing manuals, were assessed in five key areas, namely: Sporting, Infrastructure, Personnel & Administration, Legal and Financial.

The Committee wishes to re-emphasise that Domestic Club Licensing Infrastructure criterion I.02 was suspended for the 2008/09 season by the IFA Executive Committee on 28 February 2008. At that time it had become clear that the delay in the release of funds from the Soccer Strategies Facilities Funding Programme would directly impact on the ability of the vast majority of clubs to satisfy the ground criteria elements (particularly floodlighting) by the 31 March 2008 deadline.

Based on these entirely objective criteria licences were granted / refused to the following clubs:


Ballymena United FC
Cliftonville FC (Mourneview Park, Lurgan)
Glentoran FC (Mourneview Park, Lurgan)
Linfield FC
Lisburn Distillery FC (Mourneview Park, Lurgan)
Portadown FC (Mourneview Park, Lurgan)


Armagh City FC
Crusaders FC
Donegal Celtic FC
Dungannon Swifts FC
Glenavon FC
Institute FC
Larne FC
Limavady United FC
Newry City FC


Coleraine FC


Ballymena United FC
Bangor FC
Cliftonville FC (Donegal Celtic Park, Suffolk Road, Belfast)
Coleraine FC
Crusaders FC
Donegal Celtic FC
Dungannon Swifts FC
Glenavon FC
Glentoran FC
Institute FC
Linfield FC
Lisburn Distillery FC
Newry City FC
Portadown FC


Armagh City FC
Ballymoney United FC
Carrick Rangers FC
Larne FC
Limavady United FC

Communication of these decisions has already been made to the clubs concerned.

Club Licences are valid for one season only, namely 2008/09.

The Committee wishes to congratulate those clubs who have been granted a Club Licence and recognise that others will be disappointed at being refused. The Committee would however urge such clubs to work towards meeting the required standards in future seasons and acknowledge the efforts they have made to date.

Lisburn Distillery FC, Cliftonville FC and Glentoran FC have nominated Mourneview Park, Lurgan as their stadium for UEFA matches as their own stadiums do not currently meet the UEFA Infrastructure regulations to host European football. Should any of these stadiums be brought up to UEFA standard prior to 2008/09 UEFA games taking place, the potential for a switch to their 'home' stadium exists.

The Committee are mindful of the possibility that several clubs could be utilising a single stadium to stage their UEFA matches and the Club Licensing Administration have already had discussion with the UEFA administration in this regard as this is not a new phenomenon within UEFA. The clubs in question have been advised of these discussions.

In addition, Cliftonville FC have nominated Donegal Celtic Park, Suffolk Road as their home stadium for Domestic games in the event that construction on the new stand and changing room complex at Solitude is not completed in time for the commencement of the 2008/09 season. Once construction is completed at Solitude and the appropriate safety certificates issued, the stadium will immediately be able to host matches.

None of the stadium sharing arrangements put in place for Club Licensing reasons shall have an impact on the IFAP Invitational League scoring process. All clubs have been scored against their own stadium.

Clubs who have been refused a club license have the right of appeal, as per the Club Licensing manuals, and any such appeals shall be heard on Thursday 8 May 2008.

Club Licensing and Facilities Manager, David McVeigh commented, "This has been a significant positive step forward for many clubs who have both documented areas of success within their club and also addressed key areas of need. Licensing is clearly recognisable as a tool for assisting clubs to improve from within"."

Source IFA Media release

210408 - Finland on the horizon

In today's UEFA Intertoto Cup draw Lisburn Distillery, subject to the granting of a European Licence, have been drawn against a Finnish side in the first round of the 2008 Intertoto Cup.The home leg is scheduled for 21/22 June, the second leg in Finland on 28/29 June.

We understand that our opponents will be TPS (from Turku in Finland) but are awaiting official confirmation of this.

The winners of this tie then take on a Danish side in the second round (First leg: 5/6 July, Second leg: 12/13 July) , and the winners of that will take on an English Premier side on 19/20 July and 26/27 July.

We will provide further information on the tie and arrangements in the coming days.

200408 - UEFA Intertoto Cup draw tomorrow

The draw for the 2008-2009 UEFA Intertoto Cup draw takes place tomorrow, Monday 21st April 2008 in Nyon, Switzerland.

You can find further information on this link.

We will be updating the site on Monday night with details of the draw.

Subject to the granting of a European licence, we will also keep you posted in relation to travel and other arrangements in relation to the Intertoto Cup game (s)


200408 - U16 Cup semi-finals

There are back to back semi-finals at New Grosvenor in the semi-finals of the Lisburn Junior Invitational League's U16 Cup on Wednesday night (23 April 2008). Peter Cooling's side take on Newmills in the second semi-final scheduled around 8.00 pm

In the first semi-final - 6.00 pm (kick-off time to be confirmed) Glenavon take on Glentoran.

Peter Cooling's side will welcome your support on the night.

190408 - Kirk delighted at result


Lisburn Distillery today clinched fourth spot in the Carnegie Premier League with a 2-1 away win at Larne.

Should the club's European Licence application be successful, it means the the Whites will be back in Europe in the Intertoto Cup in June.

Lisburn Distillery boss Paul Kirk was a happy manager after the game, and he said; "I am delighted; delighted for the club, delighted for myself but more importantly I am delighted for the players.They have worked extremely hard all season for me and I owe it all to them.Managers achieve results through their players and my players gave me a perfect response today and they have given me the opportunity to go in to Europe again and I thank them for that and all their hard work and commitment throughout the season.They are a marvellous bunch of lads and they fully got what they deserved today.

I am really pleased for the club, it's another milestone for usand it's just great, great for the supporters and everybody.


Lisburn Distillery players and fans celebrate fourth spot in the league and the prospect of European footlball  if the club are successful with  their European licence application Copyright David Hunter


170408 - Grosvenor Whites Awards
The Grosvenor Whites Supporters Club's Annual Player of the Year Function will be held on Friday 2nd May 2008 at New Grosvenor Stadium at 7:30pm.

Anyone wishing to attend is invited to buy a ticket (price £10) from any member of the GWSC or from behind the social club bar at New Grosvenor.

The price includes a raffle, buffet dinner and entertainment later (comedian and band).

Why not come along and meet the GWSC members and enjoy a bit of end of season craic.


Mor information from gwsc@onlineni.net orGrosvenor Whites


170408 - Team of the Nineties

Here is the Team of the Nineties as selected by Whites' supporters.

In 4-4-2 formation;

David Collins

Peter Crothers, Tommy McCracken, Darren Brush, Chris Deegan

Billy Totten, Tommy McIlroy, Philip Mitchell, Tom Cleland

Darren Armour, Philip Dykes


Tommy McCracken

(image to follow)

Images Copyright David Hunter

Ten of the players were able to make it along last Saturday for a presenation and an award.An enjoyable re-union ensued and our thanks to the Lisburn Whites Supporters Club for organising the event.

Some of the players are pictured below with the plaque that will be added to the club's Memorabilia Display at the ground.


Some of the nineties team today Image Copyright

170408 - Youth Team Images



At the Awards Night last Saturday, the Youth Team were once again congratulated on their magnificent win in the Harry Cavan Youth Challenge Cup Final.

A couple more images were captured to mark the occasion.

150408 - Inver invite

Carnegie Premier League - Match 29 - Larne v Lisburn Distillery (Saturday 19th April)

Inver Red and Whites Supporter's Club have extended a warm invitation to all Lisburn Distillery fans travelling to the game at Inver Park this Saturday to join them in the Larne Football Supporters Social Club before the game for some pre-match hospitality. All fans will be made more than welcome from 1.30pm onwards to share a chat and a drink with our East-Antrim counterparts who are also providing sandwiches and snacks to all the Whites fans who come down to the game.

The Larne Football Supporters Social Club is on the small Station Road (facing the Eagle Bar), just under the flyover on the left, opposite Inver Park.

140408 - Kirk ban-appeal lodged

The club have confirmed that an appeal has been made in respect of the ban imposed on manager Paul Kirk (picture below) following the recent incidents at the Carnegie Premier League game between Lisburn Distillery and Ballymena United- click here for original post



140408 - Allen off to Portugal

Congratulations to Curtis Allen who has set off to Beja, Portugal with a Northern Ireland U20 squad that will play in a round-robin tournament (the Campos Verdes International Tournament) from April 13-19th.

The tournament will see Northern Ireland play against Portugal, USA and the Cape Verde Islands. We wish Curtis and the Nortehrn Ireland team success in the tournament.

Northern Ireland play USA tomorrow (15-04-08)

Copyright David Hunter


130408 - Lisburn Distillery Awards


It was Awards night at the last home game of the season so here are details of the winners.


The Players' Player of the Year - Wilson Matthews Memorial Cup

Winner - Peter McCann

Peter receives his award  from  manager Paul  Kirk  Image Copyright

Lisburn Whites Supporters Club - Player of the Year

Winner - Peter McCann

Peter McCann (l) receives his award from former player Peter Cothers  Image Copyright

Lisburn Whites Supporters Club - Top goalscorer

Winner - Gary Browne

Gary Browne (l) receives his award from former goalkeeper David Collins Image Copyright

Junior Whites Supporters Club - Best debut season

Winner - Gary Browne

Winner of the Best Debut  Season award was  Gary Browne  Copyright David Hunter

Lisburn Distillery.net Player of the Season

Winner - Peter McCann

Peter McCann receives his award from David Hunter  Image Copyright

Lisburn Distillery.net Player of the Season

Runner- up - Paul Muir

Paul Muir Copyright David Hunter

Lisburn Distillery.net Player of the Season

Third place - Phil Matthews

Phil Matthews Copyright  David Hunter

"Whites" Matchday Programme - Player of the Year

Winner - Phil Matthews

Phil receives his award from Colin Hopkins Image Copyright

"Whites" Matchday Programme - Player of the Year

Runner-up - Peter McCann

Peter receives his award from Colin Hopkins Image Copyright

"Whites" Matchday Programme - Player of the Year

Third place - Paul Muir

Paul receives his award from  Colin Hopkins  Image Copyright

Seconds - Player of the Year

Winner - Mark Patton

Mark Patton (l) receives his award from Donald Malomo-Paris Image Copyright

Seconds - Top Goalscorer

Winner - Greg Dixon

Greg Dixon (l) receives his award from Donald Malomo-Paris Image Copyright

Youth Team - Player of the Season

Winner - Conor Sullivan

Conor Sullivan (l)  receives his award from MarkCathcart Image Copyright

Youth Team - Top Goalscorer

Winner - Nyal Walsh

Nyal Walsh (l) receives his award from Alan Craig Image Copyright

U16s - Player of the Season

Winner - Michael Fox

Michael Fox (centre) receives his award from  Peter Cooling (l) and Stephen  Lowry (r)  Image Copyright

U16s - Top Goalscorer

Winner - Dan McFadden

Dan McFadden (centre) receives his award from  Peter Cooling (l) and Stephen  Lowry (r)  Image Copyright




130408 - Pass on the Passion Initiative - Ladies offer



To continue the "Pass on The Passion" campaign that has been running by Carnegie Premier League clubs and the IFA, the aim of which is to raise the profile of local football in Northern Ireland and get more ‘bums on seats’ at domestic league matches, the latest offer to be introduced is one for the Ladies.

Specifically the IFA and clubs would like to attract more families (ladies in particular) to matches. Mothers, daughters, girlfriends and wives all have an influential impact on the men in their lives and we hope to target females in order to encourage family participation and support to create a more inclusive culture and atmosphere at matches. The IFA and clubs have adopted a ‘Ladies Day’ as part of the POTP campaign, which will entitle all ladies to half price entry when presenting a discount voucher at specific matches (details below).

The vouchers will be printed in the Morton Newspaper Group and The Newsletter, the relevant week of the offer which depends on when the games are taking place. The offer is open to both home and away female supporters.

Match day: 19 April

Larne v Lisburn Distillery Voucher in Larne Times and Ulster Star week commencing 14 April.

Source : IFA media release

130408 - Muir wins March award

Congratulations to Paul Muir who won the Lisburn Distillery.net Player of the Month award. A clear winner, he is pictured being presented with his award bfore Saturday's game against Donegal Celtic by manager Paul Kirk.

The April poll will be on-line at the end of the month.


090408 - Kirk gets ban

Following the recent incidents at the Carnegie Premier League game between Lisburn Distillery and Ballymena United, Lisburn Distillery manager Paul Kirk has been handed a six match ban effective from Monday 14th April.

The following communication from the Irish Football Association gives more details - at this stage there is no further comment from the club.



"The Irish Football Association has dealt with both Crusaders FC and Ballymena United FC in relation to breach of IFA article 26 concerning payments to amateur players. Both clubs were fined the sum of £1000.

At a meeting of the IFA Disciplinary Committee the following decisions were made concerning the Irish Premier League game between Ballymena United and Lisburn Distillery at The Showgrounds, Ballymena on 22 March 2008:

For excessive misconduct, Tommy Wright, Manager of Ballymena United, and Paul Kirk, Manager of Lisburn Distillery, are both suspended for six competitive matches commencing Monday 14 April. The suspensions include a stadium ban extending to a half mile radius of where the match is taking place. Both clubs were fined £250.

Under serious disturbances, Ballymena United were fined £1000. The Committee stopped short of imposing a stadium sanction. In the course of the hearing it became apparent that there is a need for review of crowd control and safety of the general public. Ballymena United were also reminded as the home club of their duty to ensure the safety of match officials."

090408 - Stanley Davidson


The club regret to learn of the death of our friend and supporter Stanley Davidson

Stanley Davidson followed Distillery over a long number of years, a stalwart in the Grosvenor Whites Supporters Club, he organised the clubs Player of the Year Award on countless occasions.In his younger days he played for Larne FC and Ballyclare Comrades amongst other clubs.In later life Stanley was a familiar figure on the Ballyskeagh Road on Saturday afternoons when he walked from his home in Finaghy to the ground.

Stanley's funeral took place on Thursday 10th April 2008.

Stanley's wife Maisie pre-deceased him and we extend our deepest sympathy to his daughter Catherine, sons Stanley and Gary and the wider family circle - our thoughts are with them at their time of loss. (DH)


080408 - Kids for a Quid

As part of the relaunch of The Lisburn Junior Whites Supporter's Club, members will be eligible to attend the last home game of the season against Donegal Celtic at New Grosvenor this coming Saturday for only £1.

In their first 'Kids for a Quid' match, Junior Whites can simply show their membership card at the gate and spend the day at New Grosvenor, by firstly watching the game for only £1 and then joining the Awards Evening straight after the game where the club supporters will also unveiling their 'Team of the 90's' before all of the End Of Season Awards and some refreshments.

'Kids For A Quid' is only open to Junior Whites who have membership cards, if you have not yet joined, forms are available all year round from the club shop. It is hoped more 'Kids For A Quid' games will follow next season as well as a number of other Junior Whites Events.

060408 - U17 Trials

Lisburn Distillery Football Club are holding trials for boys born on or after 1st January 1992 to play competitive league football for their U17 team in the Lisburn Junior Invitational League in the 2008-2009 season.

The trials will take place at New Grosvenor Stadium, Ballyskeagh, Lisburn, on Tuesday 8th April, Thursday 10th April and Thursday 17th April 2008 at 6.30 pm.

If you are interested please contact Peter Cooling (Lisburn Distillery U16 manager) on 07723 363302 or 02891 270243 as soon as possible. All players are requested to wear their own football kit and bring their own boots, shin pads and a drink with them.

060408 - U11s lose in Cup

Lisburn Distillery U11s (pictured below) lost out to Ballywalter in the final of Lisburn Junior Invitational League' s Cup Final on Friday night (04th April 2008).

Ballywalter won 3-0 and congratulations to them on their cup win. It was a great experience for all the boys to play under the lights at New Grosvenor in front of a crowd of around 300 and we hoped that they enjoyed the occasion.


Lisburn Distillery U11s pictured  with their runners-up trophies  Copyright  Ged Irwin

Sponsor of Lisburn Distillery Youth Academy


010408 - Licence applications

Yesterday was the deadline for returning licence applications for the European and Domestic Licences.

Both applications were lodged with the IFA on time and the outcomes should be known in late April.

You may have read about the amount of work involved in the applications, it has indeed been phenomenal and our thanks go to club chairman Jim McGrory who has been working extremely hard for several months now, along with others, to ensure that we provided all the necessary paperwork and documentation, made medical arrangements and all the other tasks that needed done to support our applications.

310308 - U11- U12 trials
Lisburn Distillery Football Club is holding trials for boys in the following age groups;
  • those born on or after 1st Jan 1998 for our under 11 teams, and
  • those born on or after 1st Jan 1997 for our under 12 teams.

These teams will play at a competitive level in league football in the 2008-2009 season.

The trials will take place over two weekends on Sunday 20th April and Sunday 27th April, from 10.30 am to 1pm at New Grosvenor Stadium, Ballyskeagh, Lisburn.

If you wish your child to take part please contact Stevie Nutt (Lisburn Distillery Academy Committee Member) on 07709 132986 or by email on stevie-n@hotmail.co.uk All children must bring a training kit, boots, shin-pads, and a drink with them

270308 - Youth team draw on eve of final

Lisburn Distillery's Youth team drew one all tonight with the first team. In a 30 minute loosener for Andy Stevenson's lads ahead of tomorrow night's final the gaffer, Paul Kirk, thought it would be a reward and a bit of fun for the Youth team ahead of tomorrow nights Harry Cavan Youth Challlenge Final (Mourneview Park - 7.45 pm) to take on the first eleven.

The gaffer said afterwards; " We did a similar thing ahead of the semi-final, it was an opportunity for the lads to give their legs a run and loosen up ahead of the final. They enjoyed it and the first team did as well. We all wish Andy and the team all the best in tomorrow night's final"

270308- Injury News

Not good news in the last week or so.

It has been confirmed that midfielder Stephen Shaw (pictured below) will definitely be out for the remainder of the season (hernia) and Chris Murdock unfortunately broke his ankle playing for the Seconds at the week end. Seconds manager David Taylor and the team wish him a full and speedy recovery. James Wright still remains out after fracturing a bone in his ankle a few weeks back.



180308 - Davidson call-up

Congratulations to Youth team youngster Scott Davidson who is Northern Ireland squad in the elite stage of the UEFA U17 Championships this week.

Northern Ireland are playing in Group 5 alongside Slovenia, Scotland and Wales. Only the top team in the group will qualify through to the finals. Despite defeat in their opening encounter against Sccotland there is still everything to play for.

The remaining fixtures are

Wednesday 19 March
Northern Ireland v Slovenia - The Marshes, Newry, kick-off 8.00pm
Scotland v Wales - The Marshes, Newry, kick-off 4.00pm

Saturday 22 March
Wales v Northern Ireland - Mourneview Park, kick-off  7.30pm
Slovenia v Scotland - The Marshes, Newry, kick-off 7.30pm

Admission prices (payable at the gates) ares £3 for adults and £1 for children and concessions. Members of the Official Supportres Scheme will get into the match for free on production of their membership card.

Why not go along and support the players of the future!

160308 - February Player of the Month award

Lisburn Distillery.net Player of the Month award - February 2008

It was a case of McCann v McCann this month in a heavily contested February Player of the Month award. Ryan edged out his namesake Peter to win the award and congratulations to him. He had a fine month out in the middle and netted vital goals against Cliftonville and Crusaders - here's to more goals etc in March, Ryan!

Ryan McCann - winner Feb 2008 Player of the Month award

Ryan (r) receives his award from manager Paul Kirk on Saturday before the game against Linfield - Image Copyright David Hunter

160308 - Duo sign

The future is "Whites" as Peter McCann (front right) and Chris Kingsberry put pen to paper on the respective deals (previous post) that they agreed recently.Looking on are manager Paul Kirk (l) and club secretary Paul Kalla.

Lisburn Distillery supporters are absolutely delighted that both players have signed new deals, they have been in top form recently and we look forward to more of the same in the weeks and season's ahead.

Image copyright Jonathan Irwin - reproduced with permission and thanks


160308 - Ballymena Bus arrangements

The Lisburn Whites Supporters Club are running a bus to Ballymena for the Carnegie premier League game this coming Saturday - 22nd March 2008.

Departure times are as follows;:

Lisburn Train Station: 1.15pm
New Grosvenor : 1.30pm
Shaftesbury Square / South Belfast Northern Ireland Supporters Club : 1.45pm


The will return via Shaftesbury Square, New Grosvenor and Lisburn Train Station.

You are very welcome to travel with fellow Whites' fans for another important game.


160308 - Awards Night

The last home game of the season is on Saturday 12th April against Donegal Celtic.

There will be an award ceremony in the social club after the game when a number of awards will be up for grabs. Player of the season, and leading goalscorer awards for the Firsts, Seconds, Youth Team and U16 teams, The Lisburn Distillery.net, and Whites programme Player of the Season awards plus the Junior Whites will be presenting a new award for the "best debut season".

It's a new format this year and there will be a special presentation to those players that you have voted onto the Distillery Team of the Nineties (click here for more information).

Everyone is very welcome to attend


160308 - Dinner Update


Friday night saw the seventh annual Lisburn Distillery Dinner and Auction - the event was once again organised on behalf of the club by the Phoenix Society.

It was another successful night's fundraising for the club and the Phoenix Society are to be thanked for all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes for an event such as this.Details of the final outcome will be announced in due course .

Details of the winners in the ballot are below - those who have not yet been contacted will be notified of the arrangements for collecting their prizes shortly.

The Society and the club would like to thank all those who once again supported or contributed to the event.

Ticket Number
1. A Ladies single strand of pearls with matching bracelet (retail value £1000) courtesy of Margaret Forbes.
Betty Campbell
2 Travel Voucher - (value £250) courtesy of Oasis Travel
Paschal O'Hare
3 Clothing Voucher - (value £200) courtesy of Collar & Tie
Brian Heading
4 A case of wine (12 bottles)
Bob Orr
5 A sports voucher (value £100) courtesy of Podium 4 Sport
Jim Rose
6 Meal for 2 at the Belfast Bar and Grill (courtesy of the Ramada Hotel)
David Hunter
7 Two tickets for the NI v Georgia International
Philip Gowdy


Chairman and guests Copyright David Hunterh

Top table guests at the dinner on Friday night

Front row (l-r) - Jackie Fullerton (MC), Jimmy McIlroy ( NI and Burnley), Jim McGrory (Chairman - Lisburn Distillery) and Councillor Ronnie Crawford (Deputy Mayor - Lisburn City Council)

Back row (l-r) Sean Crummey (Entertainer), Edwin Poots MLA - Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure, and Howard Wells (Chief Executive - Irish Football Association)

Guest speaker Jimmy McIlroy  (left) and compere  Jackie Fullerton   Copyright David Hunter
Jackie Fullerton and Jimmy McIlroy get chatting
Paul Kirk Copyright David Hunterer
Lisburn Distillery boss Paul Kirk with his painting of "White Park Bay" which was auctioned on the night



130308 - Games at New Grosvenor


New Grosvenor plays host to two important games next week.

On St Patrick's Day - Monday 17th March 2008, the Maxol Direct Senior School's Cup Final will be played.

An annual fixture, the final this year features, Belfast Model v Corpus Christi. The final kicks-off at 1.00 pm (ground open from 12.00pm)

Above game postponed - re-arranged for Tues 150408 at 6.00 pm


Then on Tuesday night (18th March) the WKD Intermediate Cup semi-final between Loughgall and Newington will be played at the ground.(ko 7.45 pm)

The final of the WKD Intermediate Cup will also be played at New Grosvenor on Thurs 01st May 2008 (7.45 pm) . The winners of the above tie will face either Dundela or Ards in that final.

With two good games in prospect everyone is welcome.


110308 - Harry Cavan Youth Cup Final

Details of the Harry Cavan Youth Challenge Cup Final have now been confirmed and are as follows;

Friday, 28 March 2008

Portadown Thirds v Lisburn Distillery Youth I

Mourneview Park, Lurgan - 7.45 pm

Referee: A. Davey (Bangor)

Assistant Referees: N. Murphy (Trillick)

Admission: Adults £4.00, Children & Senior Citizens £2.00

Make a note in your diary and come support the Youth Team and Andy Stevenson on the night.

060308 - Bus to Portadown


The Grosvenor Whites Supporters Club is running a bus to Portadown this coming Saturday.

The bus will leave the usual pick-up point at Sandy Row in Belfast at 2.00 pm - charge is £5.00 per adult - there will be a limited number of seats available and these will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Grosvenor Whites Supporters Club are also currently considering new applications for membership.

Anyone who may be interested in becoming a member and finding out more about Grosvenor Whites Supporters Club membership benefits is invited to apply initially to gwsc@onlineni.net with full contact details.

More Grosvenor Whites information


030308 - New deals at New Grosvenor

Lisburn Distillery boss Paul Kirk was in buoyant mood tonight after confirming new deals had been agreed at the club.

“We have agreed a three year deal with Peter McCann and a two year deal with Chris Kingsberry” said the gaffer. " I am really pleased, it's great news for us, we are attracting the right calibre of players and I am absolutely delighted that they have decided to stay at the club.”

Peter McCann Copyright David HunterChris Kingsberry Copyright David Hunter


030308 - Lisburn Distillery Ladies update

Whilst League games may have been affected by bad weather in recent weeks, Lisburn Distillery Ladies enjoyed the recent Ladies' tournament at the Valley Leisure Centre, organised by the IFA.

The U15s, competing in the U17 competition lost out in the semi-finals, the U11s were runners up in their age group. The U13s also participated in the competitions which were run on a league basis, the games themselves were on a seven a side basis.

More updates will follow in the forthcoming weeks.

030308 - Clean bill of health

Followng our initial web post, the Lisburn Distillery squad underwent their cardiac screening last weekend and it was good news for all those involved.

You can find out further information on CRY* Cardiac Screening Service in Northern Ireland here - CRY website

* CRY - Cardiac Risk in Young

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270208 - Youth Team power their way into cup final

Lisburn Distillery's Youth team powered their way into the final of the Harry Cavan Youth Challenge Cup following a 6-2 victory over Cliftonville Strollers at Seaview tonight.Two each at the break, the Whites had been leading two nil, a four goal second-half blitz saw the Andy Stevenson's storm into the final.

Mark Patton netted a hat-trick, Mark Cooling grabbed a brace and Danny Ferris was the man who started the ball rolling.

Report to follow shortly.

Danny Ferris Copyright Jonny IrwinMark Cooling Copyright David  HunterMark Patton Copyright David Taylor


Sponsor of the Lisburn Distillery Youth Team


200208 - Annual Dinner and Auction latest

Three weeks to go now before this season's annual dinner and auction in the Ramada Hotel, Shaws Bridge, Belfast on Friday 14th March 2008.

The 2008 line-up is

MC/Auctioneer - Jackie Fullerton

Guest Speaker - Jimmy McIlroy (Northern Ireland and Burnley)

Entertainment - Sean Crummey

The Society are delighted to welcome back both Jackie Fullerton and Sean Crummey, both of whom need no introduction, nor indeed does the guest speaker, Jimmy McIlroy - the Northern Ireland and Burnley legend.

In addition to the meal and the entertainment there will also be the usual auction to raise funds for the club.

These are just some of the items that will be on auction on the night;

  • A squad signed Manchester United shirt (current squad)
  • A squad signed Liverpool replica shirt (current squad)
  • A Tottenham Hotspur Legends shirt - signed by Jimmy Greaves, Glen Hoddle amd Ossie Ardiles
  • A minature electric motorbike - fuel tank signed by racing legend Valentino Rossi
  • A number of limited edition sports prints plus other paintings (including one of White Park Bay by manager Paul Kirk)

It is still possible to take tables - a table of ten costs £400, part-tables and individuals can be accommodated.

There will also be a ballot on the night, and if you cannot attend the event why not support the club by buying a ticket now. Tickets cost £10 and the main prize is " A Ladies single strand of pearls with matching bracelet" (retail value £1000) courtesy of Margaret Forbes. There are also a number of super prizes to be won as well.

For further information please contact Club chairman Jim McGrory, Phoenix Society secretary Louis Boyle or Phoenix Society treasurer Terry Thompson.

Support the Whites by supporting this event!

190208 - Seconds game switch

Saturday's scheduled Carnegie Reserve League game between Armagh City Reserves and Lisburn Distillery Seconds has been switched to this Thursday (210208).

Kick-off time at Holm Park is 7.45 pm. All support for the Whites welcome.

190208 - Lisburn Junior Whites update

Since it's re-launch at the start of this year, the Junior Whites now have over 25 members. Membership is open all year round and forms are available in the club shop or from speaking to Simon or Ashley Wragg. Membership cards and some information for the remainder of this season will be posted shortly along with voting slips for a new end of season award for ‘Best Debut Season’ where only new players who have made their debut this season for the Whites will be eligible. It’s a great way to honour a player who has came in and made an impact on the team and young supporters since joining the club or coming up through the academy.

Whilst there are only a handful of home games left this season, the Junior Whites have been speaking with the Lisburn Distillery board about ideas and hope that their proposed events such as a training session, penalty kick competition and a ‘meet and greet with the players’ will all happen in the coming months.


170208 - Player of the Month updates


Lisburn Distillery.net Player of the Month award - January 2008

Phil Matthews was voted the Player of the Month for January 2008.In a close contest, he just edged out winger Chris Kingsberry to claim the award. Well done to Phil for a number of top performances and saves in January.He is pictured below (right) receiving his award from goalkeeping coach Reggie Hillen (left) with manager Paul Kirk looking on.



Phil receives his award Copyright David Hunter



Lisburn Distillery Youth Team Monthly awards

We have two updates here.

The November award was won by Padraig Baker, and the December/January award was won by Nyal Walsh.

Padraig (left) and Nyal (right) are pictured with Youth Team manager Andy Stevenson - congratulations to them both for their performances and on their awards.

Copyright Jonathan Irwin

Each month the Youth team player of the month will receive £20 in mobile phone top-up vouchers courtesy of

Cellular One, 3 Sandown Road, Belfast -Tel 02890 228484


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140208 - Whites v Reds in Youth Cup semi

The draw for this season's semi-finals of the Harry Cavan Youth Challenge Cup saw Lisburn Distillery paired with Cliftonville Strollers.

Andy Stevenson's side will play the Strollers at Seaview on Wednesday 27th February 2008 - kick-off 7.30 pm - all support welcome as the young Whites bid to make the final.

Portadown Thirds take on Linfield Rangers in the other semi-final which will be played on the same night at New Grosvenor.

Details are as follows;

Cliftonville Strollers v Lisburn Distillery

at Seaview, Belfast on Wednesday 27 February 2008 - Kick-off: 7.30 p.m.

Portadown Thirds v Linfield Rangers

at New Grosvenor Stadium, Ballyskeagh on Wednesday, 27 February 2008 - Kick-off: 7.30 p.m.

Admission Prices: Adults £4.00, Children & Senior Citizens £2.00

140208 - Donald takes on "gaffer" mantle

Congratulations to first team fitness coach Donald Malomo Paris who has been appointed manager of Co Down's Premier team. Already a UEFA-Pro licence holder the role is Donald's first step in management and Lisburn Distillery wish him well.

Here is further information from the Co Down official press release

Paris appointment for County Down under-17's

Donald Malomo-Paris is the new manager of County Down's Premier team for the upcoming Northern Ireland Milk Cup. Malomo-Paris, who is also first-team fitness coach at Lisburn Distillery, is delighted to have secured the position and is very much looking forward to the challenge. "It's a world-class competition and like so many other people, I have always admired it. I can't wait to get involved with County Down and to build on the success of my predecessor Damian McCorry". Donald, who originally hails from Nigeria, has a wealth of coaching experience and holds the coveted UEFA Pro licence. He will be assisted by former Cliftonville and Glenavon goalkeeper Paul Rice. Marc Wilson will act as kitman, while Katie Lannon comes on board as physio.
The management of the Junior (under 15) squad remains the same. Paul Ritchie, who in 2006 took his squad to the semi-finals of the competition, stays at the helm. Paul will continue to be ably assisted by Kyle Spiers.
The Northern Ireland Milk Cup takes place from Monday 28 July to Friday 1 August 2008. Players born on or after 1st January 1993 are eligible for the Junior age group. For the Premier Section, players need to be born on or after 1st January 1991. Trials for the County Down Junior and Premier squads start after Easter. You can keep up to date with all the latest news and developments on the website at www.downmilkcup.com.

Lisburn Distillery is not responsible for the content of, or services/products supplied/advertised on external websites or supplied by third parties.


Donald Malomo-Paris Copyright David Hunter


140208 - Kirk notches up dozen

Congratulations to Whites boss Paul Kirk who notched up his 12th anniversary at New Grosvenor this week.

Paul Kirk Copyright David  Hunter

140208 - Poker fundraiser on Friday night

The February poker fundraiser will be held in the Social Club tomorrow night Friday (15th February).

The event will start at 8.30 pm and there will be cash prizes which will be dependent on the number of entrants.

Games consist of five and seven stud poker, there will be buy-ins available (£5.00) and there will also be a ballot with prizes on the night.

We would ask you to come along, support the organisers and the club, and enjoy the games - please pass on the details to friends and family who may be interested.It's a good night, raising funds for the club as well.

110208 - Seconds game abandoned

Tonight's Carnegie Reserve League game between Lisburn Distillery and Cliftonville Olympic was abandoned around seven minutes from time due to fog.

Lisburn Distillery had taken the lead on 80 minutes thanks to a goal from Curtis Allen.

100208 - Seconds at home on Tuesday night

The Seconds are at home on Tuesday night in a re-arranged Carnegie Reserve League game against Cliftonville Olympic.

Kick-off time at New Grosvenor is 7.45 pm and David Taylor and his side will appreciate your support on the night.


030208 - Andy W signs off with thanks

He's a busy man at the minute but the good news is that he has not forgotten Lisburn Distillery!

Andrew, who made his debut for Hamilton Academical late on in yesterday's Scottish Cup defeat away to Aberdeen, managed to get home today for a short visit and thanks Whites' fans for their support in his time here at the club and over the last few days.He also admitted that the Hamilton fans have already started the "Oh Andy Andy" chant!

"I am flattered by the number of people texting and phoning me, the phone hasn't stopped" he said." The fans have been superb - I must admit that I have never played in front of better fans. I can honestly say that. I'm a Kilmore Rec man, I was born and bred there but my Irish League affiliation is with Lisburn Distillery - they have been great with what they have done for me - I have never witnessed better fans.Thank you everyone for your support."

310108 Waterworth deal completed

Hamilton Academical completed the signing of Andrew Waterworth today. He is pictured below putting pen to paper alongside Hamilton Academical boss Billy Reid (image courtesy of and copyright of Hamilton Academical Football Club - reproduced with permission and thanks)

We wish him every success with Hamilton Academical.

Andrew Waterworth signs for Hamilton Academical Image Courtesy/Copyright Hamilton Academical Football Club



300108 Waterworth deal agreed

This is the breaking news tonight at 00.35 am - Lisburn Distillery Football Club have agreed terms with Hamilton Academical for the transfer of striker Andrew Waterworth.

After the Scottish League First Division leaders initial bid was turned down they came back with an improved offer and the Lisburn Distillery board accepted that offer very late last night.

The deal is subject to a medical which means Andrew will travel to Scotland to undergo one tomorrow and hopefully everything will go smoothly to enable the transfer to go through before the transfer window closes on Thursday.

The transfer fee is undisclosed but it will comprise an initial payment, a further payment if Hamilton Academical get promoted this season and a percentage of any further transfer deal involving Andrew. Hamilton Academical will also play the Whites in a friendly on a mutually (to be) agreed date.*

It means that tonight's game against Coleraine is likely to be his last for the Whites but we wish him every success with Hamilton Academical.

Manager Paul Kirk said; "Naturally we're disappointed to be losing him but he has been absolutely fantastic for us since he joined us from Ards.We always knew that he had the potential, he has developed with us and he hasn't disappointed us.He's an U21 international, we felt that he could play across the water and I know that I can speak for everyone here at the club from the coaching staff, the players and our supporters, that whilst we will miss him we wish him every success at Hamilton Academical and for the future.I genuinely hope that one day we will see playing at full international level for Northern Ireland."

Good luck Andrew from everyone here at Lisburn Distillery

* initial post revised following the transfer terms finalised between the clubs on 310108


300108 - Updates on Michael Ferguson and Aaron Johnston

Lisburn Distillery manager Paul Kirk has confirmed that defender Michael Ferguson has been made available to other clubs, and that striker Aaron Johnston has gone to H&W Welders on loan until the end of the season to give him first team football.

Michael FregusonAaron Johnston


270108 - Remember the nineties

The Lisburn Whites Supporters Club are going to be compiling the definitive Distillery/Lisburn Distillery team of the 1990's. From Tuesday's game against Coleraine until the Dungannon Swifts game on the 25/3/08 voting forms are going to be available in the club shop for all Lisburn Distillery supporters to make their selection of their all time Whites XI of the 1990s from a shortlist of the top thirty players who appeared for the club during this decade.

We then hope to have as many of the selected players as possible at the final home game of the season against Donegal Celtic on the 12/4/08. The plan will be for a plaque of the selected XI to be unveiled in the shop/exhibition with presentations made to the selected players in the Social Club as part of the end of season awards event that evening

Mor information on the Lisburn Whites Supporters Club


250108 - Waterworth off to Israel

Northern Ireland U21 manager, Roy Millar, today named his 19 man squad for the forthcoming European Championship Qualifier in Israel on Wednesday 6 February.

There was good news for Lisburn Distillery striker Andrew Waterworth who was once again named in the squad.Andrew is one of Carnegie Premier League players included in the squad, the others are Jamie Mulgrew and Thomas Stewart (Linfield) and Daryl Fordyce (Glentoran).

With two games left Northern Ireland currently top the Group 9 table so we wish the U21 side all the best on Wednesday week.

Andrew waterworth in action against Moldova Copyright David Hunter

240108 - Gawley signs for Whites

Neal Gawley (pictured below) has signed for Lisburn Distillery.

Paul Kirk moved quickly for the winger after learning that he had been released by Glenavon. The club's latest signing is already in training with his new team-mates and is likely to figure soon, we welcome him to New Grosvenor.

Neal Gawley Copyright David Hunter

230108 - Coleraine game re-arranged

Tonight's Lisburn Distillery v Coleraine Carnegie Premier League was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

The pitch had been inspected and declared playable around 1.30 pm today however following further heavy rain, given the state of the pitch at that stage and the distance involved for travelling supporters, the club sought a further inspection.This was completed around 4.00 pm and unfortunately the pitch was declared unplayable.

The game has been re-arranged for next Tuesday night - 8.00 pm.

230108 - Transfer News

There are still a few days to go in the January transfer window but manager Paul Kirk has confirmed that one new signing will be announced within the next twenty-four hours. Other enquiries are continuing and we will bring you more information shortly.

230108 - Kirk greets striker

Lisburn Distillery boss Paul Kirk was delighted to welcome his former Waterford strike partner Sid Wallace to New Grosvenor last Saturday. The then Waterford player manager Tommy Jackson was also welcome visitor as the trio caught up on old times after Saturday's game against Glenavon.

All three were members of Waterford's FAI Cup winning side in 1980. They defeated St Patrick's Athletic 1-0 to secure the FAI Cup for the second time in the club's history.

"Sid and I were very much kindred spirits" said the Whites' boss, "it's amazing that despite the years that football still creates that closeness between team-mates and it was great to see Sid and Tommy on Saturday. I know that Sid enjoyed his visit to New Grosvenor and thought highly of Lisburn Distillery and our club. He will be keeping a close watch on how we get on during the rest of the season through the website."


Sid Wallace (l) and Paul Kirk Copyright David Hunter


180108 - Browne wins December Player of the Month award

Congratulations to Gary Browne who won the Lisburn Distillery.net Player of the Month award for December 2007.

A clear winner given the goals he netted in December, it means for the first time in some years now, the first five awards have gone to different players which makes for an intriguing second half of the season and the Player of the Season award.

Gary is pictured receiving his award from manager Paul Kirk.

Copyright David Hunter


140108 - Poker Fundraiser this Friday

The poker fundraiser is back after the Christmas break, and the January event will be held in the Social Club this coming Friday (18th January 2008).

The event will start at 8.30 pm and there will be cash prizes which will be dependent on the number of entrants.

Games consist of five and seven stud poker, there will be buy-ins available (£5.00) and there will also be a ballot with prizes on the night.

We would ask you to come along, support the organisers and the club, and enjoy the games - please pass on the details to friends and family who may be interested.It's a good night, raising funds for the club as well.

100108 - Annual Dinner and Auction

The Phoenix Society are once again working hard on this season's annual dinner and auction and we will be bring you full details of what is happening here on the club website.

The Society continue to organise the event on behalf of the club and they are delighted with progress already made so far - a record number of tables and guests are expected for the event in the Ramada Hotel, Shaws Bridge, Belfast on Friday 14th March 2008. The Society are aiming for a forty table event (ten persons per table) this year and things are going very well at this stage.

The 2008 line-up is

MC/Auctioneer - Jackie Fullerton

Guest Speaker - Jimmy McIlroy (Northern Ireland and Burnley)

Entertainment - Sean Crummey

The Society are delighted to welcome back both Jackie Fullerton and Sean Crummey, both of whom need no introduction, nor indeed does the guest speaker, Jimmy McIlroy - the Northern Ireland and Burnley legend

A table of ten costs £400, part-tables and individuals can be accommodated. For further information please contact Club chairman Jim McGrory, Phoenix Society secretary Louis Boyle or Phoenix Society treasurer Terry Thompson. Details can also be obtained via the website - Lisburn Distillery Official Website

100108 - Social Club Membership

Now is the time to renew your social club membership!

Annual membership costs £5.00, and membership runs from 01 January to 31st December

Details and application forms can be obtained from Social Club Secretary, Mrs Betty Addis, Bar Manageress, Mrs Marlene Jamieson or Club Chairman Jim McGrory.

If you are not already a social club member we would encourage you to take out membership, support the club and enjoy the facilities at the ground

090108 - Reds' game changed

Lisburn Distillery's Carnegie Premier League game against Cliftonville has been changed.

The Whites were originally due to play Cliftonville at Solitude on Saturday 02nd February 2008, however with the CIS Cup Final being re-arranged for that day, it means we will play the Reds on Friday 01st February.Kick-off time at Solitude will be 7.45 pm

080108 - Cookstown in Youth Cup

Lisburn Distillery's Youth team have been drawn at home to Cookstown Youth in Round 4 of the Harry Cavan Youth Cup.

Andy Stevenson's side will take on Cookstown at Ballymacoss Playing Fields on Saturday 26th January (kick-off 1.30 pm).The game will be played to a finish, with penalties if required, on the day.

050108 - Lisburn Distillery v Coleraine

Today's scheduled Carnegie Premier League game between Lisburn Distillery and Coleraine has fallen victim to the weather.Despite an improvement in the weather generally, the snowfall in the Lisburn area was particularly heavy, the pitch still is still covered in snow and failed the pitch inspection at 9.30 am this morning.

Details of the re-arranged date will follow once this has been agreed.

040108 - Saturday Match Sponsor - the News Letter

This Saturday's Carnegie Premier League game between Lisburn Distillery and Coleraine is being sponsored by the News Letter.


We welcome them back to New Grosvenor and whilst thanking them for their sponsorship trust that they and their guests enjoy their afternoon at the ground.

040108 - Suspensions hit cup game
Lisburn Distillery skipper Wayne Buchanan has a one match suspension (fifth caution this season), and midfielder Ryan McCann will miss two games (violent conduct) following the latest disciplinary committee meeting.The suspensions kick in from Monday 07th January 2008 and both players will be ruled out of the JJB Sports Irish Cup game against Glentoran next week.
040108 - Wilton off to Larne
Lisburn Distillery goalkeeper David Wilton has gone to Larne, on loan, for a four week period.The Co Antrim club have regular keeper Chris Keenan injured and David could play against Institute this weekend.
231207 - Chris Kingsberry joins the Whites

Former Linfield and Bohemians winger Chris Kingsberry (pictured below) has joined Lisburn Distillery.

Chris signed for the club after yesterday's Carnegie Premier League against Larne and will play with the Whites until the end of the season.Manager Paul Kirk said; "I am very delighted that we have got him, he's a very direct young player I am hoping that everything will be ready for him to play on Boxing Day and if it is he will take part at some stage in the game. He's a natural winger and it's another positive step forward for the club this season."

We welcome Chris to the club and look forward to seeing him in action soon.

Chris Kinsgerry in action Copyright  David Hunter


231207 - Christmas Ballot winners


Congratulations to those who won prizes in the Christmas ballot.The ballot was drawn after yesterday's game against Larne and the winners are as follows.

1st prize
a portable TV
Jean Moore
a Food Hamper
a case of wine (12 bottles)
Jim Mulholland
a turkey
Laura McAuley
a fruit basket
a meal for two
Tony Walsh
a bottle of vodka
Edna Baker
a bottle of whiskey
a bottle of sherry
Belgian chocolates
Betty Harris


The club would like to thank all those who supported the draw.



211207 - Match sponsor

Our match sponsor this Saturday for the Lisburn Distillery v Larne game is

Butchery & Abattoir Services

Mary Street


This is the second time this season that Butchery & Abattoir Services have sponsored games and follows on from their support last season as well. We are pleased that continue their match sponsorship and we thank them for their generous and much appreciated ongoing support of Lisburn Distillery football club

We hope that they and their guests enjoy their afternoon at New Grosvenor.

For further information on commercial opportunities at Lisburn Distillery - click here

211207 - Ryan McCann suspended

Following the latest disciplinary meeting, midfielder Ryan McCann (pictured below) has been suspended for 1 match from Monday 24th December. This suspension followed his fifth caution of the season and does not take take into account his read-card in Tuesday night's game against Ballymena United.


211207 - Clancy McDermott

The club rgeret to learn of the death of former Distillery director Clancy McDermott.

The former Glentoran and Coleraine half-back died after a long illness at the age of 87.He was on Distillery's books in 1936 before moving to Glentoran (15 seasons) and then on to Coleraine (13 seasons).He was named Ulster Footballer of the Year in 1959.

He also had a spell as player manager at Bangor.He was to manage again at the Whites in 1968 when then manager Tommy Casey moved to become a coach at Everton and Clancy, then a director at Grosvenor Park, filled the void as temporary manager until the appointment of Jimmy McAlinden in February 1969.

Clancy McDermott's funeral took place to-day and we extend our sympathy to his wife Kay and son Paul and the wider family circle.

171207 - Whites get Glentoran in the JJB Sports Irish Cup

In today's fifth round draw for the JJB Sports Irish Cup, Lisburn Distillery were the last team to be drawn and have been matched against Glentoran at The Oval on Saturday 12th January 2008.

The fifth round draw in full was as follows;

Institute v Dunmurry Rec
Banbridge Town v Abbey Villa
Ards v Brantwood
Limavady Utd v Dungannon Swifts
Newry City v Ballymena Utd
Killyleagh YC v Downpatrick
Glenavon v Bangor
Armagh City v Crusaders
Loughgall v Linfield
Larne v Cliftonville
Donegal Celtic v Carrick Rangers
Portadown v Newington YC
Ballymoney Utd v Ballyclare Comrades
Dundela v Portstewart
Coleraine v Tobermore United
Glentoran v Lisburn Distillery

Venues for a number of these games have still to be confirmed - further information can be found on IFA.com.

Lisburn Distillery is not responsible for the content of, or services/products supplied/advertised on external websites or supplied by third parties.

Images Copyright David Hunter


171207 - Peter McCann- the November man

Congratulations to Peter McCann who won the Lisburn Distillery.net Player of the Month award for November.

It was a good month for Peter, consistent displays throughout seeing him comfortably home to deservedly pick up the award. Peter is pictured receiving his award from manager Paul Kirk on Saturday past.

Copyright David Hunter


131207 - Welcome to Carryduff PS

This Saturday we extend a warm welcome to staff and pupils from Carryduf Primary School who are our special visitors for the day.

They will be given the opportunity to see around the ground and meet the players before the Carnegie Premier league game against Limavady United.

We hope that they enjoy their visit.

131207 - Junior Match day

Although some of the junior teams now ceased their programmes due to a winter-break a few games still remain this week and next. If you can, we would encourage our supporters to go along and support the boys and girls in the few games before Christmas.

This coming Sunday presents a great opportunity for all supporters to watch all the age groups play in Match Day competition against Bloomfield at Cregagh Community Centre, Belfast. The U7s and U8s play from 10am-11am, the U9s from 11am-12pm and the U10s and U11s play from 12pm-1.30pm

All support appreciated.

121207 - Junior Whites re-launched

The Lisburn Whites Supporters Club has re-launched the Junior Whites (an integral part of the supporters' club itself).

It caters for fans under 16 years of age and membership is FREE.

If you're a Whites' fan aged under 16 simply collect and fill out a form in the Club Shop on matchdays, or speak to Simon Wragg or Ashley Wragg.

A number of events have been planned already and include the following

  • A "meet and greet" with the players and a tour of the club
  • A training session taken by one of the coaches
  • A special ticket price for selected matches (match details to be confirmed)
  • A penalty-kick competition

Other items and events are currently being planned.


101207 - Armour + Youle suspended

Following last week's disciplinary committee meeting, Darren Armour and Dean Youle both received the following suspensions effective from today, 10th December 2007.

Darren Armour- 2 games - Violent Conduct
Dean Youle - 1 game -Caution


091207 - Christmas Carol Service

There will be a Christmas Carol Service after the game against Larne on Saturday 22nd December 2007.This will take place between 5.30 and 6.00 pm in the social club and everyone is very welcome to attend this event as we look forward to Christmas.

Do please come along and take some time out for Christmas.Pastor Roy Johnston will lead the service and in a special message for our young supporters we understand that an old friend in a red suit will be flying in for his annual visit to New Grosvenor - so don't miss that as well.

091207- Social Club AGM
A reminder to all full members of the Social Club that the AGM will be held this coming Wednesday, 12th December 2007 in the social club at 7.30 pm.
091207- Weather hits Youth games - more
Bad weather at the weekend wiped out most of the junior programme - reports on any games played will follow shortly.
091207 - Maano home until New Year

Maano (pictured below) left Northern Ireland on Thursday to return home to Botswana.He is due to return in February.Until then,we wish him all the best for Christmas and the New Year and of course a safe journey home and back again.


091207 - Ballymena game to be replayed on 18th December 2007
The Lisburn Distillery game against Ballymena United that was abandoned on 01st December due to a floodlight problem will now be replayed at New Grosvenor on Tuesday 18th December 2007.
071207 - Club Christmas ballot

Tickets are now available for the club Christmas ballot - they cost £1.00 per ticket or a book of six for £5.00

Prize details are as follows, and ballot will be drawn on 22nd December 2007 after the home game against Larne.Details of the winners will be posted on site here.

!st prize
a portable TV
a Food Hamper
a case of wine (12 bottles)
a turkey
a fruit basket
a meal for two
a bottle of vodka
a bottle of whiskey
a bottle of sherry
Belgian chocolates


Tickets are available from the chairman or any director, the bar staff or the club shop.


051207 - GWSC bus to Stangmore Park on Friday night

The Grosvenor Whites Supporters Club are be running a bus to Stangmore Park for the game against Dungannon Swifts this Friday, 7th December 2007.

The bus will leave Sandy Row in Belfast at 6:30pm.There are a limited number of seats available and these will be on a.first come, first served, basis.Prices are £5 adults, £2.50 children.

The Grosvenor Whites have also recently ordered special GWSC polo shirts featuring the original Distillery FC club badge.

Only a few remain and they are available to those interested at a price of £12.50 (Large /XLarge in Navy Blue).

For further information email gwsc@onlineni.net

051207 - Lisburn Distillery Ladies update

Lisburn Distillery Ladies got their league campaign off to a winning start with a recent 4-2 victory over Northland Raiders.

This week, the young ladies will be hoping that the weather holds as they take on Linfield Ladies at Glenmore 2.00 pm.

For more information on Lisburn Distillery Ladies - click here


031207 - Lisburn Distillery v Ballymena United - replay to take place



The Premier League committee met this evening and discussed the abandonment of the Lisburn Distillery v. Ballymena United match on Saturday, 1st December.
After receiving the referee's report, the commitee have decided that the match should be replayed in full within 28 days.

The fixture date shall be decided by the two clubs involved.

Source - Irish Football Association


031207 - Grosvenor Whites welcome new membership applications

The Grosvenor Whites Supporters Club (established 1946) is the oldest Lisburn Distillery Football Club supporters' club in Ireland. They meet weekly at the South Belfast Northern Ireland Supporters Club (Shaftesbury Square) to consider all things White. During the season they run an away bus to destinations outside the Greater Belfast area.

They hold regular social events both for members-only and those extended to the wider Lisburn Distillery family.

Traditionally, they have drawn their membership from Belfast, but latterly they have welcomed members who live on the Belfast-side of Lisburn – e.g. Newtownabbey, Carrickfergus, and Bangor.

They are currently considering new applications for membership.

Anyone who may be interested in becoming a member and finding out more about Grosvenor Whites Supporters Club membership benefits is invited to apply initially to gwsc@onlineni.net with full contact details.

More Grosvenor Whites information

181107 - Club commits to Cardiac Screening service

Did you know that every week at least eight "apparently fit and healthy" young people die of undiagnosed heart conditions in the UK+

Lisburn Distillery Football Club has committed to and is now in the process of arranging cardiac screening for its' players.Whilst cardiac screening for first team players will be part of forthcoming club licensing schemes, the club, recognising the risk, is arranging for both the first team and the seconds to be screened.

There have been a number of high profile deaths here in Northern Ireland involving sportsmen recently, and tragically four young children also died recently on both sides of the border from sudden cardiac death.

There are two tests that will be performed - an ECG (Electrocardiogram) and an ECHO test (Echocardiogram).

The tests will be carried out locally by the CRY* Cardiac Screening Service in Northern Ireland.Further information can be found here - CRY website


+ Source - CRY Cardiac Sreening Services in Northern Ireland

* CRY - Cardiac Risk in Young

Lisburn Distillery is not responsible for the content of, or services/products supplied/advertised on external websites or supplied by third parties.

161107 - Waterworth nets for NI

Northern Ireland's U21 team got off to a blistering start in their European Qualifying game against Luxembourg tonight. Three goals in opening seven minutes of this game meant that there was no way back for the visitors. David Buchanan opened the scoring in the second minute, Whites striker Andrew Waterworth netted the second and Michael O'Connor the third.

Jamie Ward added a fourth later in the half before Andrew set up Chris Turner on 54 minutes for the fifth and final goal. On from the start the number nine led the front line well, playing his part in the win that takes Northern Ireland to the top of the group.

Well done to Roy Millar and the team, they will be hoping for a winning performance next Tuesday night against Moldova (Mourneview Park 7.30 pm)

Andrew Waterworth in action against Luxembourg Copyright David Hunter


161107 - Youth Team on big stage

With no senior games this weekend due to the Northern Ireland v Denmark European Championship qualifier, Andy Stevenson's Youth Team take the big stage, their Carnegie Youth Section A League game being played at New Grosvenor - kick-off 2.00 pm.

Come along and support the Youth team and the future on Saturday

Sponsor of the Lisburn Distillery Youth Team

161107 - Waterworth in U23 squad

More representative honours on the horizon with the call-up of striker Andrew Waterworth into David Jeffrey's Northern Ireland U23 squad for the International Challenge Trophy match on December 11 against Belgium,

This is the first time Northern Ireland have competed in this tournament and in Group B, Northern Ireland have been drawn with Belgium, the Republic of Ireland and Slovakia.The competition involves three games over two years, Northern Ireland will play the Repulic of Ireland in Spring 2008 at home and then are away to Slovakia in October 2008.

The Northern Ireland team will feature players selected primarily from within the Carnegie Premier League.The full squad for the Belgium game is Paul Murphy,
Dwayne Nelson, Jim Ervin, Kris Lindsay, Albert Watson, Adam McMinn, Barry Holland, David Ogilby, David Scullion, Sean Ward, Richard Clarke, Ryan McIlmoyle, Jamie Mulgrew, Niall McGinn, Andrew Waterworth, Stephen Garrett, Thomas Stewart and Mark McAllister

Group A comprises current trophy holders England, Finland, Wales and Italy and the two group winners will then meet in the final in February, 2009.

Congratulations to Andrew on his latest call-up.

Andrew Waterworth on international duty   Copyright David Hunter

161107 Club completes Child Protection course


Lisburn Distillery became one of only two Carnegie Premier League clubs to complete the Child Protection course being run by the Irish Football Association.

Coaches and staff from the Seconds,Youth, U16 and Youth Academy all attended and completed the Child Protection course that was held on Monday 12 November at the New Grosvenor Stadium.

The course, taken by Jim Grattan of the IFA, is essential attendances for all coaches and volunteers. Updates are required very three years. The first team coaches have already been covered by virtue of other licence requirements and the Lisburn Distillery Ladies management team has already undertaken Child Protection courses.

The course was delivered professionally and important issues were covered in a tactful way.

Lisburn Distillery fully recognises the important role that the club has to protect children and the need to ensure that everyone is properly trained. Coaches and staff also have to complete a background check before working with children.The club now has a wide range of teams covering differing age groups and is fully committed to child protection.

The club would to thank Irwin Moore, Child Protection Officer for Lisburn Distillery for arranging the course and also thank Jim Grattan and the IFA for delivering the course.

Tim Wareing - Youth Academy Director

121107 - Poker fundraiser this Friday

This months poker fundraiser for the club will be held in the Social Club this coming Friday (16th November 2007).

The event will start at 8.30 pm and there will be cash prizes which will be dependent on the number of entrants.

Games consist of five and seven stud poker, there will be buy-ins available (£5.00) and there will also be a ballot with prizes on the night.

We would ask you to come along, support the organisers and the club, and enjoy the games - please pass on the details to friends and family who may be interested.It's a good night, raising funds for the club as well.

121107- Cooling picks up award

Mark Cooling hasn't had much to smile about the last couple of weeks after dislocating his shoulder during the recent Northern Ireland v Slovakia U19 game in Cyprus.

However he was delighted to pick up the Lisburn Distillery.net Player of the Month award for October 2007 from manager Paul Kirk on Saturday - Mark is pictured receiving his award before the Portadown game on Saturday.Congratulations to him and we wish him a full and speedy recovery from injury.

MArk Cooling receives his award from manager Paul Kirk Copyright David Hunter



081107- Waterworth in U21 panel

International football on the horizon again and ahead of next Saturday's international showdown between Northern Ireland and Denmark at Windsor Park, Roy Millar's U-21 side side take on Luxembourg in a European U21 Championship qualifier at Mourneview Park on Friday 16th November.

This is followed up by another home game against Moldova on Tuesday 22nd November, the game again being at Mourneview Park.Both games kick-off at 7.30 pm.

There is good news for Andrew Waterworth, the Lisburn Distillery striker has been called up into the twenty-two man panel again. Andrew scored against Luxembourg in an earlier Championship game and will be hoping to do the same again this time around.

Congratulations to Andrew on this call-up, good luck to him and the other Irish League players in the squad and of course the senior squad in the vital game against Denmark.

Andrew Waterworth Copyright David Hunter


081107 - This week's match sponsor

The sponsor for this weekend's Carnegie Premier League game - Lisburn Distillery v Portadown - is Alfie G's Sports Bar and Bistro in Kilkeel.

We would like to thank them for their support on Saturday and in the club programme throughout the season. We hope that they and their guests enjoy their afternoon at the club and at the game.

For further information on commercial opportunities at Lisburn Distillery - click here

061107 - Youth Team Player of the Month


Copyright Jonathan Irwin

Congratulations to Youth Team Player Sean Price who was the Youth Team Player of the Month for October 2007. Sean (centre) is pictured being congratulated by first team skipper Wayne Buchanan (left) as Youth Team manager Andy Stevenson looks on..

Each month the Youth team player of the month will receive £20 in mobile phone top-up vouchers courtesy of

Cellular One, 3 Sandown Road, Belfast -Tel 02890 228484


Lisburn Distillery is not responsible for the content of, or services/products supplied/advertised on external websites or supplied by third parties.


01107 - Cooling injured in Cyrpus

Northern Ireland U19s lost 2-1 to Slovakia in their European championship qualifier in Cyprus.The defeat effectively puts Mal Donaghy's side out of the qualifiers.The defeat was further compounded by the news that Lisburn Distillery's midfielder Mark Cooling sustained a dislocated shoulder during the game.

Speaking tonight, Whites' boss Paul Kirk said; "It's a bad blow for both Mark and the club.He was doing really well in the game before he sustained the injury.From what we know at this stage, the medical team were able to put the shoulder back into place and Mark was then taken to hospital.He has been strapped up and will be out of action for a while - the main thing is that he gets home safely and we will take things from there."

Mark Cooling Copyright David Hunter


0111007 - Annual Dinner + Auction 2008

The Phoenix Society have announced the line-up for the annual dinner and auction that they organise on behalf of the club.

The event on Friday 14th March 2008, is being held at the Ramada Hotel in Belfast and promises to be another enjoyable evening.

The 2008 line-up is

MC/Auctioneer - Jackie Fullerton

Guest Speaker - Jimmy McIlroy (Northern Ireland and Burnley)

Entertainment - Sean Crummey

The Society are delighted to welcome back both Jackie Fullerton and Sean Crummey, both of whom need no introduction, nor indeed does the guest speaker, Jimmy McIlroy - the Northern Ireland and Burnley legend

More details about the event will follow this month


311007 - Welcome to Lisburn Distillery Ladies

Lisburn Distillery Football Club is very pleased to announce the formation of, and extends a warm welcome to, Lisburn Distillery Ladies.

Lisburn Distillery Ladies has been formed from what was formerly Hillsborough Girls and the teams will continue to be managed by William and Joanne McCann. There are three age groups at U16, U13 and U11 level and these complement the work already ongoing in the clubs' Youth Academy.

There are around 30 children across the three teams and the girls have been successful in their own Winter League.

Games are usually 7-a-side Mini Soccer format and held under the auspices of the IFA.

Manager William McCann is looking forward to working with Lisburn Distillery and we wish the girls well this season.In line with our current youth team coverage, we will be bring you more information about the ladies progress during the season.

281007 - Kirk dismisses rumours

Lisburn Distillery boss Paul Kirk has reacted angrily at media speculation suggesting that striker Andrew Waterworth would be moving to another Irish League club in January.

"We have experienced this kind of speculation before. I am astonished and very angry at today's article linking Andrew to a move" said the Whites boss, adding; "I want to re-assure our supporters that Andrew is not going anywhere.He signed a two year deal earlier this season and given his current form and potential, if he wanted to, he should be pitching at a higher level than here, such as a full-time career in either England or Scotland. We know what Andrew is capable of, as I said back in April when we confirmed the deals that we made with a number of players including Andrew, we are looking to build on what we have and go forward, so I want to dispel any rumour now. We want Andrew to go on to better things here with Lisburn Distillery, gain more international caps, score more international goals and improve here at the club."

Paul also confirmed that both Andrew and Gary Browne were taken off because of injury on Saturday.He said; "We had concerns over Andrew's hamstring and thankfully we were able to spot the strain early on, pulled him off and got it iced up. At the end of last season he played on against Donegal Celtic and we lost him for six weeks and we are simply not prepared to go through that again. Gary continues to experience some difficulties with his back and again we felt the need to take precautions to prevent a longer term injury.

At the minute we are also missing Darren Armour.He has continued to suffer from an ankle injury but we did include him on the bench on Tuesday night against Linfield, but unfortunately he is now laid up with the flu but we hope that he will be back soon."

Paul Kirk Copyright David Hunter


281007 - Cooling heads off with U19s

Mark Cooling flies off tomorrow morning with Mal Donaghy's U19 squad for the European Championship qualifying ties against Austria, Slovakia and Cyprus.

It's the first call-up at this level for the seventeen year old and the club and supporters wish both Mark and Northern Ireland well in next week's games.


Mark Cooling Copyright David Hunter

261007 - Saturday's Match sponsor

Our match sponsor this Saturday for the Lisburn Distillery v Cliftonville match is

Butchery & Abattoir Services

Mary Street


We are pleased that they have continued their match sponsorship on from last season and thank them for their ongoing support of Lisburn Distillery football club

We hope that they and their guests enjoy their afternoon at the club and at the game.

For further information on commercial opportunities at Lisburn Distillery - click here


221007 - Grosvenor Whites donate gear

The Grosvenor Whites ran a successful "Halloween Night" event at the club on Saturday night. They presented some bench wear to the back-room staff and this was accepted on behalf of them by players, Wayne Buchanan, Paul Muir and Jim McMenamin (back row centre)

Update - 271007 - The Grosvenor Whites wish to thank everyone who supported this event and they hope to arrange another event in the near future.

Copyright Jonathan Irwin


221007 - Charity thanks supporters

The Lisburn Branch of "Northern Ireland Hospice Care" has once again written to thank the club for allowing a collection to be taken outside the ground before the recent Lisburn Distillery v Glentoran game..

A total of £229.60 was collected and the Lisburn branch has thanked everyone who contributed.

"Northern Ireland Hospice Care" has been chosen by the club as the charity that it will support this season and is the only one permitted to stage an official collection outside New Grosvenor on agreed dates during the season.

151007 - Appeal sees Whites ranked 8th in IFAP application

The IFAP Interim Board, at a meeting this week, considered the findings of the IFA Appeals Board in respect of the eight appeals submitted by clubs against the decision of the Independent Assessment Panel with regard to the Interim Ranking.

Lisburn Distillery was one of the clubs that appealed it's initial ranking and was successful in that appeal.

The club were awarded an additional 31 points, moving them up to eight in the rankings.

You can find more information here on the IFA site.

151007 - Muir picks up September award

Paul Muir was the clear winner in the Lisburn Distillery.net Player of the Month for September 2007

Congratulations to Paul, pictured below with manager Paul Kirk and other Lisburn Distillery players before Saturday's game against Glentoran, on a fine month, good performances and of course those vital goals.

The October poll will be on-line at the end of this month.

Paul Muir collects his award Copyright David Hunter


151007 - Poker Fundraiser this Friday




A new season of fundraising poker events kicks off in the Social Club club this coming Friday (19th October 2007).

There will be an event each month, usually on the third Friday, between now and the end of April/May - details will be posted here on the site.

The event will start at 8.30 pm and there will be cash prizes which will be dependent on the number of entrants.

Games consist of five and seven stud poker, there will be buy-ins available (£5.00) and there will also be a ballot with prizes on the night.

We would ask you to come along, support the organisers and the club, and enjoy the games - and why not make it a regular feature in the forthcoming months as the Autumn and Winter draw in.


110107 - Whites up in the Sky

When the the IFA announced a 4 year international deal with Sky Sports back in April this year, part of that package included coverage of five Carnegie Premier League games during the 2007 -2008 season.The first of those games was broadcast earlier this month and as part of their development plans Sky are featuring Irish League clubs on their Sky Sports News channel to increase the profile of the league and clubs to their viewers this season.

Sky broadcaster Graham Little caught up with the Whites today so check in to Sky Sports News to see a feature on the club, our history, the Gaffer and the current squad - the feature will be shown on Friday and Saturday

110107- Website news

It's a massive task to keep the official Lisburn Distillery website up to date but we do our best to bring you the latest information from Lisburn Distillery at all levels.

Our coverage has been expanded greatly this season with dedicated pages for our Youth, U16 and Youth Academy Teams - we will updating our list of contributors shortly but our immense thanks to them all for the provision of match reports, photographs and the other information that you will have found on the site so far this season.

Our site traffic is up already on last season and we came close to breaking the "6000" barrier in terms of unique visitors last month.

The August and September unique visitor figures were

Unique Visitors
Unique Visitors


Thanks again to all our contributors, we plan to supply further information throughout the season.


110107 - Youth Team Player of the Month


Copyright Jonathan Irwin

Congratulations to Youth Team Player Conor Sullivan who was the Youth Team Player of the Month for September 2007.Conor is pictured receiving his prize from Whites' boss Paul Kirk..

Each month the Youth team player of the month will receive £20 in mobile phone top-up vouchers courtesy of

Cellular One, 3 Sandown Road, Belfast -Tel 02890 228484

Lisburn Distillery is not responsible for the content of, or services/products supplied/advertised on external websites or supplied by third parties.


101007 - Waterworth called up into U21 squad

It's an international week next week with Northern Ireland travelling to Sweden in the Euro 2008 qualifiers - good luck to manager Nigel Worthington and the team in what is a crucial game for Northern Ireland.

Closer to home, the U21 side take on Israel at Mourneview Park next Wednesday (17th October) in a European U21 Championship qualifier and Lisburn Distillery striker Andrew Waterworth has again been called up into Roy Millar's squad. Kick-off is 5.00 pm and entry to the game is payable at the gate - £5 (adults) and £3 (concessions) -although members of the Official Supporters Scheme will gain free admission on production of their membership card.

Congratulations to Andrew on another call-up - he scored in the last match against Luxembourg and will be hoping for another opportunity to do the same again this time.

Andrew Waterworth Copyright David Hunter


101007 - This week's match sponsor

It's another top of the table clash at New Grosvenor this weekend and we are pleased to announce that Saturday's Carnegie Premie League game against Glentoran is sponsored by

Jona Developments Ltd

We would like to thank them for their support on Saturday and hope that they and their guests enjoy their afternoon at the club and at the game.

For further information on commercial opportunities at Lisburn Distillery - click here

091007 - Blaney joins Whites

Ryan Blaney signed for the Whites on Monday night.A former Academy player, manager Paul Kirk was delighted to secure the signing of the left back who has returned home from Wigan Athletic where he played for the Reserves. The club are currently waiting clearance to play him and hope to have that shortly.

We welcome Ryan to New Grosvenor again and wish him well with the Whites

091007 - Happy birthday Rae

A familiar face around the club for many years, a committed fund-raiser, a genuine and generous Lisburn Distiilery supporter, it was a special birthday for Rae Taylor today (that's all we are saying!).

Many happy returns, best wishes and Happy Birthday Rae

061007 - Injury Update

1) Mark Cooling - Mark was taken to hospital after a first-half head injury in the Glenavon game. He was allowed home after tests and had a comfortable night. He hopes to be back in training this coming week.

2) Paul Kirk - the gaffer is home following his hernia operation. He was allowed home on Saturday afternoon and spent a restlessness afternoon keeping up to date with events at Mourneview Park! He said; "I am delighted to be out of hospital so quickly and would like to thank the surgeons and staff at The Ulster Hospital who looked after me. I am still sore and restricted in terms of movement although things have eased. I am delighted at yesterday's result, well done to Ronnie, the players and the backroom staff for keeping us top of the league. I was disappointed not to be there and I missed welcoming the boys back into the dressing room after the win.Things continue to go well for us though and we are now hoping to sign left-back Ryan Blaney who has returned home from Wigan, one of our former Academy lads, he starts training with us this week.We see as it as a another positive move for the club as we develop the team further."

Mark CoolingPaul Kirk


021007 - George Megahey - Obituary

Lifelong Whites supporter, Mr George Megahey, passed away peacefully on Tuesday 11th September 2007, aged 93 years.

George grew up in the shadow of the old Grosvenor Park and he played goalkeeper for Distillery Seconds in the early 1930s. At that time, Glasgow Rangers expressed an interest in him, but injury cut his playing career short.

He continued to follow his beloved Whites throughout his life, attending matches at New Grosvenor and away from home, right up until last season.

George will be sadly missed his family and many friends.

Lisburn Distillery extend their deepest sympathy to his brother Norman and the family circle. (CH)


240907 - Pass on the Passion - "Wear your colours with Pride"

The IFA's first "Pass on the Passion" campaign of this season kicks-off in October - details are below.

Support the event - make New Grosvenor a "Sea of White"!

240907 - New Horizons for U16s

Lisburn Distillery are delighted to announce that local property development company "New Horizons" is generously sponsoring the U-16 side in a three year deal.

This continues the on-going sponsorship deals here at the club which help each team greatly in terms of funding. The club would like to thank New Horizons for their support. The U16s have started the season well and you can find more information about their progress by clicking here




150907 - Deano wins August award

Congratulations to Dean Youle who became the first Player of the Month for this season. Dean easily topped the August on-line poll and is pictured receiving his award from assistant manager Ronnie Cromie


Copyright David Hunter (reporduced with permission and thanks)


140907- Programme in full colour

The club's official Matchday programme "Whites" went full colour last weekend.

Well done to the programme committee and printers Edenderry Print for the latest improvements.

More programme information


140907 - Supporters bus to Coleraine

The Grosvenor Whites are running a bus to the Coleraine Showgrounds on Saturday 22nd September for the Carnegie Premier League game between Coleraine and Lisburn Distillery.

Whilst free spaces are limited, there are six currently available on the bus - pick-up points will be opposite Lisburn Railway Station (12.00pm) and Sandy Row (12.30 pm).

If you want to book one of the remaining spaces, please speak to Bobby Radcliffe at the ground on Saturday.

140907 - Grosvenor Whites fund raiser event

The Grosvenor Whites supporter's club is holding a fund-raising event in the Social-Club on Saturday 20th October 2007.

Doors open at 7.30 pm and the event starts at 8.00 pm the live entertainment will be provided by a group.There will also be light refreshments.

Tickets (£5.00) are available from the bar or please speak to Eddie Bell or Bobby Radcliffe for further information.

The  bar area of the social  club


140907 - Lucozade "bibs" for Whites

GlaxoSmithKline and John Devlin have supported the club in the past number of seasons by providing 'Lucozade Sport' drink throughout the season.

The continue to do this, and additionally this season, they have generously provided the club with 'Lucozade Sport' bibs which are used by both the players in training and by the club's ball boys during the game.

Lisburn Distillery would like to once again thank both GlaxoSmithKline and John for their ongoing practical support.

Lucozade Sport tackles the two key factors affecting sporting performance – depletion of energy stores and dehydration. Available to the players on matchdays, Lucozade Sport protects them against dehydration, energy depletion and poor recovery.

Pictured with Lucozade Sport, bibs and carryall are (back row - Stuart Thompson (l) and Dean Youle, front row Andy Kilmartin (l), Gary Browne and Wayne Buchanan (r)).

Lucozade Sport for Lisburn Distillery Copyright David Hunter

Lucozade Sport and the running man device are registered trademarks of the GlaxoSmithKline Group of companies.

130907- Whites sign Curtis Allen

Lisburn Distillery boss Paul Kirk tonight confirmed that the club have signed 18 year old Curtis Allen who has returned home from Bournemouth. Curtis signed a two year contract with The Cherries in April 2006, he spent a period on loan at Ryman Premier Division side Leyton earlier this year.

The gaffer said; "We have signed Curtis on a two year contract. He has played a lot of times for Northern Ireland at U18 and Under 19 level and as well as scoring there has scored goals in the Milk Cup. He has a pedigree in terms of scoring goals and we are looking forward to seeing him in action. I have no doubt that he is a good acquisition for the club"

120907 - Waterworth scores for U21s in Luxembourg

Lisburn Distillery striker Andrew Waterworth came off the bench to score the winner for Northern Ireland in tonight's European U21 qualifier in Luxembourg.

Northern Ireland won 2-1, Daryl Fordyce (Glentoran) scoring the opening goal, and result was a good boost to Roy Millar's side after last week's harsh defeat by Germany.

Andrew Waterworth Copyright David Hunter


120907 - New club tie

A new club tie has been commisioned and is pictured below.

Lisburn Distillery Club tie

The tie is available from the club shop and is priced at £12.00.

050907 - Latvia v NI game live in social club this Saturday

A critical Saturday this week on both the domestic and international front.

Paul Kirk's side take on Armagh City at New Grosvenor (3.00 pm) as the two sides battle it out to see who will qualify as runners-up from Group B of the CIS Insurance League Cup. The Whites still have to play Larne in another crucial game on Saturday week.

A number of Lisburn Distillery fans are also off to Riga this weekend to watch Northern Ireland play Latvia in an equally crucial 2008 European championship qualifier.The good news is that you can watch this game live in the social club shortly after the CIS game.Lisburn Distillery invites everyone to come along and watch the game and we wish Nigel Worthington and the team success in this game. The Northern Ireland game kicks off at 5.15 pm.

Good luck to Northern Ireland  in Latvia   Copyright  David Hunter

Copyright David Hunter (reproduced with permission and thanks)

050907 - U21 European Championship Northern Ireland U21 v Germany - Friday 070907

Lisburn Distillery forward Andrew Waterworth (pictured below) is on international duty this week for the Northern Ireland U21 squad. The match this Friday, 07 September 2007 will be an important one for the squad as they host Germany in the group stages of the UEFA U21 European Championships at Mourneview Park, Lurgan (KO 7.30pm).

The match will be Northern Ireland’s second in the group and one which the squad will hope keep them top of the group nine table. Managed by Roy Millar and captained by Partick Thistle’s Jonathan Tuffey, the squad will be in fighting spirit against the German side who narrowly beat NI in two previous UEFA Qualifiers last year.

If you are free this Friday night, why not support Andrew and the rest of the Northern Ireland squad, entry is payable at the gates at a cost of £5 for adults and £3 for concessions. Entry is free to members of the IFA’s Adult Official Supporters Scheme (on production of a membership card).

We wish Andrew and the rest of the squad, which includes a number of other Irish League players, well for this game and the away game next Wednesday against Luxembourg


Andrew Waterworth on international duty   Copyright David Hunter

020907 - Seconds travel to Armagh on Tuesday night

Lisburn Distillery Seconds have an away game on Tuesday night (4th Sept) at Holm Park Armagh, where they will take on Armagh City Reserves in the George Wilson Cup (7.45pm).They will then play their home George Wilson Cup game against Armagh City Reserves the following *Wednesday (12th Sept, also 7-45pm) at New Grosvenor.

The Seconds will have no match this coming Saturday (8th Sept)

*Updated 050907 - home game against Armagh City Res now changed to Weds 120907

310807 - Rezai/Bell-Bangor bound

On the final day of the transfer window, manager Paul Kirk has confirmed that Carl Rezai has signed for Bangor after his contract was terminated by mutual consent.

Midfielder James Bell is also bound for Bangor but only on a twelve month loan deal.

The Whites boss went on to explain; " After signing Stephen Shaw we have had to look at our options again and work within our budget. We have agreed to release Carl by mutual consent.He has been absolutely brilliant since he came over, his attitude and comitment in training have been first class and I can genuinely say that. I wish him well at Bangor.

We have sent James to Bangor on loan and that is a situation that we will review on a regular basis. He is a good player but we need him to be playing regularly week in week out rather than being in and out of the team or playing reserve team football.We feel that will benefit both him and the club before he returns at the end of his loan spell."

The Whites boss also went on to confirm that Stephen Shaw is cup-tied in terms of CIS and George Wilson Cup games and will not be available for a few weeks yet.Maano is likely to be in the squad tomorrow.


Carl Rezai Copyright David HunterJames Bell Copyright David Hunter


310807 - Lisburn Distillery fixtures - Spoilt for choice

There is no shortage of Lisburn Distillery action this weekend.

In addition to the Seconds game against Glentoran Seconds being brought forward to 11.00 am, there are Youth, U16 and U14 games to choose from tomorrow morning.Additionally, seven teams from the Youth Academy are in action at Mallusk tomorrow (more) and the Whites alos then take on Glentoran at The Oval tomorrow afternoon at 3.00 pm.

Click here for this weekend's fixtures


290807 - Shaw heading to New Grosvenor

Whites' boss Paul Kirk has confirmed that terms have been agreed with Crusaders' midfielder Stephen Shaw. The midfielder (pictured below) has agreed a two year contract.

Stephen Shaw in action against  Lisburn Distillery last season Copyright David Hunter


290807 - Waterworth called up for U-21 Euro qualifiers

Congratulations to striker Andrew Waterworth (pictured below) who has been called up into the U21 Northern Ireland International squad for the two forthcoming U 21 European Qualifying matches.

Roy Millar's side will play Germany at home (Mourneview Park - 7.30pm) on Friday 7 September 2007 and then travel to Luxembourg for their game against the home nation on Wednesday 12 September 2007 (Henri Dunant Stadium - 7.30 pm).

Andrew Waterworth in action for Northern  Ireland  U21s. Copyright David Hunter


290807- Academy News and Update

Saturday tournament

Although the schools are not back just yet, the Lisburn Distillery Youth Academy is already in full swing and this coming Saturday, Academy Director Tim Wareing will be taking seven teams to the City of Belfast playing fields at Mallusk for a one day tournament organised by the Northern Ireland Boys Football Association (NIBFA).

The NIBFA tournament is an annual event and an U-11 team will be joined by two U10, U9 and U8 teams. The event kicks off at 10.00 am running into the afternoon and all support will be welcomed.

League Action

League action kicks off on Saturday week with the teams participating in the following leagues

U11 (1997) - North Down Development Youth League

U10 (1998) - Castlereagh League

U9 (1999) - South Belfast Mini Soccer League (games played at Stranmillis)

U8 (2000) - Castlereagh & North Down Soccer Sevens League (games alternate between Ward Park, Bangor and Billy Neill Playing Fields, Comber Rd, Dundonald)

Players/Coaching and support required

The U11 squad (1997) is still looking for players of a suitable standard, and the Academy is also looking for help and assistance from suitable coaches and team attendants - full information on requirements is available from Academy Director Tim Wareing by email, or phoning 07740120788

Youth Academy Sponsor


240807 - Buchanan expected back in squad/Maano registered

Wayne Buchanan is expected to be back in the first team squad for the away game tomorrow against Armagh City after successfully coming through training this week.The Whites' skipper (pictured below) has been out injured since the start of the season.

"The Gaffer", Paul Kirk, also confirmed that Stuart Thompson is also making good progress from his injury. He also confirmed that although the Botswanan U21-international Maano has had his registration completed, the lead-in times for signing for both the Steel and Sons Cup and Co Antrim Shield mean that he will not appear competitively for a little while longer.

Wayne Buchanan Copyright David Hunter


230807 - Dickson and McLaughlin move to Larne/ Alderdice released

Whites' boss Paul Kirk has confirmed that Andrew Dickson and Damien McLaughlin have moved to Larne on permanent deals and that defender Neil Alderdice has had his contract cancelled by mutual consent.

"The moves and release are all simply down to finance" said Paul Kirk. " I am sorry that I have to release players, all the lads gave 100% effort and commitment during their time here at Lisburn Distillery. There were no issues with any of them, it's a case of having to work within our wage structure. I genuinely wish all of them the very best for the future."

The club and supporters all wish Andrew, Damien and Neil all the best in their football careers.

Andrew DicksonDamien McLaughlinNeil Alderdice

Images Copyright  David Hunter

230807 - Charity says "thank you"

The club have received a letter of thanks from the Lisburn Branch of "Northern Ireland Hospice Care" following the collection taken outside the ground before the Lisburn Distillery v Glentoran game last week.

A total of £131.13 was collected and the Lisburn branch has thanked all those who contributed.

"Northern Ireland Hospice Care" has been chosen by the club as the charity that it will support this season and the only one permitted to stage an official collection outside New Grosvenor on agreed dates during the season.

200807 - Waterworth called up into U21s

Andrew Waterworth has received a late call-up into the Northern Ireland U21 squad for tomorrow night's International Challenge Match against Finland.

Roy Millar's side will take on Finland at Ballymena Showgrounds, ko 7.30 pm (Tuesday 21 August 2007).

Whites boss Paul Kirk said; " We are delighted that Andrew has received another call-up at this level, it is good for both him and the club and it shows that we are doing things right. We hope that he will get the opportunity to show what he can do and wish him well in that respect.


Andrew Waterworth in action against  Finland  on 210807 . Copyright (reproduced with permisssion and thanks)  David Hunter




170807- Maano on board

Paul Kirk has confirmed that he has signed Botswanan U21 International, Maano (pictured below).

Maano is unlikely to make his debut just yet, as the Whites' boss went on to explain; "We have lodged the papers with the IFA but we need to wait on international clearance coming through, and this will take a bit more time."

Botswanan U21 International  Maano Copyright David Hunter


170807- Kirk to review squad

With the season now underway, Lisburn Distillery boss Paul Kirk has confirmed that he will be looking at the size of the playing squad.

The Whites' boss said; "It's no reflection on the players that we have, it's purely down to finances.If I have to release players it will not be an exchange situation, the deal will be done to reduce our wage bill, I have to work within our plans and I want to make sure that I keep things in good condition financially."

110807- Seconds sign young trio

Seconds' manager David Taylor has confirmed more new signings at New Grosvenor.

He added; "We have signed three new players who all represented Co.Down in the Premier Section of the NI Milk Cup. They were welcolmed to the club by the Gaffer (Paul Kirk) at Thursday night's training session (see picture below). They are,(from left to right), Philip Bonny, from Newcastle Co. Down, Glen McVea from Dundonald, and Greg Dixon from Bangor. These boys performed well against top clubs such as Man.Utd. and Rapid Vienna. Philip and Glen are centre backs while Greg is a central midfielder and we have high hopes that they will follow in the footsteps of former Co. Down boys at the club, like Kilmartin, Waterworth, Thompson, Ferguson, and more recently Whitford, Magee and Cooling."


New faces at New Grosvenor  Copyright David Taylor

Image copyright David Taylor (reproduced with permission and thanks)


110807- Annual Dinner at the Ramada - March 2008


Building on the success of this year's annual diner and auction (the event saw £12,400 raised for the club) the Phoenix Society have anounced that next year's dinner will be held on Friday 14th March 2008.

The event continues to grow in popularity and moves to the Ramada Hotel, Shaws Bridge, Belfast with the aim of making 2008 a forty table event (ten persons per table).

More information will follow, table enquiries should be made to Jim McGrory, Louis Boyle or Terry Thompson.


110807 - Homepage Makeover & Webteam Message

As we enter our ninth season on line here at Lisburn-Distillery.net, we decided this season (for the first time in a long number of years) not to design a new site layout this time around.

We have however re-designed the club home page into what we hope will be a cleaner, easier to follow format.We are in the process of updating all the linked pages and these will all be on-line shortly.We will still continue to bring you all the latest news from New Grosvenor in a season which promises much, especially given the planned Invitational League from next season.

Once again, we have covered the pre-season games fairly extensively and we extend our thanks to Neil Partridge, Colin Hopkins, David Hunter and Edward White for their match reports. We will be continuing with our photographic coverage of games and all things "White" and we also thank David Hunter and Jonathan Irwin for their superb input throughout the season.David Taylor also continues to give us unparalleled coverage of the Seconds and again we thank him for all his hard work.This season we will also be including some retro-images from seasons' past so watch out for a few familiar faces and not so familiar hair-styles etc.

Our main function is of course to provide official coverage of Lisburn Distillery, and we would urge Lisburn Distillery fans to become as fully involved with this great club as they can. Help is always needed in a variety of areas, and by being actively involved we can make a difference on and off the park.

We continue to offer our on-line shop facility with Vi-Sport and we thank them for their continued support.Remember buying on-line not only gives you access to Lisburn Distillery merchandise, it gives you access to a whole range of quality sports gear from a wide spectrum of sport.Buying on-line benefits the club financially, so keep fit and keep yourself and the Whites healthy!

Last season (2006-2007), we monitored site statistical information extensively - some details are provided below.

Thank you to all our regular visitors from around the world ("Hi" to our regular visitors in Reston, Virginia, in particular) and we hope that you will all continue to keep up-to-date with•• all things "White"


Unique Visitors
28/07/06 - 28/07/07
Calendar year since re-launch
28/07/06 - 29/04/07
to end of Irish League season
28/07/06 - 10/08/07
Highest daily viewing
20/12/06 (after defeating Linfield in the CAS)

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Enjoy the new season, come and support the "Whites".

Lisburn-Distillery.net Webteam

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