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F & W back bid by member club to play south of the border

Peace Link Centre, Clones

Peace Link Centre, Clones

THE Fermanagh and Western League has backed a bid by one of its member clubs to become the first – post partition – to play their home matches in the Republic of Ireland.

At December’s monthly meeting delegates agreed to a request from Magheraveely FC to support their proposal to play south of the border.

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The Division Two club currently plays its home matches at Enniskillen’s Lakeland Forum, 22 miles from the village.

Magheraveely want to establish a new base at the purpose-built state-of-the-art Peace Link Centre in nearby Clones.

Currently no teams affiliated to the Irish Football Association play their home matches in the South.

There appears to be a reluctance by the IFA to sanction such a move but the fledgling Fermanagh and Western club are pushing ahead with a bid to play in Clones, less than three miles from the club’s geographical base..

Officials are in process of building a strong case to take before the IFA and have been boosted by backing from the Fermanagh and Western League.

At December’s meeting league secretary Gerry Connolly read out a letter from Magheraveely requesting their backing and delegates responded favourably much to the delight of Magheraveely officials.

Chairman of the Fermanagh and Western League, Neil Jardine believes a move to Clones would help the development and progress of its member club.

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“Primarily we would be looking at it from a developoment perspective, as a local governing body should,” he said

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