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