Dollingstown Enable Slighty Better Christmas For Local Families

Over the past few weeks all connected with Dollingstown Football Club have been trying to raise money for 2 families who urgently needed help with money for heating oil, clothes and food.

There is a family with a terminally ill child only 11 years old, they also have 2 other kids wee boys aged 8 and 10. Another wee family have 3 kids 2 girls aged 6 and 7 and a wee boy aged 9.

We are delighted to say that with Committee members, supporters, players and a few local care agencies we have completely outdone what we hoped for.

After yesterdays presentations to Barry Trainor, the families in question received fills of oil this morning, lots of presents for the kids which will be handed over for Christmas and with raising more than we expected 2 or 3 other families will also be helped.

A massive well done to all involved

John Hatton from Homecare/I-Care
2 x Christmas Hampers
Toys for all the Children
DFC Chairman Hubert Watson and player Paddy Mooney presenting Barry Trainor with all the money & gifts for the families in need
Moffett Announces Retirement After 13 Glorious Years

Aaron joined Dollingstown Football Club way back at the start of the 2008 season which from memory was only our second season in the top tier of Mid Ulster Football under the then manager Gary Duke who had taken over the managers role the year before from our now club chairman Hubert Watson who was in the hot seat for the previous 7 years himself.

Indeed it was whilst playing for Portadown BBOB in a cup final in 2007 against Dollingstown that Moffett was first targeted as a future player for DFC and as we all know some 13 years later the success that this man has personally and collectively achieved as club captain over those 13 years has been nothing short of unbelievable.

Aaron was even late into his first meeting at university as Watson was trying to secure his signature for DFC but wasn’t it worth it all in the end for both parties.

Under Gary Duke, Aaron established himself as a true leader and warrior winning trophy after trophy and only last season under the guidance of our current manager Stephen Uprichard he lifted the ultimate trophy in the local game namely the Irish Intermediate Cup which is one, If not the oldest trophies in the whole of Ireland dating back to 1895.

Aaron has headed more footballs than most players have kicked in there lifetime and has literally bled in matches like the Irish cup a few years ago at Richill where one minute he was knocked out cold and then suddenly came alive again after treatment to lead the team to victory.

Other times he has suffered fractured cheek bones and other injuries all to further the cause for his teammates, a true leader.

During his 13 years with the club all as captain he only has played under the 2 managers Gary Duke and now Stephen Uprichard and he has continued to lead his players during this time to 14 major trophies with the pinnacle last year as mentioned above.

5 times Intermediate A titles
5 times Marshall cup winners
2 times premier cup winners
1 time Bob Radcliffe cup winners
1 time Irish Intermediate cup winners

Indeed I think we can confidently say that it is doubtful if there has been any other serial winners lifting 14 trophies in there career all at one club in the local game.

This man mountain has given his all and more for DFC and we are very saddened that our skipper has decided that it is now time to hang up his boots and hand the armband onto someone else.

We often referred to him in many matches over the years as our John Terry as he always was in the right place to cut out the dangerous cross or get something on the ball to clear the danger.

He also was very useful in the opposition’s box from set pieces and very adapt from the penalty spot when called upon.

Hubert Watson – Chairman
While we are very sad that he has announced his retirement from playing I am over the moon that he has agreed to join our management team and hopefully he will be able to replace myself as chairman of our great club in the next couple of years and help drive us forward for the next 25 years ahead and I will support him 100% from the background.

One man one club one huge success and skipper thanks for 13 glorious trophy led years at DFC.

AGM – Monday 23rd August 2021

We have set Monday 23rd August 2021 for our Annual General Meeting and call on all past players and supporters to attend at 7.30pm at club house in Planters Park.

We want to plan our way forward out of covid and need more supporters and volunteers to enable us to do this.

With the recent planning permission passed for our new clubhouse and training facilities to replace our current setup there is no better time to start and get involved with Dollingstown Football Club.

With fantastic facilities including our top condition matchday grass pitch and 3g training pitch and the recent improvements, such as new fencing, floodlight poles Planters Park is without doubt one of the top grounds around.

There is a number of jobs we need help with including committee roles, a lot of which take very little time, but need to be done.

We are encouraging locals to come and get involved with the club as like all clubs, without this help we would be non-existent, and you can be part of the progression of DFC.

We look forward to seeing you.

Testimonial – Captain Aaron Moffett

Aaron and DFC have agreed that 50% of the admission charges will go to 2 x fantastic charities, namely McMillan Cancer and local Compassion Outreach for families in need after Covid.

A great gesture from Aaron and just sums him up perfectly.

Even more reason for supporters of both Dollingstown & Portadown to make the extra effort to help support the week before the start of the new season for both clubs and for ex teammates, managers, coaches and friends of Aaron to come down to Planters Park to support Aaron on his special night as a true DFC legend.

If you cannot make the game & would like to support Aaron and his choice of charities, donations can be made by clicking the paypal logo below and they will be greatly appreciated:

(please put Aaron in the narrative or text box)

Park Joins Planters Park Vision
Dollingstown Football Club are delighted to announce our new Reserve Team Manager is Steven Park.
Welcome to the #dollybirds and Planters Park.
Before we hear a bit about Steven we would like to thank Alan Murdough and Ben Mehaffy who are moving back to Lisburn with Lisburn Ladies & Lisburn Distillery respectively.
Your hard work is greatly appreciated and don’t be strangers.
A bit about Stephen:
Name: Steven Park
Age: 32
Position: Midfielder
Playing History:
*Coagh United FC* 🔵⚪️
– Spent 6 seasons there across Championship 1 and 2.
– Won Championship 2 title.
– Part of the side that achieved the club’s highest ever league finish in Championship 1.
– Played under Scoby and Noel Mitchell at Coagh, and with Andy Hamilton during one of those seasons to (ie nice to join up with Scoby and Andy again and hopefully that will make for good links between the first and second team at the club).
*Junior International* 🟢⚪️
– During my time at Coagh FC, I was part of the junior international setup, including playing in the UEFA Regions Cup in Germany in 2009.
*Annagh United FC* 🔴⚪️
– Spent 5 seasons there across Championship 1 and 2.
– Achieved promotion from Championship 2.
– Club captain in my final season there.
*Had to step away from football as moved house to Coleraine due to work.*
(Back living in Waringstown now)
*Rectory Rangers* 🔵⚪️
– Spent the last 2 seasons playing in the Mid Ulster Intermediate A league.
Steven will be announcing his background team in the coming weeks.
His Vision for Dollingstown Reserves
– When I met Hubert and Scoby, it was impossible not to be impressed with the club and the facilities available.  The plans ahead for the club are very exciting and I want to be part of helping to turn those ambitions into reality.
– In my role as player manager, I hope to build a squad that possesses a healthy blend of youth and experience.  My target is to create a competitive team that can breed a winning mentality within an enjoyable and nurturing environment but alongside that, I would like to recruit and develop players that can feed into our first team, and I believe that my experience of playing at Championship & Premier Intermediate Level can help me to do that.
Chairman’s Welcome – Hubert Watson
I am delighted to get someone with Steven’s ability to DollingstownWith his playing experience he will be able to bring forward to reserves and help develop the young talent and help progress players to the PIL Team.