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.