Have A Rattle!

Recent messages posted to the website are produced below:

6th Jan.2014

“Just want to say how much I enjoy your match reports. I read them every week and look forward to their quality, even though I’m a Comber Rec supporter. Your reporter has raised amateur league reports to a new level (I suspect it’s Vinty McGovern) Tell Vinty Noel from Comber wishes him a Happy New Year, as long as you don’t beat Comber Rec. Keep the reports coming. Visual acuity indeed! ” Noel Spence 

24th Dec. 2013

“Just to wish all my oul kickin buddies & those who did’nt  a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. Best of luck to Gerry & Mick & Paul. Keep up the good work.

UP THE MALS ! ”  Jimmy Black

22nd Sept. 2013

Gerry’s Future

“In light of Trappatoni’s recent departure from the national team, I need assurances Gerry Goodall is totally committed to Malachians. I’m sure Gerry is on brilliant money to manage the team, but this development may just offer an interesting challenge to lure him from the amateur league. I mean, would he prefer to play up the Shankill on a windy Saturday then down to Frames for a few with Mickey McKay or would he prefer to play the likes of Greece away, all expenses paid. It’s a tough call but we must nail this man down now before it’s too late. Just think, Mickey McKay could become FULLTIME manager or even Devils, who seems to have played in every position for every team in the league – he may as well be manager too. I suggest the board DOUBLE Gerry’s money to a tenner a week, give him a lift from the New Lodge to every game without Mark McCourt in the car and offer a full body massage from Peter Corr after every match, after all, the big lad would use every influence to get a game these days. Up a Mals.”
Papa Hurl.

11th August 2013

“Ball retriever

Moi to all my mals friends. Great start to new season.I’ve found a new ball retriever here in Kotka Finland but they won’t let me take jetski on the plane so Gerry you’ll have to keep using the waders. Up the Mals. Danny “

18th June 2013

“Hope you all have a great night.  Wish i could of been there with my ex team mates to celebrate but am on holiday Mals is and was a good club with lots of good people involved. Enjoy ”

27th March 2013

” Good luck Gerry in your new post. Remember you and Robbo are the last managerial team to win a league title for the Mals”

Bridie McVeagh

22nd March 2013

” Great to see the Messiah, Gerry Goodall returning to the super Mals, welcome back Gerry. Some say he’s Saddam Hussein, but i think he’s more like a young Kenny Rodgers! Will be great to see old faces back, especially this being a special year, the 50th for the Mals. Me and my auld mate Simba will be going, I saw him again last week in that kebab house, it was love at first bite! I love him.”

Dermot McCoy

14th March 2013

Dear Sir/Madam,
I would like to apply for the position of manager with Malachians FC. I have played football at the highest level in Belfast, for Lamh Dhearg up in Hannahstown so know all the attributes needed to participate in a team sport and have tonnes and tonnes of experience as a manager. In footballing circles, I’m known as a very hard trainer – I once made a centre half in Crumlin shit himself because he was too tired to hold it in. What more do I need to say? First of all I need guarantees from you before I take this  team all the way to the top. (1) Burger, chips, and Onion rings in Frames every Saturday after the match. (2) Get rid of Devils and banish him from returning ever again (3) No women allowed at any event or match – this  is man’s sport, end of. (4) My name on a tracksuit top (5) Provide a small bit of chewing gum for every match so I can chew like Fergie and leap outta the dugout doing imaginary headers. If this is all agreeable, I will meet you in Frames this Friday but make it early cuz I’m going out.
Kind Regards,
Papa Hurl.

Sorry Papa, you just missed the closing date , otherwise you would have been a cert !

31st Jan. 2013

“Was great to see my auld mate Simba getting the boots back on.The last time I saw him was over Christmas outside a Kebab house singing the old Vera Lynn number ‘We’ll eat again’……………If we’re lucky, Big Fullerton might give the both of us a run out before the end of the season,me being 50 and the 50th aniversary of the Mal’s??????????????????\” Dermot McCoy.

30th Dec. 2012

“Well what a Christmas it’s been. Lots of turkey indeed. And speaking of Turkey, what about the 10 or 12 (lost count) goal thriller against Orangefield yesterday at the Stadium of Sand. Highlight of the game was wee Peter Corr getting nutmegged in the 44th minute. Ole!! The wee man didn’t know if it was Pancake Tuesday or Sheffield Wednesday as the striker glided past him. I think Peter was still thinking he was in his jammies on Xmas eve waiting on Santa eating a wee mince pie. I shouldn’t be too harsh on the fella to be honest, he did give me a lift home.
Up a Mals.
P.S. For one last time Mickey McKay, i’m not coming out of retirement. I know you’re thinking “what a waste” but my modelling career is getting too busy. “

Kevin Hurley

26th Nov.2012

Sat 24th November  –  Simba Goal Watch – A spurt of activity around the dugout heralded the introduction of the big fella midway through the second half of this competitive encounter. Spectators agog with expectancy wondered how many would he score and did own goals count? Alas, his dashing runs and Messi like skills proved too much for his fellow players who failed to match his vision and enthusiasm. Perhaps a penalty could bring some solace and provide the necessary outlet. But the Gods were unforgiving and the referee even more so. And so the drought continues. Ten years and counting!

6th Nov.2012

“Good to see Simba back , property market must be showing signs of recovery. You will probably need a camera with a wider lens to take his picture, but he’s worth it.”

Gerry McKenna

25th Oct. 2012

“Hi Doc. Just following on from big Damian Grimley’s comments, I can’t wait until you’re back.  I’ve been back training, played a match and scored and still no welcome back photo!!!

Good to see Damian still blowing his ‘old’ whistle and to see big Phil brown still following the bhoys! Lots of love.”


23rd Sept. 2012

“Continually reading the website awaiting the return of the doc’s match reports and the dreaded ref photo. Congrats to Mals and Shankill on a belter of a second half and played in a good spirit.. To finish off ‘Bring back the Docs reports” Good to see the storyteller at the gate. Never a dull story to tell. He knows who he is.”
Damian “Ref” Grimley

18th Sept 2012

“Good luck ! Wanted to wish the lads all the best this season. I will be keeping an
eye on results from afar.”
Phil Brown, Los Angeles

5th April 2012

“I would be grateful if the Mals committee and members could clear up some issues that have been plaguing me this season.
(1) Is it true that the reason former Mal’s 7″1 centre half, ‘The Hammer’, no longer represents the club because he is playing in the Japanese J League? I was told the Mals committee made 4 million yen from the deal which is equivalent in our money to around £5.
(2) Is it true ‘The Hammer’ left the club after a dressing room bust up with Mark “Doug” mcCourt during in which 6st McCourt threatened the 18st Hammer with the words “I’ll put ye thoo that wall”?
(3) Is it true wee Peter Corr returned to training this week with the Mals in a all-in-one skin-breathe-easy leotard that he uses for his marathons? If you have pics of this please put them on the site.
I feel that the Mals season would greatly benefit if these rumours were put to rest and the fans of west Belfast, north Belfast and Thompsons Garage could all rest easy.”

Papa Hurl.

3rd Oct 2011

“Is there any truth in the rumour Ciaran Stitt has undergone a sex change? I heard he used to play left wing for Dundela Ladies in the early ’90s. That may explain why he looks so out of his depth in goal every Saturday. Also, Is there any truth in the rumour Mark McCourt aka “the wee man” (for obvious reasons) used to go out with Stitty or Big Patricia as he was known at the time. I heard from someone who lives in Twinbrook that they were pictured walking along Portstewart beach hand in hand. And Stitty even dropped that. But keep that to yerself hey! ”
Papa Hurl.

16th Sept 2011

“On behalf of Brendan and the Rodgers family we want to wish all the very best of luck in your cup game v Crumlin Utd.  Mon’ the Malachians!!!!!
Best as always”
Brendan Rodgers

2nd May 2011

“Tell big Jim Kavanagh that i’m looking a claim off the Mals, I still wake up in the middle of the night hearing Kingso shouting “Get back get back ya lazy bastard” haaaa. Great website lads, great to keep in touch with the results”
Phil Brown, Los Angeles

Phil and his son Aodhan

2nd May 2011

“Hi Vinty hope everyone is well I have come across some old reports of games from the Irish News from the 70’s do you think the boys would be interested, let me know and i’ll send them, could you find out Paul Hull’s phone no and send it that would be great, in fact any of the old boys phone no’s. Do you remember Frankie Caldwell, a very good player and a real nice bloke, when my father died he came around to see me he told me his house went on fire and lost all his medals including a Cochrane and Corry medal. As you know we won the cup 3 times in a row, so I gave him one of mine. Good Luck and God Bless, Yogi.”

Gerry “Yogi” McKenna, Melbourne Australia 
Can anyone forward me email addresses for Yogi’s ex team mates ????

2nd May 2011

Clifton Rec. and Malachians amalgamated in 1985 to form the current side. The first match afterwards was a 1-1 draw against Holywood Rangers on 17th August 1985. The team was:

  • Joe Briers
  • Larry Shields
  • Paul McStravick
  • Paul Snodden
  • Desi Tohill
  • John McKenna
  • Johnny Maginess
  • Paul Fullerton
  • Anto McNeill
  • Maurice Snodden
  • Leonard McKenna
  • Packy McDonagh (sub)

Anyone any memories or comments?

24th April 2011

“Jim, mere trifles! After such a long and distinguished career you can afford to be generous.  Now if it was Simba, well I could understand him clutching every straw ! “

Gerry McKenna

22nd April 2011

“As you’re in the mood for “goal scorer” corrections, I actually scored last week against Crumlin Star not Burnsy ! “

Jim Kavanagh

Sorry Jim, independant verification in writing (triplicate) to the website including sworn affidavits is as you well know required to change goal scorers ! Dont blame me blame those who write the second team reports. Have you tried crying publicly on Facebook, it worked for Kevin Feighan

10th April 2011

“Now Dermy McCoy has been called a lot of things in his time, but technical assistant thats a new one. That wasn’t the team sheet he was showing manager Young, he was asking him if he knew where that address was for his next painting job, hehe !!!
Good luck for the run in

Paddy in Chicago
(technical assistant now thats a head scratcher)

14th March 2011

“Just writing into air my opinion on the this whole bitching contest between two great clubs from north belfast , who should really grow up and sort this out like adults . There should be leadership from both clubs meeting to sort this out face to face instead of trying to destroy each other and slagging each other off . Having played for both teams and experience the local rivalry between the teams I’m all for a bit of an edge in these games but in rescent weeks its gone a bit too far . Newington should never have went to the psni or wrote a letter off to the league and Mals supporters should not have came on the field to confront opposing players but what I suggest is that both teams nip this in the bud now and sort it before it gets too out of hand . Was at the match on sat and even tho there was a few minor inccidents the game was a cracker played at a really good level with the Mals losing out in the last couple minutes to very strong Newington side . Lads get this sorted and get back to what this is all supose to be about football.”

Ex Mals and Ton player

10th March 2011

“I am running the Belfast marathon again this year and will be raising money on behalf of Myeloma UK. If anyone would like to donate just click on the link below to my Just Giving page where you can donate directly to the charity. Thanks in advance. Up the Mals!”


 Peter Corr

25th February 2011

” Nothing embarassing about getting £50 million for a sicknote Allister. He has served his purpose. Suarez and Carroll will do the business. Adios Nando. Onwards and upwards under King Kenny. Y.N.W.A.”
Peter Corr

21st February 2011

” Well Kevin & Jim I’ve been lookin at your website the last while back,great job! Plenty of info and lots of strange heads & a few familar oul grey ones like myself. I joined the Mals for a 2nd time in 1988 under Kevin Shiels watchful eye, played with a great bunch of lads. We did’nt win too much back then but the social side was fantastic even if the football always was’nt. Don’t get me wrong I always thought we had a good side, just seemed we could’nt put teams away and usually paid the price for it. Thats my memory of it ,anybody says different just ask wee Terry! Anyway glad to see thats all changed over years 1st & 2nds & Shams doing well.Going back to the social side of things its come a long way from quiet wk ends in Bunbeg! I made it to Ennis & Galway both times great craic, what I remember! Anyway boys just want to wish more success for the future. Keep it going .
P.s can’t believe Kavanagh still playing. Fair play. All them good habits I taught him I’d say.”
All the best

Old Mal Jimmy Black.
Peoples Republic of Cork.

Gerry Adams, Big Jim K, Poser Simba and the legendary Jimmy Black (Galway 2007)

14th February 2011

“I think it’s about time we removed the post on our web-site that states “Torres Torres is a red” as it must be very embarrassing for big Peter Corr who posted it.”

Allister Matthews

19th January 2011

“Could I just take a minute of your time to thank all involved with your reserve team on Saturday past (especially the management and Noel) who ensured that the players behaved in a manner which brought great credit to your club, and that I was treated with respect from I arrived until I left 30 minutes after the game.   Yes, there was one unsavoury incident toward the end of the game….but that completely out of the blue, and even that was dealt with in a sporting and professional manner by your management team. That was reflected in my match report to the I.F.A. Thanks again, and rest assured it was a pleasure to officiate at a proud and dignified club.”

Gerard Murray (referee)

19th December 2010

” Hi everyone at Malachians. Played there when they won the Cochrane and Corry Cup three years in a row, great team to play for. Also great players to play with, Dinky Lundy, Paul Hull, Pat Finucane RIP. Terry Mc Killop, Francie Burns Ed Mc Ateer, Johnny Casey and many more. Not only great players also great blokes, travelled everywhere during the heart of the troubles, with the Briggs brothers and of course big Johnny Logan. Good Luck for the future”

A different Gerry McKenna, Yogi McKenna, Melbourne Australia.

Yogi, great to hear from you. Could you arrange an end of season fixture for us and we will come out? ……….oh yes and the flights as well !!!!!!!!!!

15th December 2010

“10 years on after managing Mals for a few years looking back on it did I do the right thing? Yes I just wished I had of done it sooner. The players were great and respected me and the committee was the best bunch of guys I had the pleasure of spending the last 10 years with. Happy Xmas 2010”
Bill Bannon

Ah ha! So that’s what you meant Bill

8th December 2010

“Ten Years On “

Bill Bannon

Good to see you have entered the computer age Bill but what a  short, cryptic message ! Is it a group Bill ??? Ten years on what ??? Since Spurs had a decent team ??? Answers on a postcard as to what you think Bill is on about to info@malachiansfc.com. First prize is a copy of Bill’s latest book ” Bannon’s Famous Phrases “

16th November 2010

” I don’t think the club is exploiting Mark McCourt in the way it should be. This man is premier league standard material. His touch, acceleration of the mark, and movement is second to none. He is also a real character in the dressing room and has won games on his own purely with his personality. I think he should be sent on the ferry to Liverpool, Manchester and London, paid for by the club, and told to bring his boots. He could perhaps sneak onto a training session. Once the manager sees what he is capable of, they will immediately sign him. This means the club will make a fortune and could also take care of door receipts at Thompsons while he is away. Everyone’s a winner! The club should also sell Peter Corr because he is shite. I hope the management take notice of these comments if you really wish to take the club to the next level.”
Up Yours,
Papa H.
I presume this is just a little tongue in cheek Papa H , aka Kevin Hurley !!!!!!

9th November 2010

“It was great to hear from Jim’auld fashion’McCrystal, the best penalty taker to ever wear a Malachians shirt. We all wish you well Jim and that goes for Gerry McKenna as well ,even though you swiped his car and left him stranded on the Shore Rd. Keep in touch Jim and we’ll get a pint or six.”

Dermot ‘gifted left foot ‘ McCoy.

1st October 2010

“Great to see Malachians alive and kicking.
Wish the club every success in the current season.”
James McCrystal (auld fashioned)

25th August 2010

“Would have to say having watched the fixture last nite I  was impressed with the passing game of Malachians against a good Kilmore side.If they can play like this during the course of the season who knows they could be there or there abouts”

Damian Grimley 


25th August 2010

“Great website ! Just discovered the site. get some 70s stuff on! Gerry Mc Kenna remembers those days! Didnt know Joe Briers parted with money!”

Frankie Caldwell.

Spill the beans Frankie and send us the photos !!!

29th July 2010

“I reckon he would be in the region of 60 and I should know as I was there on Saturday night at the Duke of York when someone asked as they took a photo of Gerry and I “ARE YOU HIS SON?” Happy birthday da!”

Your new son Noel…

26th April 2010

Greetings from a football fan in Munich/Bavaria-Wolfi Schmid

” Hello football friends in Belfast, many greetings from a football fan in Munich (TSV 1860 München). My year of birth is also 1963 and I wish your teams good luck and much success for the rest of the season. I`m always looking for nice e-mail contacts with british and irish amateur clubs and I would be glad, if you could answer me”.
Wolfi Schmid

Who is for an end of season trip for some real beer in Bavaria ? Wolfi it’s your round !

18th Feb. 2010

“I would just like to wish Micky McKay, Harry Magee and Gerry Adams all the best for the future in whatever they decide to do. They have been great servants to the club for many years and therefore will be badly missed. Also I would like to wish good luck to the players who have left over the past week and I hope we will see them back at the club some time in the future.”

Allister Matthews

22nd Jan. 2010

“Can someone PLEASE EXPLAIN how King and McCoy, “the paint pot men,” got into the team photo outside Pat’s Bar ? Was the bar shut, and does poor Dermy have a hangover that early ? All the best”

Paddy in Chicago

27th Nov.2009

“Is it just me or does Mickey Smyth look like Mahoney outta Police Academy ???? (Just admit it Mickey your Hightower’s bitch)”

Conor ex-Mals Matthews

24th Nov.2009

“Hysterical… Maybe!”
The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn’t just how you like it, think about how things used to be. Here are some facts about the 1500s:

They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot & then once a day it was taken & sold to the tannery………if you had to do this to survive you were “Piss Poor”

But worse than that were the really poor  folk who couldn’t even afford to buy a pot………..they “didn’t have a pot to piss in” and were the lowest of the low.

Most people got married in June because they took their  yearly bath in May, and they still smelled pretty good by  June. However, since they were starting to smell . .. .  Brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying, “Don’t throw the baby out with the Bath water!”

Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. Hence the saying “It’s raining cats and dogs.”

There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed.Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That’s how canopy beds came into existence.

The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying, “Dirt poor.” The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entrance-way. Hence: a thresh hold.

(Getting quite an education, aren’t you?)

In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme: Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old.

Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feelquite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could, “bring home the bacon.” They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and chew the fat.

Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.

Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or the upper crust.

Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitche table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of holding a  wake.

England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive. So they would  tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift.) to listen for the bell; thus, someone  could be, saved by the bell or was considered a dead ringer…

Now, whoever said History was boring ! ! !
So . . . get out there and educate someone! ~~~ Share these facts with a friend like I just did! ! !

Dermot McCoy

Dermot, you’ve got too much time on your hands mate !

27th Oct.2009

“His Armband proved he was a red, Torres Torres…. You’ll never walk alone it said Torres, Torres…… We signed the kid from sunny Spain, just give him the ball and he scores again……Fernando Torres, Liverpools number 9! “

Peter Corr

Al I think this one’s for you !

29th July 2009

“Hi all the boys at the Mals I would just like to say thank you for all the crack I had at the club. I am leaving this year to go back to my old stomping ground of St Pats Young Men. Good luck for the new season.   Warm Regards “

Conor Matthews

Thanks for the message Conor. Good luck for the season . You’re welcome back anytime

18th July 2009

“Well lads hope pre season is going well and all is good over there,good luck for the start of the season. I’ll be back at the end of September, up the Mals !!!”

Fisher McVeigh

9th July 2009

“Hi Oul Fashion and Kevin,

I have been meaning to send an email for ages now.  So apologies for that.  I have bumped into Gerry, Jim K, Vinty and Larry on many occasions and always good to have quick chat.  I have been following results every Tues in the D Mirror and visiting the website for ages now.  It is great to see not only Mals but Newington too doing so well (credit where credit due!!).  Just shows what talent there is in North Belfast (apart from myself!!)

I had a great 3 years with Mals and like most people when stop playing miss the craic.  I was never one for watching matches and now play golf most of my spare time.

 It’s great to see the pics of old faces that were playing when I was there and seeing that people like Beansy still catching up.  I wish the club every success for the future and many more trophies.  Well done to the 2nds.3 WMs on the trot…..incredible.

Congratulations on building a great website.  What a time to be involved with the club!!  Hopefully be at a match sometime. All the best”


7th June 2009

Amateur League AGM this Tuesday followed by presentation of trophies. AGM will decide on the ground sharing issue for 2009/10.”

Gerry McKenna

4th June 2009

“Got to say well said Uncle Ali ! Typical Liverpool fans! Cant believe no Celtic fans are taking a dig as well. In saying that Kingso is almost 50 now. He has been trying to defend them for so many years now and knows there is no hope of taking on the Super Reds.”   Big C

29th May 2009

“Why are Liverpool fans so excited about Barca winning is it because their own team have won nothing for 3 years,get a life lads and support your own team ? “

Allister Matthews

29th May 2009


It was a very special trip for all United’s army of Audrey Hepburn fans

“Carrying nothing more than some truffle oil, a tin of Calabrian tuna and a bottle of really lovely Tuscan red, the United fans said if it wasn’t for the glorious detail in the Trevi Fountain the whole trip would have been a total disaster.

Godalming based-supporter Julian Cook said: “I’ve been a die-hard fan since they started winning things, so I was terribly miffed at the end.

“But then we came across this gorgeous little trattoria just off the Via Della Vicenza that did the most exquisite Asparago di Veneto. I felt like Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday.”

But Martin Bishop, from Dorking, accused champions Barcelona of cheating. “They kept hanging on to the ball and wouldn’t give it back. It was just so blatant.”

He added: “I was really very angry at the time, but then I thought of all that wonderful Catalan architecture and found it within myself to forgive them.”

Uefa president Michel Platini hailed the game as, ‘a triumph for the sponsors, hospitality suites, television residual broadcast revenue and, to some extent, Barcelona’.

Meanwhile the Catalan club made history by fielding the first Champion’s League winner grown from a petri dish.

Barca coach Ian Guardiola, said: “When he came to us as boy, Messi was no bigger than my thumb. But bathing him daily in monkey brain growth serum grew him into the unstoppable dwarf he is today.”

Gerry McKenna

I was expecting a response from you Liverpool fans a bit sooner……and not so deep !!!!!

13th May 2009

“Congrats to everyone involved in the Walter Moore Success – 3 in a row is quite a record. Hard luck in the Clarence Cup (I know the feeling !) but well done in getting there.
Good to see old hands from my time now in management. Good luck to Artie, Frankie, Mickey and Gerry A.
Congrats also on the website – It’s great to see all the old faces
Keep me in mind for any reunions and best wishes for next season
John Hynds
(Manager Malachians FC 1996 – 1999)

Great to hear from you Beansy, welcome at the Stadium of Sand or the Chester any Sat !

8th May 2009

” Great pictures of Walter Moore Cup final allied to colourful and balanced match report. Well done.”

Gerry McKenna

8th May 2009

“Just like to say well done to all the lads on winning the Walter Moore for the third year running that has to be a record “

Big C

14th April 2009

“Knockbreda Parish were paying instead of praying , c’mon the wee Mals! ” Dermot

13th April 2009

“Sincere condolences to the family of young Andrew . I was there that day the picture was taken and could not believe it when Bill Bannon told me that young Andrew was sick. He was so full of life and spirit . I seen him a few times after that at the games and I’ll never forget that cheeky grin.”
Forever young .
McVeigh Family
Short Strand.

9th April 2009

“What’s this I am hearing about Micky Devine trying to touch for a few guys while playing a football match for the super Shams I heard through the grapevine he was putting some lovely deodorant on before a game. You smelt lovely Mick !  P.S fisher take notice you should smell your arms in your wee john west’s (vests) your arms arent that big “

16th February 2009

“Is it just me or does Turner Love Himself ?  I thought it was McCourt that was the club’s Jude Law but hands down it goes to THE TURN DOG.   I say there should be an award dedicated to Turner.   Namely   The Hollywood Award!!  Regards   Turner the TUBE

9th December

“Thanks 4 that Dermie good 2 see your finally on the “world wide web” next you’ll be getting a GPS system for the taxi, Kingso still playin?? fair play 2 the chicken legs, Simba gone but not forgotten?? have a great Christmas and new year”

Paddy O’Kane in Chicago

7th December

“To all ex- Mals who won’t be home for Christmas, especially Paddy O’Kane in Chicago, Big Jimmy Black in the Peoples Republic of Cork and Neesy Adair you’re a Legend!

Nollaig Shona Daoibh…… Thats ‘Happy Christmas’ Neesy! “

From Dermie

19th October

“Big Nixi in Little Italy. Good to see an ex-Mals assistant manager supporting our newest sponsor or did he get a job as a bouncer?”
Danny Shiels

10th October

Answers so far to the picture quiz

What was Jackie saying to Frankie in the rain at Foundry that was so funny ?

“Jesus Frankie your losing your hair fast look at that rain running down your head Dont worry I will buy you one of maury’s wigs they dont come off “……..” At least I dont use just for men”
Conor Magill 

9th October

(A message sent to all users of St Malachy’s Sports Facilities)
“Subject: St. Malachy’s College Pictch/Sports Hall Facilities Reminders
Dear User,
As an ongoing process, the committee at St. Malachy’s College regularly meet with local residents groups. Recently we met with the Lincoln Avenue
Residents Group. As a result of this meeting a few issues have been raised regarding the use of the pitch and sports hall facilities at the college. We would appreciate if you could take these issues on board and bare them in mind on each occasion that you or your group use the facilities.

Speed – The area in and around the school is a very populated area and therefore small children may be around. We would ask that speed be kept
to a minimum along :-(incoln Avenue and within the school grounds.

Noise levels – As the facilities are open to 10pm each night, we would ask that noise, both entering and leaving the College grounds, be kept
to a minimum to ensure that the residents are not disturbed unnecessarily.

Litter – Please ensure that if you/group have any litter, that it is disposed of appropriately in the bins provided around the site. Please do not use the street.

Although the facilities are in place for the enjoyment of the users, the residents will contact the PSNI with details of any person(s) leaving St. Malachy’s College who do not adhere to the above. I would also like to take this opportunity to remind users of a few rules that apply to the use of the facilities.
1. The pitch supervisors must be respected at all times. Any user found to be verbally abusing the supervisors, may be putting their slot at risk.
2. All users must not be on site any sooner than 15 minutes before their slot commences. This is to help with traffic congestion and health and safety.
3. All users are asked that they respect other users’ property. Any deliberate events will result in the loss of your slot.(For example deliberately kicking a football into the car park – This is quite simplistic but it has happened on a few occasions).
4. All users are reminded that they and/or your group should remain outside the gates of the facility (in case of the pitch) or outside the door (in case of sports hall) until the time your slot commences.

These rules were outlined in the ‘conditions of use’ document which you signed upon application for use of the facility and this email is merely a reminder of that information. Any comments on the facilities, positive or negative should be directed to me, Barry McNicholl  bmcnicholl781@stmalachys.belfast.ni.sch.uk’bmcnicholl781@stmalachys.belfast.ni.sch.uk.
Thank you for your time and I hope to be in touch soon.
Barry McNicholl
Facilities Coordinator

6th October

” Come on the Mals ! Good luck from Cork City to your club. Tell Harry Magee, that I hope Celtic stuff Man U but Liverpool will win Champions League. Well done on the site & good luck with the rest of your season.
Slan a chairde,
Colum Radford.”

25th September

“Hello, Mr. Shiels:   Over here in BC, Canada I have just chanced upon your club website’s page about the Chimkhola Village fundraiser.   It’s an odd coincidence because my local Rotary club on Vancouver Island, BC has only just started working on a joint project with another small Rotary club in Pokhara, Nepal to raise some funds for the Chimkola Village School! We are assessing the needs – Rotary won’t fund any building construction, but most other things we can cover.   Anyway, I will be there in spirit on Oct 12 as you all hike up the Cave Hill – back in the Sixties I went to school in Belfast, and before that I grew up partly in the village of Ballykelly, Co. Derry, N. Ireland. I am now a lawyer on Vancouver Island.   We are working with the Nepal Education Fund (NEF), a small charity based here, whose founder (Susan Marshall) travels to Nepal on a regular basis. She will be actually there in later October for a couple of weeks, partly in Chimkola. She says she has heard out there of an Irishman who married a local lady in the Chimkola area. I presume that would be Ian Brown!   Susan’s Nepal blog is at http://www.nepaleducationfund.blogspot.com/
Joe Simpson, Canada

8th September

“That looks like Fisher McVeigh in the photo, he had a caravan on our site in Minerstown, he used to change his team every year. he hasnt got any bigger.”
Marty Walsh- retired Mals player.
Spot on Marty, welcome at the Stadium of Sand any Saturday

8th September

” Has to be Fisher! Cant believe it. No self respecting Liverpool man would wear the kit of the present European and English champions, but maybe he is a closet Man Utd fan!”
Al Matthews

5th September

“With all this rain and bad luck to players (eamon and bucko) here’s something to cheer all the Mals up. x marks the spot of a real die hard liverpool fan,attired in a man utd kit at the utd school of excellence. Walk on …. walk on !   See if anyone can guess who it is .”
Current first team player , photo sent in by his da !!!!

5th September

“Could you pass these on to Harry Magee – I’ll know he will be jealous!! Thanks and good luck for the season ahead. Best regards”
Joe McBride

10th August 2008

“Congratulations to Vinty McGovern on having the interior of his home fixed and up graded by a qualified painting and taxi contractor. I hear the contractor before him has a speciality in kerbs and defacing walls and buses ! Good luck 4 the forth coming season ”
Paddy O’Kane Chicago

7th April 2008
“Just a word from myself, to say thanks for remarking on our forum about the match report. I try to be as honest as I can when doing them and I must say the report on your site is just as fair, albeit ,a bit more indepth! Good luck in your 2 finals from all at Rathfern Rangers! ”
Ryan McCartney Committee member

29th March 2008
“That King can ramble on seriously [i wonder where he gets it from? take your pick] he mentioned Ennis well thats my kind of town,seeing as I’m now married to a Clare woman. I’m in Kingso, it really is the best ! You could find yourself with a whale or get shaved up in one of the rooms by a Kerry bird as Goodall looks on, no sleep allowed ! Tiocfy Paddy in Chicago. P.S. Good luck in the Junior Shield final [not another medal for Simba man !] ” Paddy O’Kane Chicago

21st January 2008

“A/noon Kevin, Very impressed with your website. Keep up the good work!”
Seamus Heath Grassroots Development Officer

30th November 2007

Hi lads, I have just been browsing through the Mals website, very impressive. Looking at the picture from May 1996 from the Star Soccer, I am on the back row, far right – Neeson Adair. What a team! – Big Duff, Jim, Simba, Geordie, Ciaran, Tucker, Kingso, Artie, McCrystal, Briarso (is that how you spell his nickname?!!) wee Patrick, Colm. WWW – did he ever get his eyes tested, is he still doing goals?! Gerry Adams!! I enjoyed going home after a match and telling my mates that the goal I scored that day was set up by Gerry Adams!! How could I forget Dermot McCoy what a gangster!!!!! And a good team management that year, I really enjoyed working with Gerry Goodall and Jim Robinson. Winners of the League and making it to the 1st round proper of the Irish Cup. One of my best memories was going in for a 50 -50 tackle and bursting the ball!!! THE best team I ever played for and the most hospitable bunch I ever socialised with! Best wishes to the new management team, regards to all the committee who made me feel very welcome and of course best wishes and more success to the Mals. Neeson Adair – no longer playing, it is any wonder as I am married with 5 kids!!

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