Irish League champions Cliftonville will not be competing in this year’s under 19 Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup.
Michael Hutton, Chairman of Foyle Cup committee, in expressing his shock at this decision, expressed the hope that perhaps another Irish League team will take up the position.
Mr Hutton commented, “ To be told at this late stage, 6 days before the event, that Irish League Champions Cliftonville, will not be competing in this year’s event, is very disappointing indeed. The reason given for the team’s withdrawal I have been told, is that they are struggling to get a squad together. I find this amazing as I would have thought that the development of under 19 age players, ready to step into the Senior team, would be a vital lifeline to the club. I do sincerely hope that another team will see the benefit of this tournament in terms of pre-season development and get in touch with us to fill this position. Teams already entered in the tournament at U19 include Derry City FC, Ballymena Utd FC, Institute FC, Finn Harps FC, Fanad United FC, Letterkenny Rovers FC, Mountjoy Untd FC, Altrincham FC and Partick Thistle FC"
Anyone interested should ring Michael Hutton 02871359734