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Lisburn Distillery TV Episode Twelve - 230217
Not very often that the Lisburn Distillery board room is this noisy after after a game! Thanks to the Craig Bellamy Foundation (Sierra Leone) for all the volume after Monday night's game between themselves and Lisburn Distillery Academy XI
The first team squad of 2014/15 met up for a bit of a kick about last night aimed at providing our new lads with the chance to meet and play a bit of footie with one another in a non pressure environment. Full training commences for the first team in Mid June with initial pre-season fixtures to be announced shortly

Lisburn Distillery return to action this afternoon with a home game against high flying Limavady United.

The game at New Grosvenor (Lambeg, Lisburn) will kick off at 3:00 Pm with normal admission prices of £7 adults, £4 concessions and Under 16's free in place. Season tickets are applicable for this game.

The Phoenix Coffee Shop and the social club at New Grosvenor will both be open during the game for supporters to avail of.


Matchball sponsor for the game is Lucy Peters, thanks for your support Lucy!

Score updates will be available on the clubs Twitter account from 3:00 Pm #monthewhites

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Episode 12 of Lisburn Distillery TV features an interview with Whites Gold Cup winner Stephen Small, Match highlights from our recent defeat by Moyola Park along with a post match interview with the normally shy Aaron Harris, a look back to our Managers lunch, a discussion on the Premier Intermediate league, the latest update on the Colin v Lydia Forecast challenge and a chance to own your own replica Lisburn Distillery Intertoto Cup shirt.


It's been a while, but a second successive league defeat left Whites' fans deflated as the table once more tightened up for all those involved. An early goal didn't help, but the team really didn't look like they could do enough to grab a point and that was the case.

But equally, the team is in fifth place because of the performances and points to date and although somewhat disappointed like everyone else Mac, as usual, was open and fair in his assessment afterwards.

“ you can accept the result when you were beaten by the better team on the day and there is no doubt about it, Moyola was the better team on the day but it is the manner of the defeat that is worrying” said Mac.

“George (O'Boyle) and I obviously will always take responsibility; I spoke on Saturday after the match about the players taking responsibility for their actions because collectively as a team and as a squad the whole lot was very poor.

And without exaggerating it is probably the worst performance of the season in my eyes. I wasn't expecting it and it was a bit of a kick in the teeth, I was expecting to win against Sport and Leisure and we didn't; we asked for a response and got nothing. The early goal had a part to play, a defensive mix-up and whether it was offside or wasn't, it knocked the stuffing out of us. We played like a team that was very nervous, disjointed and had a lack of ideas. Our passing was poor, the whole game play was poor. It was very disappointing and I sympathise with anyone who had to watch it. It's not what we were expecting and not what we are going to accept.

Interview and photograph copyright David Hunter and cannot be used copied or reproduced in whole or part without permission.

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Managers Lunch success

Lisburn Distillery FC are delighted to confirm that Saturday’s Managers lunch was another successful event at the club.

A packed room was able to hear from current managements team Colin McIlwaine and George O’Boyle on their verdict on the season so far whilst they were also able to enjoy the memories of a popular Distillery Player from the past in Stephen Small.


The club would like to thank Ashley Wragg for organising the event and also Ged and Brenda Irwin for laying on a wonderful Ulster fry for all those attending on the day.

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Supporters and friends of Lisburn Distillery are reminded that there is now only limited time remaining to purchase your shares in the club.

With 2017 underway, ‘The Whites’ are calling on all friends of the famous club to buy shares and own a part of Lisburn Distillery FC. Widely acknowledged as a club with a rich history, the club are looking to the future and aspire to return to senior football, develop it’s ground and have closer links in the local community.

The clubs re...vival on & off the pitch so far this season has been the result of a lot of hard work shared amongst the club’s volunteers behind the scenes, whilst the new management team of Colin McIlwaine & George O’Boyle have seen the team show signs of real progress in the league and cup competitions. There is a genuine feeling of determination to see the club return to it’s former glories and we appreciate that many supporters and those who have the club at heart, may not be able to attend matches regularly. We would encourage everyone connected with the club to contribute to the share issue as we look to rebuild and move the club forward.

The club have not issued shares for several years but felt the time was right to extend and open up the clubs ownership. Anyone buying shares will become a joint owner of LDFC, owning their very own stake in the club. The monies raised will be reinvested into the clubs finances. We will also be updating our current shareholders register and writing out to all current shareholders giving them the option to purchase additional shares at this time. Shares are available at a nominal price of £5 each (minimum purchase of five per person) and can be paid in cash, bank/online transfer, or cheque made out to ‘Lisburn Distillery FC’

All shareholders will be issued with an individual and personalised share certificate during the month of February. For more information please contact Ashley Wragg at for an application form or if you wish to read more with a view to making an online purchase go to

For more information for purchases of £50 or more go to for larger bulk purchases.

Thanks to everyone for your support! Come on you Whites!

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Lydia Campbell's Match report and David Hunter's picture gallery from our recent game v Moyola Park are now online at the club website @

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Bit of a milestone for our Facebook page today as we have passed 1900 likes 👍 Thanks to everyone who likes the page already now why not share the page and let's get up to the magic 2000 likes asap!

A lack lustre performance by the Whites today saw them slump 0-2 to Moyola Park this afternoon - full report and picture gallery to follow

Lisburn Distillery would like to thank our sponsors for tomorrow's game v Moyola Park.

The club would like to extend its' thanks to the team behind the clubs in-house TV channel - Lisburn Distillery TV who are sponsoring the match itself whilst the Matchball sponsor this weekend is Trevor Goodall.

Lisburn Distillery TV has proved to be an invaluable resource for promoting the club since its launch whilst Trevor has a long affinity with the Whites, going back to the days when ...they ground-shared at Seaview with his beloved Crusaders, and beyond.

We are delighted for this support once again and thank both Lisburn Distillery TV and Trevor sincerely for their sponsorship and support for the club.

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It's a big day at the club tomorrow and it all starts at 1:00 with the latest in our popular Manager's lunches. The previous events so far this season have been well received largely thanks to the hard work of Ged & Brenda Irwin, who are again catering for supporters with a great Ulster Fry on the menu for everyone attending.

In addition to catching up with Colin McIlwaine & George O'Boyle about the season so far, we are delighted to announce former Whites midfielder Stephen ...Small as our special guest. Stephen helped lift the Gold Cup with Distillery before going on to win an Irish League winners medal at Cliftonville during the 90s. Stephen also formerly managed Carrick Rangers to promotion to the Premier League and Donegal Celtic. We'll also be chatting about his current role at Belfast Met's Football Academy and as a guest pundit on BBC Radio Ulster. Stephens' career in sport has taken him quite literally to Alabama and all the way back! A popular player and coach, we extend our thanks to Stephen for joining us.

Tickets for the event are £10 for adults and £5 for Under 16s and are available from Ged Irwin from Saturday (4th Feb) onwards. If you intend to come along, please book your place ASAP to allow us to make catering arrangements. The event starts at 1.00pm sharp in the Phoenix Coffee Shop and everyone is welcome

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Lisburn Distillery TV Episode Eleven features an interview with Whites legend and Gold Cup winner Phil Mitchell, a look back at our recent defeat by Sport & Leisure Swifts along with a post match inspirational interview with skipper Steven Curley, a look ahead to our forthcoming Mangers lunch with special guest Stephen Small and the latest update on the Premier Intermediate league and the Colin v Lydia Forecast challenge.


“It was a bad, bad day in the office...” - The Thoughts of Mac (Lisburn Distillery manager Colin McIlwaine)

The lead-in above says it all – it's a huge ask to win any game after conceding three soft goals and whilst the Whites came so close after pulling two goals back it didn't happen.

The disappointment in the dressing room and amongst the fans was palpable and it was Mac who emphasised the outcome when he said;


“ I am totally disappointed; I think it is the first time since the turn of the year that we are standing here gutted. To take nothing out of that game is inexcusable - you cannot give a team three goals and that is what we did, we gave them three goals. Yes we showed a bit of character by getting back into it, their discipline let them down a bit, we could have very easily nicked a point at the end but there was just so much wrong with the day and it's the first time collectively that you could see the same atmosphere in the changing room and from the management team. We all knew that it was a bad, bad day in the office.

George (O'Boyle) and I spoke earlier in the week, we knew this was gong to be a tricky one. We knew from our game up there that they would be a tough nut to crack and knew that the football might go out the window a bit today but in saying that whilst they had the wind in the first-half if we could hold that to 0-0 I think we go on and win the game in the second-half.

But we went 2-0 down and everybody was looking for excuses. Then I think we scored a perfectly good goal to make it 2-1 but it didn't count (ruled out for offside) and we concede another howler which puts us three goals behind. We get a penalty and miss it, what more can go wrong? We got one back , then another, they had another man sent off and in the last seven or eight minutes we bombarded them. Balls were ricocheting everywhere and I think their keeper made a world class save right at the end – a wonderful save. If we had got a point I think I would be standing here licking my wounds but thinking, at least we got something out of the game but to come away with nothing is a real setback for us – we will regroup again for next week, we know, and I keep saying it every week that our realistic target is to finish in the top six but that is probably three massive points down the drain today.”

Moyola Park are the visitors to New Grosvenor this Saturday, kick-off is 3 pm.

Interview and photograph copyright David Hunter and cannot be used copied or reproduced in whole or part without permission.

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