New Contracts Announced

Portadown Football Club is delighted to announce a number of contract extensions for three of the clubs promising young players;

  1. Luke Wilson has signed a new 3 and a half year contract and has been officially named as club captain by manager Matthew Tipton.

  2. Ryan Carmichael has signed a new 3 and a half year contract which will tie him to the club to 2022. 

  3. Adam Salley has signed a new 2 and a half year contract which will tie him to the club to 2021. 

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Jonny Flynn Announces His Retirement

Portadown Football Club can confirm that Jonny Flynn has decided he is retiring with immediate effect. Matthew Tipton has said “He came to me a few weeks ago to say it was with regret that he felt his body wasn’t able to do what he knew he should be doing for us. I know that this couldn’t have been an easy decision for Jonny to make, especially as he is only 29, but it shows the mark of the man that he’s made this call instead of just sitting around on his money. I would like to place on record my thanks to Jonny for everything he has done on & off the field so far this season & I wish him every success & happiness in his life now after football.”

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Portadown FC Youth Become A Middlesbrough FC Club Partner

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Portadown FC Youth become a Middlesbrough FC Club Partner

Portadown FC Youth are delighted to announce a partnership with Middlesbrough FC, which sees them become an official Club Partner of Middlesbrough FC, approved by the English FA.

Currently challenging for promotion from the English Championship, Middlesbrough FC Academy is regarded as one of the best in England for producing players and includes Alberto Balde who transferred from Portadown this summer. Recent success for the academy has included a number of players in the England U17 team who won the World Cup in 2017 and Nathan Wood-Gordon who became the first 2002 born player to play in English professional football last month.

The Middlesbrough FC Academy, established in 1998, has provided a pathway for 98 players into first team football at Middlesbrough, and 18 have gone onto represent their country. These stats prove why PFCY are extremely excited about our partnership, Middlesbrough share exactly the same philosophy as ourselves on developing and giving young players the opportunities in football at an early stage. We now can provide a pathway not just into senior Irish league football but clear path into English football, at a club who have the same football principles we share.

Youth chairman Gary McCullough said, ‘‘We have developed appositive relationship withMiddlesbrough FC over the last couple of years which has seen coaches and players benefit from learning and development. Following the recent transfer of Alberto this relationship has been further cemented by the agreement for Portadown FC Youth to become a Club Partner of Middlesbrough FC. This will allow continued learning anddevelopment for our players, coaches and from an overall club perspective. It’s hard inNorthern Ireland with the resources and time available to have players ready to step up into senior football here or even more so across to England. We feel with the guidance and professional experience that Middlesbrough can offer us and our players, we really can push the club and our players onto another level and help to keep us as one of Northern Ireland’s most progressive youth academies.’’

Senior Chairman Ronnie Stinson said, ‘’We would like to thank Middlesbrough FC alongwith our own youth committee for their hard work and commitment in bringing this partnership from a vision into reality. We look forward to working with Middlesbrough FC, building and developing the partnership further in the years ahead for continuedsuccess.’’

Martin Carter, Head of Academy Recruitment, Middlesbrough FC said ‘’In 1998, since the academy system commenced, our chairman Steve Gibson's vision was to give opportunities to the players of Teesside and surrounding areas opportunities to become professional footballers, obviously our recruitment has expanded, with our current Cat 1 status. We feel its imperative we compete nationally and internationally, having spent time with the staff of Portadown Youth, you get a real sense of similarities in the way we deliver our programme to our players. I think we all agree it is about creating an environment for talent to flourish.’’

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For further details or for copies of photographs taken at the launch night please contact Noel Cowan, Secretary, Portadown FC Youth on 07801 631970.

Andy Hunter Added To Coaching Team

Portadown FC can confirm that former Ports defender Andy Hunter has joined the clubs coaching staff.

Matthew Tipton said “After the news that Chris Wright has left us its my great pleasure to announce that Andy Hunter is joining the back room team. Andy is someone I’ve known for many years and I fully trust him as a person firstly which is massively important to me. Andy also has tremendous football knowledge and is a very good coach who, as he was as a player, is driven by success. Both David & myself worked as part of Andy’s backroom team with the County Antrim Milk Cup squad which won the competition 3 years ago. During that period I said that if I got a job as manager I would definitely want Andy working with me, and I’ve finally managed to get him in which has delighted me no end. I’m sure Andy’s presence on the training pitch and touchline will help us improve even further in our target of reaching where we want to get to.”

Chris Wright Moves to Dungannon Swifts

Portadown FC can confirm that Chris Wright has left his position as first team coach to take up the Assistant Manager role at Dungannon Swifts.

Matthew Tipton said “It’s with great sadness that we see Chris leaving us at first team level. Chris has been alongside myself since I stepped into management, so it will be strange to not have him on the training pitch going forward. However, the opportunity to move into an assistant manager role doesn’t come along too often in football and as I told Chris football is a game where you have to take opportunities to further your career when they arise. He goes with my blessings and in the knowledge that he will always be made welcome at Shamrock Park as first and foremost he is a Portadown fan.”