Celebration time as Hanover look back on 50 years of memories

Warren Feeney (third left), the current Linfield manager and former Northern Ireland international, was a special guest at Hanover's 50th anniversary celebration in The Seagoe Hotel. Also included are, from left, James Reid, Steven Hyndes, Bill Richardson, Dean Crowe, Dean Wilson.INPT22-317
Warren Feeney (third left), the current Linfield manager and former Northern Ireland international, was a special guest at Hanover's 50th anniversary celebration in The Seagoe Hotel. Also included are, from left, James Reid, Steven Hyndes, Bill Richardson, Dean Crowe, Dean Wilson.INPT22-317
  • Striker in the spotlight for 51 goals
  • Founder member a special guest
  • Linfield manager confirms friendly

Hanover’s status as one of the area’s leading Mid-Ulster Football League clubs was celebrated on Saturday night when 200 guests met in The Seagoe Hotel.

Players, management and officials past and present reflected on five decades of football under the Hanover name.

Special guests included Kenny Craig - one of the club’s five founder members - and former Northern Ireland international Warren Feeney.

Feeney, the current Linfield manager, confirmed plans to return to Portadown during the summer with his Danske Bank Premiership players for a pre-season friendly with Hanover.

Justin Bradley dominated the end-of-season awards following a campaign that ended with promotion out of Mid-Ulster Intermediate League Section B back into top-flight play under Bill Richardson and his management team.

Richardson used the anniversary celebration to confirm his retirement from the position of manager at the Brownstown Park outfit. Steven Hyndes and Dean Crowe - who served as assistants to Richardson - will now share first-team management duties, with Glenn McCullough on board as a coach for next season.

Bradley’s return of 51 goals in 36 appearances - including 11 hat-tricks - led to the presentation of firsts’ Leading Goalscorer, Players’ Player of the Year, Player of the Year and Supporters’ Player of the Year honours.

Joel Armstrong was named the Young Player of the Year winner and the Special Thanks prize was presented to Dean Wilson, with Andrew Osbourne selected to lift the Clubman of the Year honour.

Winners of the reserves’ prizes were Adam Stevenson (Leading Goalscorer) and Jamie Reid (Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year).

Special presentations were made to founder member Kenny Craig and outgoing manager Bill Richardson. Alan Gracey, a former Irish League player with 33 years as part of the Hanover family, was presented with The Garfield Vennard Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to club affairs.

Visit www.portadowntimes.co.uk for a video package celebrating the club’s 50th anniversary.

Pics by Phil Ray.