McCann steps down at annual meeting after seven years as Loughgall chairman

John McCann.
John McCann.

John McCann has stepped down as Loughgall chairman after seven years in the Lakeview Park role.

Confirmation arrived at the club’s annual general meeting last week - with Marcus Thompson confirmed as McCann’s successor.

The newly-elected committee is as follows: Noel Willis (president); Marcus Thompson (chairman); Richard Creaney (vice-chairman); Aaron Willis (football secretary); Mark Pierson (admin secretary); Gary Henderson (treasurer); Leslie Willis (membership secretary); Neil Anderson, James Johnston, Annabelle Griffiths, Sam Nicholson, Stuart Crozier, Bryan Walker, John McCann (committee).

Senior pre-season friendly dates look set to kick off on Saturday, July 16 when former manager Niall Currie will return to Lakeview Park with top-flight Ards from 3 o’clock.

The game against Portadown at Lakeview Park has been set for Tuesday, July 19 from 7.45 followed on Saturday, July 23 with the traditional visit by Dungannon Swifts to Loughgall in the Ivan Marshall Memorial Cup at 3 o’clock.

Ballymena United will visit Loughgall on Tuesday, July 26 - with kick-off at 7.45.

The closing friendly will feature a meeting with Mid-Ulster Football League-based Hanover on Tuesday, August 2 from 7.45 at Lakeview Park.

Loughgall have confirmed entry into the inaugural under 20s’ Championship Development League.

The Villagers will join Annagh United within the South section alongside Armagh City, Banbridge Town, Lisburn Distillery, Lurgan Celtic, Newry City AFC, Warrenpoint Town.

The North section will feature Bangor, Ballyclare Comrades, Donegal Celtic, Dundela, H&W Welders, Institute, Knockbreda,

Larne, Moyola Park, Newington, PSNI.

Play is scheduled to start on Saturday, August 20 from 12 o’clock.

Loughgall officials would welcome interest from players born across 1997, 1998 and 1999 for the debut season within the Northern Ireland Football League’s under 20s’ competition.

For further information contact the club via social media’s Twitter and Facebook sites or manager Alex Clifford on 07871001037.

Clifford, a former manager of the Loughgall Lakers women’s football team, will return to Lakeview Park following three seasons as part of Armagh City’s coaching panel.

“I am looking forward to a new challenge with Loughgall with the new under 20s’ league,” said Clifford. “With the new training facilities in the form of a 3G in the pipeline, this is a great opportunity for us to capitalise on the great work already taking place within the youth section to bring young players into the first team.”