Bell confirms decision to remain as Rectory boss

Tony Bell.
Tony Bell.

Tony Bell has confirmed his commitment to Rectory Rangers despite the club missing out on Intermediate football.

Bell is considered one of the most respected managers in Mid-Ulster football thanks to past progress with Tandragee Rovers, Richhill and Broomhill.

He joined Rectory last season with a view to leading the team as the club made the move out of Division Two and into Intermediate League Section B.

However, Rectory’s application for Intermediate status was recently turned down by Mid-Ulster officials for failure to meet the criteria.

This placed Bell’s future with the Brownstown Park outfit into doubt but the former Irish League player has confirmed his decision to remain at Rectory for another season.

“I have told Rectory I will be staying on for another year as we try to get Intermediate status,” said Bell. “We had been hoping for Intermediate football this coming season but now everyone must move on.

“I still feel we can move forward and have lost a few players but also made signings.

“Philip McCoy and Gareth Rees will be a loss each in terms of a goalkeeper and up front so we have key positions we must address, either by looking inside or outside the club.

“People like Dylan Byrne and Kyle McMullan have also moved on but Gareth Smyth is back available and David Smith has been working hard on his fitness.

“Scott Richardson and Willie Duke have confirmed they will be staying on, Alex Henry is back playing and Wayne McClure has also joined.”


St Mary’s will go into the season with Conor Hagan as manager.

Hagan has Irish League playing experience with clubs such as Linfield, Portadown and Glenavon.

He spent last season at Lurgan Celtic but has moved into management with St Mary’s.


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