Two Mid-Ulster Football League derby rivals have opted to amalgamate - with Richhill and Broomhill forming one joint body under the aim of strengthening football in the village.
“The respective committees of Broomhill and Richhill recently held discussions on the future of football within Richhill village and the surrounding area,” confirmed a joint statement. “Further consultation was also held with other relevant stakeholders.
“As a result of this communication, an agreement has been reached to amalgamate Broomhill and Richhill to form Richhill Amalgamated Football Club (Richhill AFC) with immediate effect.
“Richhill AFC will consist of three senior teams that will compete in the Mid-Ulster Football League and Lonsdale League respectively.
“Once the club has become established, key priorities will include the creation of a youth system and the enhancement of the current playing and training facilities at Richhill Recreation Centre.
“A newly-formed Richhill AFC committee has been established to oversee the finer details of the amalgamation while also ensuring the smooth day-to-day running of the club.
“The committee is delighted that Neil Rowntree has committed to overseeing the playing side of the club as first-team manager with preparations already underway for the eagerly-awaited 2016/17 season.
“Both Broomhill and Richhill are extremely proud of their history and take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in the respective clubs over the years. “However, the formation of Richhill AFC provides a new opportunity for the development of football and, therefore, the committee appeals to local players, football fans and businesses to demonstrate their support to their local village team.
“One village, one club.”