MEMBERS and Friends of First Royal Cookstown Northern Ireland Supporters gathered on Saturday night in the Royal Hotel to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the club.
The club was founded back in 1981 to promote support for the national team. Over the years members have experienced the highs of reaching the quarter finals of the 1982 world cup, qualifying for Mexico 86, as well as the iconic victories over England and Spain at Windsor Park in recent years.
On the evening, special guests included IFA Chief Executive Patrick Nelson, former goalkeeper Tommy Wright, local player Stuart Dallas, Gary McAllister and Derek McKinley, who has recently retired from his role as team attendant after 30 years. The BBC’s Joel Taggart kindly oversaw the evening’s proceedings, which also included an entertaining question and answer session with the guests. There was also a colourful display of club memorabilia from the last 30 years, with a special appearance by the British Championship trophy.
During the evening, the Club person of the year award for 2011 was presented to the very deserving Club Treasurer Stephanie Campbell in recognition of all her hard work behind the scenes.
The evening concluded with music by Nightshift, with all proceeds from the evening going to the charity Help for Heroes.
The club would like to thank all those who attended the dinner, and donated raffle prizes. Thanks are also extended to the organising committee for all their hard work in making the evening such a success.