‘King’ Kenny visits Tobermore ahead of friendly

Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels (centre) pictured with some of Tobermore Unite's Mini Soccer players and coaches.
Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels (centre) pictured with some of Tobermore Unite's Mini Soccer players and coaches.

THE whole football fraternity in South Derry is buzzing since news broke that Kilmarnock FC boss Kenny Shiels was bringing a side over to the province on Saturday July 7th to play in one pre season friendly game against his old club, Tobermore United.

A club spokesman said, “King” Kenny is well thought off in these parts, ever since he was player manager here, and we are all as proud as he is of the progress he has made through the professional game in England and Scotland.

His rise through the ranks as a coach and manager has been phenomenal, capped by that infamous Scottish League Cup victory over Celtic last season.

Tobermore boss Oliver McAuley, who played for Kenny during his spells as manager of Carrick Rangers and Coleraine, is looking forward to pitting his wits against his old boss and agrees that it’s a great honor, not only for Tobermore but also for the wider football public, that Kenny could find the time is his busy schedule to come over and play us in a pre-season friendly.

The game kicks off at 3.00 and the advice is to get there early as a large crowd is expected to welcome the Maghera man home.

Tobermore have two other friendly home games organized, Magherafelt Sky Blues on Sat July 14th with a 2.00 kick off and Coleraine FC on Saturday July 21st with a 3.00 kick off.

Pre Season Friendly Games

Saturday July 7th V Kilmarnock FC. Fortwilliam Park KO 3.00

Saturday July 14th V Magherafelt Sky Blues. Fortwilliam Park KO 2.00

Saturday July 21st V Coleraine FC. Fortwilliam Park KO 3.00

Saturday July 28th V Bushmills FC. Away KO 2.00

Saturday August 4th V Ballymoney United FC. Away KO 2.00

Please note that due to the 12th of July celebrations being held in the village there will be no training that Thursday evening but there will be tea & sandwiches, burgers, soft drinks, toilets and car park available at the club on the 12th morning.

For more information visit www.tobermoreunitedfc.co.uk

Tobermore Mini Soccer Centre is taking a short summer break and there will be no sessions on Saturday July 14th and Saturday July 24th. Sessions resume on Saturday July 28th in Maghera Recreation Centre, from 10.00 am until 11.00. Players as usual should come along kitted out ready to play with shin guards and trainers, or boots, weather permitting.

The fun sessions are supervised by IFA accredited coaches and are open to all boys and girls of primary school age.

Kenny Shiels, boss of Scottish Premier League side Kilmarnock FC, was a surprise visitor at our Mini Soccer Session last Saturday.

He joined in the fun with the players and he told them all to be on time for next Saturday’s game between Tobermore and Kilmarnock where they are playing at half time.

For more information visit www.facebook.com/tobermoreunitedminisoccer