Larne set to mark 125 years as a club

David Jeffrey.
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Former Linfield boss David Jeffrey will be Chief Guest as Larne Football Club hosts its sold-out 125th Anniversary Dinner this weekend, writes John Gillespie.

Jeffrey, who made 22 appearances for the Inver Park outfit in the 1995-96 season and was assistant-manager under Shea Hamill, says he is looking forward to what promises to be a memorable night for all connected to the club.

Jeffrey became one of the greatest-ever Irish League managers with the Blues but said he owes a huge debt of gratitude to the Inver Park outfit for giving him his first taste of what football management is all about.

“I will forever be grateful to Larne Football Club and to the people and supporters of Larne for that opportunity. They played a very significant part in my own development as a manager,” he told the Times.

Saturday night’s event at Larne Masonic Centre is set to be hosted by broadcaster Jackie Fullerton, while Paul Malone, the man who guided Larne to the Ulster Cup title in 1987, will also be in attendance.

Other former players who will be there on the night include: Bryan McLoughlin, Sandy Shields, John McKinstry, Ian Bustard, Mark Dickson and Harry Kernohan.

In this week’s Times: Don’t miss our interview with Jeffrey on his formative years as part of Larne’s management team in the mid-1990s.