MUFA Christmas Dinner & Awards 2018

The Mid Ulster Football Association recently held its annual Christmas Dinner in the Gordon Lee Suite at Stangmore Park, Dungannon, with a variety of members in attendance representing all strands and sections of local football here in Mid Ulster.
After a beautiful meal kindly hosted by Dungannon Swifts FC, the event highlight was the presentation of the Ivan Marshall Merit Award by MUFA Chairman Sean O’Neill to this year’s deserving winner, Mr Isaac Gilkinson from the Mid-Ulster Juvenile League.
Isaac is well known throughout all of the football family in Mid Ulster, and indeed within Northern Ireland as a whole. He has served on numerous football committees and panels over the past 50-plus years, dedicating his energies and expertise for many decades to the local game. He was also presented with his MUFA Honorary Life Member award at the Dinner, and indeed he already is an Honorary Life Member of the Irish FA. He is an ex-MUFL and MUFA Chairman, and is currently Chairman of the MU Juvenile League and has been a major driving force behind its success to date. Isaac was delighted to receive the trophy, presented in memory of his good friend, the late great Ivan Marshall.
The MUFA also recognised the outstanding contribution of Mr Malcolm Moffatt, a fellow long-standing MURA servant and stalwart of the local game. Malcolm is an ex-FIFA referee and assessor. His remarkable career spanned well over 56 years, an exceptional record by any measure, and Mal too was delighted with his award.
A prize raffle was also then organised by MUFA Treasurer Colin McCullough and Chairman Sean O’Neill, with a grand total of £300 being raised on the evening. Well done to all for participating and congratulations to all prize winners!
This money will be forwarded to the Chairman’s chosen charity, the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust, Newry, which as many will sadly know is another very worthy cause indeed, one who rely upon the kind generosity of the general public for voluntary contributions, to help and assist those poor families in Northern Ireland and indeed south of the border tragically affected by a death overseas.
The Chairman rounded off the evening by wishing everyone associated with Mid Ulster football a very happy Christmas and a healthy and peaceful New Year.