FIFA unanimously backs plans for a 48 team World Cup from 2026 onwards

The FIFA Council has rubber-stamped plans to expand the World Cup to 48 teams from 2026 onwards.

Crystal Park, home of Banbridge Town FC.

Town sign Linfield Rangers player

Banbridge Town boss Stuart King has secured the signature of Neil Dillon from Linfield.

Stephen Teggart was on form in Kilkeel last weekend.

Teggart double helps Gers continue fine form

Banbridge Rangers extended their unbeaten run into a tenth week with a superb 3-0 victory away to Valley Rangers in Kilkeel on Saturday.

Kevin Anderson opened the scores for Banbridge Town in spectacular fashion. INBL1651-205PB

Kevin’s class caps a comeback for ten man Town

In front of their biggest crowd of the season, ten man Banbridge Town came back from 1-0 down to claim a 2-1 win over Newry City.

Stuart King has been impressed with the cameo performances of one young star. INBL1645-209PB

FOOTBALL: King could ring the changes for derby

Banbridge Town manager Stuart King could well ring the changes for the big derby on Saturday.

Pictured left to right are Irish FA Chief Executive, Patrick Nelson; Ulster University Executive Dean, Professor Carol Curran; Ulster University Chancellor, Dr James Nesbitt; and Irish FA Chairman, Gerry Mallon at the National Football Stadium, Windsor Park.

IRISH FOOTBALL: Ulster University and Irish FA link-up

Ulster University and the Irish Football Association (IFA) have announced plans to create the island of Ireland’s first ever football coaching degree, which will inspire and shape the next generation of leaders within the multi-billion pound football industry.

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Glentorans Calum Birney tangles with Linfield's Sammy Clingan as he gets sent off during todays game at the Oval in Belfast.
Photo Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker Press

Glentoran to host Linfield in Irish Cup

The fifth round tie of the Tennent’s Irish Cup has thrown up a mouthwatering ‘Big Two’ clash.

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Historic child sex abuse allegations have been linked to NI football clubs

PSNI have confirmed they are looking at allegations of child sex abuse linked to football clubs in Northern Ireland.

Mark Hutchinson (right) presents Mervyn Groves with a matchball sponsorship on behalf of Tom Kelly's Bar for Rathfriland Rangers' game against Ards Rangers.

Graham strikes as Rathfriland held in top of the table clash

Nothing could separate title challengers Rathfriland Rangers and Ards Rangers in their top-of-the-table 1-1 draw at Iveagh Park.

Joel Reid in action for the Academy during their semi-final victory over Sullivan, Pic: Rowland White / Presseye

HOCKEY: Academy boys must stay strong in McCullough decider

Banbridge Academy will have to stick to their guns if they’re going to bring the McCullough Cup back to the Lurgan Road this week.

Kevin Anderson equalised for Town.

FOOTBALL: Town sink Limavady to go second

For the second time this season Banbridge Town wreaked revenge upon a team that had dumped them out of a Cup competition.

Brazil's Chapecoense players pose for pictures during their 2016 Copa Sudamericana semifinal second leg football match against Argentina's San Lorenzo held at Arena Conda stadium, in Chapeco, Brazil, on November 23, 2016.

I.F.A. to observe minute’s silence in memory of Chapecoense

The Irish Football Association (I.F.A.) will take part in a worldwide minute’s silence for the members of a Brazilian football team who died when the plane they were travelling in crashed earlier this week.

Michael McGovern and Josh Magennis

WATCH: FaceTime surprise for Northern Ireland fans

Football stars from Northern Ireland picked up their phones to give dedicated members of the green and white army a special treat.

Jonny Kernaghan netted twice for Moneyslane on Saturday. INBL1633-207PB

FOOTBALL: Thornton hails BAWA as Moneyslane go through

Moneyslane manager Dan Thornton hailed his club’s supporters after Saturday’s Marshall Cup last 16 victory.

Former Nigerian international Kevin Amuneke is now turning out for Ballynure Old Boys but could be in line for the transfer to the Premiership. Pic by Pechblaende via Wikimedia Commons

Premiership sides chasing Ballynure’s Nigerian international Amuneke

The pace is hotting up to obtain the signature of Ballynure OB’s talented midfielder Kevin Amuneke, with three Danske Bank Premiership clubs having already approached manager Ronnie Burns.

Dane Ward netted three for Banbridge Seconds.

HOCKEY: Hat-trick for Ward as Bann Twos keep up perfect start

Dane Ward helped Banbridge Seconds to stay at the top of the table, netting a hat-trick in their 6-3 win over Cookstown Seconds.

Banbridge Rangers teenagers Ryan Woods (left, 16 years old) and Bradley Harper (17) made debut appearances for the seniors on Saturday against Tullyvallen.

FOOTBALL: Holloway shines as Rangers win

Banbridge Rangers progressed into the third Round of the Irish FA Intermediate Cup after a 3-2 win away to Tullyvallen on Saturday.

Ryan Moffatt netted for Town on Saturday. INBL1617-253PB

Town’s unbeaten run is Dun for

Banbridge Town’s five-game unbeaten league record was wrecked by a fighting second half from Dundela at Wilgar Park on Saturday.

Gareth McAuley hands over his shirt he wore against Ukraine in the Euro's to Phil Alexander, Services Manager at Daisy Lodge, Cancer Fund for Children for an online raffle. Funds raised with support local children affected by cancer. Photo by William Cherry

McAuley donates signed NI EUROS shirt to Cancer Fund For Children

Northern Ireland footballer Gareth McAuley has donated his signed football shirt to support a local children’s cancer charity.

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Neil Clydesdale (left) was on target again for Banbridge Town on Saturday afternoon.  INBL1630-214PB

PREMIER INTERMEDIATE: Banbridge Town smash Bangor to go third

Banbridge Town are up to third in the Premier Intermediate League - just four points off the top.

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