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Portadown FC legend McFall will be missed in the game

Editor's Viewpoint

Published 07/03/2016

The world of sport has many legendary figures, and none more so than Ronnie McFall, who has spent nearly 30 years as manager of Portadown Football Club.

Ronnie has seen it all, from the triumphs to the sporting tragedies, and from the glowing successes to the what-might-have-beens in such a long career.

It is difficult to know how a man with football in his blood will settle down to life outside the sport. However, there must come a time when the final whistle is blown.

Ronnie McFall - and his distinctive moustache - will be greatly missed inside (and outside) Irish League football.

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Ronnie McFall 1972
Ronnie McFall 1966
Ronnie McFall 1979
Ronnie McFall 1973
Ronnie McFall 1974
Portadown manager Ronnie McFall (left Back Row) pictured with his victorious double winning team in 1991.
Portadown boss Ronnie McFall still looks pensive even though his team are 3-1 up against Linfield during the Irish Premier league game at Shamrock Park in Portadown in 2002.
Portadown manager Ronnie McFall celebrates with the Irish Cup at Windsor Park in Belfast in May 2005.
Glentoran Manager Ronnie McFall. 8/9/84.
Portadown manager Ronnie McFall takes the plaudits from the fans after winning the Bass Irish cup in 1991 to go along with the League title
Ronnie McFall Portadown boss celebrates a 5-1 win over Larne at Windsor park in 2005.
Portadown manager Ronnie McFall with his ace striker Vinnie Arkins in their 3-1 victory over Cliftonville in April 2002
Portadown's long serving manager Ronnie McFall MBE in December 2007.
PACEMAKER BELFAST Portadown manager Ronnie McFall with the 1996 Irish Premier Championship
Northern Ireland Supremo Billy Bingham chats to Glentoran manager Ronnie Mcfall. 1982
Ronnie McFall 1995
Ronnie McFall receives his manager of the year award in 1991
Ronnie McFall.
Ronnie McFall, the Portadown Mnager, celebrates his team success as they lifted the Nationwide Iirsh Cup, against Larne at Windsor Park today 7/05/05/
Ronnie McFall Portadown Manager. 3-4-1999
Ronnie McFall in 1992
Danske Bank Irish Premier League - Ballymena United v Portadown FC at Ballymena Showgrounds. August 2014. Picture by John McIlwaine/Presseye.com
Danske Bank Premiership. Portadown v Cliftonville. November 2014.
Portadown v Glenavon November 2014.
Ronnie McFall:Football/After recieving his MBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Pictured with his wife.
Ronnie McFall and wife Anne. Portadown manager with the Irish League Cup. 28/3/1991
Carrick v Portadown. October 2015 Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Portadown v Ballymena United. October 2014.
Portadown's Ronnie McFall August 2015 Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.com
Portadown FC v Warrenpoint Town November 2013.
Portadown manager Ronnie McFall March 2013 in a game against Coleraine.
Danske Bank Premiership, Portadown v Donegal Celtic at Shamrock Park. Portadown manager Ronnie McFall. January 2013
Ronnie McFall and wife Anne. Portadown manager with the Irish League Cup. 28/3/1991
Portadown's Ronnie McFall 28th February 2009.
Portadown v Crusaders Danske Bank Premiership. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Portadown v Linfield Carling Premiership, May 2010. Photo Charles McQuillan/PacemakerPACEMAKER BELFAST
Dungannon Swifts Vs Portadown. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Portadown v Glenavon 26th December 2006. Portadown manager Ronnie McFall, left, receives a present from the club's chairman, Roy McMahon, for 20 years service.
Linfield v Portadown, 27th October 2012 - Brian Little/ Presseye
Portadown's Ronnie McFall gets a kiss from David Jeffrey ahead of a clash between Linfield and Portadown.
Ronnie McFall:Football/After recieving his MBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Pictured with his wife.
Portadown's manager Ronnie McFall after Lurgan Celtic were awarded a penalty during the game at Shamrock Park, Portadown. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Portadown's manager Ronnie McFall after his final game against Lurgan Celtic. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Portadown's manager Ronnie McFall during his final game at Shamrock Park, Portadown. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Portadown's manager Ronnie McFall at his final game at Shamrock Park, Portadown. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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