Belfast Telegraph

Championship: Around the grounds

By Keith Bailie

Carrick Rangers have been forced to close their Taylor's Avenue ground. Severe storm damage destroyed the club's boiler, leaving the changing rooms with no hot water.

As a result, all scheduled home games in November have been switch to their opponent’s ground, while Saturday's game against Knockbreda was postponed.

In a statement, the club said: “We hope to have ‘temporary' facilities put in place over the course of the near future,. The finance required, along with the sheer scale of the operation means that the installation of temporary facilities may take a few weeks.

“We would like to thank Carrickfergus council and the Northern Ireland Executive for all their help and co-operation throughout the course of the last number of weeks.

“We would also like to acknowledge our fellow clubs in Championship One for agreeing to switch the fixtures, to allow us to play at Taylor’s Avenue when work is completed.”

Larne are advertising for a new manager, after Graham McConnell left the Inver Park club last week.

In a statement, the club said: “Larne Football Club is looking to appoint a new permanent 1st team manager. The minimum requirement is a valid Uefa B Licence. Anyone interested please forward a CV to lfcsec@live.co.uk”

Former player and popular figure Sammy Smith has been appointed as interim boss. Smith helped guide Larne to a 3-3 with Coagh United on Saturday.

Lisburn Distillery are planning to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the club's last Gibson Cup success with a sponsored walk.

On Saturday November 16, fans will walk from the club's spiritual home in Belfast to their new surroundings in Lisburn.

It is hoped that players from that famous old team of 1963 will be at the site of old Grosvenor Park to wish the walkers well as they begin their journey to Lisburn and they will be accompanied on the day by some of today’s current playing squad as the club link old and new, and celebrate their famous history.

Bangor are currently being coached by assistant manager Jeff Montgomery, while manager Garth Scates takes some time out following the death of his wife Lesley last week. Everyone at The Park would like to send their best wishes to Garth and his family.

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