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Top Ulster football award banks a brand new sponsor

By Stuart McKinley

The oldest individual award in Irish football is to get a new look this season.

The Ulster Footballer of the Year Award, which has been presented annually by the Castlereagh Glentoran Supporters club since 1951, remains a prestigious prize in Irish League circles.

And this year it will be supported by the Bank of Ireland, in a new sponsorship deal.

"Bank of Ireland UK is proud to be an integral part of the communities that we do business in and we are delighted to be sponsoring this award," said Leigh Curran, branch manager, Bank of Ireland, Bangor.

"This is a great year for football in Northern Ireland and we wish all award nominees every success."

The Castlereagh Glens have spelt out that their award 'seeks to recognise players who are committed to the sport, show great determination, focus and drive to achieve their best, and, most importantly, display excellent sportsmanship'.

Many Irish League greats have won the award in the 65 years since Dr Kevin McGarry of Cliftonville was the inaugural recipient.

After an exciting season in the Irish League there are a number of runners to succeed last year's winner, Crusaders winger Paul Heatley.

This year's award ceremony will be a special one as it will take place in the new George Best Suite at Windsor Park on Friday, April 22.

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