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Northern Ireland football legend Ronnie McFall honoured by council

By Staff Reporter

One of the longest-serving managers in European club football history has received the freedom of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council.

Portadown man Ronnie McFall was recognised for his contribution to sport in the borough and across Northern Ireland.

The honour was bestowed on him by Lord Mayor Garath Keating and council chief executive Roger Wilson.

Ronnie started his career with Portadown Football Club in August 1964, but was snapped up by Dundee United for £4,000.

He returned to the province in April 1967 and went on to play for Ards, Portadown again, and Glentoran before moving into management, initially at Glentoran in January 1979, then Portadown in December 1986.

He won 23 trophies with the Ports and is the club's most successful manager.

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