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Club focus: Kelvin Old Boys

By Keith Bailie

Kelvin Old Boys are a club usually associated with success in Junior football, but this season they've struggled to make an impact on the Amateur League.

The Belfast side are currently near the bottom of 2A, with only two months of the season left.

Manager Michael Surgeon admits that it's been a tough year for Kelvin.

“To be perfectly honest I find it difficult to put my finger on why we've been so poor this season. I think we've really let ourselves down. We could and should have done much better.

“We did quite well in all the cup competitions but we were eventually put out by sides I thought we could have beaten. In the Junior Cup we lost to a team called Silverwood, which was a shame and then in the Junior Shield we lost to Ballykeel, which I thought was a winnable game.

“It was very disappointing and I think the long cup runs have had an impact on our league campaign.

“Last week we lost 5-4 to Tullycarnet in the Clarence Cup. I'm not too concerned about that because it was a competition we were never going to win anyway. Now we can focus on the league.

“If you look at the table we've not played that many league games. Of the games we have played, we drew five of them. We really should have won at least three of those games. Overall, it's been a poor season and there is no point in me saying otherwise.”

Despite Kelvin's disappointing league form Surgeon is confident his side can avoid the drop into 2B.

“We've got to be aware of the danger of relegation, but with 11 games left I'm confident we can pick up the three or four wins we need to crawl away from the bottom. The problem is you just never know in football.

“It's a very tight division and if we go on a run we can finish in the top six. At the start of the season I thought it would very tight and I've seen nothing to change my mind. Rosemount are doing well at the bottom but it can all change very quickly.

“We've a very young group of players, I just hope they can learn from this experience and come back stronger.”

Surgeon, a former Irish League striker, plans to strengthen his squad for next season.

“My plan is to bring in a few more experienced players in the summer. This year has been tough but we've no shortage of talent at this club. We should be up near the top of the table challenging for honours, and that's what will be aiming for next season.”

Surgeon made his name at Clandeboye Park in the 1990s and the Bangor legend still keeps in contact with his old club.

“I still keep an eye on Bangor's results. I had a great time there and I've still got a few friends who are connected to the club.

“They've had a great season this year but I see they have had a couple of poor results this month. Hopefully they can turn it around because I'd love to see Bangor winning trophies again.

“We had some great times when I was there. We got to two Irish Cup finals and played in Europe.

“I'm not sure if Bangor will reach those levels again because I know they didn't apply for promotion this year. It looks as if they're getting their house in order money-wise, which is the right way to go about things.”


Name : Kelvin Old Boys

League : NAFL 2A

Founded : 1975

Ground : Lady Dixon Park

Colours : Yellow and Blue

Gaffer : Michael Surgeon

Skipper : Glen Booth

Sharpshooter : Gary Bingham

Hard Man : Glen Booth


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