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Perfect match: Rodney and Adele
Perfect match: Rodney and Adele

By Karen Ireland

Rodney McAree is head coach of Dungannon Swifts Football Club and owns a spin studio. His wife Adele is a retailer at a fashion boutique.

Name: Rodney McAree

Age: 41

Occupation: Owner of indoor spin studio and head coach with Dungannon Swifts

Relationship to Adele: Husband

I have lived and breathed football all my life. As a young boy I played for the Northern Ireland schoolboys' team.

After that, I moved over to England and played for Liverpool Football Club for four years. I was in the youth team and made the reserves for a few seasons. I loved playing over there, it was a very exciting time.

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I was transferred to Bristol City for a couple of years and then moved to Fulham where I had a three-year playing career.

Eventually I returned to Northern Ireland and played for Glenavon for a few seasons before moving to Dungannon where my dad Joe was manager.

He has been involved in football all his life and now works with the Dungannon United youth team. I have been with Dungannon since 2002, first as a player and now I am the head coach.

I hung up my boots three years ago, but I still love being involved in the game.

The good thing about coaching is that when the game is over you get to go home. I have a much better life balance now and can spend much more time at home with my wife Adele.

Adele and I grew up together - she was in the year below me at school.

When I moved back home and saw her out, that was when I finally plucked up the courage to call her and ask her out on a date. Thankfully she said yes and we have been together ever since.

We got married in 2008 at Belle Isle Castle outside Lisnaskea - it was one of the highlights of my life.

Adele has a relaxed and friendly attitude and gets on well with others.

She is beautiful on the outside, but it is her personality that really shines through for me. She is stylish in both what she wears and our home. She makes sure I look the part, too.

Adele works in retail and has a real flair for fashion. I am always telling her that she should open her own shop, but she is content doing the job she does.

Honestly, there is nothing about Adele that winds me up."

Name: Adele Tate

Age: 39

Occupation: Retailer at fashion boutique

Relationship to Rodney: Wife

Currently I work in The Boudoir at the Linen Green in Dungannon which I love. Working there combines two of my favourite things - retail and fashion.

I stepped out of work temporarily due to family commitments but went back as soon as I could. It's funny though, I am not a shopper, in fact, I hate shopping. The last thing I want to do after work is shop.

Rodney and I were at school together, but we lost touch when he moved to England to play football. When I heard he was back home, I sent a message through a friend wishing him all the best. I think that got relayed slightly differently, though, as he called me up and asked me out afterwards.

We got on really well from the start and it felt special. Our personalities compliment each other - if one of us gets carried away the other will bring them down to earth.

Rodney is from a footballing family so the game tends to come first. He had to learn with me, though, to make time for other things and that it wasn't always about work.

We take time out together on a Saturday night and Sunday - that is our time. We enjoy going out for dinner and maybe go to Belfast for the day for lunch and a few drinks.

Rodney is caring and selfless, while being determined and competitive when it comes to work. I am exceptionally proud of him and I will always support him in everything he does.

When he used to play, I never missed a match, but now he is head coach I couldn't go to watch a game. I know the emotions he is going through and I would be too nervous to watch him.

I am always nervous with anticipation on Saturday afternoon waiting to hear if his team has won or not.

We will be having Christmas at my family's house this year as Rodney's family will be watching football on Christmas Day."

A life-long passion for football

  • Rodney McAree began his playing career as a trainee with Liverpool. He then spent a season with Bristol City before joining Fulham
  • In 2000, he returned home, signing for Glenavon
  • In 2002, he joined his hometown club Dungannon Swifts, who were then managed by his father Joe, who later became chairman
  • Rodney captained Dungannon to promotion to the Irish Premier League in 2003, where they have remained since
  • He took up the role as head coach earlier this year

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