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Former players invited to join Dundela's 125th year anniversary celebrations

Familiar sight: Former Dundela boss Mervyn Bell back at Wilgar Park
Familiar sight: Former Dundela boss Mervyn Bell back at Wilgar Park

By Graham Luney

Dundela Football Club have invited former players to join in their 125 year anniversary celebrations.

The east Belfast club will host a special anniversary dinner on Saturday, June 6 next year at the Europa Hotel and it promises to be a special night for everyone associated with the Duns.

The Wilgar Park side boast a proud and successful history, with their Irish Cup success in 1955 the major highlight.

That was one of the great Irish Cup shocks when Dundela stunned Glenavon 3-0 at Windsor Park in front of 10,000 fans.

Much of the Duns’ success came under legendary former manager Mervyn Bell who joined the club as a player in 1966.

He guided the Duns to 10.5 league titles, seven Intermediate Cups, six Steel and Sons Cups, four Smirnoff Cups and three George Wilson Cups.

The 76-year-old's association with the club involved more than 1,700 matches.

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Mervyn is now on the committee helping to organise the special anniversary dinner next June.

Among the famous players who have played for the Duns are former Liverpool ace Sammy Smyth, Eric McMordie, Johnny Jamison, Billy Caskey and Isaac Andrews of Linfield’s seven trophy team fame.

Any players wishing to support the dinner should contact the football club secretary, Jimmy Stead, on 07903 810 982.

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