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Institute secure promotion to Premiership eight months after floods destroy stadium

 

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Institute manager Paddy McLaughlin with the Bluefin Championship trophy.

Institute manager Paddy McLaughlin with the Bluefin Championship trophy.

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Institute celebrate winning the Bluefin Championship.

Institute celebrate winning the Bluefin Championship.

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Michael McCrudden, captain, Institute FC, receiving the Bluefin Championship Trophy from Alyn Spratt, Bluefin Sports.

Michael McCrudden, captain, Institute FC, receiving the Bluefin Championship Trophy from Alyn Spratt, Bluefin Sports.

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Institute manager Paddy McLaughlin with the Bluefin Championship trophy.

Institute FC will play in the Premiership next season after securing the Championship title.

A Michael McCrudden double helped the north west side to a 3-0 win over Loughgall as they made sure of promotion to the top tier of Irish League football just eight months after their Riverside Stadium home was destroyed by flooding.

The water was seven feet high in all the ground floor rooms inside the club while the playing surface has been left with, in some areas, five feet of sediment lying on top.

The perimeter fence was ripped out and nearby trees were uprooted, some of which were washed onto the pitch along with the burger van, which was left in the goalmouth.

Club chairman Bill Anderson vowed then that "Institute Football Club will be back" and less than a year later, they will be playing in the Premiership.

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Institute celebrate winning the Bluefin Championship.

Institute celebrate winning the Bluefin Championship.

©Lorcan Doherty/Presseye

Institute celebrate winning the Bluefin Championship.

 

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