Belfast Telegraph

Struggling Nortel Football Club fold after 52 years in existence

By Keith Bale

Nortel Football Club have folded after 52 seasons. The Northern Amateur Football League club took the drastic decision to call it a day at a committee meeting on Monday.

The committee included former Irish Football Association President Jim Shaw, who has been involved with the Monkstown Avenue outfit for over 40 years.

Last season, Nortel finished a respectable seventh in the Premier Division of the Amateur League, only to lose their management team and the majority of their playing staff over the summer.

This season, the Newtownabbey side have struggled for results. In the league, they lost all seven fixtures, conceding 41 goals, including a 12-0 defeat at the hands of Crumlin United last month. In the Steel & Sons Cup, they lost 14-0 to Premier Intermediate side Bangor.

In recent weeks the club have been struggling to field a team, with Saturday's game against Downpatrick postponed as a consequence.

The club took the difficult decision to drop out of football on Monday, leaving the top-flight of the Amateur League with just 13 teams.

Nortel were originally formed as a factory team in 1964 under the guise of Standard Telephones and Cables.

They changed their name to Northern Telecoms when the company re-branded in 1991, before eventually becoming Nortel 10 years later.

Over their 52-year history, 'The Standard' have won the Amateur League title on three occasions, as well as lifting four Border Regiment Cups and two Clarence Cups.

Nortel's departure from football will be mourned by the many great players that pulled on the club's famous jersey over the last 52 years, as well as by the dedicated committee men who put countless hours worth of effort into the once-proud club.

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