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Methody will honour Schools Cup legend Wells

By Gavin Mairs

Former Ulster, Ireland and British Lions star Jeremy Davidson is to spearhead a fund-raising campaign for the building of a new state-of-the-art sports pavilion at Methodist College's Pirrie Park playing fields in honour of the school's former 1st XV coach David Wells.

Dungannon coach Davidson started his illustrious rugby career at Methody and went on to win the Ulster Schools' Cup against Coleraine Academical Institution at Ravenhill in 1991 and playing on the losing side in the 1992 final to the same opposition.

The school is to launch the fund-raising appeal at the College's McArthur Hall on Thursday at 7pm, with former players invited to hear details about the project.

The school's Board of Governors has approved the building of a new pavilion that will provide state-of-the-art facilities.

And Davidson has gladly agreed to be patron of the appeal for the building, which will bear the name of his former mentor, David Wells, who retired from coaching the school's 1st XV last year after over 30 years in charge.

Wells is the most successful coach in the long history of the Schools' Cup, having guided Methody to a record 14 finals, with 10 wins, one draw and three defeats.

The idea for a new pavilion in his memory emerged from a dinner last year to celebrate his contribution which was attended by over 350 of his former players at the Ramada Hotel.

"I have written and spoken many times about the respect and genuine affection that I and hundreds of other Methody rugby men, have for David," said Davidson.

"His name is synonymous with Pirrie Park and the home of MCB rugby and I think it is wonderful that future generations of pupils will prepare for their games in a pavilion that bears his name."

For more information about the event, or the appeal in general, please contact Alison at or telephone 028 90205223.

Alternatively details can be found on the College website,

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