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Darren Lockhart: Early back injury cost me a chance at professional career but it made Steel and Sons Cup winner for East Belfast my sweetest strike

 

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Darren Lockhart spent seven years at Glentoran in between two spells at Crusaders.

Darren Lockhart spent seven years at Glentoran in between two spells at Crusaders.

Darren Lockart in action for Glentoran.

Darren Lockart in action for Glentoran.

Darren Lockhart spent seven years at Glentoran in between two spells at Crusaders.

With Irish League football left playing the waiting game due to the coronavirus pandemic, Sunday Life has delved into the archives and, in the third of a new summer series, Alex Mills catches up with former Crusaders, Glentoran, Bangor, Ballymena United and Ards midfielder Darren Lockhart, who is now a director at Box-it Ireland, regular generous sponsors at a selection of grounds across the country.

Your most thrilling footballing memory?

This may be a strange one, but it was a Steel & Sons Cup Final win for East Belfast against Linfield Swifts in 1992. I scored the winner. We were big underdogs and everyone thought we were in for a hiding.