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SPORT: Junior football chairman considering his position following financial management questions 

By Edward Maxwell  Northern Amateur Football League chairman Terry Pateman is understood to be considering his position.     The news comes after months of mounting questions for the league. Clubs have raised concerns around the financial management of not only the NAFL, but also the IFA, under President and NAFL treasurer Mr David Martin.  These […]

NEWS: East Belfast FC condemns racist attack 

East Belfast Football Club has expressed anger after the neighbouring community centre was attacked with racist and anti-Islamic slogans.     It is believed this attack may be linked to recent tensions in the area linked to the Muslim community accessing the Inveraray community centre.  The Football club has expressed anger at the attack.  A spokesperson […]

Opinion: IFA meddling in politics by tearing down the flag and suppressing the national anthem

Tuesday night’s decision to tear down the national flag and abandon the national anthem before the Northern Ireland v Republic of Ireland international ladies game is the latest in a long line of IFA attempts to embrace the overtly political ‘parity of esteem’ principle. Football should always be open to all and be non-political. It […]

NEWS: Over £8,000 paid by IFA in 2016 to the President’s private company 

It has been discovered that the Irish Football Association paid in excess of £8,000 to a company run by President David Martin.    The payment was revealed within the IFA’s audited accounts for 2016. Despite being publicly available, few people take the time to go through such documents.  The payment of £8,830 was made to Tri […]

EXCLUSIVE: Outrage at IFA President’s £6k first class upgrade for recent trip to Baku 

Unionist Voice can reveal that on the outward leg of the journey from London to Baku to watch Northern Ireland’s recent game against Azerbaijan, IFA President David Martin and three other officials upgraded themselves to First Class at an estimated cost of £6,000 to the IFA.     The huge cost for the cushy upgrade was […]

ANALYSIS: Howard Wells’ comments give fresh impetus to a grassroots push against IFA leadership

The extraordinary comments from Howard Wells OBE, the former CEO of the IFA, has given fresh impetus to an increasingly vibrant grassroots push for a changing of the guard at the top of local football’s governing body. Read the exclusive interview HERE It’s hard to ignore Wells, although that is exactly what the IFA press […]

EXCLUSIVE: Extraordinary comments from former IFA CEO Howard Wells OBE

Former CEO of the Irish Football Association, Howard Wells OBE, has spoken exclusively to Unionist Voice about the poor financial management and challenges he faced when he arrived at the association. By Jamie Bryson Unionist Voice has primarily focused on political matters, however we did promise to bring a wider focus onto sporting issues and […]

SPORT: Amateur football clubs question NAFL over ‘extortionate’ fees 

By Edward Maxwell  Local Amateur football clubs have raised concerns about the extortionate amount they are being charged in ‘fees’ and have queried where this money actually goes.     One club revealed on social media that they had been billed over £765 by the Northern Amateur Football League (NAFL) in fees.  This charge was made […]

SPORT: East Belfast Ladies crowned Champions again

When you hear of East Belfast Football Club you instantly think of the red and black, Border Cup finals, or even recent events such as the clubs historic 3-0 victory against Glentoran at the Oval. This proud community club are steeped in history and success from the present day right back to the club’s establishment […]

“Rogue” council officers accused of nasty attempt to destroy cross community children’s football

“Rogue” council officers accused of nasty attempt to destroy cross community children’s football

  East Belfast FC left furious by council attempts to leave their club “penniless” and stifle exciting plans for the development of a cross community social hub. East Belfast Football Club have been refused permission for an exciting cross community hub at their east Belfast ground. At a meeting of Belfast City Council’s people and […]