Collingwood Kicks Off At Jordanstown 2013
21 February 2013
The elite of Irish university football will compete at the University of Ulster's Jordanstown campus next week (Monday, February 25) for the biggest prize in cross-border students soccer.
The host side is bidding to add the coveted Collingwood Cup to its silverware collection in the £13m state-of-the art sports centre where the historic all-Ireland competition is being held.
Jordanstown player and club chairman, Taylor Kirk said: "We've been training hard in the build up to this year's tournament and, of course, we would love to win at our home ground.
"We have a lot of young players, first year students, who joined the squad when graduates left. I don't think they realised until recently how important the Collingwood Cup is.
"They have been chatting to former players on social networking sites and now they understand the significance. This is the biggest tournament of the year and we're really looking forward to it.
"We won in 2008 and would love to repeat that success. We're hoping that the home crowd will turn up at the outdoor pitches and cheer us on.
"The regular favourites are UCD, they're always a very strong team and also UCC who won a few years ago. Collingwood games set a high standard of football and certainly there will be some excellent matches to watch."
UCD manager Diarmuid McNally is also looking forward to taking part in the tournament on the Jordanstown campus.
His side's win last year over Mary Immaculate College Limerick was their fourth Collingwood victory in six years after going from 1994 until 2007 without any success in the cup competition which will celebrate its centenary next year.
He said: "We are looking forward to defending the cup at Jordanstown.
"In my time UCD have had mixed luck when Northern Ireland universities have hosted the Collingwood. Coleraine in 2006 was disappointing where Jordanstown under Shane McCullough won it after defeating us 1-0 in a classic semi final.
"But we had much better luck two years ago in the Collingwood hosted by University of Ulster Magee, taking home the cup after a penalty shoot out win over NUI Galway at the Brandywell."
Newtownabbey Borough Council is supporting the premier inter-varsities championship this year.
Mayor of Newtownabbey, Alderman Victor Robinson, said: "It's fantastic that this prestigious national competition is coming to the Borough.
"Newtownabbey is truly a place for top level sport. Good luck to all the players and officials for the tournament. We hope all the teams enjoy their visit to the Borough and have an injury free stay."
Welcoming the 12 teams to the Jordanstown campus, Dr Nigel Dobson, Head of Sports Services, said: "We are all looking forward to a very exciting Collingwood Cup 2013.
"This prestigious event will help us showcase our world-class facilities for soccer and many other sports and we wish all teams well in their endeavors and thank Taylor Kirk, sponsors and Newtownabbey Borough Council for their efforts towards making the event a real success."
IUFU chairman, Terry McAuley, added: "The Collingwood Cup hosted this year at the University of Ulster Jordanstown, with it's excellent facilities, promises to be a really exciting tournament.
"There is no one clear favourite and all the teams will be hoping to lift the coveted trophy at the final on Thursday afternoon. Good luck to all the players and officials and I am looking forward to the start of the competition on Monday morning."
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25
NUI Maynooth v University of Limerick (11.0; Dublin City University v University of Ulster Magee (11.0); University College Cork v NUI Galway (2.30); Trinity College Dublin v Queens University Belfast (2.30).
Byes: University College Dublin, Mary Immaculate College Limerick, Royal College of Surgeons Ireland, University of Ulster Jordanstown.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26
(A) Royal College of Surgeons Ireland v University of Ulster Jordanstown (11.0); (B) Mary Immaculate College Limerick v University College Dublin (11.0); (C) University College Cork/NUI Galway v Trinity College Dublin/Queens University Belfast (2.30); (D) NUI Maynooth/University of Limerick v Dublin City University/University of Ulster, Magee (2.30).
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27 (2.30)
Winner Q/F (A) v Winner Q/F (B); Winner Q/F (C) v Winner Q/F (D).
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28 (2.0)
Collingwood Cup Final
2013 IUFU COLLINGWOOD CUP DRAW
The draw made to-day (Wednesday November 28)at the Newtownabbey Borough Council - Theatre at the Mill - for the Irish Universities Collingwood Cup 2013 to be held at the University of Ulster Jordanstown state of the art Sports Centre commencing with first round games on Monday February 25, Quarter Finals Tuesday February 26, Semis Wednesday February 27 and Collingwood Final Thursday February 28 (probably at Nortel FC).
Present at the draw was Dr Nigel Dobson (Head of Sports Services at the University of Ulster), Newtownabbey Mayor Victor Robinson, Irish Football Association President Jim Shaw together with Alfie Wylie and Roy Miller, Representatives from the Irish Universities Football Union including Chairman Terry McAuley and Secretary Brendan Dillon with Taylor Kirk from the University, the tournament organiser.
The Collingwood Cup is the oldest all island senior soccer competition which is now in its 99th year and will be hosted by the University of Ulster Jordanstown for only the second occasion. The first being in 1980 when as the Ulster Poly they captured the trophy and have won it now on five more occasion. Their last victory was at Galway in 2008. The current holders are University College Dublin who three of the last four Collingwood’s.
The competition is organised by the Irish Universities Football Union in partnership with the University of Ulster Jordanstown and is supported by the Newtownabbey Borough Council, Irish Football Association and Northern Ireland Milk Cup.
Any potential sponsors are also very welcome to come on board for this prestigious soccer competition.
Irish Universities Collingwood Cup Draw –First Round: UCC v NUI Galway; Trinity College Dublin v Queens University Belfast; NUI Maynooth v University of Limerick; DCU v University of Ulster Magee. Byes: Royal College of Surgeons Ireland, University of Ulster Jordanstown, Mary Immaculate College Limerick, UCD.
Quarter Finals: (A) UCC/NUI Galway v TCD/Queens; (B) NUI Maynooth/UL v DCU/UU Magee ;(C) RCSI v UU Jordanstown; (D) Mary Immaculate College v UCD.
Semi Finals: Winner A v Winner B; Winner C v Winner D.
All games to be played at University of Ulster Jordanstown February 25 – 28.
Pictured with the famous old trophy are (From left) - Terry McAuley (Chairman Irish Universities Football Union), Newtownabbey Mayor Victor Robinson, Jim Shaw President Irish Football Association and Taylor Kirk, Tournament Organiser at the University of Ulster Jordanstown.
University of Limerick AFC & Sports department Launches THE 2012 COLLINGWOOD Sponsored by ULSTER BANK.
Universityof Limerick AFCis delighted to announce details of the 2012 Intervarsity Football Championships, the Collingwood, sponsored by Ulster Bank. The championships take place from Monday February 20 to Thursday February 23 at the UL playing fields, (the Bowl and the 10 Acres).
The first Collingwood was held in 1914 and is by some distance Ireland’s oldest all-island senior Soccer Competition. This year marks the 25th Anniversary of Limerick first hosting the event. The University Sports Office and Soccer club are committed, thanks to the generous support of Ulster Bank, to pulling out all the stops so that this renewal of the famous old tournament is a particularly memorable one. This year, for the first time ever, Collingwood matches will be played in County Clare as UL’s state of the art new synthetic pitches and brand new Pavilion in Cappavilla are scheduled to host matches over the course of the week.
The games commence on Monday at 11AM when two of Ireland’s most venerable institutions Trinity College and the Royal College of Surgeons go head to head on the Bowl. Also on Monday, at 2PM, NUI Maynooth (NUIM) take on Queens University Belfast (QUB) while Dublin City University (DCU) is pitted against the might of University College Dublin (UCD) on the 10 Acres pitches.
Tuesday (Feb. 21) is Collingwood quarter-finals day. The luck of the draw has seen to it there will be a Limerick Representative in the Collingwood semi-final this year as hosts UL will entertain near neighbours Mary Immaculate in the first quarter-final which kicks off at 11AM on the 10acres. Tuesday also sees a repeat of last year’s final as NUI Galway seeks to reach a third final in a row at the expense of reigning champions UCC. This is sure to be a titanic tussle and spectators will be assured of a wonderful spectacle on the UL 10 Acres pitches at 2PM when this game and also the two other quarter-finals featuring the University of Ulster and the previous day’s winners take place at this time.
The Collingwood Semi-finals are scheduled for 2PM on Wednesday February 22nd and the 2012 Collingwood cup final will Kick Off at 2PM, Thursday February 23rd, on the University Bowl.
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COLLINGWOOD CUP FOR LIMERICK 2012
Coming close to its grand centenary , the Irish Universities Collingwood Cup, first played for in 1914 and one of football’s oldest trophies, will break new ground when next year's tournament is set to be staged entirely on 3G pitches.
The University of Limerick have been awarded the role of host University and they are planning to hold all of the games on their two newly laid FIFA approved 3G full sized floodlit pitches on the campus.
The twelve team tournament,is set to take place from Monday February 20 with the final four days later on Thursday February 23 at Limerick's new Markets Field Stadium which will also have a 3G surface. Missing form the tournament this time are the University of Ulster Magee College who are serving a ban for pulling out on the eve of last season's competition hosted by Dublin University and won by UCC.
Irish Universities chairman Terry McAuley is pleased that the hosts UL are in a position to provide such impressive facilities for the running of the tournament. ‘We are delighted that these newly laid 3G pitches on the Co Clare side of the UL Campus are available to us. In recent years the staging of the Collingwood Cup has been dogged by the testing conditions that the traditional grass pitches threw up at that time of year’.
UL’s Martin Hayes is determined to make this year’s competition a tremendous success ‘We last staged the Collingwood Cup at UL in 2005 when the current holders UCC defeated UCD in the final and with the help of some generous backing from the Ulster Bank plus other local sponsors and the co operation of the University Sports Department I’m confident we can make it a tournament to remember’ he said.
IRISH UNIVERSITIES COLLINGWOOD CUP DRAW AND DATES
MONDAY FEBRUARY 20 2012
FIRST ROUND: NUI Maynooth v Queens University; UCD v DCU; UU Jordanstown v UU Coleraine; Dublin University v Royal College of Surgeons. Byes University of Limerick, Mary Immaculate College, NUI Galway, UCC (Holders).
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 21 2012
QUARTER FINALS: (A) NUI Maynooth / Queens Univ v UCD / DCU; (B) UU Jordanstown / UU Coleraine v Dublin Univ / Royal College of Surgeons; (C) Univ of Limerick v Mary Immaculate College; (D) NUI Galway v UCC.
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 22 2012
SEMI FINALS: Winner A v Winner B; Winner C v Winner D.
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 23 2012
Press Release DublinBus Collingwood Cup 2011 At Trinity College Dublin From 21st – 24th February 2011
The 91st Collingwood Cup, established by Professor Bertram Collingwood one time Professor of Mathematics at UCD and nephew of Charles Dodgson alias Lewis Carroll writer of ‘Alice in Wonderland’, for football competition between University in Ireland, will be hosted this year by Dublin University Association Football Club as Trinity College Dublin.
The Cup has been played for annually since 1914 apart from 1915-1919 period (WW1) and on one other occasion in 1933/34.
The tournament, played over four days, is an all island competition involving 13 Universities and this year’s favorities and last years winners UCD were the first winners in 1914 overcoming Queen’s University, Belfast.
However, UCD will be challenged hard this year by University College Cork who have five wins since 2000 and University of Ulster Jordanstown who were winners in 2001, 2006 and 2008.
The hosts, Dublin University (Trinity), have only succeeded twice, the last win coming in 1979 when they were managed by the great Liam Tuohy. This year they have a difficult quarter final against the winners of the first round game between Queen’s University, Belfast and University of Ulster Jordanstown.
Of the 13 teams taking part, seven have never won the Collingwood and will be hoping to make this year a memorable year.
All the games will be played at 11am and 2.30pm at D.U. Playing Fields, Santry Avenue, Dublin apart from the hosts games and the final which will be played on Thursday 24th February 2011 in College Park at 2.30pm.
A full programme of games, times and venues is attached.
John Hudson – 0872207987 Terry McAuley - 0872543569
18 October 2010
Dublin University are set to host the annual Irish Universities blue ribband trophy the Collingwood Cup next February for the first time since 1992. That year UCD claimed the prize in a thrilling 5-4 victory over Jordanstown at College Park.
The Dublin University soccer club president John Murphy is delighted that this famous competition is returning once again to Trinity. ‘We are really looking forward to hosting the Collingwood Cup next February at College Park and at our sports ground in Santry. Already we have began preparing for this major event with the formation of a special committee and we’ll be hoping to have as successful a competition as Magee College organised in Derry earlier this year’.
Meanwhile the other Irish Universities competitions the Harding Cup – the premier competition for Freshmen – will take place at NUI Maynooth from February 10-13 and the Crowley Cup for second teams has been offer to NUI Galway to take place March 25-27.
IRISH UNIVERSITIES COLLINGWOOD CUP 2011 DRAW
First Round Monday Feb 21 2011
UCD v College of Surgeons
UU Magee v UU Coleraine
DCU v NUI Maynooth
Mary Immaculate College v UCC
UU Jordanstown v Queens Univ
Byes- Dublin Univ, Univ of Limerick, NUI Galway.
Quarter Finals Tuesday Feb 22 2011
(A) UCD / College of Surgeons v UU Magee / UU Coleraine
(B) DCU / NUI Maynooth v Mary Immaculate / UCC
(C) UU Jordanstown / Queens Univ v Dublin Univ
(D) Univ of Limerick v NUI Galway
Semi Finals Wednesday Feb 23 2011
Winner A v Winner B
Winner C v Winner D
Final Thursday Feb 23 2011
2010 Collingwood Cup Fixtures
Hosts: University of Ulster Magee College, Derry
Round One Monday 1st March 2010
Mary Immaculate College vs University College Cork
University College Dublin vs NUI Maynooth
Ulster University Jordanstown vs Dublin City University
Ulster University Coleraine vs Queens University Belfast
NUI Galway vs Royal College of Surgeons
Quarter Finals Tuesday 2nd March 2010
Mary Immaculate College / University College Cork vs University College Dublin / NUI Maynooth
Ulster University Jordanstown / Dublin City University vs Ulster University Coleraine / Queens University Belfast
NUI Galway / Royal College of Surgeons vs University of Limerick
Magee College vs Trinity College
Semi Finals Wednesday 3rd March 2010
Final Thursday 4th March 2010
2009 Collingwood Cup Results
Hosts:University College Cork
University of Limerick 1 vs Queens University Belfast 0 view match report
University College Dublin 8 vs Ulster University Magee 0 view match report
Ulster University Jordanstown 2 vs NUI Maynooth 0 view match report
Ulster University Coleraine 6 vs Dublin City University 1 view match report
Royal College of Surgeons 1 vs Mary Immaculate College 1 (4-3on pens) view match report
University of Limerick 1 vs University College Dublin 2 view match report
NUI Galway 0 vs University College Cork 0 (5-4 on pens) view match report
Ulster University Jordanstown 2 vs Ulster University Coleraine 1 view match report
Royal College of Surgeons 0 vs Trinity College Dublin 1 view match report
University College Dublin 2 vs Ulster University Jordanstown 2 view match report
Trinity College Dublin 0 vs NUI Galway 1 view match report
University College Dublin 1 vs NUI Galway 0 view match report
2008 Collingwood Cup Results:
Hosts NUI Galway
Univ of Limerick 2 NUI Maynooth 0
UU Coleraine 1 DCU 1 aet ( DCU won 5-4 on pens)
UU Magee 3 RCSI 1 aet
UCC 1 Dublin Univ 3
Univ of Limerick 7 DCU 0
NUI Galway 2 Queens 1
UU Magee 0 Dublin Univ 2
UCD 1 UU Jordanstown 1 aet (Jordanstown won 5-4 on pens).
Univ of Limerick 3 Dublin Univ 2 aet
NUI Galway 0 UU Jordanstown 4
UU Jordanstown 2 Univ of Limerick 1
Irish Universities Collingwood Cup Final:
Played at Terryland Park, Galway Thurs Feb 28 2008
(Report from Irish Daily Star)
UU JORDANSTOWN 2
G Liggett 35, J Reynolds 80
UNIVERSITY of LIMERICK 1
P Walsh 26
Gary Liggett played a major role in helping the University of Ulster Jordanstown lift a second Irish Universities Collingwood Cup in three years in a hard fought final win over the University of Limerick at Terryland Park.
The Portadown FC striker pulled his side level with a well taken equaliser late in the first half and then ten minutes from the finish he combined brilliantly with Alan Ewart to set up the Jordanstown winner for Johnny Reynolds.But overall his level of performance throughout the 90 minutes easily earned him the man of the match title.
So the Shannonsiders dream of taking the most prestigous trophy in third level football for the first time ever was cruelly dashed.While Jordanstown with a proud record in the competition and after beating the holders UCD and hosts NUI Galway on their way to the final tasted success once again.
Having failed to capture a Collingwood Cup winners medal as a player in five attempts Jordanstown manager Shane McCullough has now guided the Ulstermen to a second win in his four years in charge adding to their 2006 victory at Coleraine.
‘In my five Collingwoods as a player I reached one final and two semi finals so to now have won it twice as a manager is very satisfying indeed’
‘Winning in Coleraine was a great achievement but it’s certainly more difficult for a northern side to come down south and be victorious’ said a delighted McCullough.
But things were looking pretty grim for Jordanstown midway through the opening half when first they went a goal behind and then had inform striker Warner Mullen forced to depart with a reoccurance of the hamstring injury picked up scoring twice in their semi final win over NUI Galway.
Pacey striker Paul Cummins drew first blood for Limerick on 26 minutes cleverly running on to Brendan Daly’s precise through ball and rounding ‘keeper Jason Mooney for a deserved opener.
Mark Surgenor replaced the injured Mullen on the half hour and he quickly began to link up with Liggett to cause problems for Limerick central defenders Dan Goggin and Michael O’Halloran.
Surgenor went close when his spectacular over head kick was finger tipped away by Sean Gallagher for a corner and later he gave the increasingly threatning Liggett the chance to test the ‘Limerick keeper with a close range effort.
Coming up to the interval Liggett was rewarded for his persistence with a smartly taken goal to pull Jordanstown level.Ciaran Boyd set it up hitting a dangerous left wing cross low into the box where the Portadown striker was quickly on hand to steer the ball home.
Limerick responded and James Hayes was narrowly wide but Jordanstown finished the half strongly Liggett having a goalbound drive kicked off the line by Michael O’Halloran.
Both sides played a cautious game in the second half as the strain of battling through so many games began to tell.For Limerick the final was their fourth tie in as many days while Jordanstown with the luck of the draw were lining out for one less.
Chances were very few,Liggett and Surgenor went close for Jordanstown and Cummins was well wide when Chimka Manjor played him in.
The game was finally won ten minutes from time in a moment of magic as Shane McCullough’s charges clinched another Collingwood Cup.Liggett and Alan Ewart combined delightfully in midfield to set Reynolds on a run into the box where the speedy left winger- later named player of the tournament- left the Limerick defenders trailing in his wake to make no mistake with a low drive past Gallagher.
To add to Limerick’s misery in the final stages of the game Cummins was hospitalised after running into the sideline wall while chasing a ball and later needed a two night stay in hospital for treatment to serious face and mouth injuries.Thankfully the Limerick striker is on the mend but according to his manager Trevor Lovell he may be sidelined for some weeks.
UU Jordanstown:Jason Mooney,Alan Murray,Ciaran Boyd,Eamon Seydak,Andrew McClelland,Brian McClean(Conor McKenna,89),Johnny Reynolds,Lee Rush (Chris Crilly, 52),Warner Mullen (Mark Surgenor,30),Gary Liggett,Brian Pentland(Alan Ewart,63).Subs not used; Stephen Hogg,Alan Teggart,Stephen Jones.
Univ of Limerick:Sean Gallagher, Eugene Greaney, Eoin O’Brien, Michael O’Halloran, Daniel Goggin, Liam Barrett,Brendan Daly(Darren Harrington,80),Stephen Goggin(Chimka Manjor,53),Paul Cummins(James Mulligan,87),Paul Walsh(Colin O’Shea,66),James Hayes(Robbie Coombes, 75).Subs not used:Tristan Chung, Rob Dempsey,Shane Murphy, Declan Rix.
Referee: Patsy Forde (Galway).
Collingwood Cup EXTRA:
History was made in one of the tournaments’ subsidary cups with College of Surgeons picking up an Irish Universities trophy for the first time ever. Surgeons claimed the Duggan Cup in a 7-1 drubbing of Maynooth.Fran O’Reilly hit a hatrick and the other scores came from Conor Lavery, David Gough, Declan Norris and David Agadijai.Paddy Kelly replied for a shell shocked Co Kildare side.
UCD last years’ Collingwood winners who were edged out by winners Jordanstown after a penalty shoot out gained some consolation scoring a comfortable 4-1victory over DCU to claim the Farquhar Cup.Dwayne Wilson hit two and David McMillen and Micheal Leahy completed the scoring.While Ed Leahy was on target for DCU.
Michael Byrne captured the Spillane Cup for UU Coleraine in a single goal defeat of next years’ Collingwood hosts UCC.