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The County Antrim & District Football Association (also known as the North East Ulster Football Association but more commonly as the Co. Antrim FA) is the largest of the four regional football associations within Northern Ireland and affiliated to the Irish FA, the others being the Mid-Ulster FA, the North-West of Ireland FA and the Fermanagh & Western FA. Contents 1 History 2 Today 3 Competitions 4 Representative Matches 5 Chairmen & Presidents 5.1 Chairmen 5.2 Presidents 6 References History The Co. Antrim FA held its inaugural meeting on 23 April 1888 at the Commercial Hotel, Donegall Street, Belfast. The founding seven member clubs were Belfast Athletics, Cliftonville, Clarence, Distillery, YMCA, Oldpark and Whiteabbey. These clubs were joined shortly thereafter by Ballyclare, Linfield Athletics, Mountcollyer and Beechmount. In the intervening years the membership has grown from these eleven clubs to in excess of 500[1]. Aided by a grant from the Irish FA, the Co. Antrim FA set about organising a competition for its members, the County Antrim Senior Challenge Shield, for which the first round draw was made in November 1888. Also organised were a fund raising match, held between Cliftonville and "The Rest", and a first representative fixture, lost 6-2 to a touring side from Canada. In the first few years of its existence Co. Antrim FA XIs also faced teams representing Co. Londonderry, Mid-Ulster and the Irish FA[2]. Continued expansion of football in the region permitted the Co. Antrim FA to found further competitions, the Steel & Sons Cup in 1895 and the County Antrim Junior Shield in 1900[3]. Regular representative fixtures continued until the 1950s when financial losses incurred on trips to face the Sheffield and Hallamshire FA proved too much for the Association to bear[4]. In 1988, to celebrate the Co. Antrim FA's centenary a special competition was organised - The County Antrim FA Centenary Chalice. The specially produced crystal trophy was won by Glentoran who defeated Ballymena United 4-2 in the final at Windsor Park, Belfast[5]. That same season a County Antrim Select lost 6-2 to a Combined Mid-Ulster/North-West Select in a commemorative match at Windsor Park[6]. Today The Co. Antrim FA now has over 500 member clubs, spread beyond the traditional boundaries of Co. Antrim (for instance, Glentoran, Dundela FC, Bangor and Ards are members despite being based in Co. Down). Membership comes from all levels of football within Northern Ireland, from the senior, intermediate, junior and youth leagues and includes the reserve teams of many IFA Premiership clubs. Competitions Senior Shield (founded 1888) - Open to senior and selected intermediate teams (usually based on performances in the previous season's Steel Cup). Steel & Sons Cup (founded 1895) - Open to intermediate teams only, including senior clubs' reserve teams. Junior Shield (founded 1900) - Open to junior teams only Centenary Chalice (one-off competition held in 1988) - Open to senior and selected intermediate teams. Representative Matches Selected representative matches played by Co. Antrim FA Selects. Date Venue Opponent Result Notes 01 Sept 1888 Shaftesbury Grounds, Ormeau Road, Belfast Canada 2-6 Canadian side selected by the Western FA 14 Oct 1953 Solitude, Belfast South Africa 1-0 10 May 1988 Windsor Park, Belfast Mid-Ulster/North-West Select 2-6 Co. Antrim FA Centenary game[7] Chairmen & Presidents Chairmen 1888-1898 (office not in existence) 1912-1916 G.D. Jenkins 1912-1916 R. Ervine 1916-1943 J.M. Small 1943-1966 F.J. Cochrane (also Irish FA President 1948-1957) 1966-1967 T. Moorhead 1967-1985 W. Carlisle Designation of post changed to president in 1985 Presidents 1985-1989 H.A Johnstone 1989-1991 D. Crawford 1991-1993 J. Boyce (also Irish FA President 1995-2007) 1993-199? B.K. McGaughey 199?-1997 G.F.W. McIlwrath 1997-199? T.E. Pateman 199?-200? B.H. Dunlop 200?-200? S.J. Shaw 200?-date B. Reid References ^ The 100 Year History of the County Antrim FA (Page 10) ^ The 100 Year History of the County Antrim FA (Page 15) ^ The 100 Year History of the County Antrim FA (Page 17) ^ The 100 Year History of the County Antrim FA (Page 23) ^ Glentoran: A Complete Record by Roy France (Page 419) ^ Northern Ireland Soccer Yearbook 1988/89 ed. Malcolm Brodie (Page 61) ^ Northern Ireland Soccer Yearbook 1988/89 ed. Malcolm Brodie (Page 61)