Raceview FC to return to Saturday Morning League

The name of Raceview FC will be missing from the list of competing teams when the Ballymena & Provincial Intermediate League kicks off next season.

Thursday, 18th July 2013, 9:00 am
Raceview enjoyed considerable success at intermediate level.

But the Broughshane-based club has been quick to scotch rumours that it has folded, stating instead that it intends to compete in the Ballymena Saturday Morning League, of which Raceview’s reserve team is already a member.

Social media was awash with rumours that the club had folded but club members have intimated that the club is still “very much alive”.

Raceview have been one of the most successful junior and intermediate clubs in the Ballymena area over the past decade, with the highlight coming in 2002 when, in their previous spell in the Saturday Morning League, they won the prestigious County Antrim Junior Shield.

Within a few years, the ambitious side had opted to take the step up to intermediate level, playing in the Ballymena & Provincial Intermediate League.

Even allowing for the step up to a higher standard, the Broughshane side continued to be successful, winning a number of the BPIL’s knockout trophies and several league championships, the most recent coming in 2011-12.

The addition of a number of players with intermediate experience will strengthen Raceview Athletic’s hopes in the Saturday Morning League, where they will play in Division Two next season.

Last season, under manager Philip McBurney, Athletic won Division Three with an unbeaten record and also landed the Sammy Moore Cup.