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Ronnie McFall

Published: Tuesday 1 June 2010, 17.57CET
Published: Tuesday 1 June 2010, 17.57CET

Ronnie McFall

Date of birth: 18 July 1945
Nationality: Northern Irish
Playing Career: Dundee United FC, Glentoran FC, Ards FC, Portadown FC
Coaching Career:
Glentoran FC, Portadown FC

• A tough-tackling full-back, McFall plied his trade with Dundee United in Scotland before returning home to represent Portadown, Ards and Glentoran.

• As a player he won a Northern Irish title with Glentoran in 1977 before being appointed player-manager of the Belfast club in 1979.

• Led Glentoran to the league title in 1981 and Irish Cup in 1983 before leaving the Oval after a poor run of results the following year.

• Appointed Portadown manager in December 1986 and went on to establish them as a genuine force in Northern Irish football. He guided the Ports to their first ever league title in 1990 and added three more championships in 1991, 1996 and 2002.

• McFall also led Portadown to their first ever Irish Cup success in 1991 – completing a domestic double – and lifted the knockout trophy again in 1999 and 2005.

• He won the Irish League's manager of the year accolade five times – once with Glentoran and four times with Portadown – and was appointed an MBE for services to football in 2007.

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