Fans in focus: Conor McEvoy

Name: Conor McEvoy.

Age: 26.

How long have you supported Newry? Since the 1999/2000 season.

How did you come about supporting the club? Through my mate Sean McKevitt.

Your favourite ever player? Mark Rutherford, Robbie Casey or Richie Clarke.

Favourite current player? Jimmy Walker.

Best memory supporting the club? Probably when we played Cliftonville away in the quarter finals of the CIS Cup. That game had everything. Poor refereeing decisions, penalties and late drama. After conceding a penalty in extra time I thought that Newry were going out. Then Cullen Feeney nicked one in the 120th minute to take the game to penalties. Newry scored their 5 penalties and so did Cliftonville to force sudden death. Darren King smashed his penalty home and I guess the tension was too much for the following Cliftonville player who sent his penalty into the roof of the stand behind. It was a great night.

Funniest moment supporting the club? I can’t remember exactly which year it was but I remember one year when Newry were playing Coleraine at the Showgrounds and to say there were a few rough tackles would be an understatement. We were standing behind the nets and I had turned to Sean and asked him “Does there ever be any fights between players at this level?” Sean’s reply was a rather subdued, “Na, not really.” Literally about 30 seconds later, we seen players and officials trying to break up some scuffle on the touchline so we took a run round and seen Roy McCreadie and Marty Quinn trying to knock each other out. Needless to say I was shouting abuse at Marty Quinn and laughing at him trying to fight.

Favourite ground you’ve visited and why? I always liked Mourneview Park in Lurgan, just thought it was a decent stadium.

How many games have you been to this season? About eight.

What is it you like most about following Newry? Newry is my local team and you always want to see them doing well and progressing.

Hopes for the future? Hopefully the lads can keep up this good form, stay top of the league and get promoted. I would love to see them back up in the Premiership again. A decent cup run/win would go down nicely too!