Fans in focus: Gary Wilson

Name: Gary Wilson

Age: 29

How long have you supported Newry? I’ve been going regularly to games for about 25 years.

How did you come about supporting the club? It’s in the Wilson blood!

Your favourite ever player? Many great players have turned out in the famous blue and white stripes over the years. Some that spring to mind include – Dessie ‘The Dundalk Hawk’ Gorman, Gary McPhee, Johnny Kenny, Stuart McLean and Willy Crawley but without doubt the greatest is Oliver Ralph! He scored a club record total of 305 goals at Newry – is it any wonder he is still idolised at the Showgrounds?!

Favourite current player? I have great admiration for many of the players at Newry at the moment but the one that stands out for me is the wee man from Omeath – Jimmy Walker.

Best memory supporting the club? My best memories supporting the club would have to be our European adventures in the late 90’s to Croatia and Germany in the Intertoto Cup. I traveled to both the games with the team and it’s something I will never forget.

Funniest moment supporting the club? The funniest thing I have seen supporting the club was at an away game at Crusaders a few years back. A Crues’ player called Jeff Spiers attempted to get over the fence to confront myself and my mate Nelly. I’ll have to leave it to Nelly to explain why though!

Favourite ground you’ve visited and why? It would have to be Mourneview Park in Lurgan. The work that Glenavon FC has put into it over the years is incredible. No matter where you sit in the ground, there always seems to be a great view of the game.

What is it you like most about following Newry? I love the friendly banter among fans and players, it isn’t something you see at many clubs. Newry City AFC is also a cross community club, which is something I am extremely proud of.

Hopes for the future? For Darren to lead us back into the Premiership where we rightly belong and to bring those European days back to the Showgrounds! Also, I have to say it is great to see the work that Conlon Morrison is putting into the new Youth Academy at the club. Hopefully the senior team will reap the rewards in the years to come.



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