Dundela Football Club - Online™
Wilgar Park Wilgar Street Strandtown Belfast BT4 3LB Northern Ireland
When we speak about Dundela FC, we just have to mention...Mervyn Bell. The two have possibly the longest (manager-club) union in European football. From way back in 1973 Dundela have been in the very capable managerial hands of Mervyn. He has steered the Duns' to 27 trophies during his 28 years at the helm. This includes 9 of the 10 Championships Dundela have won; 7 Intermediate Cup wins and 6 Steel & Sons Cup victories. His allegiance to Dundela goes back even further - to 1966. Previous to joining Dundela, in 1966, Mervyn had played for both Distillery and Portadown. And in his playing career was classed as a very skillful centre-half and has always been held in the highest esteem throughout footballing circles in Ireland. His thirst for success and trophies is still unquenchable even after all his years with the club. He once told a journalist, "I don't play golf or any other sports, football is my only outlet". In answer to a recent journalists' question as to why, would Mervyn not like Dundela up there alongside the Glens' in the premiership? He responded by saying...that the east of the city is too small for both clubs to survive, let alone thrive.
The simple facts of the matter are...promotion for Dundela would not only mean, no more Steel & Sons, Smirnoff and Intermediate Cup runs. It could also realistically mean financial ruin.
We only have to look at some of the first division attendances for proof. Long may you reign, Mervyn!
Dundela FC based within the eastern side of the city of Belfast are one of the top Intermediate clubs in Northern Ireland. Home ground is, Wilgar Park (aka; The Hen Run), which is somewhat dwarfed by our wealthier neighbours Glentoran and their Oval headquarters. From Belfast City centre any bus on the Hollywood Road or Belmont Road routes will get you to Wilgar Park. We are well established as a friendly-family club and visitors are always very welcome.