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Dawson to lead Saffron footballers

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Frank Dawson is the new Antrim football manager, having been ratified last night.

Dawson has replaced Liam Bradley in the role, with Bradley having stepped down at the end of the season.

Dawson is a native of Belfast and is from the St. Gall's club. He managed St. Gall's in the 1980s and 1990s before moving on to manage another Antrim club, Éire Óg.

In a coaching career spanning 27 years, he has also managed Clonduff, Longstone and Burren (all in Down) as well as Castledawson in Derry.

He guided Longstone to a first Down senior final in 21 years back in 2007, and then went on to lead Burren to the Down title in 2010 and 2011. Burren went on to reach the Ulster club final in 2011, where they were beaten by Crossmaglen.

As well as his football background, Dawson also had a spell in charge of the Down hurlers, and guided the county to their last Ulster senior title, back in 1997.

At the announcement of his appointment, he said it was an honour to be the new Antrim manager.

“It is an honour to be appointed manager to any intercounty team and when it is your own county then that is special. I know there is a very good crop of players there at the minute and I am looking forward to getting to work. Liam Bradley brought Antrim on significantly during the last four years and I intend to build on that success.”

Antrim spent last season in Division III of the Allianz Football League, and finished fifth. They got as far as Round 3 of the Qualifiers in the All-Ireland championship, where they were defeated by Tipperary.

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