Chimney Corner F.C.

Chimney Corner F.C.

Chimney Corner is an intermediate, Northern Irish football club playing in IFA Championship 2. The club, founded in 1952, hails from Antrim and plays its home matches at Allen Park. Club colours are red and white. The current manager is Stephen Hughes. They have a reserve team which was founded in the 2006–07 season which plays in the Ballymena and Provincial Junior League. They have a large youth set-up which was founded for the 2005–06 season.

The club joined the Northern Amateur Football League in 1953 and became one of its leading clubs before being elevated to the Irish League B Division in 1975. The club stayed at this level until failing to gain a place in the reorganised and re-branded IFA Championship in 2008. The 2008–09 season was spent in the IFA Interim Intermediate League, but the club gained admission to the Championship in 2009, when it was split into two divisions (Corner entering Championship 2).

In recent years the club has struggled in the third tier of Northern Irish football, finishing bottom of IFA Championship 2 in 2009–10, 2010–11 and 2011–12. They were saved from relegation in those seasons only by a High Court ruling, and Irish Football Association rules governing the promotion of a club from a lower regional league to the IFA Championship. In the 2011–12 season, Camlough Rovers were champions of the Mid-Ulster Football League but did not meet IFA requirements for Championship entry, so Corner were spared relegation.

They were also saved from relegation in the 2010–11 season, when Dollingstown, who play in the Mid-Ulster Football League (one tier below IFA Championship 2), were denied promotion to Championship 2 for fielding an ineligible player in eight league matches. As a result, they were deducted all the points they gained in the matches the player took part in, and finished in 4th place instead of 1st. Dollingstown appealed the decision, and took their case all the way to the High Court, but it was dismissed. Tandragee Rovers were crowned champions of the division instead, but did not apply for entry to the Championship. Had Dollingstown won their case they would have been promoted, with Corner being relegated.

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