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Formed away back in 1880 Lisburn Distillery are one of Ireland’s oldest football clubs.
Known affectionately as “The Whites”, the club is based in Lisburn, Northern Ireland and features football for all ages from 8 years old up to senior football.
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Distillery Football Club was formed in November 1880 with the club playing it’s first match on 20th November 1880, a one-nil victory over Dundela. In 1882 they moved to a new ground at Broadway, Belfast and won their first trophy, the Irish Cup, in 1884 defeating Wellington Park 5-0 in the final. The club went on to win the Cup three times in a row and on 28th October 1887 achieved their highest ever victory, an 18-0 win over United Steamship. The club went on to establish itself as one of the Irish leagues top sides for the next few decades with success in both cup and league competitions.
1932 saw the setting of a new club record that still stands to this day, most goals scored by a single player, Sam McAdam, who in his Distillery career scored a total of 226 goals. During the second world war many international players guested for the club and then in 1950 Distillery created more history by being the first Irish league side to install floodlights.
In 1963 they won the Irish League championship and their reward was a draw against former European champions Benfica. In a dramatic game Distillery held their mighty opposition to a 3-3 draw before losing in Lisbon. Then in 1970 their reward for winning the Irish cup was a game against Barcelona in the European Cup winners cup. Sadly also in 1970, due to civil disturbances in Northern Ireland at the time, Distillery were forced to leave their home stadium and spent the next 10 years without a ground and only being able to survive by the generosity of other clubs.
In 1980 they moved to their current home, New Grosvenor Stadium in Lisburn and from that point they were able to start to rebuild once again with the side returning to winning ways in 1985 winning the Co.Antrim Shield and in 1994 winning the Gold Cup. In 1999 a decision was agreed to change the clubs name from Distillery to Lisburn Distillery.
In the early 2000’s the club entered one of the most successful playing eras in its history qualifying for European footballs’ Intertoto cup on no less than four occasions between 2003-09 although on one of those occasions they had to withdraw due to administrative failings. The three European trips that were made saw the club travel to play FC Zalgiris (Lithuania), TPS Turku (Finland) and FC Zestafoni (Georgia) but sadly on each occasion the club were unable to get through the first round.
In 2010 due to unforeseen financial issues that had arisen the club found themselves in a precarious position whereby their very existence was being questioned. However thanks to the sterling efforts of their supporters survival was maintained albeit with future hopes on the playing side now being set at a more realistic level than previously hoped for. It was no surprise therefore that the spectre of relegation was looming large in season 2009/10 when they found themselves some 13 points adrift at the foot of the Irish Premiership table. Few would have believed what would then have happened however as, under the management of recently appointed manager Tommy Wright, the club mounted what will be forever known in the club history as “the great escape” , an unbeaten run in their last 11 league games which eventually saw them finish eight points clear of the drop zone. Wright’s remarkable transformation of the club continued the next season as the club defied the odds and won the CIS Insurance Cup beating Portadown in the final.
Unfortunately for the club this was to be a false dawn in that their league standing was soon to plummet again the following season. New restrictive financial measures put in place to protect the future of the club meant that it struggled to attract the top players and as a result of this the club was soon to find itself battling again at the wrong end of the Irish Premiership table narrowly missing relegation through a play off in 2012. However this was only to be brief respite as in April 2013 the club was relegated to the Irish Championship which in turn led to further financial changes being put in place. Clearly it is the clubs hope that this will only be a short term measure and with the hard work currently being undertaken by the club’s board of directors and its supporters the hope is that they will return to the top table of the Irish premiership sooner rather than later..
Lisburn Distillery Football Club respects and values diversity. We endeavour to provide an environment which values and enables the full involvement of all people, in all aspects and at every level within our club, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, colour, ethnic origin, race, age, perceived cultural identity, political affiliation or religious beliefs. We at Lisburn Distillery Football Club fully endorse the philosophy of ‘Football For All’ as promoted by our domestic governing body, the Irish Football Association. We will work with all stakeholders to ensure that New Grosvenor is a safe place to visit for all sections of our society. Lisburn Distillery Football Club condemns all foul, sexist, homophobic, racist and sectarian behaviour and language, and as a club we will do all in our power to Stamp It Out at New Grosvenor. We at Lisburn Distillery see Community Relations as a long term and ongoing project concerned with promoting Football For All in the city of Lisburn and outlying areas. The main objective of the our project is to make sure that the sport of football is welcoming and inclusive to all members of the general public who visit us at New Grosvenor..
Although our famous club is currently going through a period of change we are proud to be known as one of Ireland's most successful footballing sides, to date our trophies include:
Irish League Winners - 6 times
Irish Cup Winners - 12 times
Gold Cup Winners-5 times
City Cup Winners - 5 times
Co Antrim Shield Winners - 12 times
Ulster Cup Winners – 2 times
First Division winners – 2 times
CIS Cup Winners 1 time
No, we operate a pay on the gate policy which enables anyone to gain admission on any matchday.
Admission prices are £7 Adults, £4 concessions and we even offer free admission to Under 16's!
Yes, indeed we do ..
Grosvenor Whites Supporters’ Club - The Grosvenor Whites Supporters Club (established 1946) is the oldest Distillery Football Club supporters club in Ireland and they meet weekly at South Belfast Northern Ireland Supporters Club (Shaftesbury Square) to consider all things Distillery.
During the season the club run an away bus to destinations outside the Greater Belfast area and they have been subsidising the "joint" supporters bus since 2008. The club have traditionally drawn its membership from Belfast, but latterly have welcomed members who live on the Belfast-side of Lisburn – e.g. Newtownabbey, Carrickfergus, and Bangor.
An e-mail contact address for the Grosvenor Whites can be found below
Lisburn Whites Supporters Club -
The Lisburn Whites Supporters Club was established in February 1993 and draws its memberships from supporters throughout the borough of Lisburn.
Club meetings take place at New Grosvenor on Thursday evenings throughout the season
An e-mail contact address for the Lisburn Whites supporters club can be found below
Lisburn Distillery Scandinavian Supporters’ Club -
The Lisburn Distillery Scandinavian Supporters’ Club (LDSSC) was formed in March 2010 in Norway with the club currently comprising 30 or so members from Scandinavia - Norway, Sweden and Denmark.
Jan Tholin is the supporters’ club spokesman and both he and other members of LDSSC have travelled over to watch the Whites in action in March 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and this year March 2015
An e-mail contact address for the Lisburn Distillery Scandinavian Supporters’ Club can be found below
New City Whites Supporters Club - The New City Whites Supporters Club was formed in 2013. The club’s aim is to focus on helping Lisburn Distillery financially and practically as best they can
An e-mail contact address for the New City Whites Supporters’ Club can be found below
We wouldn't claim to be a well supported team in terms of matchday attendances but if you believe in supporting the underdog, enjoy watching the small man knock over the big man then Lisburn Distillery is the ideal team for you!
We are a small friendly club and we all work together to do as much as we can to ensure we meet our goals so why not get involved and follow Lisburn Distillery today!
Lisburn Distillery Supporters Clubs e-
Grosvenor Whites Supporters club : Ryan McQuillan : email@example.com
Lisburn Whites Supporters club: Ged irwin : firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisburn Distillery Scandanavian Supporters Club : Jan Tholin: email@example.com
New City Whites Supporters club: Les Clarke : newcitywhites-