Newry City pay tribute to club volunteer Sean Gaffney after 44 years of service

​​Newry City paid tribute to their long-serving volunteer Sean Gaffney, who has stepped away from his role with the club following the end of the season.
Newry City volunteer Sean Gaffney (right) with club captain Darren King.Newry City volunteer Sean Gaffney (right) with club captain Darren King.
Newry City volunteer Sean Gaffney (right) with club captain Darren King.

​​They made the announcement and thanked him in a statement on social media, which read:

‘The final day of the 2023/24 season marked the end of an era at The Showgrounds with Sean Gaffney retiring after 44 years of service to the club.

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‘Called on for many roles Sean has been a familiar face at The Showgrounds over the years, being one of those first at the club on a training night or matchday, Sean would always have a story or joke to tell.

‘We can’t thank Sean enough for his dedication over the years and now we look forward to welcoming him back to The Showgrounds as a supporter to sit in the stand on a matchday and enjoy the football.

‘We should however warn him that he may still be called upon five minutes before kick off to fix the nets.

‘Enjoy your retirement Gaff.’

Their Facebook has many comments of well wishes, including from club steward Paul McShane, who wrote:

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‘My close friend at the tunnel for over 25 years. We shared some stories on matchdays.

‘He had a memory of things that managers and players did and said that was incredible.

‘We had some laughs together!

‘You’ll be missed my friend.’

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