Players from the Bluefin Sport Championship pictured at the National Stadium at Windsor Park ahead of this Saturday’s kick-off.


The NI Football League returns to action this Saturday with the start of the new Bluefin Sport Championship season.

Players and officials gathered at the National Stadium at Windsor Park this week the mark the start of another eagerly anticipated season in which Newry City and Ards both return to the league following relegation and are joined by last year’s Premier Intermediate League champions Queens University.

Andrew Johnston, Managing Director of the NI Football League stated, “The profile of the Championship has never been higher, and the commitment from title sponsors Bluefin Sport has played a huge part in raising that awareness.

“We had a memorable campaign last season, with Larne winning the Bluefin Sport Championship – but this season will be too close to call. We wish all the competing teams best of luck ahead of Saturday’s first round of fixtures.”

Alyn Spratt, Head of Sport (NI & ROI) for Bluefin Sport said; “We are delighted to be title sponsors of the Championship for the third consecutive season this year, the buzz around the league continues to grow and we can’t wait for it to get underway!”

The action kicks off this Saturday (3 August) with a host of top ties to start the league in style, as notable games include a Mid-Ulster derby at Lakeview Park between Loughgall and Portadown, newly promoted Queens University travel to Ballyclare Comrades and last season’s Irish Cup finalists Ballinamallard host Knockbreda at Ferney Park.

Bluefin Sport Championship matchday one fixtures
Saturday 3 August 2019 (3pm kick-offs)

  • Ballinamallard United v Knockbreda
  • Ballyclare Comrades v Queens University
  • Dundela v Dergview
  • HW Welders v Newry City
  • Loughgall v Portadown
  • PSNI v Ards