It’s a football competition steeped in 99 years of history and it’s coming to Jordanstown. The Collingwood Cup will see 12 university teams descend on the University of Ulster in February to battle it out to get their hands on Ireland’s oldest all-island senior tournament.
Dr. Nigel Dobson, Head of Sports Services at the University and the Mayor of Newtownabbey, along with Alderman Victor Robinson, unveiled the details about the competition at Mossley Mill this week. The launch event was also attended by Irsh FA President, Jim Shaw and IUFU chairman Terry McAuley,
The University of Ulster has hosted the Collingwood Cup twice before. In 1980, its student team won the first of its six titles.
“We are delighted to be staging this prestigious tournament at the Jordanstown campus in the Borough of Newtownabbey, and we sincerely thank Alderman Victor Robinson for the council’s support of this important student soccer tournament,” said Dr. Dobson.
“We have a fabulous opportunity to showcase the completion of our £20m capital investment in outdoor and indoor sports facilities prior to the 2013 World University Games.
“My thanks go to all our partners here today including; the Irish Universities Football Union, the Irish FA, The Milk Cup and potential sponsors.
“My best wishes go to Taylor Kirk and his committee who will deliver this event. This is truly a student event - run by students and played by students - we are looking forward to the local community embracing its potential.”
Alderman Robinson added: “We look forward to welcoming teams from all over Ireland and I’m sure the teams travelling from as far afield as Cork and Limerick will get a warm welcome.
“The tournament also gives the council the opportunity to further develop the strong partnership with the university which is growing stronger by the day and helping to develop and promote sport in the Borough.”
The universities taking part are as follows: University of Ulster Jordanstown, University of Ulster Magee, Queen’s University Belfast, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, Dublin City University, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, National University of Ireland Maynooth, University College Cork, University of Limerick, Mary Immaculate College Limerick and National University of Galway.