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Banbridge Thistle FC Season 1996-97

As another season nears it's end Banbridge Thistle must face the fact that this season was one in which they promised so much yet failed to deliver anything.The season began with the arrival of some new players and the spirit around the club was of a team going places.However due to a series of poor performances against the weaker sides in the division Banbridge Thistles hopes of promotion disappeared and the players are left wondering were it all went wrong.Fourth place in the league and out of the Magee Cup Thistle must instead look forward to next year.Manager Harry Shannon must surely be expecting his players to prove their worth and romp the division next year but the league will hold the added problems of new clubs and new challenges.

Top Scorers 1996-97

(1) Greg Craig         12
(2) Mark Gallagher     9
(3) Riki McEnarney     9
(4) Declan Winters     6
(5) Barrie Jordan      4
(6) Davy Mc Cann       4
(7) Pel Miskimmons     4
(8) Stephen Patton     4
(9) Pete Houston       2
(10)Ronnie Clarke      1
(11)Johnny Breen       1

             Total =  56

Mid-Ulster Division Four

                          P      W      D      L      PTS
(1) Hagans Albion         19     17     0      2      51
(2) Drumcoo Celtic        19     16     2      1      50
(3) Annaclone Celtic      18     12     3      3      39
(4) Banbridge Thistle     19     10     4      5      34
(5) Tassagh Rangers       18     8      5      5      29
(6) Fort United           18     10     1      7      31
(7) Tartaraghan Utd       18     5      2      11     17
(8) Denny's               20     4      5      11     17
(9) Drumgor United        19     4      2      13     14
(10)Banbridge Crusaders   18     3      2      13     11
(11)Village Athletic      18     0      0      18     0

League + Cup Programme Results 1996-97

League (h) Village Athletic 7-0 W 
League (h) Annaclone Celtic 2-2 W
League (h) Banbridge Crusaders 1-0 W
League (a) Drumcoo Celtic 3-0 L
League (a) Dennys 1-1 D
MUS (h) Glenview United 3-1 W
League (h) Tartaraghan 3-1 W
League (a) Tassagh Rangers 5-1 L
League (h) Fort United 1-0 W
League (a) Banbridge Crusaders 0-1 W
League (a) Drumgore United 1-3 W
League (a) Annaclone Celtic 1-2 W
MUS (h) Windmill Stars 1-3 L
League (h) Tassagh Rangers 2-2 D
League (a) Hagans Albion 5-3 L
League (a) Tartaraghan 0-7 W
League (h) Drumgore United 4-1 W
League (h) Hagans Albion 2-7 L
League (h) Dennys 2-3 L
League (a) Fort United 0-1 W
League (h) Drumcoo Celtic 2-2 D
MC (h)Dennys 1-0 W
League (a) Village Athletic 5-0 W

MUS = Mid-Ulster Shield
MC = Magee Cup