Fred has actually chosen to call time on his function as secretary after a lifetime of service to the East Belfast club

If you reflect on the last half-century at Harland and Wolff Welders, there’s a fair possibility the name Fred Magee will pop up in the annals of the club’s history.

Fred’s association with the East Belfast clothing extends back to the 1970s, however his popularity extends beyond the limits of Tillysburn Park.

The hugely popular club secretary has actually chosen to step down from the post after over 50 years of service.

The proud association began following a Saturday night drink in the 1970s.

The rest, as they say, is history.

The Welders have paid homage to Fred following his retirement, explaining him as a “giant of a man”.

They charted his journey from the Saturday Morning League to the club he would call house for the last five decades.

” Prior to his involvement with the East Belfast club he was involved with a Saturday Morning league group Moat Consider as early as 1964 prior to becoming an Auxiliary fireman in Dundonald,” the club said.

” The system had a group in the Amateur League and when the station closed they applied to have the name altered from Dundonald Auxiliary Fire service to Dundonald Football Club.”

Fred’s involvement with the Welders came over opportunity, following that weekend tipple at the club in the early 1970s.

” The Welders at that time required a representative to attend league and fixture meetings,” the Welders stated.

” With Fred having previous experience in the role with Moat View and Dundonald he was talked into assisting out for a few weeks.

” Those few weeks in the 1970s lasted till completion of this season which seen the Club surface eighth in the Bluefin Sport Championship, the 2nd tier of Irish Football.

” A long road took a trip from their days in the amateur league which has seen Fred serve under no less than 18 managers throughout his tenure, the first being Thomas ‘Tucker’ Dougherty until present day boss Gary Smyth.”

Fred is set to remain in the Welders’ backroom personnel supplying support and guidance to the new secretary, David Whiteside.

Chairman Thomas Flynn said: “Numerous people have actually travelled through the doors of Harland & Wolff Welders Football Club during the clubs history of over fifty six years, but none more dedicated than the group secretary, Fred Magee.

Fred has watched the team develop, delighting in success along the way, and assisted in bringing them to where the team is today, with the imminent opening of a brand-new state-of-the-art stadium in our East Belfast Holywood Roadway home, in which he has actually played an essential function as part of the development strategies.

” On behalf of the whole Management Committee of the club we wish Fred health in his retirement, and anticipate him going to and taking pleasure in future games, in the comfortable surroundings of our brand-new stadium.”