For those of you that don’t know me my name is Scott Boyde, I have played for several years with many different clubs that cover some of the Amateur and Intermediate leagues. For those of you that do know me, I am sorry but there is nothing I can do about that now.
I have worked for many years in IT and with a bit of spare time on my side, I decided to put my team then Newtownbreda FC on the web. I created a basic site that had some statistics on players, some background info on the team, but mainly the information on the divisions the first and second teams competed within the Amateur league.
As the season progressed, I saw that there was a lack of up to date information on the whole league or if there was anything no one was aware that it existed. But the help and support from two other amateur league sites, Shorts FC and Abbey Villa I was able to get statistics for the whole league. But I needed a regular source to provide the fixtures and results on a weekly basis, luckily our club Secretary put me in touch with the main league secretary who has since then provided regular updates.
Further into the season again with the help of Conrad from Abbey Villa I was able to get details for the Down Area football league. At this stage I thought that if there was nothing out there for the Amateur League, then what about the other football leagues in Northern Ireland.
Finding details for other leagues throughout Northern Ireland was harder that getting the information onto the web, considering that I had never created a website before. Through the IFA I was able to get contact details for some other leagues including, the two Ballymena leagues, Old Boys, South Antrim. With these new leagues I decided at this time to move the information onto a site of its own and nifootball.co.uk was born.
With nifootball.co.uk I established the first central online service for local football in Northern Ireland. The site is dedicated to bringing an informational service for the local game and has been running in its own right since January 2006.
The site has gone on to thrive in the last year and is a firm favourite for millions of football fans, players, clubs and officials from around not just Northern Ireland but the world looking for accurate, immediate and impartial football information.
nifootball.co.uk offers unrivalled in-depth news, scores, results and tables across an impressive array of football leagues in Northern Ireland.
At this moment the site currently has 18 updated leagues that cover Senior, Intermediate, Junior and Youth football as well as the ladies football league. You can view the current league tables, fixtures and results of each of these leagues as well as the many array of Cups from each league or the many Inter league Cup competitions such as the Irish and Junior Cups, or you if you can brave it you can have a bit of banter in the forums.
I hope that over the course of this season I can improve on what information the site has to offer, including team and player statistics and make the site even better.
Can I please ask that if you like and enjoy the site that you visit the sponsors, like everthing in life it costs money and unfortunately a website such as this is no exception. If you feel that you would like to help even further you can help by making a donation, any money from donations will go back into the running of the site. I would also like to that those that helped with donations last season and I hope that with improvements made over the summer you can see that you have helped.
I would also like to thank the league committees, league secretaries and, other contacts for providing me with the relevant information and putting up with my general nagging and persistent phone calls and emails. Hopefully this relationship can prosper as the site gets bigger.
Cheers, and good luck to all for the season,