Flynn Targeting a First Cup for City since Shield Glory in 1988; HUNTING HISTORY CO-OPERATIVE INSURANCE FINAL NEWRY C V PORTADOWN, 2.30PM
Byline: BY DARREN FULLERTON
NEWRY CITY boss Gerry Flynn will look into his players eyes before kick-off and urge them to grasp a little slice of football history.
In the bowels of Mourneview Park just after 2pm, he will remind them of the significance of today's Co-Operative Insurance Cup final with Portadown.
But he will also recall the last time Newry won a senior trophy - the 1988 County Antrim Shield when goals from Marty Magee and Eamon Hawkins secured a 2-1 win over Ballymena United at The Oval.
In 1988, the Troubles were still at their height - only 1,000 fans made the Shield final in east Belfast because of bomb alerts across the city.
Bros, Aswad, Aztec Camera and Rick Astley were sending young teenage pulses racing in the charts, Richard and Judy were taking their first tentative steps on This Morning and Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure was a cult hit at the box office.
The past 21 years have passed in a whirl and the land scape, socially and politically, has changed. And yet Newry's search for another piece of senior silverware goes on.
"It's been a very long time," said Flynn."I know it is 20-odd years since the club last played in a senior final.
"The club has waited a long time for this moment and hopefully we can produce a big performance on a big stage, a big occasion.
"It is fantastic to be here and I will probably be the proudest man at Mourne view Park. But now we are in the final, we want to go the extra mile and give everything in a bid to lift the trophy.
"There is a little piece of history up for grabs and that is a big, big incentive, not only for me, but for my players."
Flynn, who took over the Newry job in January 2007, is relishing his first final as a boss after enduring a torrid time before Christmas when the financial future of the club was on the line. …