George Matchett
Carrick Rangers Football Club is saddened to learn of the death of former Irish Cup winning captain, George Matchett.

George was a talismanic figure during the most successful period in the club’s history, winning four B Division Championships, back to back Intermediate Cup medals in 1976 & 1977, and of course, the historic Irish Cup victory over Linfield in 1976 which propelled Matchett and his team mates into folklore.

The Irish Cup success led Rangers on a memorable European adventure in the Cup Winners Cup where they made it through the opening round with an aggregate victory against Aris Luxembourg before exiting to Southampton who had qualified for the competition as winners of the FA Cup, defeating Manchester United in the final.

Matchett was a stalwart of the side in 1975 who went the entire league campaign unbeaten.

Known as a fearsome competitor and leader, George began his career at Linfield and moved to Bangor before joining Rangers in 1972 where he remained until the end of the decade and ultimately finished his playing career at Moyola Park.

Maintaining a love for the game, George took up a coaching role and returned to Windsor Park, under Roy Coyle.

It did not come as a surprise, when in 2014, George was selected as a member of Carrick Rangers Greatest Ever XI to celebrate the club’s 75th anniversary.

Everyone at the club is deeply saddened to lose such a player, leader and friend and would like to wish our condolences to the Matchett family circle.

A Service of Thanksgiving for George Matchett will be held on Thursday 31st May 2018 at 10.30am in Church Of The Annunciation, Knocknagoney, followed by committal in Roselawn cemetery.

updated: 27 May 2018
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