Irish League football to return to West Belfast?

After an absence of 50 years, local football could be returning to west Belfast after First Division side, Donegal Celtic, claimed a play-off spot at the weekend.

The prospect of the club’s promotion has revived memories of the great Belfast Celtic team, which captured the hearts of the local football enthusiasts from the late 19th century up to the 1940s, when the club departed the local football scene after players were attacked following a tense match with city rivals, Linfield. There is no doubt but that the removal of one of the two great footballing sides of Belfast in the 1940s did tremendous damage to the local game, with many arguing that it has never recovered. Could the return of top flight local football to west Belfast be the shot in the arm the local game needs?

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