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Delight as Felix McCrossan Pitch is unveiled

A FOOTBALL field at Melvin will now be known as the Felix McCrossan Pitch.

A plaque in dedication to the late Strabane man was unveiled in recent days.

Speaking after the ceremony Mayor Michaela Boyle said, “I am honoured to have officiated at the ceremony to honour one of Strabane’s finest Felix McCrossan. The fact that 92 per-cent of respondents voted in favour of the proposal is testament to the esteem in which Felix was held within this local community and further afield.

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“The regeneration of Melvin was a key legacy project of the former Strabane Council on which I served, and has been taken forward by the new council. It is with a sense of deep satisfaction to be standing here as Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council and to witness the total transformation that has been made with an investment of £2.2m having been made in the revamp of the Melvin Sports Complex itself, an investment of £1.4m in the 3G multi-sports pitch and lighting, complimented by the iconic £3.65m pedestrian bridge, with an additional £2.6m earmarked for the arena pitch and development of boxing facilities,

“With the investments already made Melvin has now become a major hub for sporting and other leisure activities. It is destined to become a hub of sporting excellence which would be the envy any area on this island.

“I would like to congratulate all councillors for supporting this proposal.

“Felix’s name was synonymous with soccer in Strabane and his life-long dedication to promoting the game locally, during the good times and the lean times, so this official opening ceremony is a fitting and lasting tribute to his memory”.

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