Plumb Center FC are an 11-a-side team who play in the top division of their community league, managed by William (Willy) McGilloway who works as a Showroom Manager for the Londonderry branch.
They’re a local side made up of plumbers, Plumb Center employees and anyone else who’s good enough, and with two consecutive promotions (including a play-off final win), and a League Cup to their name, they’re having some success on the pitch.
Now thanks to a donation from Plumb Center, the team have a brand new strip, water bottles, training bibs and a first aid kit (magic sponge included) to help them continue their good work.
Willy, a 47-year-old Man United supporter, took over the club four years ago when they were second-from-
“I was playing for the club but we were struggling and in danger of folding, so I stepped in,” he explained.
“The first thing I did was change the name to Plumb Center because if I was going to fund the team on my own, I wanted to have a say in what we were called.
“We’re a local club and we all pitch in, my wife even washes the kits, but it takes a lot of effort to run a team. Fortunately we’ve done something right, because we’ve had back-to-back promotions, secured our position in the Premiership, and won the League Cup last year, so it’s all worth it.
“We’re very grateful to Plumb Center for its donation and we won our first game in the new kit 4-1, so hopefully there’s plenty more to come.”
Robert Beagley, Plumb Center's Regional Director for Scotland and Northern Ireland, said:
“Willy has done a great job with his club, and has spent a lot of money from his own pocket, so we’re delighted to help him out.
“The team have never asked us for anything, and we only found out about them earlier in the year when I spoke to Willy at a Plumb Center training programme.
“I’m a big football fan and work with Stenhousemuir FC, and I know how difficult running a club can be.
“So we organised a donation and hopefully the boys can continue on their great run of form.”