Derek McKinley pictured during his Glentoran days (c) Presseye


It is with great sadness that former Portadown, Glentoran and Lisburn Distillery kitman Derek McKinley has passed away.

McKinley, was a well respected figure both in the Irish League family and also in International football, where he served as team attendant for 30 years before retiring in 2011.

He was part of the staff at two FIFA World Cup Cups in 1982 & 1986, and worked under six Northern Ireland managers during that time; Billy Bingham, Bryan Hamilton, Lawrie McMenemy, Sammy McIlroy, Lawrie Sanchez and Nigel Worthington

Domestically, he worked with numerous successful managers in the Irish League during spells at Portadown, Glentoran, Lisburn Distillery and Knockbreda. He was part of the backroom team as Glentoran lifted the Premiership trophy in 2009 under Alan McDonald.

The condolences of all associated with the NI Football League go out to the family and friends of Derek.

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