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Friday Night Viewing

COLERAINE supporters are advised to keep an eye out for a special documentary that is to be released this Friday evening…

Created by club videographer James Wilkinson, the documentary is based on the 2019-20 campaign and will feature Oran Kearney’s return to the dugout, exclusive interviews with first-team players and ends with celebrations from the recent League Cup success.

Speaking to colerainefc.com, an excited James shares a little bit more insight on the ‘Coleraine FC: More than a Club’ documentary.

Q1. What are the reasons behind shooting a documentary on the Bannsiders?

I have been working closely with Coleraine Football Club this year creating the media content that goes out online.

For my final piece in college, I was told I had to create a documentary film. I couldn’t think of any better subject than Coleraine FC.

There are so many untold stories, and the season they were having was just phenomenal, it is a must watch for any Coleraine fan.

Q2. What can supporters expect from the documentary?

The programme tells the story of the 19/20 season from the eyes of the players and staff.

Viewers will get to hear some untold stories in exclusive interviews with: Aaron Traynor, Stephen O’Donnell, Aaron Canning, Jamie Glackin, and Oran Kearney, as well as seeing some unseen footage from our cup final celebrations.

I can’t give too much away though, you’ll have to watch to find out.

Q3. How has the recent COVID-19 pandemic affected production?

Thankfully everything you see in the final documentary, COVID didn’t cause too much of an issue for the production.

However it did mean that the documentary ends prematurely as the Irish League itself did. With the league being called early and with myself not being able to attend the Irish Cup semi-final due to social distancing restrictions, the best end for the documentary was with the League Cup final success earlier in the season.

COVID also delayed the release of the film by a couple of months due to the postponement of the Irish Cup.

Q4. Is there anyone you would like to thank for their help in their documentary?

There are so many people that helped to make this documentary what it was.

Firstly I would like to thank all of the players and staff at Coleraine FC. From the minute I arrived they all made me feel welcome and I have enjoyed every second of my time with them.

I want to give special thanks to Colin McKendry and Stevie McCann for giving me full access to the club whenever I needed to for filming, and to those who gave up their time to be interviewed.

I also want to thank the lads in the media team: Johnny McNabb, Aaron O’Neill, Damian Mullan and Steven Crawford. They have been great from day one and I couldn’t ask for a better group of people to cover the matches with.

My final thanks goes to Ballymoney NRC lecturers Gemma Wray and Stuart Cullen who helped me from the very first pitch of my idea. Without their creative assistance the documentary wouldn’t be the same.

Supporters can watch the documentary live on the club’s YouTube account this Friday evening (August 7) at 7pm – you won’t want to miss it.

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