Meet the Supporter

Meet the Supporter: Aaron O’Neill

JOURNALIST and Coleraine supporter Aaron O’Neill is next to be asked a series of questions about his life as a Bannsider…

1. How long have you supported Coleraine?

I’ve supported Coleraine since a young boy as my grandfather (Shaun Dunlop) played for Coleraine during the 60’s and 70’s and he was responsible for getting me to follow the Bannsiders. After his playing days he’d still have went to watch on a Saturday and he took me down to games when I was old enough.

2. What’s your first memory?

Probably the heartache of the Irish Cup Final in 2004, I remember standing in the Kop end right next to the Glentoran fans and seeing them going at it in the stands was mental stuff.

3. Any funny stories from your time as a supporter?

There are some I can’t mention! Probably my first trek to Ballinamallard as it felt like you had to go through 3 different time zones to get there. I also went on one of the trips to Stranraer a few years back and it was definitely a great experience. However, the European trip to Haugesund is another one which will live long in the memory, we had a great support out in Norway and it was a great experience for everyone.

4. Your favourite current player/past player?

Ciaron Harkin is my favourite current player as he’s full of energy and is a brilliant midfielder. He has made a big difference since joining the club in January. Former player would have to be Curtis Allen as he scored a lot of goals.

5. Your favourite away trip?

Mourneview Park or Stangmore Park – both great venues to watch a game.

6. Your favourite goal?

Johnny Black’s winner at Solitude in the Cup a few years back, the place erupted!

7. Any favourite matches?

There’s a few that spring to mind, the away game against Dundalk a few years ago would be up there but I have to go for last season’s Irish Cup semi-final. Don’t think I’ve ever been as nervous watching a match, it was end to end stuff but luckily for us we came out on top! The video of our fans singing after the match is unbelievable.

8. If you could sign any player from another Irish League, who would it be?

At the minute based on our form players would struggle to get in our team, but sometimes I feel like we lack a hard-hitting midfielder so I’d go for someone like Declan Caddell or Robbie Garrett.