The Airdrie Irish Football Club jumped into the proverbial end zone to make local football history on Dec. 6.
Irish president Matt Squires made the successful pitch of the expansion application for the senior men’s team at the Alberta Football League’s (AFL) AGM in Edmonton.
“We’re really excited,” said Squires. “The best part for Airdrie is there’s going to be something fun to see Saturday nights.”
There will be four regular season home games, starting with the team’s home opener versus the Grande Prairie Drillers on June 13, 2015.
“We’re looking forward to it,” said Squires, who spent the last six months pursuing the goal of entering a team in the league.
Squires said board members deliberated for 45 minutes while he and his associates were out of the room.
“They wanted to make sure we weren’t decimating another team to start a new one,” said the fullback who wrapped up his 10th season with the Calgary Wolfpack this fall.
Squires said the team’s roster includes a lot of new faces to the league, many from Airdrie, including recent alumni from George McDougall and Bert Church High School football programs.
The team is still looking for players to join the about 60 men that have already committed to play.
Squires said he was surprised by more good news when the AFL board made him president at the end of the meeting on Dec. 6.
“I was probably overwhelmed on Saturday night,” he said. “It has been fun, exciting.”
Season passes will be sold for $20 each, good for any of the team’s four home games.
For more information on the team, sponsorship opportunities and league updates please visit www.airdrieirish.com