It's all kicking off - opening weekend of new Danske Bank Premiership campaign

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New Carrick boss Stuart King

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The new Danske Bank Premiership season kicks off this weekend.

The opening games on Friday night see Larne hosting Coleraine and Portadown at home to derby rivals Glenavon.

Champions Linfield launch their defence of the Gibson Cup on Saturday against Crusaders at Windsor Park.

Glentoran go to Dungannon Swifts, Warrenpoint Town have Ballymena United and Cliftonville face Carrick Rangers at Solitude.

It's a first match as a Premiership manager for new Carrick boss Stuart King who's joined the club from Banbridge Town.

He's hit the ground running and made a series of shrewd signings including his former Linfield teammate Jim Ervin and ex-Crues star David Cushley. 


Fans are back, with the Northern Ireland Football League issuing some advice to clubs in the past week:

Meanwhile, the Green and White Army is set to return in strength next month:

This weekend the focus is on the Irish League, and these games:




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