Causeway Chronicle

Stephen Lomas takes in friendly game

By Michael Anderson 

Former Northern Ireland International Stephen Lomas was amongst the supporters at the Showgrounds on Saturday.

The former West Ham and Manchester City star watched Coleraine’s 3-0 win over Portadown.

Stephen, who started his career with the Bannsiders, was impressed with Oran Kearney’s side.: “I thought they knocked the ball about well and it was a good work out,” said Stephen.

Lomas enjoyed a terrific playing and managerial career.

After leaving the Showgrounds, he moved to Maine Road where he played 111 times for City.

He moved to West Ham in 1997 and represented the Hammers 187 times.

Stephen, capped 45 times by Northern Ireland between 1994 and 2003, ended his career with stints at Queens Park Rangers and Gillingham.

He then went into management, enjoying a successful spell with St. Johnstone before taking over at Millwall.

Now back living locally, he enjoyed Saturday’s warm up game.

“Yes it was a friendly but technically the players looked good. The midfield all looked good on the ball and Graham Kelly at the back was comfortable bringing the ball out from the back.

“They were all slick and it was good to see Matthew (Shevlin) back amongst the goals.”

Michael Anderson

Michael Anderson