Fulton hoping Queen’s can cause more upsets

Bertie Fulton scored against Lisburn Distillery in the last round
Bertie Fulton scored against Lisburn Distillery in the last round

Bertie Fulton hails from proud footballing stock and he will be hoping to carve his own slice of glory as Irish Cup underdogs Queen’s University attempt to claim Bangor’s scalp in Saturday’s quarter-final clash at Upper Malone.

Fulton’s grandfather – also called Bertie – played for Belfast Celtic, represented Ireland 41 times and played for Great Britain in the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin.

The next generation of Bertie Fultons played for Glenavon and Cliftonville in the 70s and now watches his son in action with Queen’s in Championship 2.

The 33-year-old midfielder –formerly of Larne and Coleraine and an Engineering graduate – was coaxed out of retirement by Queen’s manager Peter Thompson.

“I gave up football after a spell with Larne Technical Old Boys in the Amateur League in order to have more time to concentrate on my family,” he recalled.

“My wife and I used to take our son for walks around Upper Malone and, to cut a long story short, Peter, whom I had played with as a teenager, talked me into making a comeback in January.

“It’s been an amazing few weeks but when you look at the quality of the players we have I am not altogether surprised at how we have done.

“We are in bonus territory now having reached the last eight but we’ll give it a go against Bangor and see what happens.”

Thompson regards Fulton as an invaluable acquisition after he helped the team dismiss Limavady United and Lisburn Distillery in previous rounds.

“He has a lot of experience from his Irish League days, he is tactically very aware and he can score goals,” said the Queen’s boss.