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Nortel wins promotion to Premier League

As the venerable comms and networking giant that was Nortel fades into memory, it's heartening to know that its name lives on ... after a fashion ...

So congratulations then, to Nortel FC of Monkstown, Northern Ireland, which grabbed the Northern Amateur Football League's Division 1A title this week following victory over Barn United.

According to the Newtownabbey Times, a hat-trick from centre forward Kyle Agnew made it 3-0 in last Thursday's game, beating rivals Shankill United to the title.

Nortel has also now secured promotion back to the Premier League after a two year absence, representing a dramatic turnaround in fortunes for the team, which brought in new leadership in 2009 to arrest its decline.

The club was formed in 1964 by workers at what was then the Standard Telephones and Cables (STC) factory in Monkstown. It became Northern Telecom in 1991 when STC was bought, and renamed to Nortel in 2001.

The Monkstown plant, which formed the hub of Nortel's EMEA supply chain operations, will shut its doors for good in June when the lease expires, but happily, according to new owners Avaya there will be no further redundancies.

This was first published in May 2011

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