Newry City to begin playing Championship fixtures

Newry City have been given the go-ahead to begin their Championship One league campaign on Saturday after offering assurances regarding their future to the Irish Football Association.

The club's opening fixture against Loughgall was postponed after the IFA received correspondence from the club.

The governing body said on Wednesday that they had now been given "a level of assurance" by the County Down club.

The club's games will now go ahead "in the light of this new information".

The IFA Championship Committee have said however that they remain "mindful of ongoing legal considerations".

The postponement of Newry's opening fixture appeared to throw the future of the former Premiership club into uncertainty.

Newry are the subject of a winding up petition, to be heard in the High Court on 6 September.

The club just missed out on a return to the Premiership in May when they lost 3-2 to Lisburn Distillery on aggregate after a promotion/relegation play-off.

The club also contested the semi-finals of last season's Irish Cup, where they lost 7-0 to Linfield.