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List of Contents Chairman's Address

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Field of Dreams

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Champions Cup Final

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Player Profile

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Oscar Traynor

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Future Stars

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Soccer Academy

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Club Merchandise

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Vol : 1 Issue : 1 January 2014

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Chairman’s Address

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he year 2013 has been a particularly exciting year for the club. On April 12th we celebrated the 30th anniversary of our foundation in 1983. We also celebrated our first year at our new grounds at Roslevan in August. In the past year we have done a lot of work at the grounds – on the pitch, the dressing rooms and the clubhouse itself, but due to financial restraints we have not finished all the necessary work just yet. So, we remain open to receive donations and maybe explore any sponsorship opportunities that might arise!

Our many schoolboys teams had another excellent summer soccer season with another grand haul of silverware, leagues & cups. The young players have performer really well and are a credit to the club, but huge credit goes to our army of schoolboys coaches, too many to name individually. Many of those same coaches also run our hugely popular Avenue Academy (for 5 – 10 year olds) at the all-weather surface at the Lees Road complex. This runs on Saturday mornings over the winter months and is a wonderful nursery for our young players, many of whom will undoubtedly graduate into our schoolboys and adult teams in due course. Our Junior (adult) A team have had a great start to their season so far and made it to the final of the Munster League Champions competition against Clonmel Celtic. Unfortunately they had to play the final at Clonmel’s home ground and together with a below-par performance, they lost out 2-1 after extra-time. However great credit is due to the players and the management/back room team of John, Noel, Coley, Neil, Murt, David and all others who help out in various ways. There is a long season ahead yet. Some of our A team players are also on the Clare Oscar Traynor squad which is through to the National quarter final stage having beaten the Limerick and the Desmond Leagues Finally a word for our sponsors – again to many to name individually. Without their generosity and financial support we would not be able to sustain and develop the club. I urge all our members and friends to support those businesses that support what is after all your club. Best of luck to everyone in 2014. Up the Avenue!! Gearoid Mannion Chairman Avenue United FC

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Build it and they will come

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lining for the club in that we were RED letter day in the history of Clare soccer will be ushered in on able to buy the land,” he admits. Sunday morning next when the most“Before the boom we had been actively looking to develop a pitch, but when successful club in the county over the boom came it fell off the agenda the past quarter of a century play their first game at their new home. because we couldn’t afford it. It Avenue United, the Premier Division wouldn’t have happened now only for the crash,” he adds. champions elect in the Golden “It’s great for Clare soccer that a great Jubilee year of the Clare Soccer club like Avenue United now have League, will unveil their new Roslevan headquarters for their local their own ground,” says Clare Soccer League chairman Donie Garrihy. derby clash against Ennis Town “They have had outstanding success Rock – 30 years on from the since their foundation 30 years ago foundation of the club in Mickey and developing their own ground Kerins’ pub in Lifford. shows how courageous they are. “It will be an historic day,” says club In this day and age when people are chairman Gearóid Mannion. “The club was founded on April 12, 1983 afraid to go out and buy a bicycle, and Sunday’s game will be on April Avenue showed what they were made 14, that’s almost 30 years to the day of by paying €260,000 for the ground – others were afraid to do it but from when we were founded. Avenue weren’t. Indeed, other sporting “For that reason we really want the game to go ahead. We could do with bodies made Roslevan more expensive for Avenue United to buy, some rain because the pitch is bumpy in places, but hopefully it will but that didn’t frighten them. In fact it made them stronger. go ahead for what will be the culmination of a lot of hard work by Opening the ground on Sunday, as the club,” he adds. good as 30 years to the day the club Avenue bought the old home of St Joseph’s Doora-Barefield GAA club was founded is a great tribute to those in August 2012 for €260,000, a deal involved. The people like the Purtills, the Caseys, Colm Mounsey, Alfonso made possible, says Mannion because of the economic crash that D’Auria, Gerry O’Connor, Gearóid brought property prices within reach Mannion and Johnny O’Malley – they have been involved in the club for of the club. “The cloud of the crash had a silver “ years and they were the ones who

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were out in Roslevan getting the pitch ready. It’s typical Avenue and the way they work and they’re a credit to Clare soccer,” adds Garrihy.

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Munster Champions League Cup Final 2013

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the left channel once more, with the deadlock 13 minutes into the O’Malleys low cross being met second half when Mikey Mahoney brilliantly by Mark Roach who again and Paddy O’ Malley combined crashed to the net. It should have down the left wing, with the latter crossing to the far post where Mark been the spark from which Avenue kicked onto glory as they drove on in Roach crashed home. Avenue celebrated, only for the cheers to be the remaining nine minutes in search or brave Avenue this must have drowned out by the Clonmel faithful of history. Just to get the chance – been very hard to take – harder but it never came with the game at the sight of the offside flag - the than any defeat they have having a distinct look of penalties same flag that stayed down on 74 experienced down through their 30 about in the gathering gloom of midminutes when Paul Kennedy beat illustrious years in fact .They played winter until Dwayne Burns and the Avenue offside trap, latched on with an extra man for 103 of the 110 to a deft great through ball by Craig Kevin Waters stole the Munster final minutes, they played better football, Condon and brilliantly curled a left- show in extra time. Avenue were on especially in the second half, but the the attack, but a miss-placed pass footed shot to the top right of John killer instinct that would have carried Healy for the opener. deep inside the Clonmel half was them to a famous victory just wasn’t intercepted, with the ball swept up there. In many ways Avenue had a the field before Burns picked out dream start to this final, when only Jonny Cagney in the area and when after seven minutes Clonmel were his header was brilliantly saved by rocked by the sending off of their John Healy it was Kevin Waters who former League of Ireland man Aaron pounced on the rebound to drive to Moroney, with Tipperary official the net from nine yards. With that Brian Hadnett flashing red card for Avenues dream was over and it was a his elbow on Paddy o’ Malley. long road home. Chances were at a premium, with Avenue opting to play with just Scott Teams: Hennessy up front, lacked the cutting edge to trouble the Clonmel goal. Avenue - J.Healy, M.Nugent, Clonmel made much more headway, E.O’Reily, R.Phillips, P.O’Malley, their direct approach nearly paying M.Mahoney, A.Roche, P.Sherlock, dividends on 41 minutes some M.Roche, D.McCarthy, S.Hennesy. desperate defending denied Dwayne However, Avenue were nothing if not defiant and grabbed a deserved Clonmel - B.Sweeney, D.Burns, Burns the opening goal as the ball equaliser nine minutes from time G.Doyle, C.Condon, D.Madigan, ricocheted around the eight yard box J.Cagney, K.Waters, B.Burns, before being cleared. However, it was when O’ Malley and Mahoney combined to devastating affect down A.Moroney, P.Kennedy, E.Maguire. Avenue who looked to have broken

Dream Continues

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Player profileWith Barry Nugent 1. What is your earliest memory of playing soccer?

5. What do you think is key to a 8. Worst moment you have had playing for Avenue utd? teams success?

Playing for the lifford u/10 b team, I .Its simple really, train hard , •don't used to walk up the road to training take the wet and windy nights off and .Another tough one but I suppose with my boots over my shoulder no stick together win lose or draw. losing the munster semi-final to matter what the weather was like..... good times. Clonmel town 1-3 we really didn’t do 6. Best goal you have scored ourselves justice in that game for Avenue utd? especially as we had beaten the mighty Fairview in the quarter final. 2. How many years have your That’s a hard one I have scored so been playing for Avenue utd? many good goals one that stands out 18th season at the club, starting to against Bunratty in the Fairgreen, 25 9. Hardman at Avenue utd? feel a bit old now with all the young yards left foot top corner 20 seconds players in the squad some are even David Russell•enough said, if he got a into the game. calling me dad! euro for every red card he has got he would be a rich man now. 7. Most important goal you

3. What is your earliest have scored for Avenue utd? memory you have of playing for Avenue utd? There's two, came off the bench in the

.I was part of the first underage team at avenue, we weren't very good, I think we had one win all season but we managed to run the champions fairly close in a 2-1 loss out in a muddy ruan.

2007 cup final with 15 minutes to go scored to make it 1-1 we went on to win 2-1 in extra time, second was against fairwiew rangers in the munster junior cup quarter final scored first in a 2-1 upset.

10. Best dresser at Avenue utd?

Everyone except Rhys Phillips he is new to the club but he has some guts to wear the type of clothes he likes.!! 11. Be in an FAI final and lose or never reach a final at all?

4. Who is the best player you have ever seen play for Avenue utd?

Tough one.... be in the final and loose, you'd find out what your team is made of then.

Karl Hogan, Ritchie Fitz, Mannix, Mikey Mahoney, David McCarthy, Alan Roche, Johnny Purtill ...... I cant pick one all great players, can I put my name down aswell!

12. Do you see yourself as a future manager of Avenue utd?

Am...not sure about that one pass for now!

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Serving The County with Pride

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very year Avenue utd always have a strong association with the Oscar Traynor squad and a proud history down through the years of contributing to the successes of the Clare teams be it through players or mentors. The only time that Clare has won the trophy the team was then captained by Avenue utd’s Brendan Rochford. This year Avenue has seven players on the squad and again this year it is captained by David Mc Carthy of Avenue utd.

In this year’s competition Clare faced a tough group with Limerick, Galway and Desmond league all fighting to top the group and guarantee a quarter final spot

Results from group stages Clare 5 Limerick 3

Galway 1 Clare 1 Avenue players on the years squad

Top to bottom:

Clare 2

P. O Malley, M.Nugent, M.Roche,

Desmond league 0

C.Burke, C.Smyth, D.McCarthy (capt)

Quarter Final

R.Phillips.

Clare v Sligo/Leitrim or Amateur

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Top: Dylan Casey is by far the most successful Avenue player to make it to the next level in football. Dylan the son of former star Avenue player Ray Casey and has represented Ireland at U16 level. Since July 2012 Dylan has moved to the UK and is a full time academy player with Leicester City. We look forward to watching Dylan play in the Premiership soon!

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Stars of the future

Avenue United would like to extend its congratulations to Colm O’Loughlin (and his family) on being selected for the Irish U15 side to participate in the Hibernia Cup in Dublin in August.

Below: Avenue United would like to congratulate David Mc Carthy(13) on his recent trial for the Irish junior soccer team. A proud moment for David, his family and friends to see him pull on the Irish jersey.

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Academy Football Avenues Secret Weapon!

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venue United FC is by far the

largest soccer club in Ennis, and McDonald’s Shannon is delighted to have been associated with Avenues’ Under-Age structure for the past 4 years. The Progressive and Can-do attitude of the club allows McDonald’s Shannon to work alongside them, assisting with training equipment, playing gear, footballs and tracksuits. The Avenue Academy, which subsequently feeds into the clubs various schoolboy teams, now has in excess of 140 kids, all aged between 6 and 10 years, who train every Saturday morning at the Lees Road Sports

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Club Merchandise For ordering, collections and merchandise related queries please call one of the following committee members. O86-1760277 087-2873996 Orders will be taken before the 1st Saturday of the month, delivery will take approx 2 weeks.

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