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2022 Premier Division • Vol. 34 • No. 07 • €4.00 Richmond Park, Inchicore, Dublin 8 • KO:7.45PM

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Editorial Ruairi Kavanagh

@stpatsprogramme

Good Evening Welcome back to Richmond Park for a

countdown will begin soon to see who we

double header of Dublin derbies in this

draw in what will be our first European

special double-edition of The Saint. We've

encounter in many seasons. It's one of the

a packed issue for you to enjoy over the

highlights of the summer, and we hope the

course of both tonight and Monday's

draw will be kind (and Ryanair route

games, thanks to all who contributed to

friendly!). But there's plenty to play for

the issue. It's hard to believe that we are

between now and then, with six points on

nearly halfway through the season. The

offer between now and MOnday to occupy

way the fixtures have fallen, we have

the thoughts on the terraces!

played Derry City three times to date, yet this is only our second encounter with

Enjoy the game,

Shelbourne, who we first faced on the opening night of the season. Of course, the Derry scheduling had a lot to do with our

Ruairi Kavanagh Editor The Saint

forthcoming European ties, and the

Contents 08 Oh my Word!

21 Turough O’Connor

11 Dodge’s Data - Shels!

26 Opp Watch - Bohs!

17 On This Day

28 A View from Afar

18 Eurozone

30 Club History

Programme Production Editor Ruairi Kavanagh

Design Joe O’Rourke

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Photography Sportsfile & Inpho 3


Saints v Shelbourne St Patrick’s Athletic Manager:

Fáilte Tá áthas orainn fáilte a chur roimh an mbainistíocht, imreoirí agus lucht tacaíochta Chlub Pheile Síol Bhroin go Phairc Richmond anocht.

Tim Clancy

Head Coach: Damien Duff

Asst Manager: Jon Daly

Asst Coach:

Joey O'Brien

1 Joseph Anang

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23 David Odumosu

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13 Colm Cox

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25 Josh Keeley

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25 Lewis Webb

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1 Brendan Clarke

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2 John Ross Wilson

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3 Ian Bermingham (C) D

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3 Conor Kane

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4 Joe Redmond

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4 Aaron O’Driscoll

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5 Tom Grivosti

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5 Shane Griffin

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6 Jamie Lennon

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6 Jonathan Lunney

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8 Chris Forrester

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7 Brian McManus

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9 Eoin Doyle

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8 Mark Coyle

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10 Ronan Coughlan

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9 Sean Boyd

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11 Jason McClelland

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10 Jack Moylan

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14 Mark Doyle

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11 Daniel Hawkins

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15 Billy King

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12 Jak Hakiki

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16 Adam O’Reilly

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14 Dan Carr

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17 Darragh Burns

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15 Adam Thomas

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18 Ben McCormack

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16 Aodh Dervin

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19 Anto Breslin

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17 Shane Farrell

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20 James Abankwah

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18 Sean McSweeney

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22 Sam Curtis

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19 Stanley Obinna Anaebonam F

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24 Ben Curtis

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20 Kyle O’Connor

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28 Cian Kelly

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21 Gavin Molloy

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29 Paddy Barrett

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22 Jordan McEneff

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31 Kian Corbally

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23 Luke Byrne

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32 Darius Lipsiuc

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24 David Toure

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33 Kyle Robinson

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32 Kameron Ledwidge D

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34 Adam Murphy

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President’s Welcome Tom O’Mahony

Good Evening You’re very welcome to Richmond Park for this weekend’s double header of Dublin derbies. We extend a particularly warm welcome to the players, officials and supporters of Shelbourne and Bohemians. Football is inevitably about highs and lows and that’s even more the case when a new squad is bedding in. I don’t think anyone will disagree that our worst low of the season so far was experienced at our last home game, when Derry City took us apart as convincingly as a 4-0 scoreline suggests. On the night they were the most lethal side I’ve seen in the league this year and while we contributed to our downfall with uncharacteristic mistakes, these were punished ruthlessly. What matters after a hiding is how you respond. With the next three games all away from home, against sides which had taken two wins and a draw from their visits to Richmond Park, a big response was needed and the team duly delivered one - a comprehensive

win in Drogheda, a backs-to-the wall draw in Derry and an excellent draw in Sligo to prevent them narrowing the gap in the race for European spots. Credit as well to the supporters who’ve spent so much of the last fortnight on the roads heading north from the city to encourage the players in the performances that delivered five important points. There are six equally important points on offer this weekend but they won’t be easily won. Shels and Bohs have already shown that on their day they can deliver excellent away results - examples being Shels’ win in Derry and Bohs’ win in Sligo. A degree of inconsistency has both of them adrift of the European places at the moment, but a few wins could change that quickly and we will need to be on our game to make sure that neither gets a win at our expense. I hope you enjoy the games. Tom O'Mahony President St Patrick's Athletic FC

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The Dugout

Ronan O’Flaherty

Tim Clancy

After three away games in succession, it's nice to be back at home. Our last game here at Richmond Park, against Derry City three weeks ago, was very disappointing. It's easier to accept a bad result when you have been outplayed by a superior team. On that night, however, we fell way short of the standards expected. The team failed to do itself justice.

improvement on our previous encounter against them. Defensively, in particular, the team was very good. It was a good platform ahead of the next game against Sligo.

After a result and performance like that, you want to set the record straight as soon as possible. With three away games in a week against strong teams, that opportunity immediately presented itself.

The performance at the Showgrounds was very good and deserved to be rewarded with all three points. Sligo are one of the better teams in the league but we controlled the game for extended spells. It was disappointing to concede a poor goal from a long free kick. We were the better team in the first half but went in at the break a goal down.

There was no shortage of motivation going into the game against Drogheda United and, in fairness to the players, it showed in their performance. I thought they were excellent at Head In The Game Park. Quality teams have already gone there this season and come away emptyhanded. To record a 4-0 victory was just what the doctor ordered. The team was positive from the first whistle and the scoreline didn't flatter us. The clean sheet was a lovely bonus on top. A tough contest is always guaranteed at the Ryan McBride Brandywell. However, travelling there to face Derry City just ten days after such a crushing defeat against them added an extra dimension to the occasion. We were happy with the scoreless draw. Let's be honest, it was a big

The second half was end-to-end. It was more like a basketball match than a game of football. Our equaliser was a nicely taken goal by Darragh Burns, with good work in the buildup from Chris Forrester and Eoin Doyle. Darragh continues to add more goals to his game, which is great to see. He may have even bagged another goal shortly afterwards when he was played through by Ben McCormack – who was excellent – but it wasn't to be. We are a little bit disappointed with five points from the last three games. Seven points probably would have been a

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fairer reflection. We take the positives from those games into tonight's Dublin derby against Shelbourne. I would like to welcome Damien Duff, his players and everyone connected with Shelbourne to Richmond Park. Our last game against Shels, on the first night of the season, was a wonderful occasion for Irish football. The atmosphere at Tolka Park was electric and the standard of football was high. Both teams put on a great show for the ŔTÉ cameras and thankfully the result went our way. More of the same tonight would be ideal. As this programme covers two games in a short period of time, I would also like to welcome Keith Long, his players and everyone associated with Bohemians to Inchicore. Finally, a word for the St Patrick’s Athletic supporters. From Drogheda to Derry to Sligo, the support has been truly outstanding. To you all, a heartfelt "thank you", as always. I'm just glad you don't have to travel too far again for a while. Enjoy the games, Tim Clancy

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Oh My Word! Ronan O’Flaherty

Ever hear the one about St Patrick's losing against Derry City by four goals? Turns out it was the best thing that could have happened to them. A kick up the backside at just the right time. They were different times. A different Ireland. Football was changing too – off the pitch more than on it – but it continued to provide spectators with a compelling form of escapism. Derry City had gone agonisingly close to clinching the title the previous season, when they arrived at the final day in the driving seat but somehow contrived to career off-course. The shock of that near-miss wasn't easy to shake off and they struggled to scale the heights in the 1995-96 season. They would, however, provide glimpses. Unfortunately for St Patrick's, one such glimpse was provided at the Brandywell on the second Sunday of December. Inchicore's finest made the long journey to Foyleside with expectations of returning home with one point in the bag and maybe even three. Following the previous season's fifth-place finish, Brian Kerr's team had kicked on and were now being talked about as genuine title contenders. The acquisition of Ricky O'Flaherty – a strong and direct centre forward with a penchant for making the net ruffle – was viewed by some as the final piece of the jigsaw.

right to expect a positive outcome that day. Eddie Gormley, Paul Osam, Peter Carpenter and Dave Campbell all missed the game for varying reasons. When available, all four were certain starters. By quirk of fate, yours truly – an inquisitive 12-year-old – sat beside Dave Campbell in the back seat of the car for the journey to Derry. The questions were fast and furious. What's it like playing for St Patrick's? Is Brian Kerr as tough as he seems? Could you have made it in England? Are you concerned that if the team wins today and keeps on winning, you will never get your place back? Is Soupy really your cousin? Why aren't you also called Soupy? He made alternative arrangements for the long trek home. And it was a long trek home. A 51 reversal will make any trip seem unending, until it does eventually end. After a reasonably solid opening, Mark Feeney headed the hosts into a 22nd-minute lead. It felt like a deluge thereafter. Within 100 seconds, Gareth Gorman made it 2-0 before Feeney netted his second.

John McDonnell did offer the visitors hope when he headed home shortly before half-time, but two late goals from the wonderfully-named Sandy Fraser put the seal on a heavy loss. Suggestions of St Patrick's being potential title contenders were downgraded in some quarters. But all was far from lost. Third in the table, with a game in hand over second-placed Dundalk and leaders Bohemians, the biggest prize remained firmly in sight. The memory of the Brandywell would have to be instantly banished; written off as an aberration. The following weekend, there would be two games in the space of 48 hours against Athlone Town and Shamrock Rovers. Every question would be answered over the ensuing 180 minutes. ***** Over 26 years on, a hammering – any hammering – smarts just as much as it did back then. Thankfully, they are rare occurrences. The most recent heavy loss, from just three weeks ago, cut a little deeper than normal. It was listless.

In hindsight, the team had no

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@ronanoflaherty It's still fresh in the memory, so there is little good to be served offering a blow-by-blow account of the goals in these pages. The next step on from such an act would be self-flagellation. Suffice to say, Derry never looked back after taking the lead inside three minutes. Whether your team is in the title conversation or aiming slightly lower, the best remedy to a heavy loss will always come from an immediate response. The rot must be stopped before it has an opportunity to set in. Seven nights later, the reaction was delivered in emphatic fashion. A 4-0 victory at Head In The Game Park acted as something of a steadying influence ahead of another meeting with Derry City three days later. This would be the true barometer. To go toe-to-toe and play them at their own game would have been a miscalculation. Tim Clancy acknowledged as much in the way he set the team out. A scoreless draw, in the context of what happened ten days earlier, was a precious point gained. ***** The Athlone Town team of 199596 had the label of strugglers, but that sells them short. A quick glance at their starting 11 from Friday, December 15, 1995, reveals a number of standouts. In goal, Shane Curran set the tone with unrivalled intensity. Further up the pitch, Rod de Khors wasn't afraid to put himself about while

Warren Parkes and Tommy Gaynor both carried a goal threat. They made it hard for St Patrick's that night. It could also be argued that St Patrick's made it hard for themselves. Goalkeeper Gareth Byrne was sent off after 18 minutes for taking down Parkes inside the box. With no backup goalkeeper on the bench, he was replaced between the posts by an outfield player in Christy McElligott, whose first task was to try and keep out Gaynor's penalty. The Athlone man fired it home with conviction. In a game that ebbed and flowed, gasps of anxiety could be heard every time the visitors advanced closer to McElligott's goal. That is no criticism of the man; he was courageous to take on the challenge, but he very clearly wasn't a goalkeeper. Athlone went back in front through the brilliant Parkes, but St Patrick's dug in and again levelled when Eddie Gormley tucked home neatly from the penalty spot. Attacking the Shed End, in a time when that meant something, a sense of expectation filled the air. O'Flaherty had proved a handful all night and he finally got the goal his performance deserved with two minutes remaining, heading the ball beyond the flatfooted Curran and into the net. He didn't merely accept the applause of the Shed Enders, but ran to them and gloried in their embrace.

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Two days later, my travel companion headed home the winning goal against Shamrock Rovers at the RDS. It had been a perfect reaction to the defeat at the Brandywell and formed the foundation of a long unbeaten run that culminated in the title. ***** St Patrick's won't be in the title hunt this season. Even at this relatively early juncture, the top two look a step ahead of the rest. Third place is seen as a possibility by a cluster of teams. Last Saturday's 1-1 draw in Sligo, between two teams with designs on finishing third, further enhanced the view that the humbling at the hands of Derry was a one-off. Darragh Burns got us out of jail at the Showgrounds, and he will need no introduction to Shelbourne fans after his outstanding performance was capped with a goal-of-the-season contender on the first night of the campaign. The average football fan doesn't have loads of disposable income. Throw in a cost-of-living crisis and it feels like a lost opportunity to schedule these two fixtures – two Dublin derbies, dripping with intrigue – right on top of each other. Some spectators will have little choice but to choose one of the games, as much as they would love to attend both. That's a real shame. The schedule needs to become more fan-friendly. Any views expressed in this article are the contributor's own.

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Dodge’s Data!Ronan O’Flaherty John Owens

@seidodge

LEAGUE RECORD V SHELBOURNE HOME GAMES

AWAY GAMES

14

20 28

34

23

51

69

70

GOALS

139 33

21 120

TOTAL GAMES

97

GOALS

90

54 108

210

GOALS

205

LAST 10 GAMES BETWEEN THE CLUBS 18 Feb 2022

Tolka Park

League

3-0

D Burns, M Doyle, J McClelland

26 Sep 2022

Richmond Park

League

2-0

C Forrester, R Feely

28 Feb 2022

Tolka Park

League

0-1

28 Sep 2018

Tolka Park

LSC Final

1-1

28 Aug 2017 Richmond Park

LSC SF

0-1

01 Sep 2014

FAI Cup R3 Replay

1-0

C Byrne

22 Aug 2014 Richmond Park

FAI Cup R3

1-1

C Fagan

19 Aug 2013 Tolka Park

LSC SF

2-1

C Fagan 2

16 Aug 2013 Richmond Park

League

1-0

S Maher

17 May 2013 Tolka Park

League

3-0

C Fagan 2, C Forrester

Tolka Park

(5-6p)

A Campion

M AY

ON THIS DAY - ALL GAMES

20

2014

Richmond Park

LSC SF

Shamrock Rovers

1-0

Conan Byrne

2013

Drom Park

LC R2

Salthill Devon

3-2

Jake Kelly 2, Peter Durrad

2011

Dalymount Park

LOI

Bohemians

1-0

Daryl Kavanagh

2005

Brandywell

LOI

Derry City

2-2

Keith Fahey, Robbie Doyle

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Opposition Watch - Shelbourne Paul Maguire

Ah, Shels at home on a Friday night in a packed Richer... I’m of a vintage where for

maybe getting that first home

side who were unbeaten in

years this was THE game you

victory somewhat eased the

their previous three games.

looked forward to more than

pressure they were

Shelbourne took a deserved

any other, except maybe the

undoubtedly feeling. It was

lead mid-way through the

reverse fixture in the now

followed up by another home

first half when Moylan curled

(thankfully) saved Tolka Park.

win against Drogheda last

a fine finish into the top

However, the Richmond Road

Friday. Their other three

corner and that lead was

venue has not been the

victories were all achieved on

doubled shortly before the

fortress of old as it took the

the road and the win over

break with a low strike from

Reds 14 games before they

Drogs leaves them in seventh

Sean Boyd. The Bit O’ Red

recorded their first home win

place in the league table on

started with much more

of the 2022 season. But they

18 points.

intensity in the second half,

finally picked up their first three points at Tolka when

with a long-distance strike from Mata forcing Brendan

Form

they defeated Sligo Rovers 21 a couple of weeks ago and

Clarke into an excellent save One of only two away defeats

to his right that looked

for Duffers men was three

destined for the bottom

weeks ago at Finn Park.

corner. But their persistence

Despite getting off to a good

paid off on 65 minutes, as

start where Jack Moylan,

full-back Paddy Kirk skipped

Aodh Dervin and John Ross

past two Shelbourne

Wilson all had chances, they

defenders and rifled a

were made to pay as Finn

fantastic strike into the roof of

Harps took the win with a

the net to bring Rovers back

goal on 86 minutes when

into the game. Boyd should

Shels failed to clear their lines

have made the game safe for

and Barry McNamee

Shels but was kept out by a

pounced to score.

fabulous double-save from the Sligo keeper. It didn’t

Joey O’Brien

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Next up was that first home

matter in the end as

win against a Sligo Rovers

Shelbourne managed to see

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Ronan O’Flaherty @PaulGoS

the game out with relative

powerful header from a

ease.

corner flashed over the bar but a single goal was all

As previously discussed

that was needed to secure

Shels last outing was against

back-to-back wins.

Drogheda in Tolka and again Sean Boyd was on target

So to tonight, Shels manager Damien Duff will be serving the last of a three-match ban following his sending off with fellow ex-Ireland international

Aaron O’Driscoll

Joey O’Brien taking over dug-out duties. There is a symmetry to the respective sides goal stats with the Saints having conceded as many goals as our opponents have scored Brendan Clarke

(13) and Shels have shipped 20 goals in 15 games (sorry Clarkey and welcome back btw…). Whereas we’ve

with the only goal of a

scored the same amount in

scrappy game, heading

our 16 games so far, so a

home after Shane Farrell

boring 0-0 looks unlikely.

floated a ball to the far post

Sean Boyd is on a decent

after 52 minutes. The Reds

run and will be the main

began to dominate the

threat to the Pats rearguard

game after the goal and JR

while another ex-Saint Shane

Wilson had a good chance

Griffin will be hoping to

to extend the lead a few

keep his ex-teammates at

minutes later when his

bay at the other end of the

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pitch. Midfielder JJ Lunney will also be familiar to Pats fans and Griffin will be joined in the Shels defence by another two players with a link to the Saints. Full back Conor Kane was with our u19s and centre-half Aaron O’Driscoll’s dad is former Pat’s player and 1990 league winner Maurice O’Driscoll.

Any views expressed in this article are the contributor's own.

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Pensive PointsRonan O’Flaherty Jimmy Edwards

@jimmyedwards41

Good Evening Welcome to Damien Duff and

Curtis also made his first start

Aidan Keena goal in the first

all from Shelbourne FC to

for the first team in this game.

half. We fought back and

tonight's game and as this is a

scored through Darragh Burns

double edition to include next

Three days later on Monday 9th

after some great build up play

Monday's game also special

May we played Derry City yet

by Chris Forrester and Eoin

welcome to Keith Long and all

again (third time this season)

Doyle to come away with a 1-1

from Bohemian FC.

away and having been beaten

draw in the end. Welcome

so easily by them only 10 days

tonight to Shane Griffin who

Our last home game was the

earlier it wasn't a game I was

was a part of last season’s Cup

29th April v Derry City and I

looking forward to. But I must

winning squad and also to

don't think I would be alone in

say it was a sleeves up, dig in

Brendan Clarke who will always

saying it was one of the worst

performance and we battled

be looked on as a legendary

performances we have

well and got a point that our

Pats figure. Also on Monday

witnessed in Richmond Park in

efforts deserved on the night.

night Keith Long and Trevor

a number of years. Derry ran

Adam O'Reilly was outstanding

Croly need no introduction to

out 4-0 winners in a game that

in the middle of the park, he

any Pats fans that were

they didn't really have to play

battles for everything and

supporting the club in the mid

that well in as we gifted them

covers so much ground. Joe

90’s and early 00’s. Both Keith

the goals from errors all over

Redmond and Tom Grivosti put

and Trevor are former league

the park. It was a very

in some vital blocks and stood

winners with the Saints, and

disappointing night.

strong at the back but I must

Trevor is a former Pat's captain

give special mention to Sam

and assistant manager. Both are

The following week we played

Curtis who has slotted in at

always welcome back to

Drogheda United away, and

right full and been absolutely

Richmond Park.

ironically, we ran out 4-0

outstanding. To think this lad is

winners on the night. Darragh

only 16 is mind boggling, it's

Enjoy the Game,

Burns and Eoin Doyle gave us a

scary to think just how good

Up the Saints,

2-0 ht lead and then the very

this lad can be.

Jimmy

impressive Billy King and Kyle Robinson scored in the second

We then played Sligo on 14th

half. Kyle with a fairytale debut,

May and it was another good

scoring with his first touch and

away performance that got us a

great goal it was too. Sam

point after falling behind to an

Any views expressed in this article are the contributor's own.

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Ronan O’Flaherty Safety at Richmond Park Stadium Regulations • All persons entering the stadium are admitted only subject to the following ground regulations and to the regulations of the Football Association. Entry to the ground shall be deemed to constitute unqualified acceptance of all these rules and regulations.

• There is a no smoking policy in effect in both stands. • The climbing of walls, floodlight pylons, stands or any structure inside theg round is strictly forbidden. • Any persons found damaging or defacing the property of St Patrick’s Athletic FC will be liable to prosecution.

• Firework, smoke canisters, bottles, glasses, cans, flags, banners, poles, flares and any other articles or containers which could or might be used as a weapon or likely to cause a nuisance to other people in the stadium are not permitted within the stadium and any person in possession of such an article or container may be refused entry or ejected from the stadium.

• Any excessive noise, such as that from the use of radio sets megaphones and/or behaviour likely to cause confusion or nuisance i.e.: Laser lights of any kind is not permitted inside the stadium. • Foul or abusive language is not permitted inside the stadium and will result in ejection from the stadium.

• Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an Adult and that adult must accept respon sibility for those in his/her charge.

• Any person who blocks, or obstructs a gangway in any way and refuses to move on request may be ejected from the stadium.

• Spectators are not permitted to bring alcohol or any banned substances into the stadium.

• No form of racist abuse will be tolerated inside the stadium and will result in ejection from the stadium and may result in a prosecution by An Garda. St Patrick's Athletic shows the red card to racism. • Any person who does not comply with instructions from a steward may be ejected from the stadium. • In general, the right of admission is reserved to the Club Management of St Patrick’s Athletic FC. • St Patrick’s Athletic FC reserves the right to refuse admission or eject any person from the stadium who refuses to be searched by a police officer. • St Patrick’s Athletic FC reserves the right for its servants or agents to remove from the stadium any person who does not comply with the stadium regulations or whose presence inside the stadium could reasonably be construed as a source of danger, nuisance or annoyance to any spectator.

Safety Notice • St Patrick’s Athletic Football Club are committed to ensuring the safety of all spectators at Richmond Park. It is therefore important that the following information is read and strictly adhered to. • Anyone requiring medical attention during the game should alert their nearest steward or club official and will be directed to the St John’s Ambulance attendant or First Aid Room.

• Parents, Guardians or any adult responsible for children inside the stadium should ensure that children are supervised at all times. • Cigarettes should be properly extinguished as they can be a major cause of fire. • The use of flares inside the stadium is strictly forbidden.

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Irish Independent Mon 20 May, 2013 League of Ireland Cup, 2nd Round • Drom Soccer Park

MAY

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SALTHILL DEVON 2 ST PATRICK'S ATH 3

A LIVELY encounter was eventually decided by a crisp Peter Durrad finish in the 112th minute.

Seven minutes after the

SALTHILL DEVON

restart Salthill stunned the visitors when Derek

Keane; Gaul, Fadden,

O'Brien's cross was met by a

Geraghty, McGlynn;

firm Enda Curran finish. The

Biansumba (Horgan, 67),

Saints responded when a

Enubele (Kelly, 117),

Salthill Devon, bottom of

controversial Jake Kelly free

Harding, O'Brien; Tomanica;

the First Division table, gave

kick was deflected into the

Curran (Collins, 103).

the Saints a tough game,

Salthill net.

but the favourites were inspired by Jake Kelly, who scored two and then crafted the winner.

In extra-time Brian Geraghty nudged Salthill ahead in the 101st minute, but Pat's came swinging

Anto Flood had a goal

back. Kelly replied on 105

disallowed for Pat’s in the

minutes for Pat's and then

31st minute after he was

his centre ensured Durrad

deemed to have handled in

landed the decisive blow.

the build-up and moments

ST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC Ryan; Maher, Gannon, Price, Carroll; Murphy (Durrad, 81), McFaul, Boyne (O'Brien, 67), Keegan (Chindea, 106); Kelly; Flood. REFEREE P Sutton (Clare)

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Eurozone Seán Brennan

UEFA Conference League 5 of the Best Next Wednesday Tirana will host the final of the inaugural UEFA Conference League. Designed as a showcase for clubs from mid and lower level European leagues, its opening season has produced plenty of excitement, as well as a more level playing field for Irish clubs. 170,000 fans attended the four semi finals, showing strong interest even amongst clubs more familiar with the Champions League. Roma will go in as slight favourites versus Feyenoord, however the amount of upsets seen this season suggests an Italian victory should not be taken for granted. Here are five games from this year’s edition which capture the spirit of the tournament.

2nd Qualifying Round Feyenoord 3-2 Drita The Dutch giants took a while to settle in to European football. Following a 0-0 draw in the first leg in Kosovo, Drita led 2-1 up as far as the 67th minute. A Guus Til hat trick ensured the former European champions would avoid the embarrassment of an exit before the end of July. Worried faces as FK Drita take the lead in Rotterdam.

2nd Qualifying Round Aarhus GF 1-1 Larne With the help of Aarhus being reduced to ten men following a failed dive for a penalty, Larne withheld pressure from much stronger opponents to record probably the best result for an Northern Irish team in European football this century. A 3-2 aggregate win sent them to Portugal in the next round, where Paços de Ferreira would be one step too far. Nonetheless, Larne, Linfield and Coleraine have contributed to an improving coefficient for Ulster football in recent years.

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@SBahnManc

Group Stage Bodø Glimt 6-1 AS Roma Roma recently announced that their 166 fans who travelled into the Arctic Circle for this match will be receiving free tickets to the Conference League final. A fair gesture, as José Mourinho’s side were outclassed and surprised by the quality of the Norwegian Champions. Roma would later have their revenge, eliminating Glimt in the quarter finals. Roma boss José Mourinho witnesses an unexpected defeat in Norway.

Group Stage NŠ Mura 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur Having already lost at Vitesse Arnhem, one of the main pre-tournament favourites Tottenham accelerated their departure with this shock defeat. Amadej Marosa’s 94th minute winner humiliated Kane, Son, Moura et al. From the Champions League final to an effective knockout by small town Slovenians in the space of two years, arrogance is evidently punished in this competition.

Quarter Final Feyenoord 3-3 Slavia Prague With two well supported clubs from the continent’s 7th and 16th ranked leagues, this quarter final seemed to fit the exact target market of the tournament. A back and forth goalfest in front of over 40,000 fans at De Kuip showcased the best of the tournament, with Slavia equalising in the dying seconds. Feyenoord however finished the job in Prague in the return leg. They have also beaten Union Berlin, Partizan Belgrade and Olympique Marseille en route to next Wednesday’s final. Roma will provide a stern test if Feyenoord are to become the first Dutch club to lift a European trophy since…Feyenoord, 20 years ago. No doubt Robin Van Persie, Pierre van Hooijdonk and Jon Dahl Tomasson will be performing some collective reminiscing in the coming days.

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Turlough O’Connor, Bohs legend Seán Creedon Turlough O’Connor, a Hall of Fame inductee at Bohemians, has a great record of scoring on his debut; he did so for Limerick, Bohemians, Dundalk and The Republic of Ireland. The Athlone native played soccer for his local club Gentex and Gaelic football for Westmeath. He was on the Westmeath minor football team in 1963, but by the time the Lake County qualified for the All-Ireland final against Kerry, Turlough was forced to make a choice and he chose soccer. He was spotted by then Limerick manager Ewan Fenton playing for the Republic of Ireland youths team and joined Limerick, scoring on his debut, a League of Ireland Shield game against Sligo in August 1963 He then joined home town club Athlone Town and played for them in the League of Ireland ‘B’ division before an offer from Seán Thomas, then

manager Bohemians in February 1965. Bohs were then an amateur club and Turlough scored in debut against Cork Hibs. The following year O’Connor and Jimmy Conway were signed by Fulham, then in the old English first division. Turlough had two hernia operations during his time at Craven Cottage and made only one League appearance for the Cottagers, away to Sheffield Wednesday. He said ‘‘As many Irish people know London can be a lonely place and I suppose I never really settled at Fulham. I was in digs with Jimmy Conway, who at that stage was engaged to his future wife Noeleen and he used to visit her on the other side of London at weekends. Also I was competing with Alan Clarke for the number 9 jersey and I remember coming up against tough defenders like Ron Harris while playing for Fulham’s ‘B’ team.’’

8 Nov 2012; Mick Byrne, Eamon Zayed, and Turlough O'Connor in attendance at the launch of the 100 Goals Club to honour players who have scored 100 league goals or more in the League of Ireland.

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He returned home and joined Dundalk in 1968 and got a hat-trick in his debut, a benefit game for Eunan Blake in Derry and another hat-trick on his Oriel Park debut. In Dundalk Turlough met up with Tony O’Connell, a meeting that would have a major effect on his life. ‘‘Tony had just set up a new manufacturing company called Jodi in Duleek. He asked if I was interested in a career outside of football and offered me the job as Sales Manager where I stayed for nearly 40 years,’’ said Turlough. Turlough and Tony would link up again at Dalymount Park where Jodi became the main club sponsor. During his career with Limerick, Athlone Town, Dundalk and Bohemians Turlough scored 178 League goals, putting him fourth in the all-time list of LOI top scorers, behind Brendan Bradley, Jason Byrne and Pat Morley. Turlough scored 120 goals for Bohemians in all competitions, but that achievement was surpassed by Glen Crowe in 2008. However, I think the O’Connor family hold the record for most goals scored in League of Ireland history. Turlough scored 178, goals, Michael got 117 and Padraig, who had two spells with the Super Saints scored 29, which brings the O’Connor family total to 324 goals. He won the League twice as a player with Bohs, in 1974-75 and 1977-78 and was also on the Gypsies team that beat Drogheda in the 1976 FAI Cup final. He was joint top scorer in the League of Ireland with Terry Flanagan in the 1973-74 season on 18 goals and in 1977-78 he was top scorer on his own with 24 goals.

Mel’s Park and led Athlone Town to win the League of Ireland title for the first time in their history in 1980-81 and a second championship in 1982-83. He was joined in Athlone by his two brothers Padraig and Michael and by two former Bohs colleagues Mick Smyth and Johnny Fullam. In 1985 Turlough moved to Dundalk and lead the Lilywhites to a League-Cup double in 198788 and another League title in 1990-91. Then back to Bohemians in December 1993. Bohs finished runners-up in the League twice and the Gypsies qualified for Europe in his four years as manager, before retiring in the summer of 1998. He scored in his Republic of Ireland debut, a European Championship qualifier against Czechoslovakia in Prague in November 1967. John Dempsey had conceded an own goal on 58 minutes, but Ray Treacy equalised on 65 minutes and Turlough got the winner four minutes form the end. It was a rare competitive away win for The Republic. Turlough said: ‘‘After the game Charlie Hurley, who was the Irish manager on the day, was thrilled with the result. He said to us that we probably won’t play in such an important competitive away win for a long time and how right he was.’’ He won seven Irish caps and his second international goal came in the 3-2 win over Ecuador in the New Lake Stadium in Natal in June 1972. Turlough, who is still a regular at Dalymount Park feels that while more improvements can be made, the standards in the League of Ireland have improved, especially since the switch to summer football.

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Opposition Watch - Bohemians Paul Maguire

Much like ourselves, the Bohemians squad for 2022 is almost unrecognisable from that which took the pitch for the FAI Cup Final last November. Unfortunately for the

other, a couple of good

Recent Form

Dalymount faithful this is

results could well see them

pretty much an annual

in good stead for a crack at

One of Bohs more

occurrence and a lack of

a top 4 place after the up-

comfortable results came

European football this

coming mid-season break

with a 3-0 win against UCD

season was undoubtedly a

(What, already???!).

in Dalymount Park with

major factor in the close-

However if Keith Long’s men

Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe the

seasons exoduses. Despite

are to challenge for a

star of the show, opening

this Bohs ended the last

European place this year

the scoring before half-time

round of matches just 6

then they need to address

followed by a Dawson

points behind the Saints

an issue which hampered

Devoy penalty and Promise

with a game in hand and, in

them last year aswell –

Omochere strike in the

a season where everyone

draws. Of their fifteen

second half making sure of

seems to be beating each

games played up to 13th

the result. Long freshened

May, they have drawn seven

things up, making three

and while well earned draws

changes from the Dublin

away to the likes of Derry

Derby defeat to Shamrock

can correctly be viewed as

Rovers the previous week.

good results (we’ll certainly

Sam Packham, Jordan

take the point we got there

Doherty and Omochere

recently!!), a home draw

coming into the starting XI

against struggling Finn

with the latter partnering

Harps is exactly the type of

Ogedi-Uzokwe up front in a

result that is the difference

4-4-2 formation.

between challengers and the also-rans. Keith Long

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Ronan O’Flaherty @PaulGoS

Last time out saw a defeat in Oriel Park but Bohs actually took the lead when Ciarán Kelly bundled the ball over the line following a corner and they almost doubled their lead shortly after. But the home keeper did well to deny Dawson Devoy from close range following Promise Omochere

good buildup play from

Liam Burt

Omochere. That was as good as it got though as target when he put the visitors ahead after a quarter of an hour. Liam Burt’s lung bursting run from the edge of his own box ended with the midfielder passing to Omochere who took a touch inside the City box before side footing home. Derry levelled with a somewhat dubiously awarded penalty yet Bohemians could have taken all three points when Tyreke Wilson’s inch perfect cross found Omochere with the goal at his mercy, but he fluffed his lines and the game finished 1-1.

Dundalk dominated the second half and hit the net three times without reply to leave Bohemians heading

Long, Let’s hope it continues to be a problem on his return to Richmond…

home empty handed. So to tonight’s game, no doubt Bohs have firepower in Promise Omochere, who is their top scorer this season with 5 (same number as the Saints top marksman Eoin Doyle). Junior OgediUzokwe and the creative

Note:

skills of Liam Burt and

This article was written before

Dawson Devoy will also pose a problem for the Pats

last Friday’s games due to editorial deadlines

backline, but 21 goals conceded in 15 games is a worry for ex-Saint Keith

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A View from Afar Ian Templeman

I read with interest the recent feature on the always excellent extraime.ie website, regarding the rise in attendances so far this season for SSE Airtricity League of Ireland games in both divisions. The full figures can be viewed on the website, but the headline was that in the first quarter of the season, comprising 79 games in both divisions, there has been an overall 25% increase in attendances compared to 2019, which was obviously the last comparable season without restrictions and interruptions. If you go further back it’s 40% up on 2018 and 56% up on 2017. The combined figures for both divisions are perhaps skewed a bit by the massive increase in First Division attendances, obviously due in the main to the presence of Cork City, Galway United and Waterford, and their respective decent starts to the season. However, even if you just look at the Premier Division in isolation, there’s been a 12% increase on 2019, 20% on 2018 and 38% on 2017. The publication of the extratime.ie figures led subsequently to discussion in the media, and there was an interesting piece from Owen Cowzer in the Irish Sun where officials at four different clubs, including our very own General Manager here at Saints, Anthony Delaney, were asked to give their opinions on the reasons for the increases. Anthony, along with Aidan Campbell (Finn Harps Commercial Director), Conor Hoey (Drogheda United Chairman) and Bill O'Leary (Cobh Ramblers Chairman) gave a variety of reasons from their own club’s perspective, and all gave their own insights into the debate.

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It was all particularly interesting for me to read, because exactly the same phenomenon has been seen over here in England in non-league football, and along with my fellow committee members I had been having the same discussion ourselves only a week earlier. In my club Daisy Hill’s case, having just finished our first full season since the 2019-20 season was curtailed due to the pandemic, our attendances have improved noticeably in comparison to recent seasons, and we had been debating the reasons for this amongst ourselves. Our ability to attract paying customers can be, and always have been, affected by a number of local factors, the main one being the presence of Bolton Wanderers about four miles from our ground. Even though they have had their troubles in recent season, Wanderers still attract a large and loyal support, and we have always suffered when in competition with one of their home games. There are also a number of other non-league clubs in and around our level only short distances away, so it has always been a bit of battle to attract regular followers. For a number of years now, our best attendances have tended to be for midweek games when there is less competition. We moved our midweek match night to Monday to avoid clashing with any big Champions League games, and that has worked well too. On the field, recent season have seen us struggling at the foot of the table, but there were some changes in that regard last summer. We began the season with a new manager and

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Ronan O’Flaherty @iantemplemanloi fairly new squad, and a reasonable playing budget, although some early injuries and squad shuffling led to some inconsistent results. But the picture improved at the turn of the year, and we finished the season strongly with higher than normal attendances compared to previous years against the same opposition. While the obvious conclusion to draw in our case was that as the team began performing better, attendances improved, which as a factual statement is correct as they did, but I think there is more to it than that. Although there can be many reasons put forward, it’s hard to escape the idea that a postpandemic increase is partly due to people simply being more willing to just get out and watch live games at their local football ground, and at the same time enjoy the local community experience while sampling the live action. And, going back to the comments made to Owen Cowzer by the four LOI representatives, these are points that all four of the club representatives touched on in their various responses. Anthony Delaney said: “Obviously Covid starvation led to an interest and we could see that in the season-ticket sales”, while Aidan Campbell

at Finn Harps feels that: “… people have a new appreciation for that connection you get from live football, and what you can’t get from watching on television”. Cobh’s Bill O’Leary believes their community work over the past few years is bearing fruit but "there is a lot of pent-up energy and people are desperate to get out and do things”. At Drogheda, Conor Hoey observed “we made a renewed effort after Covid to get fans back, particularly young fans and we’ve seen how it helped as our ultras are running buses to every away game. “I think that has also created a bond with the team as they know there is a big away support. It’s kind of a virtuous circle that the bigger the crowds, the more supporters want to come”. It would probably be naïve to suggest that a sudden urge to sample live and local sporting action is the sole or main reason for the increases in attendances we’ve seen, but even if they play just a part, it none the less provide hope and cautious optimism that the trend will continue.

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How many years have those of us who follow the League of Ireland bemoaned the fact that so many people would rather stay indoors and watch sport beamed in from beyond these shores, when live local action is available on their doorstep? If this is even just a sign that the tide is turning, and is the first step towards a new higher level of average attendances, then it is not only welcome but more importantly, has to be nurtured and further encouraged. Whether it’s the improved fan experience, the connection to a local club that gets involved in the community, or any other reason that has led to the sea of change, the main point is that more people are turning out. It’s a positive sign. For too long, the LOI has been ignored by many football followers on these shores, and if a new audience is emerging from people who weren’t attending previously, they need to be not only welcomed but more importantly kept on board to ensure that they keep coming back week after week. And that’s the challenge. But for now, let’s celebrate the positive news, and hope that it is just the start of a long overdue upturn in spectator interest for domestic football in Ireland.

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Club History Dermot Looney

1951-52: THE LEAGUE-WINNING TEAM PART ONE The historic Pat’s side who won the League in their debut season did so in a game which would appear very different to fans some 70 years later. Muddy, wet pitches and heavy brown balls with laces near their valve made controlling the ball a difficult task and heading it a feat of bravery as well as skill. There are stories of St Pat’s players softening new boots by standing in the River Camac. Formations and tactics were different too; most teams in Ireland and Britain used either the 2-3-5 system which had dominated football since the 19th century, or a version of the W-M formation associated with Herbert Chapman and the great Arsenal teams of the 1930’s. Selection and tactics came not from a single manager, but from a Committee. Pat’s were trained for the season by Pat Sherlock while Billy McCormack, the club’s Honorary Secretary, was one of the key selectors for both the Saints and the Irish international team. Many of the newspaper reports credit the Saints’ selectors for experimental decisions, including switching forwards to the backs, and vice-versa. The team itself was noted for its “storming tactics” and “clever football” throughout the season, and they were a free-scoring side, netting 59 goals in 22 League games (26 of which came from Shay Gibbons). Goalkeepers The main goalkeeper employed this season was Jimmy Kinahan, who

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had signed for the club in 1944 as a forward, having had LOI experience with St James’ Gate. Kinahan had moved into goals in the 1947/48 season, replacing Larry Palmer. He had supposedly retired at the start of the 1950/51 season, when Pat’s signed a keeper from Shamrock Rovers to replace him, but within a month he was back in the team. Kinahan’s long stint at the Saints came to an ignominious end during this season, however, when he was involved in a violent altercation at Oriel Park at the end of the “goal that never was” FAI Cup match in February. He was suspended by the club, and later the League, following this, and would never appear for the Saints again. Other netminders used this season were regular back-up McCreevy, Devine, and Bray-based Maxwell Doyle, who, remarkably, would cycle from the County Wicklow town to Inchicore for training sessions – and back again. Kinahan’s long-term replacement was the LOI veteran Jimmy Collins, who was coaxed out of retirement by the Saints selectors. He had played LOI football with Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers in the 1940’s, before breaking his leg with LSL side Botanic in 1949. The injury hospitalised him for several months and he assumed he would never play again. Nevertheless, the call came when he was in his garden one afternoon and, with his legs bandaged up, he served out the rest of the season in nets and would continue as custodian for several seasons, before eventually managing

the club to two FAI Cup wins in 1959 and 1961. Full Backs Johnny Coyle, who joined the club at the start of the season, spent much of it at left full-back, although he was also used on occasion in the forwards. He had been part of a great Shamrock Rovers team in the mid-1940’s but was part of the exodus from Milltown at the end of the 1947/48 season due to a payment dispute. He signed for Grimsby Town, who had just been relegated from the top flight in England, but returned to Ireland soon after. His appointment as team captain mid-way through the season was credited by the Evening Herald as part of the reason for the League success. “Coyle proved a fine captain, full of resource. Indeed, the really upward trend for the Athletic began with his appointment as captain.” He scored twice in the League campaign. Jimmy (Jackie) Staunton had joined the Saints, then in the Leinster Senior League, from Bohemians at the start of the 1950/51 season. Like Coyle, he was often employed in the forward line, but spent most of this season at right full-back. He scored three times this season – twice in the Shield and once in the League. Dessie Byrne was another frequent name on the Saints team-sheet in the full-back line. He had played with Munster Victoria and the Army’s 44th LDF before signing for the Saints in the LSL in the mid-1940’s. He later

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@dlooney moved to Dundalk, scoring three League of Ireland goals in the 1946/47 season, before transferring back to the LSL, first with Botanic and then back to St Patrick’s Athletic. He scored two League goals this season. Dessie remained at the Saints for several years, usually playing at full back or centre half. His son Seán Byrne and grandson Brendan Clarke continued the family legacy at the Saints.

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Half Backs The first-choice “pivot,” or centrehalf, was the great Jimmy “Timber” Cummins. From the Ranch in Inchicore, Jimmy was on the great Pat’s minor team who lifted the FAI Minor Cup (now the FAI Youth Cup) in 1944/45. By that stage he was lining out three times a weekend for the Saints between the first team, the B team and the minor team. He went on to a long career in the red and white, known for his tackling, reading of the game and strong aerial presence. He was a cousin of club founder member Jim Cummins, whose family remained heavily involved behind the scenes. He was in high demand from other clubs north and south of the border, even guesting for Cork Athletic in a Festival of Britain tournament in the summer of 1951, but stayed loyal to the Saints until a career-ending injury playing for the LOI Representative XI in 1955. Timber began this season as team captain, but voluntarily relinquished it several months in, with the Evening Herald stating that he “resigned on the grounds that policing the penalty area was job enough for any man.”

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Jimmy, who remained a Saints fan until his passing in 2016, was inducted into the club’s Harry Boland Hall of Fame in 2009. The Hall of Fame is named for his fellow half-back on the team of 1951/52, who made his Saints debut that season having signed from LSL club Longford Town. Harry played much of the season at right-half, and was noted for his industrious spirit getting around the pitch in the days before formal midfielders. “He kept going like a steam engine from start to finish,” reported the Irish Press on one of his many impressive performances. He occasionally deputised in the forward line too, netting a hat-trick in a 4-3 win away to Waterford and another League goal at Milltown against Sligo Rovers. Harry remained at the club as a player and later as a groundsman, living for many years in the club’s home base of 125 Emmet Rd. His memory continues to be honoured in the title of our Harry Boland Hall of Fame and summed up in his simple nickname – The Legend. Patrick Murray, formerly of Shamrock Rovers, was the left-half for much of the season. He was noted for his clever distribution of the ball in particular and scored once in the League, against Bohemians. Veteran Billy Mulville, ex-Drumcondra and Bray Unknowns, had started the season in the half-backs but the former captain was one of several players from the LSL-winning sides to make way for younger talent.

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Results & Lineouts 2022 DATE

OPPOSITION

VENUE

COMP

SCORE

Fri 11 Feb

SHAMROCK ROVERS

Fri 18 Feb

SHELBOURNE

Fri 25 Feb

SLIGO ROVERS

STARTING XI

AWAY

FINAL

1-1

ANANG

SCOTT

BRESLIN

ABANKWAH

REDMOND

LENNON

BURNS

AWAY

SERIES 1

3-0

ANANG

SCOTT

BRESLIN

ABANKWAH

REDMOND

LENNON

BURNS

HOME

SERIES 2

1-2

ANANG

SCOTT

BRESLIN

ABANKWAH

REDMOND

LENNON

BURNS

1

Mon 28 Feb BOHEMIANS

AWAY

SERIES 3

0-1

ANANG

SCOTT

BRESLIN

GRIVOSTI

REDMOND

LENNON

MCCLELLAND

Fri 04 Mar

SHAMROCK ROVERS

HOME

SERIES 4

1-0

ANANG

SCOTT

BRESLIN

GRIVOSTI

REDMOND

O’REILLY

BURNS

Fri 11 Mar

FINN HARPS

AWAY

SERIES 5

2-0

ANANG

SCOTT

1 BRESLIN

GRIVOSTI

REDMOND

BERMINGHAM

O’REILLY

Mon 14 Mar UCD

HOME

SERIES 6

2-0

ANANG

SCOTT

BERMINGHAM

GRIVOSTI

REDMOND

O’REILLY

BURNS

Fri 18 Mar

DERRY CITY

AWAY

SERIES 7

1-2

ANANG

SCOTT

BRESLIN

GRIVOSTI

1 REDMOND

O’REILLY

BURNS

Fri 01 Apr

DROGHEDA UNITED

HOME

SERIES 8

1-1

ANANG

SCOTT

BRESLIN

GRIVOSTI

REDMOND

O’REILLY

BURNS

Fri 08 Apr

DUNDALK

HOME

SERIES 9

0-0

ANANG

ABANKWAH

BRESLIN

GRIVOSTI

REDMOND

O’REILLY

BURNS

Fri 15 Apr

SHAMROCK ROVERS

O’REILLY

BURNS

1

AWAY

SERIES 10

0-1

ANANG

ABANKWAH

BRESLIN

GRIVOSTI

REDMOND

Mon 18 Apr UCD

AWAY

SERIES 11

2-1

ANANG

SCOTT

BERMINGHAM

GRIVOSTI

REDMOND 1 FORRESTER

BURNS

Fri 22 Apr

FINN HARPS

HOME SERIES 12

2-0

ANANG

ABANKWAH

BRESLIN

GRIVOSTI

REDMOND

O’REILLY

BURNS

Fri 29 Apr

DERRY CITY

HOME SERIES 13

0-4

ANANG

SCOTT

BRESLIN

GRIVOSTI

REDMOND

BERMINGHAM

O’REILLY

Fri 06 May DROGHEDA UNITED

AWAY

SERIES 14

4-0

ANANG

S CURTIS

BRESLIN

GRIVOSTI

REDMOND

O’REILLY

BURNS

Mon 09 May DERRY CITY

AWAY

SERIES 23

0-0

ANANG

S CURTIS

BRESLIN

GRIVOSTI

REDMOND

O’REILLY

MCCLELLAND

Sat 14 May SLIGO ROVERS

AWAY

SERIES 15

1-1

ANANG

S CURTIS

BRESLIN

GRIVOSTI

REDMOND

O’REILLY

MCCORMACK

Fri 20 May SHELBOURNE

HOME SERIES 16

1-1

Mon 23 May BOHEMIANS

HOME SERIES 17

EUROPA CONFERENCE LEAGUE RAFFLE

Fri 27 May DUNDALK

AWAY

Fri 10 Jun

SHAMROCK ROVERS

HOME SERIES 19

SERIES 18

Fri 17 Jun

UCD

HOME SERIES 20

Fri 24 Jun

FINN HARPS

AWAY

Fri 01 Jul

DROGHEDA UNITED

HOME SERIES 22

1-1

Fri 15 Jul

DUNDALK

HOME SERIES 24

1-1

Fri 22 Jul

BOHEMIANS

AWAY

SERIES 25

1-1

Fri 05 Aug

SHELBOURNE

AWAY

SERIES 26

1-1

1ST PRIZE

Fri 12 Aug

SLIGO ROVERS

HOME SERIES 27

1-1

Fri 19 Aug

UCD

AWAY

SERIES 28

1-1

€1,000 cash for European trip

Fri 02 Sep

FINN HARPS

HOME SERIES 29

1-1

2ND PRIZE

Fri 09 Sep

DROGHEDA UNITED

AWAY

SERIES 30

1-1

2023 Season Ticket

Fri 30 Sep

DERRY CITY

HOME SERIES 31

1-1

Fri 07 Oct

DUNDALK

AWAY

SERIES 32

1-1

Fri 14 Oct

BOHEMIANS

HOME SERIES 33

1-1

Fri 21 Oct

SHAMROCK ROVERS

AWAY

SERIES 34

1-1

4TH PRIZE

Sat 28 Oct

SLIGO ROVERS

AWAY

SERIES 35

1-1

4 ball at St Helen’s Bay Golf Club

Fri 04 Nov

SHELBOURNE

HOME SERIES 36

1-1

SERIES 21

3RD PRIZE

Signed 2022 Squad Jersey

FAI Cup

5TH PRIZE

Weekend ending Sun 31 July

2 tickets to home leg of Europa Conference league tie

R1

Weekend ending Sun 28 Aug

R2

Weekend ending Sun 18 Sept

QF

Weekend ending Sun 16 Oct

SF

Weekend ending Sun 13 Nov

FINAL

UEFA Europa Conference League

Ring Street Youth & Community Club

Thu 21 July - 1st Leg

QR2

Thu 28 July - 2nd Leg

QR2

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Pres Cup

League

FAI Cup

Europe

1st Sub

2nd Sub 3rd Sub

4th Sub

5th Sub 1 Goals Scored OG Own Goal For

* Own Goal

Yellow Card

Red Card

Mid-Season Break - Sat 28 May to Thur 09 June

SUBSTITUTES

FORRESTER

E DOYLE

1 M DOYLE

KING

OWOLABI

MCCLELLAND BERMINGHAM CORBALLY

FORRESTER

E DOYLE

M DOYLE

1 KING

MCCLELLAND 1 GRIVOSTI

O’REILLY

GRIVOSTI

O’REILLY

OWOLABI

FORRESTER

E DOYLE

M DOYLE

KING

OWOLABI 1 MURPHY

S CURTIS

BERMINGHAM GRIVOSTI

FORRESTER

E DOYLE

M DOYLE

OWOLABI

BURNS

KING

ABANKWAH

O’REILLY

FORRESTER 1 E DOYLE

M DOYLE

KING

OWOLABI

BERMINGHAM ABANKWAH

BURNS

OWOLABI

ABANKWAH

MCCLELLAND COUGHLAN

BRESLIN

OWOLABI

MCCLELLAND COUGHLAN COUGHLAN

MURPHY

MCCORMACK KEELEY

MCCORMACK S CURTIS

MCCLELLAND MCCORMACK O’REILLY

BERMINGHAM MCCORMACK B CURTIS

KEELEY

MCCORMACK S CURTIS

MURPHY

KEELEY

KING

MCCORMACK S CURTIS

MURPHY

KEELEY

ABANKWAH

MCCORMACK S CURTIS

MURPHY

KEELEY

MCCLELLAND LIPSIUC

CORBALLY

MURPHY

ODUMOSU

BERMINGHAM S CURTIS

MCCLELLAND COUGHLAN

E DOYLE

1 M DOYLE

FORRESTER

E DOYLE

1 M DOYLE

1 KING

FORRESTER

E DOYLE

M DOYLE

KING

OWOLABI

ABANKWAH

FORRESTER

E DOYLE

M DOYLE

KING

ABANKWAH

MCCORMACK MURPHY

OWOLABI

COUGHLAN

MURPHY

E DOYLE

COUGHLAN

KING

MCCLELLAND

M DOYLE

OWOLABI

CORBALLY

MCCORMACK BERMINGHAM S CURTIS

FORRESTER

E DOYLE

MCCLELLAND

KING

M DOYLE

COUGHLAN

OWOLABI

MCCORMACK SCOTT

MCCLELLAND

COUGHLAN

M DOYLE

OWOLABI

KING

E DOYLE

MCCORMACK 1 O’REILLY

ABANKWAH

FORRESTER

E DOYLE

KING

SCOTT

M DOYLE

MCCLELLAND COUGHLAN

BERMINGHAM OWOLABI

FORRESTER

E DOYLE

BURNS

COUGHLAN

OWOLABI

MCCORMACK MCCLELLAND ROBINSON

FORRESTER

E DOYLE

FORRESTER

E DOYLE

KING

M DOYLE

FORRESTER

E DOYLE

KING

BURNS

KING 1 MCCORMACK

KING

1 BERMINGHAM M DOYLE BURNS

1 M DOYLE

KEELEY

MURPHY

FORRESTER

2 MCCORMACK

LOST 5-4 ON PENS

BERMINGHAM ODUMOSU

S CURTIS

MCCLELLAND ODUMOSU ROBINSON

ODUMOSU

BERMINGHAM S CURTIS

CORBALLY

ODUMOSU

BRESLIN

S CURTIS

CORBALLY

ODUMOSU

S CURTIS

CORBALLY

ODUMOSU

S CURTIS

CORBALLY

ODUMOSU

FAY

MCCLELLAND OWOLABI

ROBINSON 1 FAY

SCOTT

CORBALLY

ODUMOSU

ROBINSON

BERMINGHAM OWOLABI

MCCORMACK FAY

SCOTT

CORBALLY

ODUMOSU

ROBINSON

BERMINGHAM OWOLABI

MCCLELLAND B CURTIS

SCOTT

CORBALLY

ODUMOSU

Quiz Time Kieran Coughlan 1

Which two players failed to score for Bohs in the penalty shootout defeat to the Saints in the 2021 FAI Cup Final?

2

Which current Saint was Stephen O'Donnell's first signing as manager of the Saints?

3

Which two players lined out for both Derry City and Dundalk in 2021?

4

Dawson Devoy is a native of which county?

5

Which English club is Jordan McEneff currently on loan to Shelbourne from?

6

Who played for Liverpool in an FA Cup semi-final in the 70s, 80s and the 90s?

7 Name the 4 Brazilians that played in the 2020 Champions League Final? 8

Which 3 clubs lost FA Cup Final replays in the 1980s?

9

Cristiano Ronaldo and which other player scored 5 Goals at Euro 2020?

10 Which club has recorded the most defeats in Premier League history?

Answers Q.1 Keith Ward, Tyreke Wilson. Q. Jason McClelland. Q.3 Will Patching, Junior Uzokwe. Q.4 Meath. Q.5 Arsenal. Q.6 Alan Hansen. Q.7 Philippe Coutinho, Neymar, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva. Q.8 Man City, QPR, Brighton. Q.9 Patrik Schick. Q.10 Everton. 2022 Season • Vol. 34 • No.07 • St Patrick’s Athletic v Shelbourne & Bohemians

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Apps & Goals 2022 League of Ireland

1

Joseph Anang

President’s Cup

UP TO AND INCLUDING GAMES PLAYED ON SAT 14 MAY 2022

FAI Cup

Europa Conference

TOTAL

Pld

Goals

Pld

Goals

Pld

Goals

Pld

Goals

Pld

Goals

16

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

17

0

23 David Odumosu

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

25 Josh Keeley

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

Jack Scott

10+2s

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

11+2s

1

3

Ian Bermingham

3+3s

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3+3s

0

4

Joe Redmond

16

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

17

1

5

Tom Grivosti

14+1s

1

1s

0

0

0

0

0

14+2s

1

6

Jamie Lennon

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

4

0

8

Chris Forrester

15

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

16

1

9

Eoin Doyle

15+1s

5

1

1

0

0

0

0

16+1s

6

10 Ronan Coughlan

2+6s

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2+6s

0

11 Jason McClelland

4+6s

1

1s

0

0

0

0

0

4+7s

1

14 Mark Doyle

10+5s

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

11+5s

2

15 Billy King

13+2s

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

14+2s

1

16 Adam O’Reilly

12+3s

0

1s

0

0

0

0

0

12+4s

0

17 Darragh Burns

14+2s

4

1

0

0

0

0

0

15+2s

4

18 Ben McCormack

3+4s

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

3+4s

1

19 Anto Breslin

14+1s

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

15+1s

0

20 James Abankwah

5+3s

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

6+3s

0

22 Sam Curtis

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

24 Ben Curtis

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

28 Cian Kelly

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

29 Paddy Barrett

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

31 Kian Corbally

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

33 Kyle Robinson

3s

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

3s

1

34 Adam Murphy

1+2s

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1+2s

0

45 Tunde Owolabi

2+10s

1

1s

0

0

0

0

0

2+11s

1

PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE

Pld

W

D

L

F

A

GD

Pts

LAST 5 MATCHES

1

SHAMROCK ROVERS

16

11

3

2

28

11

17

36

W D W W W

2

DERRY CITY

16

9

5

2

29

12

17

32

W W D

3

DUNDALK

16

6

7

2

23

13

10

25

L

W W D W

4

ST PATRICK'S ATHLETIC

16

7

4

5

20

13

7

25

W

L

W D

D

5

SLIGO ROVERS

16

5

6

5

21

19

2

21

W D

L

L

D

6

BOHEMIANS

15

4

7

4

21

19

2

19

W

L

W D

L

7

SHELBOURNE

15

5

3

7

13

20

-7

18

L

L

L

W W

8

DROGHEDA UNITED

15

3

4

8

16

29

-13

13

D

L

L

L

L

9

FINN HARPS

15

2

4

9

12

25

-13

10

L

L

W

L

L

10

UCD

15

1

5

9

10

32

-22

8

L

L

L

D W

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