TELLING THE STORY OF TOWN’S SOC­CER PAST

RE­SEARCH BE­GINS ON THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE FOOT­BALL WORLD BY THE BOYNESIDE

Drogheda Independent - - NEWS - The book will be a col­lec­tor’s item for cer­tain.

THE life and times of Drogheda’s soc­cer world will be told in a brand new pub­li­ca­tion, presently be­ing re­searched by life­long Drogs fan Mick McEvoy.

With as­sis­tance from the likes of Ken Murray, Fr Ted writer Arthur Matthews, Johnny McEvoy, Paul Len­non and Hu­bert Mur­phy, plus pho­tog­ra­pher Shane Mur­phy, he hopes to put to­gether a de­fin­i­tive guide of the town’s soc­cer past with an em­pha­sis on the League of Ire­land scene.

It has a work­ing ti­tle of ‘Drogheda 100” and is be­ing pro­duced to mark the 100th an­niver­sary of the found­ing of Drogheda United which takes place in 2019.

A char­ity part­ner will be re­vealed shortly and with ev­ery pub­li­ca­tion, it will be a labour of love above all. ‘I’m try­ing to cover a lot’, Mick states. He has a very im­pres­sive col­lec­tion him­self of all things foot­ball but wants the book to add to the story.

‘It would be fan­tas­tic to get stuff from the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s, old post­cards and doc­u­ments, pro­grammes and even the ‘ Don­key Dou­ble’ tick­ets.’

As well as Drogheda Utd and Drogheda FC, he wants to get in­for­ma­tion on the likes of Cairnes Ath­letic (Stingo) and their ground, Mag­da­lene Park, as well as info on play­ers who won ju­nior in­ter­na­tional caps.

‘Pic­tures from the Lour­des Sta­dium days, es­pe­cially of fans, the re-open­ing of United Park and other events and peo­ple as­so­ci­ated with soc­cer would be great’, he added.

He wants the his­tory to run from 1900 to the present day and re­marks that games were be­ing played on the Dublin Road in 1904.

‘A Louth team won the All-Ire­land in­ter county ti­tle in 1941, beat­ing Tip­per­ary and 10 play­ers were from Drogheda. Is there more in­for­ma­tion on them out there’, he asks.

Mick would also love to get more de­tails on Paddy Reilly, the for­mer garage owner on North Quay.

He was in­volved in the soc­cer world in the 1930s.

He notes that a Mrs Hughes from the North Road owned Mag­da­lene Park on Church St, while the present Parkview was known as ‘McEvoys of the Gar­dens’.

‘ The Lour­des Hos­pi­tal is where the Boys Brigade Show­grounds were. Is there pic­tures of that’, he pon­ders.

He says all items will be copied and re­turned and any in­for­ma­tion can be sent to Mick at mick­the­mod1@gmail.com. His num­ber is 0860755362.

Mick is also keen to source a de­sig­mer with ex­pe­ri­ence in Adobe In­de­sign to be­come part of the team. He can be con­tacted for de­tails.

PIC­TURED, right, top, Some great mo­ments, names and faces will form part of a new book on Drogheda’s soc­cer world, with a work­ing ti­tleof ‘Drogheda 100’ - mark­ing 100 years since Drogheda United was founded in 1919, to be pro­duced in as­so­ci­a­tion with the cen­te­nary.

Pic­tured are Mick Byrne, for­mer Drogheda chair­man in the 1980s (top), Gerry Martin and Dusty Flana­gan with the League Cup, Dixie Nugent signs for the Drogs and right, the West Emd crew, Toner, Martin, Martin and McBride. Inset, Mick McEvoy with Ross Parkes, ex Utd chair­man.

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