DROGHEDA AND FOREST ENJOY A SHARED HISTORY
AT a time when Drogheda United could be doing with a partnership of some sorts with an English club - perhaps revisiting the old links with Nottingham Forest might be the way to go.
Having established links with the local schoolchildren’s League and now with a structure that starts at u/15, the future is immense in terms of progression of young players.
Forest could fit the bill. With a fine academy venue close to the City Ground, the club is well placed for progression in the future.
It’s fine halls tell the stories of the past exploits, Martin O’Neill of course part of their European glory years.
It was back in 1972 that he joined Forest from Distillery, alongside a certain Martin Donnelly. He would ultimately end up with Drogheda before departing for San Diego in 1979.
1973 was the year the Drogheda and Forest links were great.
Ian Hines is a Welshman, born in Bangor in 1953 and having seen action with Rhyl Town, became part of the Forest scene. Drogheda were on the lookout for players and Forest’s trainer, Colin Murphy, recommended the talented defender to John Cowan.
Hines signed and became a vital part of the team with such names as Jimmy Jackson, Christy Campbell, Gel Martin and Jerome Clarke.
He lived at 85 College Rise back then and married local woman Pauline Moore from Parkview.
He went off to play in Australia 40 years ago and returned two years later.
Drogheda also signed Ramon ‘Ray’ Wilson from Forest in 1973 and John W Coddington was also a Nottingham native, also spending 10 years with Huddersfield.
John Limb also came from Forest as did Barry Towell, a 19 year old centre half. Trevor Moden was also at the City Ground.
Another ex Forest favourite was Dubliner Dermot O’Shea who became a fine full back. He made his Drogheda debut against Shelbourne and scored twice!
Ian Hines signed and became a vital part of the team with such names as Jimmy Jackson, Christy Campbell, Gel Martin and Jerome Clarke.
The City Ground in Nottingham.