DROGHEDA AND FOR­EST EN­JOY A SHARED HIS­TORY

Mid Louth Independent - - NEWS - Hu­bert Mur­phy’s look at life by the Boy­ne­side and sur­rounds hmur­phy@drogheda-in­de­pen­dent.ie | 041 9876820

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.

Ian Hines signed and be­came a vi­tal part of the team with such names as Jimmy Jack­son, Christy Camp­bell, Gel Martin and Jerome Clarke.

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!

The City Ground in Not­ting­ham.

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