Un­der 11 sides to re-en­act first ever com­pet­i­tive Rovers game

The Sligo Champion - - SPORT -

SLIGO Rovers will go back to their roots dur­ing this Satur­day’s league game against St Pa­trick’s Ath­letic at the Show­grounds.

The half-time en­ter­tain­ment will re-en­act the club’s first ever com­pet­i­tive game.

That came in a Con­nacht Cup tie against the then Ballyshan­non Ernes in Ballyshan­non on Septem­ber 23rd, 1928.

At half-time, an un­der-11 team from Erne Wan­der­ers, Ballyshan­non, will travel to play a team from St Ed­ward’s NS, Clar­ion Road, ad­ja­cent to the Forthilll area, long re­garded as the spir­i­tual home of Sligo soccer.

The game be­tween the young teams is be­ing or­ga­nized by the mem­bers of the Sligo Rovers Her­itage Group and Sligo Rovers as the club’s 90th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions con­tinue.

Rovers were drawn to play Ballyshan­non Ernes in Ballyshan­non on Septem­ber 23rd in their first ever com­pet­i­tive fix­ture and thus the jour­ney to se­nior soccer be­gan. Rovers won the game 9-1.

Ernes were with­out six reg­u­lars and made up the team from the spec­ta­tors at the match.

There were no nets in the goals and the ref­eree was a Mr P Fal­lon from Sligo.

The Rovers team was: Jock Cal­laghan, P Mon­aghan, Ed­die Cal­laghan, J Flynn, Jimmy Shan­non, Jack Kelly, Pa Rooney, Terry Rooney, James ‘Guy’ Cal­laghan An­thony ‘Gully’ McKenna and John McMor­row.

Among the goalscor­ers ac­cord­ing to records were Cal­laghan who scored a hat-trick, McKenna who also net­ted three and a goal from McMor­row. Rovers went on to com­plete the 1928-1929 sea­son by win­ning the Free State Of Ire­land Ju­nior Cup.

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