Pres­i­dent Hig­gins joins in Rovers’ 90th birth­day cel­e­bra­tions


The Sligo Champion - - FRONT PAGE - By JES­SICA FARRY

PRES­I­DENT Michael D. Hig­gins re­ceived a warm wel­come when he at­tended The Show­grounds as guest of hon­our at the club’s 90 th birth­day cel­e­bra­tions last Satur­day night.

And, the Pres­i­den­tial visit co­in­cided with the only the club’s third league win at home this sea­son, the 2-1 win over Bray Wan­der­ers en­sur­ing The Bit O’Red, who wore a spe­cially com­mis­sioned jer­sey, would be play­ing Premier Di­vi­sion foot­ball again next sea­son.

A reg­u­lar at League of Ire­land games, even through­out his pres­i­dency, Michael D and his wife Sabina were given a re­cep­tion by Sligo Rovers com­mit­tee mem­bers, the Sligo Rovers Her­itage Group and lo­cal dig­ni­taries.

He wasn’t the only pres­i­den­tial can­di­date present at Rovers’ vic­tory over rel­e­gated Bray Wan­der­ers, with Peter Casey also in at­ten­dance.

Chil­dren of all ages were ex­cit­edly try­ing to push their way through crowds to get a glimpse of the Pres­i­dent, while Rovers stal­wart Raf­faele Cre­taro was one of many who en­sured he got his pho­to­graph taken with the life­long sup­porter of Gal­way United, where Raff once plied his trade.

Pres­i­dent Hig­gins wasn’t the only spe­cial guest in­vited along to The Show­grounds on Satur­day evening, with a num­ber of past play­ers also among the crowd of 2,347.

An open in­vi­ta­tion was is­sued to all past play­ers who had played at least one game for the club, with legends such as Tony Fa­gan and Joseph Ndo honoured on the night.

There was free en­try for chil­dren un­der the age of 12, while se­condary school chil- dren only had to pay €5 in. Joe Mar­tyn, a life­long fan and who is older than the club at 93 years, was un­able to at­tend due to fam­ily com­mit­ments but told The Sligo Cham­pion that he hopes to be there for the club’s 100 th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions in ten years time.

Pres­i­dent Michael D Hig­gins re­ceives a warm wel­come at The Show­grounds last Satur­day night.

Pres­i­dent Michael D Hig­gins, his wife Sabina, Deputy Tony McLough­lin, Cathoir­leach of Sligo County Coun­cil Cllr Martin Baker and Cllr Marie Casserly with Rovers com­mit­tee mem­bers, Bren­dan Lacken (Sec­re­tary), Andy Dodd (Vice Chair­man) and Chair­man of Rovers’ Her­itage Com­mit­tee Ai­dan Man­nion.

Pres­i­dent Michael D Hig­gins watch­ing Rovers and Bray.

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