personalties.

Soccer in the "Boro, has had many outstanding personalties over one hundred years,  some may not had acheived distinction on the playing field ,but prefered to stay in the background being leaders and administrators of clubs and down through the years have given their lives to the development of football in the area.

This collection  is a personal account of people who I have known or have heard about during my lifetime it is not a definitive  list  of people, there may be many others who have given of themselves as much as those listed  so I apolagise if someone you feel is not included in the list feel free to contact me at www.soccerintheboro.com

TOMMY KINSELLA 

Tommy Kinsella  with St Josephs  under 14  in centre with ball 

Tommy Kinsella

One of our best personalties  was Tommy Kinsella from Booterstown, one player who never got international recognition but should have won caps at youth level

Tommy started with St Josephs Boys at the age of 12  and at seventeen signed with Drumcondra where he won the F A I Youth Cup the following year  he was soon drafted into the Druncondra  first team at 18 and became a prolific goalscorer in the League of Ireland ,this brought him to the attention of Arsenal who signed him in 1961 ,

Unfortunatly a health problem prevented him from progressing at Aresnal and a change of manager at the "Gunners" did not help although he played in the opening of the Dalymount Park floodlights in 1962 when Arsenal and Bohemians met coming on in the second half.

After Arsenal Tommy moved to the North of Ireland where he signed for Colraine and becase one of their brighest stars overthe next few years winning a Irish Cup winners medal in 1965  before returning south  to Shamrock Rovers in 1968 where he won two F A I Cup Medals

 Tommy centre front row with St Joseph under 17 team before moving to Drumcondras youth team  which he captained to an F A I Youth Cup win

When Tommy returned to Ireland he signed for Colraine and played in the winning team in the 1965 Irish Cup Final.

He returned to the League of Ireland with Shamrock Rovers where he won two F A I Cup Medals 

Tommy with Drumcondra 1961 before being transfered to Arsenal 

 PAT DEVLIN

 Pat Devlin

Pat over the last twenty five  years has emerged as one of the personalties of Irish soccer from his  start at St Josephs Boys where he won a Youth International cap before moving to Shamrock Rovers on returning to the 'Boro he played with T E K United and Dalkey United before going to Bray Wanderers  where he has become a legend wining the League of Ireland first division on a number of occasions and of course the F A I Cup before a crowd of 30000 at Lansdowne road in 1990 beating non league ST Francis 3  -  0 in the final another F A I Cup win in 1999 beating Finn Harps after a replay.

over the next few years Bray became a yo yo club being relegated  and promoted  on several occasions.

Pat moved to Droghdea United and Athlone Town as manager as well as managing the League of Ireland team   and he became assisdant to Steve Staunton when Steve was Ireland manager.

Pat was Irish scout for Blackburn Rovers during the regian of Kenny Dalgleish at Blackburn and he followed Kenny to Liverpool and Newcastle

 TOM (BUGGY) DWYER

Tom Dwyer started with Rockville and Rock Rovers in the 1920s and took up refereeing during the 1930s and it was at refereeing that he made his name  he soon became one of the top referees in the country a fact that was proven in 1942 when Tom refereed the five top cup finals  competed for in the Legaue of Ireland those being the F A I Cup Final , the Leinster Senior Cup Final , Dublin City Cup Final, the Inter City Cup final 

TOMMY ELDON 

Tommy Eldon was one of the  early legislators  of 'boro soccer  a man whom I knew  from St Micheals Church where he was head collector during the 1950s  but never imagned him as a sports follower  but during research of my book his name began to crop up in various newspapers  way back as far a 1905 when the first ever league within the 'Boro was mutted.

In the Workmans Club in Clarance St in 1905 when a meeting was called to dicuss the prospects of starting a soccer league in the 'Boro area  and the man in the chair of that meeting was Tommy Eldon it was also at that meeting that the first Workman's Club team (The Blues)  were formed .

Some twenty years later Tommy was a prolific letter writer to the local newspapers  about the game of soccer and the exploits of the local teams like Edenville ,Rockville etc etc, his motto was that the soccer players in the 'Boro were as good if not better that those in the city of Dublin and that more clubs should avail of the various Dublin leagues.

Tommys letters brought to life the exploits of great teams and players from a past era and games against the best teams in Dublin and "Boro players and teams who made the step up  to Free State and Leinster Senior Leagues

Rev Fr Frank McCabe 

Rev Frank McCabe

One cannot think of the development of soccer in the "Boro without paying tribute to  the part played by Rev Fr Frank McCabe founder of St Josephs Boys the man who through his vision of football for all boys in the area created  a monument to his name  that will last for ever .

Add to that that the man he brought in to help him Brendan Harmon a man with the background of football in the area over thirty years before from player  to club secratery  Brendan Harmon from the earliest  of time had the interest of boys at heart and gave his life to St Josephs his vision,kindness,and knowledge were paramont in the development of what has become an instutation for without him and men of the calibre of , Jimmy Kelly, Jimmy Whelan, Bill Doyle, Tommy Tallant,Kevin Morris, Joey Dunne, Terry Dunne, Tom Comiskey,John Lennon etc there would no St Josephs Boys F C

WILLIAM/BILL  (STIKEY)CONNOR

Bill (Styckie) Connor was the backbone of Workmans Club  teams in the 1950s a loyal servant to the Club apart from one year when he transfered to Bray Wanderers after a dispute with the football committee Bill returned the following years to finish his carrer with the Club which he started with in 1949.

To many people in Dun Laoghaire Stikey  was the local hero to beat all local hero a giant of a man on the football field loved by everyone who followed the club and apert fron a brief season with Bray ,Bill  played only for Workmans

An ever present on all the Club teams that won the Sunday Allance League ,Ardiff Cup ,Leinster Senior League, FA I Intermedate Cup when people forget many of the players on those teams no one forgets Stikey Connor

 BRENDAN HARMON

Brendan Harmon 

Never wanted to be a personality his passion was football, from the early 1930s when he played with Hillside United ,Brendan retired early due to eyesight  problums and  later becoming Honourary Secretary , his knowledge of football rules was second to none,

Brendan became great friends with one of the founders of schoolboy football in Ireland Jim Troy a friendship that lasted a lifetime, Brendans other passion was the St John Ambulance Brigade and coupled with his knowledge of sports injuries  when Fr Mc Cabe came looking for leaders to help with the teams of St Josephs,  Brendan was the prime canadate.

FRANK CRAWLEY 

FRANK CRAWLEY

The Boro has been blessed with many fine goalkeepers over the last one hundred years and one of the best was Frank   who after playing for Workmans Club from 1936 until 1940 when he went into the Irish  Army  his talent as a goalkeeper was such that he played for the army against the Irish International team in what were the only internationals  played during the second World War, his teams mates on the teams were men who would later become established internationals and  players who made a name for themselves in English football like the famous  Con Martin , Bud Aherne, Willie Fallon, and players who became stars at home like Paddy Kinsella Frank Glennon, Paddy  O Leary ,  and many others .

On leaving the army Frank linked up with his local teams St Josephs Glasthule and for many years  as player ,trainer etc etc  Frank continued his love for the game.

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