At his first press conference as England head coach, Sam Allardyce referred to his first management job at the helm of Limerick in the League of Ireland. Travelling the country in a mini-bus with Father Joe Young, Allardyce not only led the Shannonsiders to promotion, but he had started out on the road to Wembley and one of the biggest jobs in world football. Cian Manning looks back.
Limerick FC have announced ambitious plans for a training, business, and community centre after securing a site outside the Treaty City in a move dubbed ‘unprecedented’ in Irish domestic football.
The late Joe O’Mahony, Limerick’s title-winning captain in 1980, has been honoured by the League of Ireland club with the retirement of the number four jersey in tribute. O’Mahony made over 400 appearances for the Blues between 1966 and 1986, leading them to the championship under Eoin Hand, and captaining the side in the European Cup against Real Madrid.
Limerick FC boss Stuart Taylor is promising that his Limerick charges, including Robbie Williams, will be ready to take centre stage in Thomond Park this weekend. The Blues boss says his side will be competitive on their return to top flight football as they welcome Cork City and the RTE cameras to the home of Munster rugby.
If it can happen at the Aviva Stadium, it can happen at Thomond Park. Limerick FC are set to play Airtricity League football at the home of Munster rugby next season.
He’s played in the Premier League and in the League of Ireland at the height of the boom times. Spotted in a European tie, he went on to spend almost a decade on the continent where he experienced a new football philosophy. Now former Republic international Dominic Foley believes Ireland needs a culture change if we are to progress.
The Airtricity League kicks back into action tonight with a renewed anticipation in seeing those players who might make their mark following James McClean’s internatioanl cameo on Wednesday. All eyes will be on Tallaght Stadium where Shamrock Rovers, the defending champions and Europa League history makers, have been busying attracting many of the big name transfers. But few are likely to raise as many eyebrows as Limerick’s recent recruits.