Rovers’ Return: Hoops on Verge of League Title

SHAMROCK Rovers, dubbed the Manchester United of Ireland, stand on the brink of ending a 16-year drought by claiming the Airtricity League title in Bray tonight.

A win will see the Hoops crowned champions for the first time since 1994, while a draw should also be enough, unless their fierce rivals Bohemians post an unlikely five goal win over Dundalk.

Twenty years in the wilderness since the infamous sale of their Glenmalure Park home in Milltown, Shamrock Rovers almost went out of existence before the fans rescued the club from extinction. Now, fully integated into their Tallaght stadium and the surrounding community, the country’s most successful club is 90 minutes away from capping a remarkable return to the summit of Irish football.

“Chairmen and boards have come and gone since Glenmalure Park was sold for housing and the club was abandoned to an uncertain future and many have played an important role in keeping Rovers in existence when it might easily have become another sad chapter in the history of the game here.”

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First posted, Oct 2010

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