How many times did Paul McGrath save St Pats?

According to Tony Reid in the Soccer Magazine in 1985, Paul McGrath’s transfer from St Patrick’s Athletic to Manchester United saved the Inchicore club on 3 separate occasions.

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Pats weren’t relegated that season and McGrath would go on to have an OK career too.

Shoot Magazine on Shamrock Rovers leaving Milltown for Tolka Park

Shamrock Rovers won their 4th successive league title in 1986/87 but already warning signs about the move out of Milltown were there;

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Later that year the move was the main topic for Rovers manager Dermot Keely as he spoke to Shoot;

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Keely was right about Dundalk being the main threat as the Lilywhites won the league ahead of Pats and Bohs. Rovers were 4th in their first season away from Milltown.

Thanks to the great ScotsFootyCards for the scans!

Cork City plans for Bishopstown

In early 1992 Cork City announced ambitious plans for their own new ground in Bishopstown. Here’s how the Soccer Magazine recorded it.

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The ‘Stadio de Plonk” (as called by City Fanzine No More Plastic Pitches) didn’t really work out that way. Cork moved in for 1993/94 but spent only 2 seasons there with the 2nd being particularly brutal and enforced home games in Cobh’s St Colman’s Park and even Shelbourne’s Tolka Park. Their under 20 side still use it though.

Thanks to the Jackie Jameson Irish Football Legend facebook page for the scan