Friday 21 October 2016

Memories spin at Tower's Premiere

Clondalkin club salutes a special year in its history

VINNY Maguire headed a goal. "He buried it," remembers Paddy Delaney.

Vinny headed the goal against O'Toole's in the quarter-final of the Dublin Senior Football Championship fifty years ago.

Tower's held a Reeling In The Years celebration to mark the golden anniversary of their only appearance in the Dublin Senior Football Championship final.

The team gathered to watch old footage of the match. The film was presented by Maria O'Connor to club President, Tommy Keogh, a member of the side. Maria's late father, Joe, had filmed the game.

Maguire played on the wonderful Waterford League of Ireland team of the 60's and 70's.

In that 1965 campaign, Tower's beat Division 1 sides Clanna Gael, Good Counsel, O'Toole's and Civil Service on their way to the final.

"All those games were played in O'Toole Park. Beating Clanna Gael was a big shock. They had top players like Mickey Whelan. I sometimes meet Mickey in Croke Park. A fantastic person," says Paddy, the team's free-taker.

"There was a huge crowd at the semi-final against Civil Service. It was a very sunny evening."

Tower's had won the Dublin U21 Football Championship in 1964. "They were a very enthusiastic bunch, who played a lovely brand of football. And they gelled well with the more experienced fellas."

The final was held in Croke Park. The St Joseph's Band from Clondalkin played. The admittance price was three old pence.

UCD took the title, 1-12 to 0-7. They were decorated with inter-county personnel.

"We were disappointed, but I was trying to say to the lads after to focus on next year. You seldom win the first one.

"And we went so close in the next three years. Oh so close. The luck just didn't fall for us.

"If we had won one, we would have won two."

Tower's were Division 2 then. And they are Division 2 today.

"Things are on the up. We have been getting some good results. They are playing well."

The Monastery Road facilities and the booming Nursery also fill Paddy with cheer.

He points over at the all-weather surface and he says it's packed Saturday after Saturday.

In time, the tots may well grow up to be like Jim Gavin, or indeed one of the greatest Hoops of them all, the peerless Paddy Delaney.

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