Wednesday 19 December 2018

Stephen Geoghegan named as new Whitehall Rangers boss

WHITEHALL RANGERS have unveiled League of Ireland legend Stephen Geoghegan as their new manager.

Geoghegan moves to Paddy Mahony Park after a spell at WFTA where he led the AUL based Finglas club to the Leinster Junior Cup title two season's ago.

In unveiling Geoghegan in front of an audience that included FAI President Dave Blood at Beaumont House, Chairman Paddy Kelly said: "There hasn't been as much buzz about the club since Martin Kerr was appointed manager."

Geoghegan is looking forwad to his latest port of call and the higher standard involved: "I've played against Leinster Senior League club's in the past in friendlies and the FAI Cup, but never played or managed within the league, so this is a new challenge to me and I'm really looking forward to it.

"Whitehall Rangers is a big club and I'm excited abou the challenge of taking them back to the top of this league."

"You see Crumlin United's recent success against Shelboune in the FAI Cup and it gives you an idea of the excellent standard within the league and the standard Whitehall has to aim for. It's a big challenge but I'm genuinely looking forward to the season and it can't come quick enough."

Geoghegan's first league club was Drogheda United where he won two First Division titles and 1 League of Ireland First Division Shield.

In 1992 he signed for Shamrock Rovers where he won the League of Ireland Premier Division title in 1993/94 where he was top league goalscorer with 23 league goals.

. These goals earned him both PFAI Player of the Year and the FAI National League Player of the Year.

He scored a total of 34 goals in 64 appearances for Rovers before signing for Shelbourne just after the 1994 League success. He stayed with Shels until the end of the 2003 season.

During Geoghegan's time with Shels, he finished top scorer in the League in the 1995/96, 1996/97 and 1997/98 seasons.

He scored the winning goal in the 1996 FAI Cup Final replay at Dalymount Park against St Patrick's Athletic to deny them the league and cup 'double' and scored the second goal in the following year's final as Shels beat Derry City 2-0 to deny them the 'double'.

In 1999/2000, Geoghegan's goals helped Shels win the League and FAI Cup double for the first time in the club's history.

Further league titles would be won in the 2001/02 and 2003 season with Shels. He also had a spell at Dundalk late in his career.

Geoghegan was also twice called up for the Republic of Ireland senior national team squad, but was never capped.

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