THE MAN who literally bangs a drum to support his old club, Keith Fahey hopes and prays that this could finally be the year for St Patrick's Athletic.
As a former player Fahey is all too aware of the 51-year gap since Pat's last lifted the FAI Cup as he was part of the side which lost the 2003 final to Longford Town, a bad day all round as Fahey was sent off in that game.
He has never lost touch with his roots at the Dublin club and Fahey even appeared on TV among the Pat's fans, banging on a drum with the Shed End Invincibles for a derby win over Shelbourne earlier this year.
"I haven't changed since I went away, I'm still a lad from Tallaght," he says.
"I watched the first half of that Pat's game in the directors' box but I was bored off my head, so I went and said hello to a few familiar faces that I hadn't seen in a while, see a few of the fans," added Fahey, who hopes to make a dash to Dublin to see Pat's play either Shels or Derry City in the cup final on November 4th.
"I had a look at the dates and I'd love to make it over for the Cup final but I have a game with Birmingham on the Saturday and on the Tuesday so it's not ideal, I might make a day trip over on the Sunday if I can.
"It's great to see them in the final. The squad has completely changed since my time at Pat's, Sean O'Connor is back there now. I played with Sean, though he moved away from Pat's and went back again.
"But they have to win it this year, it has to be their year.
"They should do it, we had a great chance to do it in 2003 and that didn't work out, hopefully 2012 is the year for Pat's.
"They are playing great football, I have watched a lot of the games, I see them online when I can and I went to a couple of games as well.
"They play good football, they play from the back and they're a great side to watch," said Fahey, adding that he hopes to have another spell playing for the club before his career is over.