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Joe Haverty

Joe Haverty

Joe Haverty

Players look to previous generations to find their heroes, local heroes even better, and while growing up in Whitehall, Liam Brady had one in Joe Haverty.

Capped 32 times between 1956-66, an impressive tally in an era when the national team sometimes played only three matches a year, Haverty was paving a way from Whitehall to Highbury which Brady would later follow.

Haverty was not the first Dubliner to play for Arsenal when he made his Gunners debut in 1954 as Jimmy Dunne (1933), Kevin O'Flanagan (1946) and Noel Kelly (1950) had done that but Haverty, who had seven seasons as a first-teamer, was the first from the capital to make a lasting impression with the club.

"Joe's family would have been real inner city people but they moved to Larkhill, a few minutes' walk away from my house," says Brady.

"As kids, we'd see him in the local park, training over the summer when he was waiting to go back to England. So the area was producing good talent even back then.

Brothers

"My brothers played, Pat and Ray went away to QPR and Millwall in the 1950s, Ray played for Ireland (1963) before I did, Frank won the FAI Cup with Shamrock Rovers in 1968.

"So we had Ireland players around then. We were always proud of locals who did well, of course I was honoured to have my brother in the Ireland team. But Joe Haverty was someone I really looked up to. It was a source of pride that someone from your road, or your own family in my case, could come from that background and make a success of it."

The senior internationals who claim a heritage around Whitehall, Coolock and Artane include Ray Brady, Liam Brady, Frank Stapleton, Kenny Cunningham, Thomas Butler, Jeff Hendrick, Keith Andrews and Stephen Carr.