Former Bluebell United player Richie Towell has been named in Martin O’Neill’s provisional Irish squad ahead of the Denmark and Wales jobs.
A first Senior call up for a player that wore the green all the way up the underage ladder comes as reward for good start to the season at Championship side Rotherham United.
The talented and attack minded midfielder is the second former Bluebell United player to make an Irish squad and the second recent amateur player to be picked by Martin O’Neill.
Like Towell, who signed for LSL Senior Sunday Bluebell United after he returned home from Celtic via Hibernian, Fahey, a former Aston Villa youth used the move the amateur ranks to find his feet and prove himself LOI worthy.
Towell continued to mirror the pathway and success of Fahey when he went on to standout in the League of Ireland before earning a move abroad. Injury hampered his progress at Brighton, but he has been impressive if not exceptional on loan in the Championship- and again akin to Fahey has got the Irish call.
Towell has a bit to go to emulate Fahey’s 16 cap haul, but will be delighted to be in the squad nonetheless.
Speaking back in 2013 the former Dundalk hero had discussed his desire to one day become a senior international like his fellow former Bluebell player.
“A lot of people having been saying that,” Towell said when asked about Fahey comparisons. “Obviously he has had a great success story coming from Bluebell to representing his country. That’s something I think I can emulate,” he added before commenting on his brief but happy stint in the LSL.
“There is certainly a big difference. When I made my Celtic début it was in front of 50,000 people and then I was playing in front of a few hundred and a dog.”
Towell’s call up will be celebrated at Bluebell and further proves their success as a ‘bounce’ club for talented but burnt players looking to rekindle a love for the game.
It’s also another boost for the amateur game not long after former Crumlin United keeper Shane Supple, now at Bohemians, earned a call up to the squad.