Roddy Collins is one of the biggest names in Irish football.
The current Athlone boss has years of experience as both a player and manager in a footballing career which has spanned almost four decades.
Often outspoken, Collins’ segment in the Irish Daily Star has always proved to be a fascinating read due to his knowledgeable insight into the Irish game and his passionate opinions.
In yesterday’s edition, Collins was full of praise for the amateur ranks.
The former Carlisle boss was at the Red Cow on Sunday to take in the mouthwatering FAI Senior Cup clash between Bluebell United and Sheriff YC and spoke glowingly about what he witnessed.
While the game, won by Bluebell, was entertaining and quality packed it wasn’t just the 90 minutes of football that emoted the manager, who was once linked tentatively to Kilbarrack United.
The ethos, the watching support, the names, the characters brought at the Naas Road venue ‘perfect end’ to a perfect weekend for the brother of former World Champion Steve Collins.
The time spent at Bluebell’s recently refurbished ground also made the current Athlone boss realise ‘why so many people want to be involved in junior football’.
Collins also heaped praise on Cork side Ballingcollig, who his side beat in the FAI Senior Cup on Sunday in his column.
Indeed such was the reception his side got from the MSL side’s supporters and committee that the former Bohs boss claimed he felt ‘a little guilty over the margin of victory’ post the first round clash.
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