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My Best Memory by Gerry O’Donoughue

(Gerry was a former Blackrock player of the 1960’s era)

Fifty five years ago I was the captain of the Blackrock ‘B’ team that completed a treble of the knockout cups and the second division title, taking us to the first division. We won the knockout trophy known simply as The Shield against Fermoy in the Barracks Field, Fermoy, and we also won the Saxone Cup final, which was a very prestigious trophy at that time.

It took us five or six games to get to the final and they were all tough. When we got to the final, it meant everything to us. We knew it was always very hard to beat Fermoy, especially in Fermoy, but we felt we could beat anyone at that time. We had a lot of nimble footed players in our team.

Our confidence on the day was justified as we won 2-1 with goals coming from Sonny Kelly and Ronnie Vaughan. Unfortunately I can’t remember when Fermoy scored their goal. However I do remember at the final whistle we were overcome with emotion.The greatest memory for me that day was possibly taking the cup home because we didn’t have a clubhouse, so it ended up in my house in a glass cabinet.

Interestingly our team had three sets of brothers. Dave and Roy Buckle, Seán and Freddie Cuffe and myself and my younger brother, Séamus.

Gerry O’Donoughue, Silversprings, Cork

Please Note! This is a revised TIMES PAST article updated by Derry JF Doody for the former Blackrock FC Online

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