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Frankie Connolly-Soccer

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Blackrock Online People of Distinction:  Sports Category: SOCCER - Frankie Connolly of Cork Hibernians Fame

 

Blackrock native Frankie is a Cork Soccer Icon of TIMES PAST of Ringmahon Rangers & Cork Hibernians Fame

Cork Hibernians were like Glasgow Celtic in Scotland who were immensely popular with Scottish fans from all over Scotland. In Cork when you played with Hibs, you were destined to be a well known sports personaility for the rest of your life. And so it was with the vast majority of players who wore the Hibs colours with distinction.

One such player from the Blackrock barony was Frankie Connolly. He played his schoolboy soccer with Ringmahon Rangers and was capped for Ireland under 15s against England and Wales in 1960. Frankie played on the left wing for Ireland and his inside partner was EamonDunphy.

The Blackrock native made his debut for Cork Hibs in the 1966-67 Shield Competition, playing in an attacking inside left position and scored 5 goals in his debut season.

Towards end of his second season he was converted to the full back role and wore the number 2 shirt. When new player manager Dave Bacuzzis arrived in 1970-71, Frankie moved across to the other flank and was ever present in the left full position. He also became an accomplished central defender.

With Hibs Frankie Connolly won a League Championship, 2 FAI Cups, Shield and Blaxnit Trophies.

Frankie Connolly’s nursery club was the famed Ringmahon Rangers.

Editorial contribution by Plunkett Carter

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