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Cork Soccer Honours 15.11.07

Cork Soccer Honours 15.11.07

Coachford's Danny Boy O'Connell (centre)
Two time FAI Cup winner Paddy Noonan, unlucky not to make it a hat trick,  was the star of the evening as the 14th annual Cork Soccer Honours were held at the Kiln last evening. Once again, the enjoyable occasion, organised by the Cork AUL, was hosted by Heineken's Johnny Crowley and Billy George was the master of ceremonies as the six coveted awards were presented.

Cork Soccer Legend
Paddy Noonan

Captain of the Celtic Utd team from Turner's Cross in 1940 was a defender named Paddy Noonan who went on to win two FAI Cup medals, the first with Cork Utd on the all Cork born team in 1947.

After a few years playing as a semi-pro in England, he came home in 1950 and was signed by Cork Athletic. He won his second cup medal in 1951 when Athletic retained the League Championship and completed the double by defeating Shels in the Cup final.

Denis Forde (centre)
Hall of Fame
Jerry O'Brien

Jerry O'Brien from Turner's Cross began with Glasheen in 1952 and went on to score twice in Ireland's 3-3 draw with England in a Schoolboy International at the Mardyke.

1957 was a memorable year and Glasheen went through the entire season  with a 100% record, winning the FAI Minor, Munster Minor, League, Shield and City Challenge Cups.

Jerry made his League of Ireland debut with Evergreen in 1958/59 and won a Top-Four Trophy medal. The following season, Ewan Fenton took him to the Marketís Field where his eight league goals helped Limerick win the Championship.

Gerry O'Brien (centre)

Noel Hawkins (right)
Distinguished Service Award Winners
There were an award also for Denis Forde, part of the Albert Rovers team that dominated Munster Senior soccer in the early fifties. In recent years he has compiled excellent history publications for Temple Utd, St Mary's, Castleview and Rockmount.

Noel Hawkins was also honoured. He helped St Mary's make a clean sweep of domestic trophies in 1966 and, in that same year, was part of the AUL side that won the Oscar Traynor competition.

An award also to Coachford's Danny "Boy" O'Connell who has served the club for over thirty years. Thanks to him, and equally dedicated colleagues, a magnificent complex is taking shape at The Glebe.

Philly Singleton, another winner, was skipper of the all-conquering Brooks Haughton teams of the middle seventies. He has seen good times and not so good with his Central Rovers whom he helped reform in 1980. They won the AOH in 1983 but it has been tough since. Philly stuck at it and Central are on the rise again.
Paddy Noonan (centre)

The Dav (centre) with Declan O'Shea (left) and Pascal Doyle
 Cork Soccer Legend
Paddy Noonan
Hall of Fame
Jerry OíBrien

Distinguished Service Award Winners
Denis Forde (Albert Rovers)
Noel Hawkins (St Maryís)
Danny "Boy" O'Connell (Coachford)
Philly Singleton, not present, (Central Rvrs)

All the winners!