Before Friday night’s game v Finn Harps, Athboy Celtic U-10s met the Drogheda United players for a team photo . Due to Covid-19 restrictions ,this was the first time that any half-time team could meet the Drogheda players since February 2020.Unfortunately the monsoon like conditions prevented the team photo taking place for the game v Shamrock Rovers!
Athboy’s John Fleming was delighted with the reaction of his players, coaches and parents, at the club where Irish international Jamie McGrath (Wigan Athletic) first started out.
” The Whats App Messages have been buzzing after the huge excitement of the whole half-time experience, but also the sensational way Drogheda came back to beat Finn Harps by 3-1. Everybody at the club thoroughly enjoyed the night, meeting the Drogheda players,the guard of honour and playing in front of a big crowd.The feature in the programame is a wonderful souvenir of our visit.Our teams got a huge round of applause after playing on the pitch and will definitely want to come back again”
John Fleming’s son on the team is Rian Fleming, who tirelessly raises funds for charities associated with the care of a very special person, his sister Réailtín. Doctors didn’t believe that she would live more than a few months as she was born with two holes in her heart and many other complications. Rian’s 6 year old sister is life limited with rare illnesses Trisomy 9 Mosaic and Dandy Walker Syndrome. Rian will be running another football themed fundraiser with the help of Athboy Celtic on the August Bank Holiday weekend this year.
Clubs who have already had teams playing at half-time this season include Drogheda Girls, Drogheda Boys, Boyne Rovers, Drogheda Town, Laytown Utd, Stamullen FC, Duleek, Gaelscoil na Ríthe, Rossin Rovers , Athboy Celtic Trim Celtic Girls and Walshestown FC. Over the next few months we will welcome Slane Wanderers, Donacarney Celtic Girls, East Meath United, Swords Celtic Girls, Rathkenny and Ashbourne United.