Shamrock Rovers could not fail to win when current players took on on a team of veterans in a match in aid of the charity GOAL held at Glenmalure Park in Milltown.
This trip down memory lane was supposed to be the Hoops last game on their Milltown home ground before the proposed move to Tolka Park. However the Keep Rovers At Milltowm (KRAM) campaigners are channelling their anger into a well organised fundraising campaign to stop the move. In just one week the group have raised £100,000 of the £250,000 they need to keep Rovers at its historic home.
In aid of charity, some of the greatest names to have graced the turf of Milltown were present on the field once more, including Tommy Hamilton, Ronnie Nolan, and the greatest of all, Paddy Coad.
Paddy Coad would like to see the ground at Milltown saved.
Milltown is Rovers, it’s not Glenmalure Park, it’s Milltown, Milton and Rovers go hand in glove.
This sentiment is echoed by former Shamrock Rovers goalkeeper Eamonn Darcy
I’d hate to see it go.
He thinks that Milltown is a
Shrine like Wembley.
Eamonn Darcy has ideas about how the moved might be stopped. In his opinion all it takes to keep Rovers at Milltown is an organised effort by Córas Iompair Éireann (CIÉ) and Shamrock Rovers to get people to the matches at Milltown at a reasonable cost.
It’s a good marketing job but it can be saved.
A one all draw at the final whistle proved that skill never dies, and the match raised £15,000 for GOAL, the international aid charity dedicated to alleviating the suffering of the poorest of the poor.
An RTÉ News report broadcas on 14 May 1987. The reporter is Cathal Mac Coille.